From the category archives:

The Working Actor

How to Run Your Apartment Like an Office

by Teresa ReillySeptember 2, 2009

There’s a well-known actor saying that goes, “Nobody’s casting in your living room.”  In essence?  Get off your butt, and get out to auditions, because you can’t just dream a career into existence while you lie on your couch.  (That is, unless you live with a casting director.)  You have to develop the courage to […]

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Make Your Own Work, Be Your Own Producer

by Teresa ReillyJuly 8, 2009

I am the youngest of three children, all of whom have made their careers in the entertainment business, and our shared childhood is pretty indicative of the choices we’ve subsequently made as professional performers.  My sister, the oldest, directed my brother and I in every version of “Cinderella” she could brainstorm and film on my […]

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Fund Your Career with the Actors Fund

by Teresa ReillyJuly 1, 2009

A few months ago, I was on a spec commercial set, bemoaning my lack of work.  No, not the acting kind (although, I frequently bemoan the lack of that, too).  I was complaining about the absence of rent-paying jobs.  That’s right, folks, the vital and often annoying Survival Job.  The classic joke is that every […]

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Keep Working, Keep Healthy

by Teresa ReillyJune 24, 2009

When I was but a naive, young thing still in acting school, I came down with a long-term, emotionally and physically exhausting illness.  One particularly difficult day, as I was on the verge of tears and really lamenting about how badly I was feeling, one of my very favorite teachers took me aside to impart […]

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ACTING 123 by Linda Stuart

by Linda StuartJune 19, 2009

ACTING 123 by LINDA STUART I learned from a top acting teacher that an aspiring actor must take a minimum of 3 actions per day, every day, to advance his or her career. It could be emailing 3 pictures and resumes. It could be making 3 cold calls. It could be setting up 3 auditions. […]

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Headshot Extravaganza Part 3: How to Make the Most of Your Shoot!

by Teresa ReillyJune 17, 2009

Congratulations!  You’ve figured out what kind of headshots you want, you’ve you’re your research, you’ve found your killer photographer, and now…all you have to do is actually shoot the darned things.  The irony of the situation is, of course, we get our pictures taken all day long.  We have digital cameras, camera phones, video cameras, […]

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Headshot Extravaganza: How to Find the Best Photographer (part II)

by Teresa ReillyMay 20, 2009

I am so excited to explore Part Two of the Headshot Extravaganza!  To set the record straight, I am NOT a headshot-loving actor.  I get antsy when I’m taking new headshots.  I feel insecure.  I smile weird.  My eye twitches.  All in all, I am very unappealling.  Luckily, I found a fantastic photographer who I […]

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Headshot Extravaganza: Why You Need Fantastic Headshots!

by Teresa ReillyMay 13, 2009

Well, folks, it’s been quite a day.  A long, exhausting, anxious, finicky, neurotic day.  To be more specific…Headshot Day.  The day I’ve been putting off for three whole years.  (When I got my last headshots taken.)  I finally got my new headshots taken, and now that Headshot Day has passed, and all I have to […]

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Team YOU: Build Up Your Support System

by Teresa ReillyApril 22, 2009

“Do you have an agent?” Possibly the most popular question ever posed to an actor, second only to “What have we seen you in?”  (Or, my mother’s favorite, “When do I get to see a copy of that student spec commercial for diapers you shot in December in Oxnard so I can send it to […]

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To Pay Or Not To Pay! That Is The Question!

by Linda StuartApril 20, 2009

For the actor or actress who isn’t in SAG, doesn’t have representation, and is without the industry contacts to get you in to an agent or casting director’s office… paid showcases can be an excellent way to meet and perform for prominent agents and casting directors. Some actors are adamantly against paying to audition. But […]

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