• Building a Backstory Part 1: Themes

    First things first... Remember in English class when you had to identify the themes in the piece you were studying? Just in case it's been a while since your last lesson, a theme is the overall message the writer is trying to convey. Like authors, screenwriters also use themes when writing screenplays. Actors then have…


  • Power Pose

    Are you standing in a position of weakness, or are you standing in a position of power? Have you ever thought about the way you hold yourself during auditions? What your body is doing, and what vibe you're giving off just by being in front of a camera? A lot of actors may not think…


  • Pursing Your Passion

    It's never too late Growing up in Texas with horrible tornadoes, Orelon Sydney always wanted to study meteorology in order to understand them--for a means of comfort. That dream became reality, and by her mid-thirties, Orelon landed her dream job as an on-air weather reporter for CNN. She loved it just as much as she…


  • Co-Star Role Audition Tips

    So you want to book a co-star role? First things first, what is a co-star? A Co-star is a small speaking role that typically is only in one episode and usually interacts with the series regular or recurring characters on the show to move the story along. Co-star auditions can be considered the hardest auditions to…


  • How To Stay Productive During The Holidays

    What can actors do for their career during the downtime? by Grace Andrews With auditions and acting classes coming to a pause during the holidays, actors tend to wonder how they can keep their focus and not fall out of practice in the midst of the vacation -- or even just in their downtime. Often…


  • Making Choices During Your Audition

    Is it ok to break the rules? Have you ever had an audition where the filming instructions say to "not use props" but the scene calls for a specific prop of some sort? Often times actors are afraid that if they don't follow the "rules" given to them in the breakdown exactly, they'll take a…


  • What’s a Button?

    Are you using buttons? A “button” is a tool actors can use in their auditions to help close the scene in a unique way. It’s an ending line or action (created by YOU) that helps set your audition apart from others, showcasing your own personal essence as an actor. “Buttons” help make your audition distinctive,…


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