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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

We’re kicking off 2021 in the right way, full of inspirational videos to keep you motivated and hone in on your craft. Enjoy a mixture of videos to inspire you throughout the month of January. 

 

Arts / Culture

1. Check out the full performance of “Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake,” performed by the Kirov Ballet via Warner Classics! 

2. The National Theatre in London shared a series of “Vocal Warm-Ups” for actors featuring Jeannette Nelson, head of voice at the company. Enjoy series #1 and #2

3. Google Arts and Culture offers “Experiments” online, such as an online color booking where you can paint through palettes of famous paintings. Dive in here

4. The Leopold Museum in Austria offers an online museum explorer where you can learn about notable artist Egon Schiele, expressionism pieces, modern art and much more. 

5. Take a sneak peek of the New York Aquarium‘s new shark exhibit via a cinematic walkthrough of their coral reef. Enjoy!

6. Watch this quick clip by the New England Aquarium of their giant ocean tanks with some incredible views of turtles. 

7. Interested in watching some live theatre from home? Learn more and subscribe to the National Theatre at home, where you can catch theatre performances from your living room. 

 

Live Performances

8. Kick-off 2021 with advice from your favorite actors on how to make it in Hollywood. Watch the full 15-minute clip featuring William H. Macy, Darren Criss and many more.

9. Behind the scenes video is always a treat, especially when they are from Disney live-action features! Find out what these eight Disney live-action remakes look like from behind the camera.

10. Jude Law has had an epic career full of big-screen titles. Watch him discuss his roles with GQ in this 30+ minute video on YouTube.

11. Back in 2010, notable director Taika Waititi hosted a Ted Talk on “The Art of Creativity,” which will be sure to fill your cup of inspiration.

12. Check out this “How to Get Into Character” video presented by Bazaar UK. “Always show up to the job interview like you already got the job” is one of the many informative tips from Gillian Anderson, who recently played Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown.”

13. Learn from Pro LA Acting Coach Anthony Gilardi as he breaks down twelve “Batman” villain Performances.

14. Variety has a wide range of “Actors on Actors” conversations that last over 1-hour long. Why not watch Don Cheadle and Sacha Baron Cohen discuss their roles and the extreme characters they have played in the past?

15. From “101 Dalmatians” to “Mars Attacks,” listen to Glenn Close break down her career with Vanity Fair. 

16. Acting coach Jonna Johnson breaks down 10 iconic crying scenes, going into detail on the highs and lows of the performances. Make sure to check out the rest in the acting coach series for Insider.

17. LADbible TV hosts an on-going series on their YouTube channel called “First Impressions.” Watch this hilarious video series featuring famous actors like Lana Condor and Will Smith doing their best impressions and showing their hidden talents.

18. Check out this career retrospective from legendary actress Octavia Spencer, who goes into detail on her fear of auditioning and much more, presented by SAG-AFTRA.

19. Wired hosted a video back in 2016 on their YouTube channel where a movie accent expert breaks down 32 separate performances from Kate Winslet in “Jobs” to Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York.” This one is worth a watch! 

20. Are you a “Breaking Bad” fan? Check out this table read for the episode titled “Blood Money.”

21. Watch this fun video of Vanity Fair quizzing British stars on which American accent is the hardest, featuring Michelle Dockery, Richard Madden, Emily Blunt and many more.

22. Star Carey Mulligan and Director Emerald Fennell of “Promising Young Woman sat down with Variety to discuss her directorial debut and the project in detail. Check out the full video here.

23. For anyone who loves 80s Halloween movies, this link is for you! Check out the table read with the original cast from the 1985 version of “Fright Night.”

24. From “Austin Powers” to “Kingsman,” a former CIA chief of disguise breaks down over 20 spy scenes from well-known movies and series. 

 

Exercise & Meditation

25. Looking for a no-equipment workout? Try this 9 circuits and a warm-up workout via SELF. Check it out and watch that timer! 

26. Relax and unwind to this peaceful crystal bowl sound bath. The best part is the video from Healing Vibrations is 3-hours long!

27. Jump in with the Body Coach on YouTube who has a high-energy New Year’s Day HIIT workout.

28. Follow along with Fit Tuber’s quick 15-minute daily yoga routine for beginners!

29. Get your sweat on with this 30-minute dance and cardio kickboxing workout from Joseph D and his team. Different levels are included for beginners! 

30. Stuck at home wishing you could take an in-person dance class? Why not try this intro to ballet specifically designed for beginners, brought to you by Miss Auti

31. Check out this full-body stretching routine, meant for flexibility and pain relief, presented by physical therapist AskDoctorJo. This video will relax your whole body, head to toe! 

 

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TIME’S UP: Pushing for Safety, Equity and Power in Entertainment

TIME’S UP: Pushing for Safety, Equity and Power in Entertainment

In the isolation 2020 has brought to all of us, it is easy to lose track of the rest of the world. For large swathes of this year, it has felt like the entire world was frozen, waiting for someone to press play again.

In spite of much of the entertainment industry grinding to a halt this spring, important progress has been made and maintained. TIME’S UP Foundation has continued their work to champion initiatives in the entertainment industry in its determination to create a stronger, safer work environment for industry professionals.

This year marked the debut of the TIME’S UP Guide to Working in Entertainment, aimed at fighting sexual harassment by educating those in positions of authority and empowering workers with the necessary resources to protect their rights. The three-volume series includes information for actors with Your Rights in Nude and Intimate Scenes and Your Rights in Auditions, as well as information for all industry professionals with Your Right to Report. These guides continue to be a trusted and widely shared resource in the industry.

