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Confidence & Subtlety in On Camera Auditioning

Confidence & Subtlety in On Camera Auditioning Use secretiveness and relaxation to take the “push” out of the work       Caryn West is an veteran acting teacher, director and coach who auditions and acts. She has taught many gifted

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Gary Oldman in the DARKEST HOUR and what he told me…

In December last year, with all the film screenings for awards season, there was one performance I had to see twice. It was both inspirational and so inconceivably wonderful; that of Gary Oldman’s as Winston Churchill. Mr. Oldman was at

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What these Olympians can teach us…

Feb 20, 2018 Goals Setting sure, but then …Train and Practice! February every 4 years  is sacrosanct time to me and my family. Watching these Olympics in Pyeyongchang, I so admire the immense efforts of Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Schiffrin in their last races. They

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“It’s Slow Right Now”

March 30, 2016 With 36 professional seasons in the business, I cannot tell you how many times and seasons I have heard “it’s slow right now”.  That does not mean an actor must acquiesce to this recurrent refrain. Activity breeds Activity: The

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Will Smith, The Power of Intention + Me

I adore Wendy’s actor affirmation work and use it quite often to stay sharp. Learn how Will Smith first aligned with his super-star status + how Wendy  aligned with him. Source: Will Smith, The Power of Intention + Me

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4 Tips for Saving Yourself From Scams | Backstage

  Sara Mornell’s advice is very, very good. Don’t want any of you subjected to the myriad ways the hopeful actor can be taken.  Her article. BTW if you want actors testimonies about Caryn’s Space for Actors, you can go to

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Beyond the Tips and Tricks!

Really, the truth about great auditioning is NOT all about our Tips and Tricks! It would seem the industry now floods our email boxes with all theses “Top  10” or 7 or 6 or whatever lists of tips about auditioning.

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Specificity of Action at the start of your audition

  How to make your audition tape pop right at the top? A basic tool we sometimes forget….   (The book I reference to choose a strong opening tactic is : Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus (Paperback) by Marina Caldarone , Maggie

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1st Video Advice to Book More Acting Jobs

“Are you ready?!?”  Take the time to do this, right at the start of the audition. And what’s a “butt breathe” ? mmm, more on that and really tapping into your creative source soon!   Caryn West is an acting teacher,

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There Are Too Many Actors…

  There Are Too Many Actors … “Who Say They Are Actors” Okay, I got your attention. But there is genuine concern that our culture of “get it quick” often derails the path to true craft and expert skills that

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