Everything listed under: Behind The Scenes

  • Home Studio Set Up - Some A’s to your Q’s

    After our recent #AskAnExpert series on Reels, I received a reader question I wanted to share: What's the average cost of a home studio set up? What editing tools are available for free to create a rough draft of what I want to cut down on the time a reel editor will take to modify my work? To get...  Read More...

  • Class is in Session

    I talk a lot about the #actorslife here on the blog. Whether I’m sharing lessons learned through my own auditions and gigs, or tips gathered from peers and other folks around the industry, my hope is you...  Read More...

  • Reel Refresh!

    You need a reel, whether your niche is as a commercial actor, voiceover talent, or anything in between! As a new actor, it's almost inevitable that you're scrambling to gather enough footage (and there's nothing wrong with some DIY, as long as you do it right) and find that your focus is on more, more, more. Although it may never feel like it at the time, there will come a day when you've gotta shed the "Collect ALL the Work!" mindset and...  Read More...

  • How Much Footage Do You Need for a Reel?

    What if your acting career still has the new car smell? What if you’re a veteran in the industry with many of years of work but are still working toward that breakout role? Creating your own work is much more accessible now, but you need to do it the right away.  Read More...

  • Classic Mistakes Actors Make When Creating Their Reels

    It's easier to critique than it is to create. This phrase recently inspired me—which is why you may recognize it from Instagram! While at that time I had another interpretation in mind (that all-so-important thick skin actors need), the sentence hit me on the side of the head again today as I reflect on actor reels...  Read More...

  • The Basic Elements of a Kick-Ass Actor Reel

    Attention spans are arguably at an all-time low. It's soooo easy to swipe, scroll, click away from one thing and onto the next shiny object. We all do it, which is why it's so important you keep that from happening with your actor reel.  Read More...

  • Your Actor Reel: What’s the Point?

    Operation "Get Cast" underway? To help you get your package together, it's important to understand the role of the reel. We turned to Kristina Latour, who's considered the industry's demo reel expert for actors and knows what performs best for the decision-makers who will get you booked.  Read More...

  • You Booked Your First VO - Now What?

    Y o u d i d i t ! You booked your first VO job. When you’re ready to prepare, you’ll want to have a sense of what to expect so you can feel calm, collected, and carrying yourself like a seasoned professional. To help, here's a sneak peek of what happens behind those doors (or screens, if you’re submitting digitally).  Read More...

  • Do You Need a VO Reel to Book VO Work?

    It’s a chicken:egg paradox. Do I need a reel to book work? Do I need a body of work to create a reel? As you get started in the VO world, you might be tempted to run out and create a reel for day one - but that’s not always a good idea.  Read More...

  • What to Expect at a Voiceover Audition

    You’ve taken classes, done your research, reflected on which piece of the VO pie you’d like to start on, and even reached out to your existing agent about representation for voiceover jobs. I’m so proud! Now, at some point, it’s time to get out of preparation mode and get to “doing” it. And that means it’s time to audition. Depending on the kind of job...  Read More...

  • Do you Need a Separate Agent for your Voiceover Career?

    A common question for any format of acting, and that includes voiceover, is around the need for representation. And VO has its own set of answers! When do you need an agent? What if you already have traditional representation? In which cases can you serve as your own? And why might these answers vary depending on where you live?  Read More...

  • What are the Different Types of Voiceover Gigs?

    This week, we’re talking about the different kinds of voiceover work. You know what? There’s way more out there than just animation. Although animation is pretty awesome, this means there are a lot more VO jobs than you may initially think. And some of these areas can also be quite fun and lucrative, too.  Read More...

  • Do You Need to Take Class to be a Voiceover Artist?

    Spoiler alert: you do need to take classes. But I want you to understand why it's important to acquire certain skills before your first voiceover audition. Upfront training as well as other investments, like equipment, will help you enter the VO world with confidence and professionalism. And you'll have the benefit of...  Read More...

  • 3 Steps to Take Now to Start your Voiceover Career

    Greetings, aspiring Voiceover Champions of the World! Now that we’ve established the necessary groundwork for starting a VO career, it’s time to get to “doing” — and with Elise’s guidance, you’ll learn three steps that you can get started on immediately. That’s fast, even by NYC standards. What’s better than some instant gratification?  Read More...

  • What You Need to Know Before Starting a Voiceover Career

    One of the best parts of creating an #AskAnExpert series for the AW community is the chance to come away from it knowing (way) more than I did before, and this new series is chock full of those kinds of lessons. Despite my many years as a professional actor, the voiceover area is one that I just didn’t know much about. And VO is hot right now!  Read More...

  • New Headshot Happy Dance

    *That feeling you get when you check “Get New Headshots” off your to-do list!*

    Time to dust off my purple jumpsuit and tune up the triangle, 'cause my latest actor headshot session is done and dusted! Can I get a "Hallelujah"? 

    Ready to stretch out those hamstrings for your own post-headshot high kicks? Give yourself a leg up and check out these highlights from what I learned...  Read More...

