The Importance of Doing It Your Way

October 25th, 2011 1 comment
Frank Sinatra made the words famous, of course, “I did it… myyyyyy waaaaay.” And we’re all grateful. The song even starts with a theater reference about facing the final “curtain.” Nice.Auditioning actors are always caught in a slight pickle: wanting to make choices (good), but worrying about making the wrong choices (bad), that is, not doing it the way they want it. Of course, we can never be sure what it is they want, so a general rule of thumb is to make a choice, stick with it, do it your way, and let the chips fall where they may. Trying to figure out what’s going through somebody else’s head is a crap shoot at best. Read more…

Reviews: To Read or Not to Read

October 11th, 2011 No comments


A friend just opened a play last week and he was very excited. Weeks of hard work had been distilled into a few hours on stage, the opening night was electric, friends were gushing and sending congratulatory notes… and then the reviews came in. Suddenly, all the excitement was gone with a few barbed words from one critic. Read more…

Between the Taping and the Viewing…

September 18th, 2011 No comments


T.S. Eliot famously wrote of “the falling shadow.”

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow

In the acting life, there is also a falling shadow, and it comes between the gig and the screening. Between the filming and the airing… Theater is different, of course, but for now let’s stick to the world of screens. After you walk off set for the last day, there’s a good chance you won’t see your work for months, if not even years, or if ever. Read more…

What Happens AFTER the Show?

September 5th, 2011 No comments


It’s a good practice to have the next gig lined up, always, but that’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do. Still, when a show or a shoot ends, there’s a fallout of sorts, and, I believe, a critical moment in the actor’s life. How it’s handled can make a big difference in a career. Read more…

When Working, Work Even More

August 21st, 2011 No comments

Actors are fond of talking about the difference between studying in class and working on set or in a show. The obvious shifts are the pressure, the time constraints, and the urgency of having to perform NOW. It’s a bit like being asked to pee on demand. Not easy.

What Kind of Success Do You Want?

August 8th, 2011 No comments


In the span of two hours I was referred to as a “semi-celebrity,” and had a woman write me asking “Who are you?” (Why she bothered to write is entirely a mystery, but hey…) Still, it did illustrate the murky waters of notoriety actors can swim in. Somewhere circling amongst the “A-listers,” the “has beens,” and the “never should have beens” are the “aren’t you?… no, never minds.” Read more…

Show Me the Money

July 27th, 2011 1 comment


Well, now I’ve done it. After all my preaching about actors having to take the reins and make things happen, a project of my own is about to start. It’s a low-budget affair, so of course after the initial funding came in we all looked at each other and thought, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little more?”

Yes, it would. Read more…

The View from the Other Side

July 18th, 2011 No comments


It’s always a healthy practice to think about what other people are feeling. It can be particularly liberating for actors. Your audience, be it in an audition or in performance, is rooting for you. Never forget that.

This month I’ve had the good fortune to put on a producer’s hat for a film project. The reality of how much goes into a production has come into sharp focus. I highly recommend that all actors have the experience of producing. Read more…

Actors and Their Re-Presentatives

July 5th, 2011 No comments

A favorite pastime amongst actors is to complain about their agents and managers. They don’t work hard enough. They don’t get me the right appointments. They suck. Why don’t these people who earn 10% of my money do all of the work!

Yeah. That’s gonna happen… As a business model, it makes no sense. An agent or manager cannot devote their every waking minute to you. They have bills to pay, too. Simple math dictates that to earn what you earn alone, they would need ten of you. Read more…

Being Liked

June 28th, 2011 No comments

The measure of popularity these days is pretty scientific: it’s the number of people who “like” you on Facebook, or the number of followers of your Twitter feed. Of course, this number doesn’t necessarily represent people who might actually like the real you, but they’ve agreed to give you a public thumbs up, and that matters. It’s hard to dispute that somebody with 1,000,000 likes or followers hasn’t reached a bigger audience than somebody with 100. Read more…