In addition to its ongoing efforts to advocate for female directors, through the 4% Challenge, TIME’S UP launched a PSA, narrated by Ava DuVernay, that highlights below-the-line jobs and amplifies opportunities for women in the industry at every level. The PSA, which played in theaters across the U.S., is accompanied by resources on the TIME’S UP website that provide information about the relevant positions and practical avenues for those looking to get proper training or join an appropriate union.

TIME’S UP has also worked to bolster opportunities for diverse filmmakers, critics, and reporters. The organization partnered with USC’s Dr. Stacey L. Smith on their recent study Inclusion at Film Festivals, which revealed that having women of color programmers on staff resulted in better representation of diverse filmmakers. Meanwhile, CRITICAL, TIME’S UP’s press initiative, has more than tripled its database membership since it launched and now includes over 720 entertainment critics and journalists from underrepresented groups.

To further diversify the pathway to leadership among the executive and producer ranks, TIME’S UP’s pilot mentoring program, Who’s in the Room, saw 91% of its mentees receive promotions within nine months of the year-long program.

Beyond the entertainment industry, TIME’S UP has continued its efforts to promote safe, fair and dignified work through initiatives and campaigns across industries. For example, this spring, they premiered the TIME’S UP Guide to Equity and Inclusion During Crisis. Aimed at leadership, this guide serves to empower employers to build anti-racist and anti-sexist workplaces, equalize the workforce and care for workers during times of crisis.

Meanwhile, the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund continues to provide legal resources and public relations support to survivors of sexual harassment, discrimination and related retaliation, thus far serving over 5,000 people.

So while it may feel like the industry is limping slowly back to its feet, it’s important to remember that there is still significant work being done. Important progress being made. TIME’S UP is just one organization doing the vital work of redefining the industry, so that when we are back in full force, the entertainment industry will hopefully be comprised of stronger, safer, more equitable workplaces for all.

 

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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

With 2020 coming to a close, it’s important to stay productive, entertained and engaged. 

We’re providing you with a mixture of festive and live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of December. 

 

Festive

1. Catch the famously talented Radio City Rockettes in their Radio City Christmas Spectacular!

2. Watch actor Keegan-Michael Key and Ricky Martin discussing “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” virtually, along with their favorite holiday traditions. 

3. Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Why not binge the 1993 recorded version of “The Nutcracker,” performed by the New York City Ballet. 

4. Tour the Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace (in Germany)!

5. Watch the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree getting set up for the lighting event on December 2. 

6. Handel’s “Messiah” is loved worldwide, especially around the holiday season. Catch Dream Orchestra perform “Messiah” part 1, conducted by Daniel Suk.

7. Sing along with the Choir of St. John’s College in Cambridge, as they perform moving Christmas Carols

8. Watch the cast of “Almost Christmas” discuss the film in detail, as part of the BUILD series.

9. Enjoy this no-ads recording of “A Christmas Celebration performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2014. 

10. Check out this vintage recording of “The Making of Home Alone,” filled with interviews from the Christmas classic’s cinematographer, executive producer and more.

11. Do you miss traveling? Why not explore Vienna from home? Watch this 360-degree virtual tour of Vienna at Christmas time

 

Live Performances

12. Watch pro acting coach Raquel Gardner break down 12 Keanu Reeves performances. Then, circle to Casting Networks’ YouTube channel to see Gardner’s YouTube live stream interview, recorded back in August! 

13. The Hollywood Reporter held an interview in October with Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Marielle Heller, Moses Ingram and Harry Melling to discuss the new limited series “The Queen’s Gambit.” 

14. If you’re searching for more “The Queen’s Gambit” content after The Hollywood Reporter discussion, jump over to the 92nd Street YouTube channel, where the creator and cast of the television serieshave a conversation with actress Jodie Foster. 

15. Table reads are a true necessity on the 2020 watchlist. In case you missed it, catch up on table reads for “Archer,” “Black-ish and “The Irishman.” 

16. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has an excellent library of “Career Conversations” on their YouTube channel with actors like Eddie Murphy and Maggie Gyllenhall. Check them out here

17. In September, Oprah Winfrey had a powerful interview with Tyler Perry. Watch the full interview for insight into his past, present and future. 

18. Have you caught up on “The Crown” yet? Watch how Emma Corrin found Princess Diana’s voice in “The Crown” season 4. Then, jump to this video where the cast tells season 4 filming stories! 

19. YouTube occasionally offers free feature films to view from the comfort of your home. Why not check out a classic? “Guys and Dolls starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra is available now. 

20. Check out Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s full “La Traviata” opera in HD! 

21. Have you seen the new Australian Netflix series “Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun“? Check out the behind the scenes video, where they explain the ‘Aunty Donny’ production house.

22. Watch Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks and Persia White reunite virtually as they discuss “Girlfriends on the 20 year anniversary. 

23. Get lost in the “Off Camera with Sam Jones” series on YouTube. The series boasts over 200 episodes with star-studded guests like Uzo Aduba, Jenna Fischer, Jenny Slate and so many more.

24. The Casting Directors Association (CDA) has some excellent YouTube videos geared towards actors and those with a passion for casting. Check out the Zoom Casting Extra Trips by Pearson Casting and this quick video of how casting director Mark Pettit got into casting. 

 

Exercise & Meditation 

25. Headspace’s YouTube channel shared a 12-minute guided meditation led by Andy Puddicombe in Yosemite Valley. Headspace shares helpful short meditations on their YouTube channel as well. Make sure to give it a try.

