Everything listed under: Motivation + Momentum How to Deal with "The Questions" Are You Ready for *The Questions*?We’re knee-deep in the holiday season, and if you’re like a lot of actors (myself included), going to visit family can often bring up some actor-specific insecurities. Maybe you've had the holiday tunes blaring and ironed your tackiest sweater, but as you pull into the driveway of that annual family gathering, you feel yourself tense up from head to toe. You can almost hear Aunt Kathy diving into her annual edition of The Questions, and nothing could make y... Read More... December 20, 2018 ... How to Stop Doubt from Holding You Back from Achieving What You Really Want You’re sitting at your desk writing your screenplay or you’re working on sides for an audition or you realize you’ve been staring at your to do list for 10 minutes in complete overwhelm and haven’t done a single thing. Then, the inevitable happens. That initial motivation to begin any one of those projects is hijacked by doubt. Our brain... Read More... December 6, 2018 ... Your Actor TLC Guide It’s nearly Valentine’s Day so whether you have a significant other or not, this is a great time to show some love and appreciation for your friends, family, colleagues, and most importantly . . . yourself. Between auditions, waiting to hear if you got that callback... Read More... February 13, 2018 ... Accountability Partners: What They Are + Why All Actors Need One For all of the awesome, collaborative aspects of the acting profession, being an actor can most often feel like a solitary pursuit. If you’re like a lot of actors, this freedom is a double-edged sword. Perhaps you put off making decisions or following through and find your career stagnating with the same decisions still not made and the same tasks left undone months later.The good news is you don’t have to go it alone... Read More... December 26, 2017 ... 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... April 11, 2017 ... How to Prioritize as a New Actor How do you prioritize what to do as a new actor? —Lauren S., WashingtonAnyone new to acting is undoubtedly excited to launch their career. But to avoid frustration and spending a lot without tangible results, you need to prioritize how to spend your time and money. There are four steps to make the best use of your resources for the long haul. Read More... March 21, 2017 ... 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... March 14, 2017 ... Actors - Harness Your Power in 2017 Happy New Year! Now that 2016 is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to buckle down and harness all the excitement the new year brings.I usually do this sometime in December, but somehow last month got away from me. Maybe you’re in the same boat? It’s okay - we’re still in January - plenty of time to catch up!So, if you haven’t already, sit down and focus on what you want to achieve this year using the following steps: Read More... January 10, 2017 ... Embrace Your Essence Have you ever received your audition sides, just to realize that the character breakdown describes someone that is not physically like you? Maybe the role is for someone much older or younger. Or maybe the script mentions how incredibly tall and muscular the character is, and you’re actually average height and on the lean side. When this used to happen to me, I’d do one of two things:1. Panic2. Try to figure out how to change myself into how I think “they” want me to look/be/actIt was exhausting. And quite frankly, a waste of time. Read More... September 27, 2016 ... No News To Post? 4 Ideas To Get You Started Regularly updating the Latest News section on your website is one of the best ways of making you look like the busy and professional actor you are.But maybe you haven’t booked anything in a while, and you’re wondering what to write about. Don’t panic! Here are 4 ideas to get you started: Read More... September 6, 2016 ... Feeling Stuck? 5 Steps To Get You Moving Do you ever feel like you’re in a career rut? Boy, I’ve been there. In fact, I'm feeling a little stuck right now! If you’ve been doing the same thing over and over without getting the results you want, then it’s time to shake things up and get yourself moving again.I thought of 5 ways to shake off old routines and get moving in the right direction, and thought I'd share them with you! Read More... August 30, 2016 ... Life Threw a Curveball? 3 Ways To Get Back On Track Have you ever found yourself ready to start a big career project and suddenly Life has Other Plans? Frustrating, isn’t it? I used to feel bad or guilty or anxious when I wasn’t honoring the commitment I’d made to myself, even though a Big Life Thing was front and center and needed to be dealt with.Over time, I’ve come up with three ways to cope when things out of my control derail my career plans. Read More... August 16, 2016 ... 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... August 2, 2016 ... Create Harmony In Your Career As actors, we have big to-do lists. Between classes, auditions, rehearsals, mailings, bookings, job, and life, it can be hard to find a balance. At times, I’ve found myself focused so much on the marketing aspect of my own acting career, that craft was put on the back-burner, and vice versa. There’s only so many hours in the day, and only so much money (or energy) to go around, right? Are you feeling lopsided with how you’re spending your time? Here are four steps I’ve used to bring harmony to my own acting career: Read More... May 10, 2016 ... 4 Ways to Beat the Post-Pilot Season Blues Ah, pilot season. I know from experience that this time of year starts out with such hope and promise. Then it seems to go one of two ways... you’re either super busy going out on auditions, or super anxious wondering why you’re not going out on auditions. Then, suddenly it’s all over until next year leaving some of us with a little “Pilot Season Hangover”. Are you feeling a little let down this year? Here are four suggestions I’ve used to beat those blues: Read More... April 19, 2016 ... Actor and web designer Amy Russ helps actors showcase their cast-ability, personality, and professionalism with simple, effective, and affordable websites. Grab her free Rock Your Website Success Tips here.