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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Heidi Schussman
The Legend of The Toymaker

Another Successful Table Read ! I tell ya, this is addictive. Seeing all those actors taking their roles seriously yet still having fun was great. Ken Moretti suggested this during the beginnings of the pandemic. I don’t think he anticipated how this would be the new norm. For the first time, I’m ab...

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Amanda Jiang

It was awesome being Necile, she’s a great character. I love fantasy and it was nice hearing the script come to life! Looking forward to the next one.

Erick Freitas

I had a great time doing this!

Karen E Ross

Heidi Schussman Could you talk to the 6 producers who said it should be made to see if they could advise you on your next steps? Does the script need revising? Does it need a pitch put together? Could...

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Heidi Schussman

Erick, I'm glad you had fun... it was a lot of work and you held up perfectly.

Heidi Schussman

Karen, The script needed revising and has since been revised accordingly. I suppose it needs a pitch put together, but when I pitched it under circumstance where the person couldn't option it, she sai...

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Erick Freitas
What are some acting books and podcasts that you recommend?

What are some acting books and podcasts that you recommend? I want to learn more about the craft!

Paul Grammatico

Hi Erick. Here's a book that was used in some of my acting classes a while back: https://www.amazon.com/Sanford-Meisner-Acting/dp/0394750594/ref=sr_1_2?c......

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Matthew Cornwell

Meitner on Acting (referenced above) is great.

Audition, by Michael Shurtleff, used to be a staple amongst acting classes. I don’t agree with everything in it, but it’s still got some good nuggets.

Mich...

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Tasha Lewis

Here are some resources. Backstage.com , Scriptmag.com , Thescriptlab.com and Stage 32 Blog .

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services
Who's Available for Some Zoom Table Reads?

Hey Actors!

I wanted to reach out to a couple writers in our Writers' Room to see if they'd be interested in doing some table reads of the pilots or features they're workshopping. Always best to have real actors do the reading and make a connection in the process.

Who'd be interested in doing this? I'...

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Caity FitzGerald

I'm late, but if you need more actors, I am in also. I saw this in the writers' room actually and came looking for it. :)

Melanie Collup

Ditto on Caity's comment. I saw your post in the writers' room. My script is not ready yet for a table read, but I would love to take part as an actor for now.

Karen E Ross

When is this starting, Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services?

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services

I just posted about it in the Writers' Room.

Tasha Lewis

Is the information open to all or just the Writer's Room?

Karen E Ross
Using "What If" to Explore Your Character

Came across this great video on writing Fight Club, but the intro really struck a chord with my own acting process:

I find writers and actors have to use...

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Matthew Cornwell

For me it depends on the size of the character. If I’m playing Doctor #2, and I have 2 lines consisting of just delivering information, then I do ZERO exploration of my character. I think doing backst...

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Tasha Lewis

What kind of fight (verbally, mentally, physically)?

Karen E Ross

I performed a scene from Gone Baby Gone once and the actor opposite me was a James Dean looking dude, so I never quite bought how someone like me would be in a romantic relationship with someone like...

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Debbie Croysdale

Hey @Karen You pulled off an ingenious move in getting an artist to unplumb inner talent. Why’s he cooler? You were master of the game. Kudos!

Tasha Lewis

A good technique would be to design a set that is like your favorite romantic scene and use it to develop chemistry.

Erick Freitas
I shot my first acting gig last saturday!

Hey everyone, so I've only been at this acting thing since Jan. 2020 but I was booked and shot a commercial for a very big company we all know (I signed some serious NDA stuff, sorry for the vague booking) and got my first non-union commercial! 

It was a great experience and I can't wait to do more!...

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Erick Freitas

Thanks for the kind words!

Karen E Ross

Congrats, Erick Freitas! Yeah, acting isn't "easier", but the commitment is different, and it makes you appreciate all the crew does for you. Keep at it!

Erick Freitas

I agree Karen E Ross ! There were so many times I wanted to cross the line and help, but I knew that wasn't my place anymore. Cool stuff...

William Joseph Hill

Congrats, Erick Freitas ! That's a big deal, especially with the new safety protocols. As an actor myself who's been on both sides of production, I think your past behind the scenes experience can hel...

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Tracy Woody

Fantastic for you!

Edward Skirtich
Thank You

Hi Everyone- Thank you all so much for your encouragement and support in my career endeavors. I made a huge accomplishment today. At PCTV 21 TV in Pittsburgh,PA I did a solo show and the voices of Indiana Jones and several characters in my tribute show to Indiana Jones, George Lucas, Steven Spielber...