26. Learning TikTok dances already? Why not try this 15-minute TikTok dance party workout. Nothing is needed but YOU! 

27. Gandalf Archer Mills choreographed a 40-minute body jam workout. Make sure to work at your own pace, as this video is not for beginners. The warmup is included! 

28. Ready to push yourself? Check out BullyJuice’s YouTube channel for a 20 minute, full-body workout that you can do from home! 

29. If you haven’t already, try a nighttime sound bathgreat for relaxation and sleep! Tune in via the Goop YouTube channel. 

30. If you need to incorporate some new daily activities, why not wake up, warm-up and stretch? Check out Mady Morrison’s full-body 15-minute workout to improve your daily flexibility and motion.

31. Still working from home (and the whole family is around)? Grab the kids and do a workout together! Check out this “Kids Workout Dance” video featuring music from Despicable Me and more. 

 

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30 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

30 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

With this year coming to an end, it’s important to stay productive, entertained and engaged. 

We’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of November. 

 

Arts / Culture

1. The Montclair Art Museum has great virtual tour options, allowing you to dive into numerous exhibits and notable artist discussions.

2. Check out the recipe for savory corn fritters here!

3. The National Museum of Natural History is closed for in-person visits, but they have a wide variety of videos and voice recordings online displaying some of their current, past and permanent exhibits. Check them out here

4. Time to get crafty with these 10 fun indoor activities. 

5. Festive fall cocktail alert! Check out this recipe for the “Black Widow Smash,” which looks divine.  

6. The San Antonio Zoo is offering virtual tours and behind-the-scenes videos with a member of their wildlife family. You can join tours with rhinos, okapi, hippos, and their oldest resident, the Aldabra Tortoise! 

7. Looking for some new skills in the kitchen? Learn how to cook Jamie Oliver’s Cashew Butter Chicken

8. Try out these two incredible and easy recipes for Piri Piri Nandos Style Traybake and Sticky Orange Sausage Traybake, posted by avantgardevegan on YouTube. 

9. Do a deep dive into the #StayInAndExplore series on YouTube. You can find baby turtles hatching, bear activity and more! 

 

Live Performance

10. Catch this recent performance by the Foo Fighters for Save Our Stages Fest, filmed from Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA. Many more performances to catch if you search the hashtag #SOSFEST on YouTube. 

11. The SAG-AFTRA foundation has published numerous virtual discussions in 2020, including this epic Q&A with Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Will Catlett and Teyonah Parris of the 2020 Film, “Charm City Kings.” 

12. Watch “PEN15” stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle discuss real-life inspirations for their show for The Hollywood Reporter’s #InStudio series.

13. Dive into the world of Opera with this iconic 3-hour performance of LA BOHÈME, performed by the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana.

14. Are you a fan of Dolly Parton? Watch her interview with Vogue as she breaks down eleven iconic looks from 1975 to now. Then, check out Sarah Paulson breaking down her career as well!

15. For anyone who finished the series last month, watch the 2020 Comic-Con panel discussion for “Lovecraft Country” featuring the cast of the HBO series including Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee and Courtney B. Vance. 

16. The SAG-AFTRA YouTube channel has some incredible content for actors and creators. Catch this video focusing on NextGen Content Creation, hosted by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

17. Interested in a career in casting? Curious how you get involved? Check out this new series “How I got into Casting,” published by the Casting Directors Association. The first two installments feature UK-based casting directors Tree Petts and Jody Furlong.

18. Are you a fan of “Mean Girls?” This is the month for you! First, watch the “Mean Girls” reunion as Tina Fey, Katie Couric and the cast reunite for the first time since the movie’s premiere in 2004. Then, check out Tina Fey quizzing Mariah Carey on her “Mean Girls knowledge. Mariah knows her stuff!

19. This is an interview to check out, if you’ve been a fan of the HBO Max series, “Raised By Wolves.” Here, the creator Aaron Guzikowski answers numerous questions by viewers. Then, watch the lead actress Amanda Collins in an exclusive interview on her role here with In Creative Company. 

20. From the feature film “300” to “Law Abiding Citizen,” watch Gerard Butler break down his career with Vanity Fair.

21. The cast of “Archer” presented a special table read in September, to raise awareness for the ACLU Foundation. Make sure to see the cast and creators read Season 3, Episode 5: “El Contador” virtually.

22. More table reads in 2020! Make sure to catch the “Dazed and Confused” virtual script table read including a Q&A, and then circle to the “The Maze Runner” table read, which will not disappoint. 

23. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Variety held a virtual talk with John Leguizamo, Stephanie Beatriz, Benjamin Bratt and more on representation in the entertainment industry. Watch some of the discussion here.

 

Exercise & Meditation

24. Take part in this free dance class with Melody, the Associate Choreographer for “Six The Musical,” presented by the Collective Creative Initiative.

25. Join Move With Nicole and take part in this 30-minute at-home Pilates workout.

26. De-stress with this 20-minute calming yoga routine, presented by MadFit.

27. Explore and stretch with Fightmaster Yoga’s 20-minute beginner Yoga for flexibility. 

28. Looking for an easy workout from home, no equipment required? Look no further, as POPSUGAR Fitness has a 30-Minute No-Equipment Cardio Kickboxing Workout.

29. Rebel Human has a calming sound bath available on YouTube, which is great to listen to or watch before bedtime for relaxation. 

30. Choreographer and dance fitness instructor, Joseph Corella presents a 15-Minute Broadway dance workout for all ages and dance levels. After that 15 minute workout, make sure to check out his Cardio Dance to “Hairspray!”

 

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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important this year to stay productive, entertained and engaged. We’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of October.

