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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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Her Vision & Goals set in the 2015 class and now!

This kind of email from a former student in NYC makes my life were fulfilled and happy! ( Tricia was in the NYC  AUDITION INTENSIVE 2015 , the same kind of class back she first took from me in 1995,

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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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Actor Goals for 2017 : A Successful Actor’s Testimonial

Returning from a Chicago shoot this fall,  I ran into Australian actor Dan MacPherson boarding the same plane back to LA. I had coached him for a time about 4 years ago. But the jobs were just not coming.  Back

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Rejection-The lessons when they say “no”

It happens, even to this teacher! On June 2 and just yesterday June 28, 2016, I had 2 heartbreaking passes on great jobs, after callbacks I prepared extensively for. One from a theater I was dying to work at (

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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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Focusing On Fear Will Do Two Things:

Great Reminders from CSFA alum WENDY BRAUN! Discover the two things focusing on fear will do + what might happen when you face your fear + triumph over it. Source: Focusing On Fear Will Do Two Things

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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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A Major Waiting Room Distractor

At the Audition: A Major Waiting Room Distractor to Avoid. Instead stay focused on the task at hand. Caryn West is an acting teacher, director and coach who auditions and acts. She has taught on both coasts and is the only

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Stage Fright a.k.a. Performance Anxiety in the Audition

For many actors, the task of auditioning remains an agonizing experience. Despite good work displayed in classes, workshops and rehearsals and as imagined in one’s own mind, the talent remains hidden. A host of fears and their manifestations may come

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