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Acting as a Business: Strategies for Success

Brian O’Neil’s ‘Acting As A Business,’ provides novice and old pro thespians with survival guidelines on how to navigate the business side of acting. While other writers on the subject preached patience and a dogged...

An Actor Prepares

One of the first names that comes to mind in the study of acting is the great Russian teacher, Constantin Stanislavski. In his legendary book, ‘The Actor Prepares’ readers discover the humanity of the man as well as his...

Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy

Imagine taking a dishwashing job in a comedy club when you’re 15 just so you can watch and learn from the acts. Fast forward a number of years and you will find Judd Apatow’s comedic ability translated to the big silver...

Natalie Portman Teaches Acting

Her professional acting career began when she was 12. Using self-taught techniques, she achieved a ‘Best Actress Oscar’ for her role in Black Swan, before turning 30. Add over 200 awards and nominations, to her list of...

Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting

Imagine having Samuel L. Jackson as your acting teacher. A talent with over 100 films to his credit. Films like, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, The Negotiator, Coach Carter, Good Fellas, SWAT, The Avengers and 93 more...

Audition

The answer is the Shurtleff connection. The question is, what do Hoffman, Midler, Tomlin, Vereen, Redford, Streisand, David Merrick, Bob Fosse, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more have in common? As a Casting Director, Michael...

Helen Mirren Teaches Acting

She was appointed ‘Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ for her 50 plus years of service to drama. Add that to her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Best Actress Oscar for her role in Queen Elizabeth ll, 3 more...

Steve Martin Teaches Comedy

His career began doing stand-up at a drive-in movie theater where the audience would honk their horns if they enjoyed his jokes. Some 50 career-building years later, Steve Martin can add, Comedian, Actor, Writer, TV...

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