 

Arts / Culture

1. Take a mini vacation and watch this Live Tropical Coral Reef cam, courtesy of Explore.org. 

2. Make sure to watch Tia Mowry and her brothers fix a quick and simple Beef Stroganoff for #TiaMowrysQuickFix series. Tia also has a great Mac and Cheese recipe right in time for Thanksgiving next month. 

3. Goodful’s YouTube Channel has a series with Personal Chef Erica Adler, who specializes in meal prep. Watch her meal prep for a whole week in under 90 minutes, 5 days of gluten-free food and a vegetarian meal prep too. 

4. This live feed is from Maui, Hawaii, and shows the beauty of the ocean waves and you just may spot a Humpback Whale

5. Looking to make something new? This recipe for Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls looks delicious. Thank you, Marion’s Kitchen!

6. Make sure to try Woon Heng’s Chestnut and Mushrooms Sticky Rice by following this awesome video! 

7. Bon Appétit has given us a massive guide to tomatoes. Here is Every Way to Cook a Tomato, which shows 47 different methods. 

8. Hoping to explore nature from home? Check out this live hummingbird feeder cam from Studio City, California. Make sure to hop over to the Coral City live cam from Miami, Florida, too! 

9. If you’re looking to enjoy the beach virtually, the City of Deerfield Beach has an underwater camera in Florida. Watch the ocean and marine life swim past! 

 

Live Performance

10. GQ has a series where actors break down their most iconic characters! Make sure to catch Michael K. Williams, John Goodman, Sissy Spacek and so many more

11. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Angela Bassett, Wanda Sykes, Dan Levy, Maya Rudolph, Giancarlo Esposito and Ramy Youssef on being multi-nominated Emmy contenders.

12. HBOMax’s YouTube channel has a ‘Watch for Free’ section where they post the first episode of original series including “Lovecraft Country” and “Raised by Wolves.” 

13. Grab your tissues! Here is the final table read for “The Good Place.”

14. Disney Parks has added a one-hour video of their own Disney Cruise Line’s “Tangled: The Musical” performance! Enjoy from the comfort of your home. 

15. NPR Music is back, this time featuring Billie Eilish for the Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. Catch up on past performances on their YouTube channel including Hadestown’s performance.

16. Vanity Fair has an on-going series of interviews with actors where they break down the timeline of their careers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt walks throuh his career from “10 Things I Hate About You” to “Inception.” You can binge more videos, including Kristen Bell and Terry Crews.

17. If you’ve been binging the National Theatre performances, make sure to circle to their YouTube channel for National Theatre at Home: Things to Do, featuring fun virtual quizzes with some the UK’s most beloved stage performers.

18. Comic-Con 2020 is the gift that keeps giving. Catch the panel discussion for “The Boys” currently on Amazon Prime, then jump to HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” discussion featuring actors Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Courtney B. Vance as well as the series showrunner and executive producer Misha Green. 

19. In case you missed The Hollywood Reporter’s full Drama Actors Roundtable last month featuring Patrick Stewart, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Daveed Diggs, make sure to catch up now. After you finish, circle to the full Comedy Actors Roundtable with Ricky Gervais, Kumail Nanjiani, Kenan Thompson and Dan Levy.

20. In July, the cast of “Parent Trap” got together virtually to raise money for José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization. Make sure to watch the reunion here!

21. In order to raise awareness and relief for #BeAnArtsHero, the cast of RENT and Arts Workers from around the nation joined together virtually for a touching performance of “Will I” from “Rent.” 

22. Back in August, Pop TV and Jennifer Garner interviewed the “Schitt’s Creek” cast

23. Twenty-five years after its initial release, the cast of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” reunits, including stars Steve Cardenas, Karan Ashley and more! 

24. If you’re watched the EPIC finale of Raised by Wolves on HBOMax, then tune into this Q&A Conversations at Home with the cast and creator Aaron Guzikowski,  presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

 

Exercise & Meditation

25. New exercise alert! Here is a 30-Minute HIIT Cardio Workout, with no equipment necessary by SELF. The warm-up is included, so jump right in.

26. Looking for a workout you can do quickly in the mornings? Look no further! MadFit has a 10 minute standing abs workout, no equipment required. 

27. New to meditation? Goodful has a new 10-minute meditation exercise for beginners. 

28. With over 8 mission subscribers on YouTube, Yoga With Adriene has a variety of at-home workouts to choose from. Try the calming yoga class Yoga For Anxiety and Stress!

29. FITSEVENELEVEN is a great channel for high energy dance workouts. Get your sweat on with this 25 minute workout which focuses on burning calories.

30. Monthly, POPSUGAR Fitness provides top quality content and workouts for their users. Here is a 30-Minute Dance workout – guaranteed to burn 300 calories! 

31. Healing Vibrations has a calming morning sound bath for the heart! Great for meditation, anxiety, fear and sleep. 

 

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30 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

30 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time to stay productive, entertained and engaged. We’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of September.

 

Arts / Culture

1. Google Arts & Culture allows us to explore the world from our homes. Get lost virtually exploring the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Once you’ve completed that tour, jump over to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, which currently houses multiple paintings from Vincent van Gogh. 

2. Love fashion? Get lost in this 1-hour special from Christian Dior that explores the treasures contained in the exhibition ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.’

3. If you’re looking for a challenge-style video watch YouTuber and comic book artist ZHC lock himself in his Art room for 100 hours

4. Want to learn how to make a homemade carbonara? Three chefs prepare their favorite carbonara dishes in this YouTube video.

