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ActingCareerStartUp.com
Acting Articles & Interviews

On this page you will find different ActingCareerStartUp.com acting articles and interviews written by both Tony and the staff here at this website as well as by guest writers, who are either working actors themselves or other industry professionals be it teachers, casting directors, agents, directors, producers, career coaches and others. If you don’t find what you are looking here, please refer to the menu on the left side of this website. It is possible that you will find what you are looking for there.

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Acting Articles & Interviews

f you've been here before, scroll down to see what new interviews have been added (NEW!).

The Experts' Corner

Recent acting articles

Television Hosting As An Alternative or Integration To Your Acting Career
Interview with Television Host and Actress Evelyn Vaccaro

One Actor Who Came From Another Country, Studied Acting In New York,
Went To LA and Got A Big Break! A Great Story and Some Great Advice!

Interview in 4 Parts with Actor Adam Karst

Interview with New York Acting Teacher and Founder of The Ward Acting Studio Wendy Ward

  • In this interview she talks about:
  • How she came to teach acting and found her acting studio
  • Entrance requriements for her studio
  • Why acting training is so important at the beginning of an acting career
  • She tells the story of one of her former students who competed with hundreds of other girls for a television show in LA and got the job! Wendy tells us what the girl's secret was for getting the job.
  • She talks about the acting technique she teaches at ther studio and how it compares to other acting techniques.
  • Advice for the new and aspiring actor
  • Actors and marketing on Facebook

Acting Articles About Starting Your Acting Career:

Important Considerations For Starting An Acting Career
Interview with Janice Hoffmann, careeer acting coach

The Importance Of Setting Up The Right Environment That Will Help You Be Successful!
Interview with Janice Hoffmann, careeer acting coach

A Musical Theatre Performer Shares 6 Tips On Starting An Acting Career
Interview with Musical Theatre Performer and Triple Threat Anastasia Bain

Personal Experience and Advice From A Musical Theatre Performer On Starting An Acting Career
Interview with Musical Theatre Performer and Triple Threat Anastasia Bain

17 Things You Can Do Today To Start Your Acting Career
based on an interview with Brian O'Neil, best selling author of Acting As A Business: Strategies For Success

Starting An Acting Career: 6 Simple To Follow Steps
based on an interview with Brian O'Neil, best selling author of Acting As A Business: Strategies For Success

Starting An Acting Career: The First Things You Need To Do
Interview with Lisa Gold part 1, owner of Actors Connection

How Long It Takes To Get Your Acting Career Off The Ground
Interview with Lisa Gold part 2, owner of Actors Connection

The Actor’s Dilemma: NY Or LA?
interview with Paul Michael, executive director of The Network NYC

Why You Need A Talent Agent
interview with Thom Goff, director of Breakdown Services Ltd. New York office.

Acting ArticlesAbout Taking Acting Classes:

How To Know Which Acting Classes To Take
Interview with Janice Hoffmann, careeer acting coach

Acting Articles by/from Agents & Personal Managers

Exclusive Interview with Talent Agent/Personal Manager Ingrid French
of Ingrid French Management in New York
In this 13-Part interview she talks about:

  • Why agents and personal managers want to work with actors
  • How agents and personal managers choose the actors they work with
  • How to prepare for an interview with an agent
  • Should you use props in your audition monologues? Here's something for you to think about.
  • Why some actors get called back for a second meeting with an agent and others don't?
  • What to do if your agent isn't getting you many auditions?
  • Where do you can get the best kinds of auditions? From a casting website or from an agent?
  • Does anyone even look at your actor headshot and resume that actors send in to talent agencies?
  • What happens from the time you are submitted for a project until the time you are actually offered the job?
  • Tips and advice on starting an acting career.
  • More tips and advice on starting an acting career.
  • What agents and casting directors look for in your acting resume.
  • When is the right time to join the actor unions?

Acting In Italy

What You Need To Know About Getting Into Acting In Italy
interview with Heidi Jarrett, owner and director of the Rome-based talent agency Actors International

Acting Articles About Moving To Hollywood:

6 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Hollywood
interview with La acting teacher Bernard Hiller

Perspectives On Acting And Life As An Actor In LA
interview with La acting teacher Bernard Hiller

Acting Articles About Meeting The Right People & Finding Auditions:

10 Great Tips On How To Make Contact With Casting Directors, Agents And Production Companies
article by Pat Murphy, television host, actress and president of MediaImageCoach.com

20 Networking Tips
article by Janice Hoffmann, acting career and life coach

How To Meet Casting Directors, Agents And Other Industry Professionals
interview with Paul Michael, executive director of The Network NYC

Understanding Breakdown Services
interview with Thom Goff, director of Breakdown Services Ltd. New York office.

