Acting From All Angles

Making It Reel!

Feel dismal about your reel? Or that you just need to spruce it up? Get some really great acting on it? Well, here at Actors In Action Conservatory of Film and Theatre, we have some ideas about that.

Why not write and shoot your own stuff for your reel? That’s right! Get into your wheelhouse . . .

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Acting From All Angles

Emotional Blocks

Do you ever feel totally shut down and unable to access your emotions when you’re acting? For a lot of actors that can be a big problem. Sometimes we are in the habit of disassociating from our feelings in life and that can boil over to our acting work. Sometimes we just get blocked from a particular feeling we need to delve into. Sometimes we’re just having a bad day, or week, or month and we feel as dry as the Sahara Desert emotionally.

So what do we do? Steven Spielberg ain’t gonna wait for our emotional tide to turn. 

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Acting From All Angles

Don’t Want to Look Like an Amateur?

Do you hold yourself back with your acting career because you’re afraid of being wrong or that you’ll make yourself look like an amateur?

That’s a common condition for a lot of actors, in my experience. Even ones who are “established”. But why do we do that? Hold back and don’t try to get an agent or better agent? Stay stuck in our 9 to 5 getting more hopeless by the day? Go weeks or even months without letting those wild horses of our acting drive out to tear up the fields?

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Acting From All Angles

Creating Traction As An Actor!

How does an ice climber feel a the bottom of a frozen waterfall? Daunted, perhaps? Maybe, but once they clamp on those crampons, they know they’re going to have added traction to get to the top. Steel-toothed feet, how could that not give you confidence? 

Well, if you’re feeling like where you want to go with your acting is a huge, slippery, wall of ice and you just can’t seem to figure out how to climb it—we just need to get you some steel-teeth for your feet.

But how? 

First of all take heart, every actor feels daunted at times. Even famous actors. The best thing to do is start where you are. And then do what you love. Even if it’s for a smidge of time during your work-packed day.

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Acting From All Angles

In Search of Perfect Self-Tape Lighting?

Self-taping your auditions is becoming more and more common for actors. And will probably one day completely eclipse going into the casting office. There are some advantages to that and disadvantages. Meeting one-on-one can be a great way to build relationships with casting directors. But with self-tapes you get more than one try to knock that audition out of the park. Which can be HUGE.

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Acting From All Angles

Name Changer! Game Changer!

How important is branding to an actor? Will it set you apart with casting directors? Will it get you better auditions? Will it help you nab more call backs? Will

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Acting From All Angles

Got Goals?

It’s goal making time! And we want to hear yours! Not sure how to come up with some great purpose for the year? Not sure how to reach those peaks you want to climb? Lacking on a inspiration? Watch our video and get your mojo going for your next conquest!

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Acting From All Angles

Beefing Up Your Reel!

Don’t have a reel? Well, you need to get one! But if you don’t have one, how can you get an agent and thusly auditions to get bookings and the footage to make that reel? That’s a Catch-22 that’ll make your head spin. In the video below, we tell you how to crack that code and get some great footage to get you started. We also discuss what the industry is currently looking for in a reel and how to make it easy for casting and agents to see how great of an actor your are.

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Acting From All Angles

Lifting Off! [+Post Malone!]

Lifting Off is a fabulous technique that, with a little practice, will help you get your eyes off the page and you out of your script with cold reads! What

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Acting From All Angles

The Right Tools . . . for Acting!

I’ve learned from my remodeling project here at the studio that the job is much easier to do if you have the right tool. Same thing for acting. Is your headshot dull? Your resume messy? Your reel endless and full of fluff? Well, watch this video below and learn what you can do to get them sharp and effective. Your acting career will thank you. Also – new killer memoization technique discussed!

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Acting From All Angles

Audition Prep

You get the email from your agent with the sides! Awesome! You’ve got an audition. Tomorrow?! That’s right. Most of us get less than 24 hours to prep an audition. How do you do it? How do you make it your own, make great choices, get off book and be that ever elusive “castable”? Well, in the video below we’ve got a pro that walks you through the blow by blow from the night before when the sides come in to the session in the taping room. If you want to up your audition game, watch this!

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Acting From All Angles

Dealing With The Unprepared Actor

Have you ever gotten to set rip roaring ready to go, lines down, choices narrowed, attitude can-do, and been derailed by the Unprepared Actor? Hopefully not. But things like that

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Acting From All Angles

How To Write An Award Winning Play

This summer my play Amber:Alert (which deals with teen suicide) won Outstanding Original Script at the 2019 Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. I take you through the whole process in

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Acting From All Angles

Self-Taping!

In our modern, busy and tech savvy world, self-taping is becoming more and more prevalent. Learn how to ace the self-taping thing by watching this video. Learn what the most

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Determination

455 Years Old

If Shakespeare were alive today April 23, 2019 he’d be 455 years old and we’d (hopefully) have about 296 more of his plays! He wrote 37 in total and lived to be 51, so if you do the math, it would work out to something like that. Can you imagine?

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Acting From All Angles

Voice Work: Arthur Lessac

Do you need to work on your voice and speech? There are many techniques from masters of voice work for actors such as Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg, but

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Acting From All Angles

Rejection: How to Handle It!

Rejection is a reality of being an actor. And learning to handle it well is important for an actor’s mental health and overall success. Watch the video below to find

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