5. Spain on a Fork shows how to cook four classic Spanish tapas that are sure to blow you away. Watch him prepare more recipes on his YouTube channel.

6. Want to “visit” a new city for a day? Dig into the Street View option on Google’s Arts & Culture. We recommend taking a stroll down the Liverpool city centre docks

7. Foodie in New York has some incredible recipes! She shows us a new refreshing adult beverage, Fro-OJ or “Frozen Orange Juice” (with Gin) via Instagram.  

8. Have you seen the art trend Acrylic Fluid Painting? Tiktus Color Art shares a simple how-to video to follow along. Get to creating!

9. Tune in to the live Aviary Cam or African Penguins cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

 

Live Performance

10. Watch The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Actresses Roundtable featuring talent Jameela Jamil, Amy Sedaris, Robin Thede, Tiffany Haddish and Elle Fanning. In case you missed last year’s Comedy Actress Roundtable, watch the full video here

11. Looking for a dance class? Cast members from McOnie company’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ have held three live dance classes featuring choreography from the show. 

12. VIRTUAL EVENT ALERT! Actors Pro Expo NYC/LA is holding a virtual 3-day-event for actors. Find the full agenda including guest speakers here.

13. Comic-Con@Home 2020 shared some amazing panels from their virtual event this year. Make sure to catch cast and creatives from ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ here

14. In July, BAFTA Guru presented video interviews featuring casting directors from ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Giri/Haji’ and more.

15. ABC Classic shared a special video of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Live, performed by 600-strong Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Royal Sydney Opera House. The vocals are out of this world. 

16. Catch this special performance of the 1989 original cast of ‘Into the Woods.’ The video includes performances from Broadway legends Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien and more. 

17. The Royal Opera House aired a live Masterclass on August 20th with conductor and pianist Antonio Pappano.

18. Get lost in one of the most memorable live concerts in history! Watch this Queen performance from the Live Aid Concert in 1985.

19. Watch this special, recorded by Oslo Philharmonic in January 2019, of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Make sure to follow their YouTube channel to watch numerous performances from the comfort of your home.  

20. NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concerts continue! Watch John Legend: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert and get lost in their YouTube channel to catch past performances from Melanie Faye, Sting and Shaggy and more!  

21. Dan Levy and Kieran Culkin join the series ‘Variety Studios: Actors on Actors’ #AtHome. During this discussion, Dan and Kieran discuss the similarities between their shows ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Succession.’

22. Throughout quarantine, The Actors Fund has teamed up with ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Emily Hampshire to develop a weekly live-streamed talk show #HumpdayWithHampshire! If you haven’t caught up, make sure to binge watch and see some of your favorite stars – Laverne Cox, Candice Patton, Eugene Levy and more! 

23. Entertainment Weekly aired a panel with ‘The Umbrella Academy’ cast. Watch this 30+ minute special on YouTube.

24. Join the virtual table read of feature comedy ‘Invisible’ (written by Laura Carson & Krista Gano), benefiting The Will Rogers Pioneers Foundation and The Actors Fund here.

 

Exercise & Meditation

25. It’s Chair Yoga Hour! Check out this easy and gentle chair yoga exercise with Arianna Elizabeth. She has a beginner-friendly option too! 

26. Natalie Valle brings us a Sound Bath and Guided Meditation focusing on breath and presence here.  

27. Looking for some high energy movements to do from home? Check out the Urrbanize YouTube channel for a movement instructed class or the FITSEVENELEVEN 25-minute dance work out here

28. Hoping to give your vocals a warmup? Check out the Collective Creative Initiative. They offer multiple free classes for performers across the world, including custom vocal exercises with Musical Director, composer and vocal coach Arlene McNaught.

29. In goop Health: The Sessions brings a special hour special featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz in conversation. Gwyneth also conducted an interview with Kerry Washington on staying mentally and emotionally fit.

30. Seeking more dance home workouts? FITSEVENELEVEN bring the smiles and the energy with this Home Dance Workout

 

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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time to stay productive, entertained and engaged. We’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of August.

 

Art & Culture

1. The Art Assignment, in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios, explored recipes from artist Frida Kahlo in an informative and visually stunning video. Follow more videos by the Art Assignment, including one featuring recipes from surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

2. Hoping to try something new and challenge yourself in the kitchen? Learn how French baguettes are made in Paris and try making them yourself! Find the magic of how they are made here

3. Looking for something calming? Join Explore.org and view a booming Tropical Reef. Explore.org offers numerous live cams of nature from a variety of countries. 

4. Looking for a refreshing treat to have while you’re at home this summer? Try Foodie in New York’s Watermelon Fork Shaved Ice recipe. You can find the step-by-step story on her Instagram page. 

5. Jet Tila breaks down his recipe for Lo Mein on the Food Network YouTube channel.

6. Join Jamie Oliver for one of his #withme home episodes where he makes homemade Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower (yum)! More videos are available on his YouTube channel. 

7. The Tennessee Aquarium has a variety of live streams to watch at home including the live North American River Otter and of the Sand Tiger Shark!

8. Learn about Commedia dell’Arte and the world of Commedia with Deborah May, presented by the National Theatre. 

 

Live Performances

9. Mariam Batsashvili, a famous classical pianist, performs a concert from home presented by Warner Classics. Listen and enjoy this incredibly talented musician.

10. WhatsOnStage shared a capturing performance for #BLM of 150 West End and Broadway stars singing ‘Make Them Hear You‘ from Ragtime the Musical. A must Watch!

11. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation, along with Jenelle Riley from Variety, virtually met with Ramy Youssef and May Calamawy to discuss the first and second season of ‘Ramy.’

