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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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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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Posted in Actor Advice, Auditions, Current and Alumni Success! and Testimonials, Observations

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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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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