ACTING

"Acting is ... not a very high-class way to earn a living.  After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four."

~ Katharine Hepburn

A curation of articles, podcasts, videos, and courses to help with your acting adventures.

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THE ACTOR'S CHECKLIST

This website is a simple and helpful tool to help you get started and stay focused in your acting career.

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SCENE CHECKLIST

The Beverly Hills Playhouse put together a simple checklist for actors to go through before performing a scene.

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AUDITION CHECKLIST

Backstage magazine and their website have been a staple for actors for years.  In this article, they provide a simple checklist of how best to prepare for your audition.

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CHARACTER CHECKLIST

Here is a simple one-sheet checklist to help you prepare for the character you are about to portray.

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BOOKS

A collection of books on the art and craft of acting. (*These are affiliate links)

Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting

This book is used in many acting classes. Hagen's instructions and examples guide the aspiring actor through practical problems such as "How do I talk to the audience?" and "How do I stay fresh in a long run?" She advocates the actor's use of substitution in informing and shaping the action of the character the actor is playing.

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Sanford Meisner on Acting

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays.

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An Actor Prepares

Constantin Stanislavski's simple exercises fire the imagination, and help readers not only discover their own conception of reality but how to reproduce it as well.

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Audition

Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar. His legendary book on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers.

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The Art of Acting

Stella Adler is arguably one of the most important teachers of acting in American history. She has offered vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. Howard Kissel has captured her teachings in this 22 lessons book.

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Michael Caine - Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Movie Making

A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies.

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True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft.

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Acting as a Business

Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art.

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CASTING

A collection of casting sites and acting apps to help you book the next gig.

Actors Access

Breakdown Express is how talent representatives submit their talent via the Internet and how casting views submissions of pictures, resumes, and videos. Actors Access is the portal where actors can upload their information, view those Breakdowns and submit to them.

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Casting Frontier

Casting Frontier creates and posts breakdowns, schedules and submits talent, tracks auditions, offers real-time notifications, and bookings. Casting Directors from all over use this service, so it's best to have your information up on this website.

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Casting Networks

Depending on what city you're working in, there's a chance that your local casting directors are also using Casting Networks.  Be sure to create a profile on this site as well.

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Useful Apps for Actors

The New York Film Academy curated a collection of apps that are useful for actors.

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PODCASTS

A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of the acting process.

Casting Director, Michael Taylor Fontaine

In this episode, I interview Michael Taylor Fontaine, Casting Director of Casting House NW.  Listen in as Michael gives tremendous insight to the casting process … a must listen to for all actors!

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Actor, Ted Rooney

In this episode, I interview actor, Ted Rooney, as he shares a wealth of insight of how hard it is to be a working actor and gets in depth about the craft of acting.  Ted has been on everything from Seinfeld, ER, Gilmore Girls, Grimm, and Boardwalk Empire.

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Talent Agent, Dennis Troutman

In this episode, I interview Dennis Troutman, Talent Agent for Option Talent.  Listen in as Dennis gives a behind-scenes-look at what it’s like to be a talent agent in the Portland, Oregon market … a must listen to for all actors!

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Casting Director, Eryn Goodman

In this episode, I interview Eryn Goodman, Casting Director for Cast Iron Studios in Portland, OR.  Cast Iron Studios handles the local casting for shows like NBC's GRIMM, TNT's Librarians, and the Oscar Nominated film, "Wild".

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Inside Acting

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Inside Acting is a weekly industry podcast for actors, by actors. Get insider information on marketing yourself, creating your own work, and booking the gig – straight from the people who've been there, done that, and are doing it again.

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Broadway's Backbone

Hosted by Brad Bradley, who is not only an amazing performer but also someone who I went to middle school with ... In this unique podcast, Bradley takes you behind the scenes of life as a Broadway performer.

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off Camera

Off Camera with Sam Jones is the podcast that brings you in-depth, intimate, comfortable conversations with the most iconic artists of our time. Join Sam Jones as he talks with actors like Robert Downey, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle.

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The Sound Advice

Want to get in on the lucrative career in voice over?  Kate McClanaghan and Jeff Finney discuss current trends and helpful techniques regarding the voice over industry.

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VIDEOS

A collection of videos that will inspire and help you with your acting efforts.

The Hollywood Reporter puts together their roundtable series before every awards show.  This series features the amazing women working in film and television today.

The Hollywood Reporter puts together their roundtable series before every awards show.  This series features some of the biggest stars working in film and television today.

It's both humbling and inspiring to watch actors in the auditioning process.  Enjoy this collection of actors doing their job of ... auditioning.

In addition to Michael Caine's book, "Acting in Fim", enjoy this video collection of the man teaches us acting himself.

COURSES

A collection of online courses that you can take right now to help become a better actor. (*Affiliate links)

DUSTIN HOFFMAN - Teaches Acting

Dustin Hoffman believes that every great character is already inside you—the hard part is learning to access them. In his first ever online class, the two-time Academy Award winning star of The Graduate, Tootsie, and Rain Man teaches you everything he's learned during his 50 year acting career.

 

  • 24 video lessons (over 5 hours)
  • Class Workbook
  • Office hours for select students

 

Film School $90,000   •   MASTERCLASS $90

WERNER HERZOG - Teaches Filmmaking

When the legendary director Werner Herzog was 19, he stole a camera and made his first movie. 70 films and 50 awards later, Werner is teaching documentary and feature filmmaking. You’ll learn storytelling, cinematography, locations, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life. By the end, you’ll make uncompromising films.

 

  • 26 hours of video lessons (including learning how to finance your film)
  • 37-page workbook
  • Office hours for select students

 

Film School $90,000   •   MASTERCLASS $90

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