In the Moment with Viola Davis

This is a short little blip of a round table interview with several actors, but I think what Viola Davis says about acting can be just as true for writers: You have to get uncomfortable sometimes. As writers, you’re extracting the inner workings of your mind and your emotions, putting them on paper for display, and allowing other people dissect and critique it. That can be very scary and intimidating. At least for me it can be. But you have to give yourself permission to let that out – because it could be a brighter gem than you realized; and you can’t polish that gem if you never dig it up.

Viola Davis: “The Discomfort is the Comfort”

Wise words from Philip Seymour Hoffman

The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman shares some strong advice for actors just getting started.

Watch the full video here: Wise words from Philip Seymour Hoffman

Being “open to receive luck”

The incredible Bryan Cranston opens up about ambition, his craft, and how everyone should be “open to receiving luck” when it comes their way.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

Watch the full video here: Bryan Cranston on craft, ambition and being “open to receive luck”

Parents, Don’t Kill Your Child’s Career Before It Starts

Parents, this article is for you. Todd Etelson with Backstage gives some insights on the parent’s role in a child’s acting career. It may feel like tough love or a hard pill to swallow, and it’s by no means anyone’s intention to tell you how to raise your child or how to manage their career, this is just a set of etiquette rules to keep in mind as your helping your child reach their goals and support their career.

Read full article here: Parents, Don’t Kill Your Child’s Career Before It Starts

5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

John Bucher with LA Screenwriter extracts five storytelling lessons from the work of the legendary Bill Murray. He uses examples from films such as Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day, St. Vincent, and Rock the Kasbah to help illustrate each point. And seriously, who doesn’t love Bill Murray?

Read full article here: 5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

19 Things Casting Directors Want You to Know

Jackie Read with Backstage provides a list of nineteen pieces of information that casting directors want you to know. These are very good pieces of information to know, so read up 🙂

Read full article here: 19 Things Casting Directors Want You to Know

5 Ways to Stand Out & Be Memorable to Casting Directors

Casting Director Amy Jo Berman provides her expertise on how to have a successful audition while in the room with the casting directors. Break a leg!

AUDITION TIPS | 5 WAYS TO STANDOUT & BE MEMORABLE TO CASTING DIRECTORS

Diane Kruger: #WomenInMotion

During the 70th Annual Cannes International Film Festival, Diane Kruger sits down with Variety magazine and discusses women in Hollywood and the gender pay gap.

Watch the full video here: Diane Kruger on the gender pay gap in Hollywood: “I’ve never been paid as much as a male costar in the United States.” #WomenInMotion

Great Disney Audition Songs for Women

Ladies, are you looking for a good audition song? Looking for some new material? Rebecca Strassberg with Backstage curated a list of Disney songs that will serve you well in the audition room. Break a leg!

Read full article here: Great Disney Audition Songs for Women

5 Ways to Get Into Character

Ken Lazer with Backstage provides five tricks to help actors get into character as you prepare to meet with a casting director or getting ready to go on stage.

Read full article here: 5 Ways to Get Into Character