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How to Get Better as an Actor (5 Questions to Get Your There)

Everyone loves a good superhero. And if you put them all in the same room, you'd see that they all have the same superpower: The ability to improve. Their commitment to getting better is one of the biggest reasons we root for superheroes. From Rick Blaine in CASABLANCA to King T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER, we root for these heroes as they charter new lands and a journey of growth; a growth that has them constantly working toward bettering themselves. So is the case in real life. We…

How Do I Get a Meeting in Hollywood?

So you want a meeting. The kind that can change the trajectory of your career. I get it. If you ask the majority what an actor needs to do land a part, one might say, “Get an audition.” We’ve all seen those moments play out in film and TV, where the ingénue is standing on the empty stage, giving it everything she’s got as we see the light fill the director’s eyes as he realizes he’s found his star. These are great scenes. But like most movie m…

How One Man, One Speech, and a Series of Letters Shaped a Hollywood Career

For as long as I can remember, the relationship I had with my father Mike was complicated. For starters, he was legendary in Hollywood. And because he was a well-known agent, executive, and producer, the father-son bond I waited for was often put on the back burner. Things at home weren’t stable.
 I changed schools in my teen years a handful of times.
 When I started working, my father took the Bill Gates approach to parenting; make your own way without favors from one of the most …

True Success is About Giving [A Theory to Elevate You To The Next Level]

There is a quote by Winston Churchill that perfectly sums up why I have such fervor about giving, and it goes a little something like this:“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”  - Winston ChurchillSuccess is often measured by the amount of money one has, the title or status they carry, and the level of power they exude. Yet money, status, and power are merely social measures and don’t actually equate to true success. To me, success is b…

For Creatives: 12 Mindset Shifts to Use as You Head Into 2019

2018 has been quite the year for me. I’ve done a lot of soul searching, endless amounts of planning, and allowed my brain to power through tireless bouts of thinking so I can answer some very difficult questions. I’ve had to deal with some adversity, too. But all of this has only made me stronger. Through it all, I recognize there are some really incredible moments in life. Brilliant, ones, actually, that can change us for the better. But with those brilliant moments come s…

Getting to Know Hollywood: Sign the Town Before You Sign the Talent

I’ve been in this industry for several years and in that time, I’ve seen dozens of talented people give up because success didn’t come when they wanted it to. It didn’t come in an expected time frame and therefore, they left town. Maybe they spent some time at an agency before they packed it in. Maybe in that time they booked a few commercials. But they got tired because nothing else ever came beyond those commercials. And when they got tired, they gave up and dr…

Does "Luck" Play a Role in Your Acting Career?

  “Luck” Photo by Erwin More of More Medavoy Every now and again when I hear people talk about actors, it’s not unusual for them utter the word “luck” to reference the reason for the actor’s success. I pause for a moment and then tell those people what luck really is. “Luck is being prepared when opportunity arrives,” I say. “You may not create it exactly, but you sure as hell execute it.” There will always be things t…

Hollywood vs Hollywouldn’t: 12 Tips to Help Actors Navigate the Hollywood Landscape

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you have always got.” – Henry Ford Actors are incredible humans. Compared to most, actors are often more personable and open. They feel freer than most to access their feelings and emotions. These incredibly brave souls tend to be more in touch with their inner child. They have courage. The majority of them are sensitive and more vulnerable than the average person, yet they dive into a profession…

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