Acting

Whether you’re an actor, voice actor, casting director or anyone else related to the profession of acting, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer advice and tips on technique, audition strategies, headshots and all other topics related to the sweet science of acting

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Amanda Toney
Oh!.... controversial... Olivia Colman: Asking Actors to Self-Tape Auditions Is ‘Disrespectful’

The "Wicked Little Letters" star explained why she thinks actors need direct interaction with casting directors: "I wouldn't have gotten where I am if I'd had to do self-tapes." https://www.indiewire.com/news/general-news/olivia-colman-self-tape-auditions-disrespectful-to-actors-1234971762/

Actors, would LOVE to hear your opinion on this...

Pat Alexander

For big movies, would hope the studios aren't calling for more self tapes, as they actually have the resources to do a proper casting process. But for indies and smaller films, self tapes are actually...

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Suzanne Bronson

A List actors don't need to audition that would be insulting. Haha

Terrence Sellers

I've definitely been asked to do rereads with notes during in-person auditions. While I've had to do self tape auditions multiple times, I don't prefer them, as I've never been asked to retape with no...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Thanks, Darwin Reina!

Richard "RB" Botto

Some fantastic points, Pat Alexander, as per.

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Tammy Hunt
Actors - Add Pantomime to Your Skill Set

“The skills that make up a classical mime’s bag of tricks can be of tremendous use to any actor who may be called upon in a play to tell a story through gestures, to trick an audience into “seeing” something that isn’t there.

Imagine you are in a play, and your character has to come onstage as if wal...

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Maurice Vaughan

Fantastic advice! Thanks for sharing, Tammy Hunt!

Ashley Renee Smith

Great points, Tammy Hunt! Another great one to practice is drinking something that isn't there! The actual act of pretending to hold something in your mouth and then swallow naturally seems so simple...

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Pat Alexander

Took an improv class last year and we did an exercise on performing simple kitchen tasks - opening the fridge, taking something out, and using it. Really fun and helps you learn to control your body movements, then work at getting them to feel natural

Suzanne Bronson

This is great advice @tammyhunt. I've had to act as if many a time and I don't think in any acting class has pantomime ever been something we've done. It seems to only come up in rehearsal.

Terrence Sellers

Funny enough, the first commercial I was ever cast in required silent acting. I had never done it before, but I was good enough to get offered an additional role by the director the day of shooting.

Amanda Toney
What acting performance in a recent movie has stood out to you and why?

I'll go first - I watched KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON ***spoiler alert**** and I love the scene at the end when Leonardo DiCaprio is talking with his wife and fighting with his feelings on poisoning her. I couldn't believe the range of emotions he let run through his face in that moment, and the way he delivered his lines still haunts me.

Richard "RB" Botto

Glenn Howerton's performance in BLACKBERRY was a standout for me.

Ashley Renee Smith

I just recently watched All The Light We Cannot See on Netflix and I thought that Aria Mia Loberti's performance was incredible! She was truly captivating. In a cast with heavy-hitters like Hugh Laurie and Mark Ruffalo, she was the obvious standout.

Amanda Toney

You all have me in on PEARL and THE HOLDOVERS…gotta check those out.

Alexander Kovacs

“The Morning show” on Apple TV season one. Not a movie but such a strong performance. A scene with Jennifer Aniston talking with her daughter about getting divorced with the husband, the father of the...

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Pat Alexander

Can add Dev Patel in Monkey Man to this list. He goes all out with his performance

Claudio Laniado
Looking for headshot photographer

Looking for Headshot Photographer.

Hi everyone! I got a new look since I shaved my head last year.

I am looking for headshot photographer in NYC who is highly quality oriented and very experienced to help me get high end auditions and top agency/manager.

Any recommendations from agents or casting dir...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Hey mate, look up "headshot photographers" in your area. I'm confident you'll find one, several actually, since you're in NYC.

Amanda Toney
How have auditions changed post-strike?

I'm curious to learn if anyone has noticed any changes to acting auditions post strike?

Maurice Vaughan

Great question, Amanda Toney!

Alan Powell
Self Care When Developing an Emotionally Challenging Character

I've been working in this area for past 3 years and I realize there isn't a whole lot of opportunity to reflect/discuss issues that actors have when building a character that may be particularly challenging for them emotionally/psychologically.

Unless you have a therapist, or a really great friend...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Alan Powell.

Leonardo Ramirez

This was really good Alan Powell and important to share. Thanks for sharing this!