How To Get The Most Out Of A Casting Website
interview with Aaron Seals, president of NYCastings.com

Headshots:

How To Get Great Headshots Every Time
based on an interview with Peter Hurley, New York headshot photographer

5 Headshot Retouching Tips
interview with Joe Barna, 35-year retouching specialist and president of ColorWorksNYC.com

6 Steps To Great Actor Headshots
based on an interview with Peter Hurley, New York headshot photographer

Auditioning:

12 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Performing An Audition Monologue
article by Karen Kohlhaus, acting teacher and founding member of the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York

Acting Articles About Financing Your Acting Career

How To Create The Flexibility To Concentrate On Your Acting Career
interview with Amy Russ, actress and president of ActorWebs.com

How One Woman Makes Money Selling Tips Booklets
article by Paula Ensign, president of Tips Products International

A 15 Question Guide To Setting Up Your Own Tips Booklet Business Right From Home
article by Paula Ensign, president of Tips Products International

Using Your Knowledge To Make Money To Fund Your Acting Career
article by Paula Ensign, president of Tips Products International

Setting Up A Web Presence:

The Benefits Of Having An Actor Website
by Amy Russ

Keeping Your Acting Business Organized:

Organizing Your Acting Career
by Kimberly Felice

Actor's Nutrition & Health:

Nutrition Tips For Actors
by The Nutrition Twins

Acting Classes On DVD
With Two Of The Most Famous
Acting Teachers Of All Time

Other Acting Articles
From Tony's Point Of View:

What Are You Striving For?:

So You Wanna Be A Famous Actor, Eh?
by Anthony Smith

9 Different Types Of Acting Careers: Where Are You Now And Which One Are You Striving For?
by Anthony Smith

21 Different Ways To Use Your Acting Skills
by Anthony Smith

7 Step Guide To Figuring Out What You Really Want Out Of Your Acting Career
by Anthony Smith

Opportunities To Perform On Cruise Ships
by Anthony Smith

Know What You're Getting Yourself Into:

A Typical Day Of An Actor Looking For Work
by Anthony Smith

Study The Industry:

What Talent Agents Are Focusing On
by Anthony Smith

Places And Resources To Study
by Anthony Smith

The Other Side Of Casting: How A Casting Director Might Look At Your Headshots!
by Anthony Smith

First Things First: M-O-N-E-Y!!!:

The Best Place To Start Looking For The Money To Take Those Classes And Get Those New Headshots
by Anthony Smith

11 Jobs That Will Keep You Connected To The Industry While You Earn Money
by Anthony Smith

The Choices I Have Made To Finance My Acting Career
by Anthony Smith

10 Unconventional Ideas To Make Money To Pay For Acting Classes
by Anthony Smith

Money Making Opportunities Without Going To Work
by Anthony Smith

Setting Up A Business At Home Can Give You The Flexibility You Need To Pursue Your Acting Career
by Anthony Smith

About Taking Acting Classes:

23 Reasons Why It's Important To Take Acting Classes
by Anthony Smith

How To Choose The Right Acting School For You
by Anthony Smith

Acting Is A Business And Should Be Treated As Such:

Do You Know Who Your Customers Are In Your Acting Career Business?
by Anthony Smith

29 Different Ways To Get Recognition As An Actor
by Anthony Smith

20 Different Websites You Can Use To Set Up Your Own Actor Web Presence
by Anthony Smith

10 Acting Cover Letter Tips
by Anthony Smith

Staying Focused On Your Acting Career:

5 Things That Make You Take Your Eye Off Your Acting Career
by Anthony Smith

Keeping Yourself Motivated:

Here Are 18 Things To Think About!
by Anthony Smith

Some Good Technical Stuff:

How To Get Over Stage Fright
by Anthony Smith

A Few Ideas On Developing A Character
by Anthony Smith

How To Memorize A Monologue
by Anthony Smith

An Unusual Voice Over Audition
by Anthony Smith

In Addition To The Acting Articles, Here Are Some Excellent Books To Help Your Career Get Off The Ground!

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