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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia

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Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
Jeffrey, Dallas, TX

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Hi Tony!
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada

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Hi!
I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Mischa, UK

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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress

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Tony,
I did what you said and…I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you…how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA

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This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA

How to develop a character

Just the other day, I had someone ask me about how to develop a character. The young woman who asked the question told me that she had learned some things about this character, but that she wasn't feeling it. She had been learning about how to develop a character in one of her acting classes, but the things she learned weren’t helping her much.

She then asked me if I had any advice for her and I did. I told her four things basically.

1. The legendary acting teachers, Meisner, Stanislovski, Stasberg, Hagen, Adler, Chekov and others all have books that explain how they teach actors how to develop a character. The explanation I personally like the most is that of Stella Adler. That is the most complete explanation I have ever read on the subject.

2. Here are a few things to think about that I created for you from my own experience about how to develop a character for a few of the roles I played.

3. Holly Venable is a young actress who created an ebook on the subject of developing characters. It's short, sweet and to the point. It's benefited a lot of actors helping them learn the basics of developing a character. You can find it here.

4. If you are really serious about acting, then get yourself into a good acting class and stay there. If you want to be a dramatic actor, then I recommend two types of classes to start out. The first is an acting technique class. Get in one of those and stay there throughout all the levels of that particular technique. The second type of class I can recommend would be a scene study class and text-analysis class, where you work on one scene for a few weeks until you nail it and then you move on to another. With those two kinds of classes and by staying in the for the long haul, you will really improve your acting skills tremendously!

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