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Everything listed under: Acting

  • How to Stay Motivated Towards Success in 2016

    By Megan McDermott, Accelerated Artist Career Coach


    As the new year approaches, it’s typical to look back on the past year and evaluate what you’ve accomplished as an actor. Well…..has this thought crossed your mind?“Gosh, I’ve been working so hard, submitting for everything on Actors Access and Backstage, going to every EPA, and doing as many CD workshops and Agents showcases as possible, and I have so little to show for all my hard work!” It can be so frustra...  Read More...

  • So Many Ways to Book a Dream Job

    by Doug Shapiro, Accelerated Artist Career Coach

    Hello Accelerated Artists! Uncle Doug here currently having the time of my life rehearsing for the Off-Broadway production of Once Upon a Mattress. Hilarious cast. Professional environment. MGM-Style musical numbers. It’s truly a dream job. You know what was really sweet about landing this gig?


  • How to Combat Self-Sabatoge + Increase Booking Success!

    By Megan McDermott, Accelerated Artist Career Coach 


     Is Your Audition Weasel Sabotaging Your Success? Ever have a weasel try to invade your mind during auditions? Especially for the roles you really want – those passion parts? You know, the negative, insecure voice that says things like: “You’re not good enough” or “They will never cast ME” or the dreaded “What are they thinking?” Sound familiar? This weasel voice often pops into your head during the most high stakes auditions and prevents you from: a. Being present and committed to your choices ...  Read More...

  • LIFE: An Acting 101 Primer - Acting 101e: Playing for Laughs

     By Chris McGahan, Accelerated Artist Career Coach


    Good comedy takes serious focus. The biggest laughs come from focusing on Objectives (which I touched on more in depth earlier), and NOT from playing “this is the funny bit. You should laugh here!”When you step away from objectives and start telling the audience it’s time to laugh, then you’ve moved into playing for laughs.

  • LIFE: An Acting 101 Primer- 101d: Objectives

     by Chris McGahan


    Nice to see you again! Today we are talking about Objectives and Obstacles. I loosely touched on Objectives a few posts back in Communication, but today we are getting a little deeper in it. In acting,   Read More...

  • LIFE: An Acting 101 Primer- 101b: Communicating

    By Chris McGahan


    Welcome back! This is part 2 of a series of articles focused around the fundamentals of business success and how, at their core, they are the same skills that we learned in Intro to Acting classes.101a was Listening. Because a huge part of communication IS listening I would recommend starting there before moving forwards with this article.Now that we are hearing deeply and fully the world around us, it’s time to communicate our message outwards.In Acting 101, Communic...

  • LIFE: An Acting 101 Primer- 101a Listening

     By Chris McGahan

    Acting 101a:  Listening

    You know, I have been successful in a lot of avenues in my life. I have been an actor, a producer, a director, an artistic director, and a writer. I have been an athlete. I have been a world traveler. I have been a dancer and a business analyst and am now a coach. I mean,


  • 5 Ways to be Your Own Casting Director

    by Amanda Tudor


    Whether you have an agent or not, it’s vitally important that you’re able to cast yourself as you’re looking at audition breakdowns. Make the casting director’s job easier and follow these 5 simple ways to be your own casting director to have more impact in the room and  Read More...

  • Welcome to the Real World

    By Amanda Tudor


    There are a few things I wish the Ghost of Amanda Future would've told Dear College Amanda to turn attention to after graduation and starting out in New York City. And because I love and honor that ghost, and because I’m committed to helping actors—one reason why I’m a coach—I want to share a few of those musings with you now.


  • Do You Want to Cry on Cue?

    by Patricia Angelin 


    Actors frequently come to me because they want the ability to “cry on cue.”

    Can I help with that? Well…yes. Will you be able to produce salty water from your eyes on-demand? That depends upon 


  • What are the similarities and differences of your commercial and theatrical audition reads?

    by Terry Berland 


    You can make your commercial reads come alive with a feeling of connection by following my teaching approach that a commercial has some of the same elements as a short scene.  A short scene might have ten words or three or four lines.  A strong foundational commercial script usually has about ten lines and has a beginning, middle and end, with transitions.  Without getting into how to dissect the script in this article, we’ll discuss the similarities and differences of your commercial and theatrical audition reads.  Similarities:


  • How to Keep Yourself on Your Reps’ Radar

    by Diane Christiansen


    Ever feel like you’re missing out on auditions on which your agent or manager could be sending you? Do you watch TV shows, films, or commercials and think, “Hey! Why didn’t I go in for this part?” It may be as simple as not being on your reps’ radar. How to fix that? Whether you’re in Los Angeles, New York, or anywhere in between, read on to find out how!


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