Alan Powell

You're welcome Leonardo. I'm curious to know if you have your own experience(s) that resonate with what I said? That is from a screenwriting writing perspective? I suppose I could ask the same of Maurice...?

Leonardo Ramirez

Yes, Alan Powell but in it lies in the general waiting part. I wasn't always grounded in who I am so waiting to hear back on opportunities was always super tough. And then when/if I did hear back and...

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Alan Powell

so true Leonardo! and the fact is, learning the craft of screenwriting, or acting or any craft takes time and patience and dedication. None of which is representative of our value as people. Like you said, the two are separate.

Laura Ackermann
Ask Me Anything (AMA) Wednesday 4/17 to Thursday 4/18- What Should Performers Look For In A Publicist?

My name is Laura Ackermann, the CEO/Founder of Advantage PR, and I'm thrilled to dive into the dynamic world of PR with you. With two incredible, experience-rich decades of navigating the PR landscape under my belt, I've crafted compelling campaigns for a diverse array of clients – from budding acto...

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Laura Ackermann

I usually work with my clients for a specific projects so lots of times clients go on and off the books depending on timing of their various projects. If someone has a busy year with...

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Laura Ackermann

I think there are a few things that differentiate Advantage from other firms---1.) I own the company and I do the pitching so I am using my relationships with the press from the last...

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Leonardo Ramirez

That makes total sense Laura Ackermann. Thanks so much! I'll have to check out your website!

Maurice Vaughan

Thank you, Laura Ackermann. Helpful answers!

Geoff Hall

Laura Ackermann Hi Laura, thanks for hanging out with my friends in the Stage32 community.

My feature script, Seeing Rachel has been optioned and is currently in development. I will be directing the f...

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Matthew Cornwell
"I Wish Actors Knew..." (from a Sound Mixer's POV)

I posted another interview in this series a couple weeks ago. Actors are finding these videos to be invaluable. Walking in a crew member's shoes gives a whole new perspective to being on set, and how we as actors can collaborate in new ways to make EVERYONE's job easier!

Here's our 4th and latest vid...

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Maurice Vaughan

Getting advice and insight from people who've done it is invaluable, Matthew Cornwell! These videos will save actors, writers, directors, etc. time, money, headaches, and so on because they're learnin...

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Matthew Cornwell

Thanks for the comment, Maurice Vaughan! We have 2 more interviews coming. Next up: Costumes. Then a chat with a 1st A.D.

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Matthew Cornwell. I'll keep an eye out for those videos. I'm subscribed to the channel and have the notifications turned on.

Ashley Renee Smith
Why Your Reputation Is More Important Than Your Talent

It's never been more important to prioritize your reputation when launching yourself as a creative. Find out why in today's blog!

https://www.stage32.com/blog/why-your-reputation-is-more-important-than-......

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Ashley Renee Smith
How Hollywood's Most Successful Actors Analyze A Screenplay

In the below video, internationally recognized acting coach, movement director, and specialist in the application of the Alexander Technique, Jean-Louis Rodrigue discusses how actors can encompass the physical movement of their character in a film or stage play, including studying the screenplay and...

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Maurice Vaughan

Incredible share, Ashley Renee Smith! It's helpful for screenwriters to know how successful actors analyze a screenplay. I added this to my Screenwriting Videos list to go back and watch again. Thanks...

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Ashley Renee Smith
Wednesday's Ask Me Anything HERE in the Acting Lounge!

Hey, All!

Don't miss out on tomorrow's fantastic AMA with Laura Ackermann, Founder of Advantage PR, Publicist, & Branding Expert (Charisma Carpenter, Anna Lamb, Rushi Kota) in the Acting Lounge! Laura is sharing her time with us to answer YOUR questions about "What Should Performers Look For In A Pub...

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Aaron Marcus
Beware Actors Who Think This Will Live A Miserable Life – I Know

Beware Actors Who Think This Will Live A Miserable Life – I Know

For many years, as an actor, I took things very personally. If I didn't get an audition or book a job, I began doubting my acting skills.

It is easy to think that we aren't getting the audition because peo...

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Maurice Vaughan

Excellent advice, Aaron Marcus! "What took me years to realize is that there is nothing personal in the acting business." I'm not an actor, but I keep that in mind.

Aaron Marcus

Thank you, Maurice. I really believe this way of thinking holds true for all of us involved in the arts.

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Aaron Marcus. And you're right. Thanks for sharing.

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