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Advice from the Studio

The Actor and Their Voice

  Growing up can sometimes be a painful and stressful time.  Many kids come to our acting school closed off and quiet.   Some have been taught by various authority figures to “Keep it down!”  “Don’t be so emotional!”  and…

The Moment Before

The Moment Before “Tonight, I want you to lie in bed and think about the entire day you had today and relive it until the part where you got into bed. That will give you an idea of one way to prepare a prior circumstance. Many actors w…

How to become a star?

How to become a star? That’s a big one.  How do I become famous?  Fame is an enormous amount of people knowing you for something that you’ve done.   As a child actor you can easily misinterpret that as being an actor.   When I was 10…

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A Secret to Becoming a Great Actor

The Secret to Becoming a Great Actor “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”- Marc Chagall Most people think that there is a definite formula, preparation, or technique that will make …

Three Great Benefits of Online Acting Lessons

Online Acting Lessons Terror. Excitement. Confusion.Nerves. These were some of the many feelings we had upon making the decision to go entirely virtual with our classes back in March. How would online acting lessons work?   Where would b…

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Best Advice for Online Acting

Online Acting Are my parents listening to me right now? Why can’t my little sister be quieter?The WiFi keeps cutting out! Why is this desk chair so uncomfortable? Why do I look so weird on this Zoom call?Why does my dog keep staring at…

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How to overcome shyness

“How to overcome shyness?” Many parents come to our studio in hopes of trying to make their child not shy.  Of course, no person is inherently shy all of the time. In the same way, that no one is always outgoing or brave or silly eit…

At Home Acting Class in Los Angeles- Working from Home #2

“What bliss, when for a few minutes you enter that sphere of your art where it becomes genuine, where you feel true life in the Scene.”  There before you stands your partner, I living person.  You see him as someone real….You, your…

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Learn Acting at Home

Learn Acting at Home How can anyone practice acting in their home? Much of Stanislavski’s work was dedicated to “an actor’s work on himself.” It’s important that you understand yourself so you can add your uniqueness to the par…

How do I start this?

How do I start this?  This is the first of many terrifying questions one may ask themselves when endeavoring to write something. This is what I am asking myself right now. The point of this blog is extol the virtues of habit. And one hab…

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Online Acting

Online Acting Human beings are forever in action and knowing how to work as an actor is half the battle.  In this article, I will recommend ways to create a playing space at home that will help you feel inspired, creative and confident. …

Being Different in a Virtual World

I was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, one of five boys for which, my Dad proclaimed that each son would be treated equally and would be given a college education. My father loved science and tried to raise his family based on scientific …

Shining a Light in the Darkness

Shining a Light in the Darkness  As a kid I was afraid of the dark. There was this pervasive fear that something was lurking either in my closet, or under my bed. This “something” took many different theoretical shapes and forms, but it’…

Prepare for the 20s!

Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together. – Leonardo DaVinci A new decade. The Twenties.  What do you envision for it? Could this be THE decade where your work went to new heights of creativity …

You are the One

YOU ARE THE ONE IT ONLY TAKES ONE MINUTE  -The one-minute monologue Acting tips for auditioning with Monologues When we audition for parts we are always trying to show as much as we can in as little time as possible.    Young actors want…

Surviving as a Child Actor

Having taught acting school Los Angeles young people for over twenty years now, it has been one of my main aims to prevent them from following the same path that I did as a young actor. On the face of it, this may sound a little odd comi…

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Learning Acting

. Learning Acting “Before we begin to study, let us determine what it is we want to learn.   We shall not say that theater is a school.  No, the theater is entertainment. “- Constantin Stanislavski Think about your favorite performance…

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Three Fantastic Acting Tips for Young Actors

Acting Tips-  For today’s actors. Acting Tips 1:  Find your inspiration. Acting is such a personal individual work of art and when you market it daily, it can really make a person feel fragile.  Therefore,  find a teacher that is sup…

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What are the Best Acting Schools in Los Angeles?

Best Acting Schools in Los Angeles The first thing actors must decide is where their gifts lie and what they wish to achieve.   Are you interested in doing commercials, comedy improv, sit coms, movies or stage?   What about musicals? Nex…

Film Acting for Kids

FILM ACTING FOR KIDS “Acting on Film” How can I help my child get ready to act in movies? Is there a difference between theatre acting school and a film acting school. This is a question I get all the time at The Young Actor’s Studio…

Emotional Acting?

I’ve heard that actors act using their own emotions from life. How can I do this when I have just a normal ordinary life with nothing exciting about it? All you have are your own emotions. That is all you need and I can assure you that…

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Keeping What’s Natural in an Acting Class

I read an article in New York Times yesterday in which Sofia Coppola discussed the casting of some fairly new teenage actors as lead roles in her latest film “Bling Ring”. “I think with people that age, it’s exciting to find kids that ar…

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College Audition Monologues

College Audition Monologues Fall Season can be a stressful time for our teen actors who are getting ready for their college audition monologues. But it doesn’t have to be! Take some time to prepare in advance, and you can be ready for yo…