Yearly Archive: 2016

3 Money Goals Every Actor Should Make in 2017

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There is nothing about being broke, in debt, and stressed about money 24/7 that makes you a better actor. 
So stop settling for the “starving artist” narrative and make 2017 the year you set (and get) your financial goals.
1. Own your cash confidence.Ditch the “I’m bad at math” excuses and take ownership of your money by dusting off those first grade math skills.
That’s right: it all comes down to basic addition and subtraction. How much is coming and how much is going out each month?
To get a handle on those numbers, start paying attention to your cash flow. Use an app like Mint to track it all for you, or simply write down your spending and earnings each day, income on one side, expenses on the other. Then add up each column at the end of every month.
If you do just one thing differently with your money in 2017, make it this ridiculously simple practice.
Knowing where your money is going today is the only way to make better choices about how to maximize your money tomorrow.   
2. Live within your means.How do you live within your means when you don’t know what your means are? You get grounded in your cost of living.
While your income may be irregular and

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6 Tips to Help You Ace Your Next Open Call

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Some actors will tell you that it’s not worth your time to go to an EPA or Open Call; that we’re not really looking; or only seriously seeing agent/manager submissions. I can tell you that when casting the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Woman in White” many years ago that seven of our ensemble members came from the EPA. Musicals and shows requiring younger people (think “Spring Awakening”) especially use these calls to find young, unrepresented talent. For plays, understudy roles can often be cast from these calls.
First, no matter what the call is, look closely at the breakdown and character descriptions. If you’re right for a role (or multiple roles in the show) then it is worth your time to go to the call. If you are not right for any of the roles listed, please do not go. It’s a waste of your time and ours. Yes, we’re probably working on more than one project at a time but it’s not a good idea to “just get seen.” It makes it look as if you don’t understand who you are or what you can do as a performer. You’ve also taken away an audition time for someone who may be right for the show. It reflects poorly on

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The Most Important Holiday Gift for Every Actor

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Every day, I work with actors helping them find their place within the industry…defining their type, developing their brand, and honing their marketable image. Every day I see actors who are filled with so much potential… and yet, every day, I watch actors make the same terrible mistakes, setting themselves up for failure.
Every so often, I get called in as an image consultant to help with castings, making sure that they cast the perfect actor to embody the exact image needed.  Every casting, I watch actors come into the audition room one after the other, all trying to be what they think they’re supposed to be—and every time, that’s when the actor hears the dreaded, “That was great. Thanks for coming in.” And every casting, there is always that one actor who walks in with no apologies, no visible insecurities, who is confident but not cocky, dressed appropriately, owning everything about themselves, and ready to work—and all of a sudden, every person in that audition room lets out a group exhale. Finally, an actor who is not trying to be anything but who they innately are. Whether that actor is cast in the role or not, they are always remembered. 
Every time I have had the opportunity

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