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Nick Paul
Issues script reading & looking for a producer

Looking for a table read for the script reading of Issue pilot, and a producer. Mainly a producer.

Karen E Ross

Hey, Nick Paul - you can try posting a job for a producer, even low-pay or no-pay: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add...

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Matthew Cornwell
If you’re a Storyteller, read today’s Stage32 Blog!

Hey there, Stage32 Community! My most recent blog post was released today on Stage32. It delves into the importance of storytellers, and how our calling is on par with brain surgeons. Here’s the direct link: 

If you enjoy it, hit that heart icon at the top right of the page, comment at the bottom, an...

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Karen E Ross

Thanks for the link, Matthew Cornwell! If you edit this post so the link is the last thing written, then it will post as an active link (easier for people to click the link).

Matthew Cornwell

Karen E Ross Thanks for the hot tip!

Brandon Garic Notch
Be prepared for the character you're going to play.

It's best to know the real thing.

https://www.looper.com/149277/how-keanu-reeves-prepared-to-play-john-wick/

Anyone want to tell their stories of how they prepared to become the character they played?

https://youtu.be/2jLTSzf-5p4
How Keanu Reeves prepared to play John Wick
How Keanu Reeves prepared to play John Wick
There's no better time to take a look at how Keanu Reeves prepares to take on the physically demanding role of retired assassin John Wick. Prepare your best "Whoa," because you might be surprised to f…
Karen E Ross

So amazing to watch how Keanu trains. Loved the BTS for The Matrix, too. Honestly, I've never had to prepare for something so physical. Perhaps one day!

Karen E Ross
Judy Dench on TikTok

She still needs direction from her grandson, but according to Variety, she's giving it a go in order to fill her empty time and give her a sense of purpose.

What projects have you started to keep your head in the game? What projects have you stopped and had to forgive yourself for letting go? Have yo...

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Judi Dench on Joining TikTok During Quarantine: 'It Saved My Life'
Judi Dench on Joining TikTok During Quarantine: 'It Saved My Life'
Judi Dench has won an Academy Award, a Tony, two Golden Globes, 10 BAFTA Awards and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. But her latest achievement is going viral on TikTok…
Karen E Ross
VO Space: Closet to Corner?

My new Stage32 VO friend and I were discussing upgrading our spaces to better record at home, and I thought - why not open it up to the community?

Here's mine - Right...

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Karen E Ross

Oh, man, 7'x3' sounds cozy, Robin Karfo! Mine is... 2'x4" and about 5'6" high LOL! I fit, but there is no room for body movement... at all LOL! I may have to look into an engineer just to help me outf...

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Cylinda McAlister

Yes I agree with you Karen my closet when I close it in leaves me very little space to move around. Loving all the great information being shared . :))

Tasha Lewis

Location used to be an issue; however, I see all of us reinventing our interview locations (balconies, beach, bar, restaurant, boat, car, park, chair, etc.). It is similar to BYOD (Bring your own devi...

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Meg Stone

Tasha, I love the idea of BYOD - and why not? If it gets the job done, it gets more voices/ideas in front of more eyeballs/ears. That's the whole point of media. Right?

BTW, sorry for thinking you wer...

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Tasha Lewis

Meg. additionally, it eases peoples anxiety of having to have certain types of devices. Not everyone has a cellphone, laptop, tablet, and desktop, etc. Some people have to use libraries, labs and thei...

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Karen E Ross
Any Ballroom Dancers?

Clearly there is SO much content, we're never going to catch up, but I found out about HBO Max's Legendary which is about Ballroom Dancing - how did I miss this! Is anyone else getting flashbacks to Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom (1992)? LOL!

Who else here dances? What did you think of this series?...

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'Legendary' Stars and Creators on Bringing Ballroom Culture to TV and Sharing the Stories Behind the Competition
'Legendary' Stars and Creators on Bringing Ballroom Culture to TV and Sharing the Stories Behind the Competition
When HBO Max launched on May 27, the television world was introduced to a competition series unlike any seen before on screen. Inspired by the culture of ballroom, " Legendary " follows eight houses a…
Jean Buschmann

Thanks for sharing, Karen! I hadn't heard of it but I make it a point to watch all dance-related movies and series. I'm a fan of the art form, admittedly not so much ballroom because of its literal "u...

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Karen E Ross

Naw, BAZ-spasm away, Jean Buschmann! I'm a child of the '90s, so I love all sorts of dance and music - from Aaron Copeland to C&C Music Factory to Alanis Morisette. LOL! It's true - with more restrict...

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