12. #BAFTAGuru presents a Q&A discussion with creator/actress Michaela Coel of ‘I May Destroy You.’ She is joined by actors Paapa Essiedu and Weruche Opia. Make sure to follow #BAFTAGuru and watch more exciting discussions (like Bong Joon Ho on writing Parasite).

13. The Philharmonia Orchestra in London performs Gustav Mahler’s monumental Third Symphony for the #withme #athome series.

14. Watch Regina King and Reese Witherspoon in an Actors on Actors conversation with Variety.

15. Who doesn’t love a Zoom reunion? Especially when it’s ‘Lord of the Rings!’ The cast discusses their best memories on set and quote memorable lines from the movies.

16. Entertainment Weekly presents ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘ reunion table read now available.

17. BAFTA TV SESSIONS presents The Making of Fleabag and it’s available on Youtube! They have also added an entire library of existing sessions. 

18. Have you been keeping up with Casting Networks’ Live Streams? If you’ve missed a session, you can join us directly via our YouTube channel to catch up on Q&As. 

19. The Office Ladies Podcast goes into detail on some of our favorite moments and memories from ‘The Office.’ If you’re looking for more ‘Office’-focused content here is the final recorded table reading, which is sure to bring on a tear or two.

20. Pumped after watching ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+? Catch choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler walking through some of the show’s signature choreography. Then, jump to Wired’s YouTube channel to see an in-depth twitter Q&A with Daveed Diggs and the cast. 

21. Ready to binge? Make sure to watch full sketches of #ABlackLadySketchShow featuring amazing guests and stand-up acting!  

22. The Placing Faces podcast is an excellent resource for actors and those who are interested in or want to learn more about the casting process. Full episodes are available on YouTube and Stitcher and most recently feature casting director Jeff Greenberg.

23. Insider interviewed voice acting choices on How Actors Train Their Voices for Animated Movies. There are some great tips listed if you’re interested in furthering your VO craft.

24. For series ‘The Kissing Booth 2’ which released on Netflix in July, #TKBFanFest presented a virtual event hosted by Joey King and the cast of ‘The Kissing Booth 2′, as they hung out with fans and share secrets from set. 

25. Comic-Con@Home 2020 shared the ‘Solar Opposites‘ panel discussion, including Justin Roiland, executive producers Mike McMahan and Josh Bycel and more. Check it out here!

 

Exercise & Meditation

26. Looking for an upbeat workout to do from home? Check out Emi Wong’s 10-minute KPOP Cardio Workout!

27. PopSugar brings us excellent exercises to do from home on a weekly basis. Join instructor Keaira Lashae as she teaches a 30-Minute Hip-Hop Tabata to burn calories.

28. Mike Peele is bringing the burn with his 30min Hip-Hop Fit Dance Workout which includes a special section on Ab workouts. Not one to miss!

29. The Creative Collective Initiative held an interview on mental health and anxiety, in which they interviewed Mary Burch BEM. Mary focuses on providing counseling for Industry creatives, including writers, producers and dancers. Not one to miss!

30. Hoping to find a morning ritual? This is a helpful quick 20-minute workout which focuses on stress and anxiety relief, brought by MadFit.

31. Looking for something longer and more relaxing? Healing Vibrations created a 3-hour mediation session, which you can do in the comfort of your home. There is plenty of content to explore on their channel!

 

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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time to stay productive, entertained and engaged. We’re providing you with a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of July. 

 

Art & Culture 

1. Take an interactive tour at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture featuring 30,000+ treasured artifacts. 

2. Get lost on Explore.org’s nature cams at Pacific Walrus Beach in Alaska or the Redwood Forest River in California. There are plenty of opportunities to explore (virtually)! 

3. Take a deep dive into Black history and culture with Google Arts and Culture. In collaboration with NWHM, The Gordon Parks Foundation, NMAAHC and more, Google Arts and Culture provides free education from the past to inspire the future. 

4. Explore the Elephant Yard, Gorilla Habitat and more virtually at the Houston Zoo.

5. Take a 360-degree tour of the Vatican Museum and The Met.

6. Watch the 10 Top Nature History moments, as captured by BBC Earth, from their #StayInAndExplore series. 

7. The Seattle Aquarium has hosted a mixture of Live Cams of our favorite creatures. Get lost in the world of Seal cams, Sea Otter cams and more. 

8. The Giza Project at Harvard University has created a 3D model to explore virtually! Explore the Tomb of Queen Meresankh III and a 3D model of the Sphinx

9. Bobby from Queer Eye goes through every renovation from all 4 Seasons of Queer Eye with Architectural Digest. Watch the episode for some of Bobby’s design secrets! 

10. Google Arts and Culture’s LIFE Photo Collection allows people to browse photos from across the world from all eras. 

11. YouTube has a handy “Learning” section which includes historical lessons, iconic places in African American history, recipes, body care and so much more. Explore now

 

Live Performances 

12. Watch this moving performance by Alex Newell and ensemble singing ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ for the AIDS Walk New York, Live at Home. 

13. Watch the cast of Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” performing the song “I Wish It Would Rain.” 

14. Clean Bandit has been releasing #AtHome #WithMe performance videos, including “Symphony” featuring Zara Larsson and “Rockabye” featuring Anne-Marie, which you can watch on YouTube.

15. Enjoy the Philharmonic Orchestra performing HOLST The Planets for the #StayHome #WithMe series.

16. In case you missed this in the month of June, watch 8:46 by Dave Chappelle

17. Back in May, Netflix Is A Joke shared a table read of “Dead to Me” Season One: Episode One. Check it out

18. The Creative Collective Initiative is a brand new program offering free classes for actors, dancers and performers worldwide. Check out their website for classes such as Voguing Class With Jason Andrew Guest, Casting for Print With Jody Furlong, Vocal Gym With Dan De Cruz and much more.