  • A Peek at My Headshot Prep List

    Since last week’s post was all about headshots, including awesome tips and tricks from a casting director and a top photographer (click here if you missed it), I thought I’d share some insights from my own latest actor headshot session - just over a week ago - with the awesome Lauren Toub.   Read More...

  • The Major Difference Between Working in Film & TV

    While similar, working in film and in TV are not the same! Whether your experience has been mostly in one category and you're considering a role in the other, or if you are new to acting and wondering if you should set your sights on film or television, there is a major difference you need to know.  Read More...

  • Can’t Remember Why You Love to Act? 6 Ways to Reconnect With Your Passion

    If you’re an actor, you might occasionally find yourself frustrated with the business and everything that needs to happen to keep your career running. I mean, you’ve got a lot on your plate: survival job, classes, auditions, mailings, bookings, and life. You can get so busy that you may forget why you’re doing all of this in the first place. 

    Sometimes, you may feel like you’re stuck in a rut or even that you’ve fallen out of love with acting, this thing you’re supposed to love no matter what, that you’ve committed your entire life to. Listen, I’ve been there and I get it. If you do find yourself wondering why you’re doing all of this, here are the steps I take to remind myself why I love being an actor and to help me get unstuck.   Read More...

  • How to Prep for an Audition

    My #AskAnExpert series continues with producer, writer, and casting director, Melanie Forchetti! Melanie is currently the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, and is producing two feature films and a TV show. Today I got the inside scoop on how to prep for auditions.

    Watch the video to get her tips!  Read More...

  • 5 Tips for a Great Audition

    I'm super excited to continue my #AskAnExpert series with the awesome producer, writer, and casting director, Melanie Forchetti! Melanie is currently the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, and is producing two feature films and a TV show. I sat down with her to get some tips for a great audition.

    Watch the video to get her 5 top tips!  Read More...

  • The Perks of Being an Extra

    If you’re a new actor who wants to break into TV or film, you may wonder what it’s like to work on a professional set. Some actors worry that if they nab even a small role in a big project before ever stepping foot on a set, it could add stress to what should be an amazing experience. 

    One way to gain professional on-set experience is to get hired as a background actor or “extra” on a couple of big projects. You’ll get paid to be an actor, get an education on how a real set works, and gain the confidence that only comes from real-life experience. I call it getting your set legs! 

    Here are some steps to help you get your set legs:   Read More...

  • How to Stop Fearing Auditions + Make Them Fun Again

    Do you have a love/hate relationship with auditions? Most actors want more opportunities to audition, but the process can be nerve-wracking. And we all know that audition nerves can kill your chances of getting booked.   Read More...

  • Be Confident and Calm at Auditions - Part 3

    Today is the day of your audition! How do you want to feel? My guess is you want to feel prepared and confident so you can truly take advantage of this great opportunity. But sometimes, that can be easier said than done. 

    Since I started using my 3 Part Audition Checklist, I walk into every audition feeling calm and confident. If I can do it, you can, too! I'm delighted to share my personal audition checklist to help you feel empowered.

    The last two weeks I covered what to do when you get the audition, and what to do the night before. Be sure to check them out if you missed them. 

    If you’re all caught up, let’s move on to Part 3!   Read More...

  • Be Confident and Calm at Auditions - Part 2

    How often have you walked into an audition feeling confident and prepared? It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? An audition is an exciting opportunity. So once that audition is secured, having a Checklist in place can enable you to make the most of every opportunity. 

    Wouldn’t it be great to walk into the room feeling confident and prepared every single time? My 3-Part Audition Checklist has helped me achieve this, and I’m happy to share it with you! 

    I covered what to do when you get the audition in Part 1 last week. Be sure to check it out if you missed it. 

    So if you’re all caught up, let’s move on to Part 2:   Read More...

  • Be Confident and Calm at Auditions - Part 1

    As an actor, auditioning is a huge part of your job. But, if you’re like a lot of my clients, once you get the audition you may feel overwhelmed by how you’ll prepare for it in a way that leaves you feeling professional, confident, and relaxed when you're in the room.

    Not to worry! I came up with a nerve-busting 3-Part Audition Checklist that I’m happy to share with you.   Read More...

  • My Actors Access Mistake

    A few nights ago I got an urgent email from my manager. I thought I'd share the ensuing faux pas so you know what NOT to do on your Actors Access account.

    Listen to my blunder below:  Read More...

  • 4 Ways To Calm Your Audition Nerves

    You can’t be a successful actor unless you’ve auditioned. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to audition a lot! And if you’re really lucky, you’ll discover how to conquer your audition fears so that each audition is a joy, and not something to get all worked up about.

    Here are 4 strategies I've used to calm my own audition nerves:  Read More...

  • Peek Inside My On-Set Actor Bag

    ActorWebs - Peek Inside My On-Set Actor Bag

    Have you ever made the mad dash to meet the courtesy van, only to arrive on set and realize you'd forgotten something? I know I have - more than once. But I finally got myself organized and made a list of the most useful things I’ve needed or wished I’d had with me on set.

    Here's a peek inside my bag:  Read More...


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