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Performance Review: ‘Latin History for Morons’

Performance Review: ‘Latin History for Morons’

I had mixed feelings about attending a performance of Latin History for Morons. Prior to my decision, I weighed the pros and cons. In the cons column: it’s a one-man show (I don’t typically enjoy them), it’s 110 minutes with no intermission, and it’s about history....
Trust (Not Talent) Can Make or Break a Commercial Career

Trust (Not Talent) Can Make or Break a Commercial Career

Trust. It’s a big word. It’s widely known that the commercial industry is all about relationships. A casting office has relationships with agents as well as with individual actors and vice versa. While it’s always a plus to genuinely like the people you work with,...
Theatre Review: ‘The Christians’

Theatre Review: ‘The Christians’

“There is no hell. And there is no reason to tell people they’re going to hell. Because they are in hell. They are already there.” Pastor Paul (Townsend Coleman) delivers this epiphany to his thriving mega-church congregation after sharing a harrowing...
Essential Tips for Getting Brilliant Commercial Headshots

Essential Tips for Getting Brilliant Commercial Headshots

Commercial headshots is well-covered ground. After looking at a slew of headshots myself and talking/listening to countless commercial actors, there seems to be two camps on the topic: the believers in the power of the headshot and the non-believers. OK, there may be...
‘Trump in Space – The Musical’: Theatre Review

‘Trump in Space – The Musical’: Theatre Review

Trump in Space – The Musical, was the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Fringe Festival Encore Award. Trump in Space, which recently achieved “the second longest running show at Second City (Los Angeles),” is closing August 16th, but you can still catch it every...
To Go or Not to Go?

To Go or Not to Go?

To go or not to go? That should never be the question.  Three different situations have inspired me to address the topic of actors deciding to attend or not attend their commercial auditions. If you’ve been reading my words for a while, you know how passionate I am...
Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

The commercial casting process shouldn’t be a mystery. While every job is unique, there is an underlying structure to the process that, in theory anyway, we’ve all committed to when casting commercials. Why? Because it works! When talking to actors, there seems to be...
Commercial Actors Should Never…

Commercial Actors Should Never…

To agent or to no agent… and which agent? Those are the questions! Sometimes I feel like you can find an opinion to match what you think/want to hear on any aspect of the industry. I always go with the study that confirms that I’ll live longer for drinking a glass of...
Commercial Actors Should Never…

Commercial Actors Should Never…

Commercial actors should never be unprepared for a commercial self tape request. Did you think the self tape requests only come in on low budget non union jobs? They do, but that isn’t all. There are self tape requests that come on jobs that have no callbacks, but the...