19. Trailer time! Check out the “Hamilton” film trailer, which will be airing exclusively on Disney+ on July 3rd, 2020. 

20. Catch up on the Bear Witness, Take Action fundraiser hosted by Keke Palmer and Common. It features roundtable discussions and guest performances with the aim to raise awareness for the Equal Justice Initiative. 

21. The Royal Opera House released two full performances for #OurHouseToYourHouse via Youtube. You can check out The Royal Opera’s “The Magic Flute” and The Royal Ballet’s “La Fille Mal Gardee.” 

22. If you’re missing a concert this summer, tune in to the 2018 performance of Ibiza Classics live at The O2 Arena in London. Over an hour and a half of live-streamed performances from Pete Tong, Jules Buckley and Heritage Orchestra can be streamed for free. 

23. Radiohead shared a live performance from 2008 for the #WithMe series. Check out this legendary performance live in Saitama! 

24. Lift your spirits with Alicia Keys’ NPR Tiny Desk concert! Check out past performances from Lizzo, Adele and many more on the NPR YouTube page. 

 

Exercise & Meditation

25. Dance with PopSugar Fitness to this effective 30-Minute Cardio Latin Dance Workout.

26. Get your sweat on with The Body Project’s quick 30-minute fat burning work out that you can do in your living room! 

27. It’s Guided Meditation time! Practice stillness with this peaceful 10-minute meditation from Jess at ILivetheLifeILove

28. Do you enjoy dancing to burn calories? Jump in with PopSugar Fitness and Nicole Steen for this 30 Minute Latin cardio dance workout

29. Pick up this quick and fun dance workout by The Fitness Marshall! Get ready to sweat to “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor. 

30. Headspace, an app designed to bring users useful meditation exercises, has a YouTube Channel with a variety of small mini-meditations. Make sure to check them out and download the app to learn more. 

31. Orangetheory is now uploading new at-home 30-minute workout routines daily. You won’t need any special equipment, but the instructors do get creative and have you utilize objects you can find around the house like coffee jugs in lieu of weights.

 

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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

Casting Networks stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, partners, clients, customers and communities. We strongly condemn all acts of racism, discrimination and senseless acts of violence. For those looking to take action against racial injustice, prior to reading our list of 31 at-home activities this month please see the following list of organizations dedicated to defeating systemic racism and promoting community health and safety.

 

George Floyd Memorial Fund By His Brother

Louisville Community Bail Fund: Justice for Breonna Taylor

In Memory of Tony McDade Fund by his Family

I Run With Maud: Ahmaud Arbery Fund by his Best Friend

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

 

Arts & Culture

1. Check out Discover Los Angeles’ #MagicHour, where you can join in daily for a livestream of the sun setting over Los Angeles. 

2. Catch a quick glimpse of the Van Gogh immersive exhibition that took place in 2019. You can find more images and explore more from this exhibit via Carrières De Lumières

3. Explore the current collection at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, in Oslo, Norway. There are over 150 items in the collection to view thanks to Google Arts & Culture. 

4. The Getty Center / The J. Paul Getty Museum may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t stop us from exploring selected works at ‘Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins’ and ‘Last Minute Michelangelo’ with Julian Brooks. 

5. Interested in learning new cocktail recipes? Be sure to put on your dancing shoes and join Director/Actor Paul Feig for his daily Quarantine Cocktail Time!

6. Explore.org has over 100 live streams of animals and nature. Watch a variety of content from the Village Baby Panda Park in Sichuan, China, to Pipeline Surfing in Ehukai Beach, Hawaii. 

7. Hoping to brush up on your cooking skills? Follow Massimo Bottura, chef and Italian restaurateur, who shares some of his kitchen secrets. 

8. Bill Murray and Guy Fieri held a virtual nacho making competition to support the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. You can find this on the Food Network Facebook page. 

9. Do you miss crowds and theme parks? Do you want to feel what it’s like to go on a ride again? Jump over to CoasterForce’s YouTube page and ride Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or ride on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain

 

Live Performances

10. Join Dan Levy and Annie Murphy for Conversations at Home brought to you by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

11. A special performance from the American Ballet Theatre for Together Tonight is a must-see! This hour-long special includes performances and interviews for the ABT Crisis Relief Fund. 

12. Catch up on the one-hour #NetflixIsAJoke Live Singing Contest, brought to you by the cast and creators of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

13. Misty Copeland shared this moving video of 32 Ballerinas from 14 countries dancing together virtually to Le Cigne for #SwansForRelief.

14. See Mariah Carey sing ‘Through the Rain/Make It Happen’ for Rise Up New York. 

15. Tune in to the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Virtual Film Festival, June 5th – 7th, right here

16. Get sucked into The Quarantine Show! One hundred percent of donations received go directly to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

17. Joseph Gordon-Levitt started ‘Create Together #WithMe’, featured on YouTube Originals.

18. Check out the top performances from Hairspray Live featured on The Show Must Go On! youtube page.

19. Check out #intothewoodsinquarantine as they perform virtually in support of the Actors Fund, directed by Max Grossman.

20. A handful of YouTube Originals are available for a limited time! 

21. If you missed out in April, the original cast of Legally Blonde came together for a new parody of “OMIGOD U GUYS!

22. Looking for a good laugh? If you haven’t seen Kevin James as the ‘Sound Guy,’ make sure to check out his current series on YouTube.

23. Table read time! Check out Black-ish FYC Table Read from 2019 and catch up with the Cast of Community for their table read.

25. Did you miss our Casting Networks Live Streams? Catch up on interviews with casting directors, talent representatives and acting coaches around the globe!  

 

Exercise & Meditation

26. Hoping to explore? Join in on this Virtual Guided Meditation in Yosemite Valley with Headspace. 

27. Work out with Mike Peele in this 30-Minute Hip-Hop Fit Workout with PopSugar Fitness. 

28. Look no further! Find this 20-minute full-body workout, no equipment needed by Natacha Océane. 

29. You can check out the app ‘FitOn’. It is free and comes with an excellent range of exercises based on your personal preferences – highly recommended! 

30. Looking for a high energy dance workout? Check out #chakaboomfitness on YouTube. They have an excellent list of musical theatre dances for the family, including a fun dance to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray.

31. Make sure to follow Brittne Babe on Youtube and sweat up a storm trying out her ‘Best Plank Exercises‘ video.

 

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31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

31 At-Home Activities for Every Day This Month

It’s important during this time at home to stay productive and entertained. Below is a mixture of live performances, exercises, and fun virtual activities to explore throughout the month of May!

 

Arts & Culture

1. View the truly exceptional halls of the Palace of Versailles via Google Arts and Culture and pop into the Australia’s National Surfing Museum tour.

2. Learn new cooking techniques at home with Gordon Ramsay as he cooks dinner in 10 minutes. Videos include homemade burgers, lamb chops, and stir fry!

3. Looking to enhance your audition skills and learn how to put your best face forward? If so, CameraLeft and ASG Casting are putting on some excellent virtual classes that teach vital auditioning information, all from the comfort of your home.

4. Wagamama is promoting new cooking-from-home classes. The first of the series featured a class on how to make homemade Katsu Curry.

5. Explore the Smithsonian American Art Museum ‘Experience America’ exhibition online as well as explore countless videos through their online database.

6. The Hubble Space Telescope, which NASA launched 30 years ago, released a portal online that allows you to see an image of stars, planets, and galaxies captured on your birthday. Check it out!

7. Looking for cooking inspiration? Checking out Antoni Porowski’s Instagram page for some excellent tips and cooking tutorials.

8. Just keep swimming! Explore.Org has a live Tropical Fish stream based in Long Beach, California, USA.

9. Learn how to make soap with Laura and Russell Brand for the #HopeFromHome series.

 

Live Performances

10. Make sure to check out the National Theatre’s website for more details on weekly performances.

11. The Disney Family Singalong is available on the ABC app, filled with family-focused performances by a star-studded lineup.

12. Tune in to some incredible live table reads including ‘The Nanny’ original cast, ‘Grace and Frankie’ hold a live table read with Netflix is a Joke and a 90210 Table Read Reunion took place too.

13. Catch Paul Clarkson, who played Harry in the original cast of Mamma Mia 21 years ago, reenact his role, lip syncing with his family in the kitchen!

14. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is holding a virtual event on May 7th with award-winning filmmaker Rachel Goldberg, on directing for TV. Sign up now!

15. Ben Platt and the cast of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ performed on James Corden Late Late Show during their #HomeFest series. John Legend performed ‘Actions’ for the #HomeFest series as well.

16. Catch John Krasinski in new episodes of ‘Some Good News.’ Don’t miss SGN’s Live Stream Prom which featured performances and appearances by multiple artists and surprise guests.

17. Catch up on The Dutch National Opera & Ballet performance of Tosca, which aired live for home viewers on Sunday, April 19th.

18. Watch One World: Together at Home Special to celebrate COVID-19 workers. Celebrities gathered for a BBCRadio1 virtual performance of ‘Times Like These’ by the Foo Fighters as well. So uplifting!

19. In case you missed watching on Easter, catch up on Andrea Bocelli’s live performance of ‘Ave Maria’.

20. NPR’s series of intimate video performances called ‘Tiny Desk’ include performances from The Roots, Leon Bridges, Lizzo, Laura Marling, and many more.

21. Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber perform ‘All I Ask of You’ from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on his piano at home.

22. Love Dr. Seuss and looking for something to brighten your day? Check out Wes Tank on YouTube. He reads Dr. Seuss classics like ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘Fox in Sox,’ and more!

23. Relax to a special performance of Jonathan Biss and The Elias String Quartet at Carnegie Hall Live.

24. Enjoy classic operas from the couch! The Phantom of the Opera on the West End shared a musical remote performance of ‘Masquerade’ and Dream Girls went live for a special performance of ‘One Night Only.’

25. Looking to dance in the living room? Check out David Guetta’s UNITED AT HOME fundraiser. If you’re looking for more after United At Home, jump into Martin Garrix Live @ My Rooftop in Amsterdam!

 

Exercise & Meditation

26. Join Day 1 of the 30 day Yoga challenge! Try out these calming 10-Minute Morning Yoga Stretches for beginners.

27. Enjoy some bodyweight workouts at home! Follow these helpful graphics by Elemental Medium.

28. Looking for more virtual meditation classes? Check out the Puget Sound Seekers, who hold a free sound bath Saturday mornings.

29. Warm-up with Nicole Pearce’s 5-Minute Warm-Up for At-Home Workouts.

30. Check out this dance routine by Ava Chappell Choreography. The routine can be tweaked for all levels!

31. Join Ernst Meisner, artistic coordinator of the Junior Coat at the Dutch National Ballet, for a  Ballet Barre 1 class.

 

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