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An Actor’s Tattoos? What’s the deal?

If you have visible tattoos and you book a commercial or TV show, know that an actor’s tattoos will either need to be covered OR you must provide a release from your tattoo artist(s) before you can appear on camera. Even if the images on your body have not been copyrighted by the artist, production companies and their clients are generally not going to risk a lawsuit by displaying them…

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11 Books All Actors Should Read

As actors, our training is never “done”. Like any other skill, acting takes a lot of training, practice and a serious dedication to continue honing your craft. Whether it’s working on a project, taking classes with ASC or doing research, we should always stay on the path of learning. We at ASC suggest picking up a good book on the subject and learning something new. Here are our suggestions for…

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Commercial Land: Honoring The Product

For the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to work steadily as a commercial director. I have worked with all manner of clients from fortune 500 companies to small start-ups. It’s as challenging as it is fun. Now when I’m able to teach an on-camera class with acting students, I like to draw a comparison between life here on Earth and this place I have come to know…

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When Should You Join The Actors Unions

Deciding when to join the actor’s unions is an important step for every performing artist. Whether it’s going Equity or joining SAG-AFTRA, the question of if and when you should start paying dues is an important step in the process of becoming a professional actor. It can be a little confusing as to whether or not it’s a good idea at this point in your career. Luckily, one of our…

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My Journey: Youth Acting Class to Agency Representation

I’m a dreamer. I believe that a dream without a plan is just a wish. Two years ago, I decided that after years of begging my parents to let me pursue acting, I was going to take control of my career and follow my dreams. My parents didn’t support my aspirations because they thought it’s a waste of time, I knew if I wanted to do this I would need to be…

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5 Tips to Keep an Actors’ Group Going

By Sylvie Sadarnac Last December, in this very blog, Elohim Peña described how a dozen or so of us decided to form a post-Acting Studio Chicago actors’ group. We had all studied under Janelle Snow and wanted to continue setting goals, broadening our training, and generally supporting one another. It’s titled “3 Benefits Of Being Involved In An Actor’s Group“. Eighteen months after we started Beyond Janelle, our group is…

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12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Actors

Need some help with the perfect Holiday gift for the Actor in your life? At Acting Studio Chicago, we’ve come up with 12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Actors (regardless of whether or not they be aspiring, experienced, amateur or professional.)  1. A Functional Bag that’s also HUGE. – Actors sometimes have to go to work, then an audition, then back to work, then another audition and then to rehearsal. Having a…

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Scene Study with Michael Hayden: Round Two

By Michelle Greenberg I’m signing up for a second time to take Michael Hayden’s Intermediate Scene Study class. This class has been fundamental in my growth as an actor and I look forward to taking it again next session. Let me tell you why. Obviously, there’s value in taking acting classes; at the same time, no matter how much you learn, you’re only scratching the surface.  You go into an acting…

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3 Tips For Self-Taping with a Professional

More and more frequently, you’ll find yourself opening your email to see a message from your agent with the subject: Self-Tape Request. You could certainly tape the audition yourself (see the previous blog post “3 Tips for Self-Taping At Home”), but as the need for self-taping grows, you might find it’s easier to create your self-taping with a professional. When you hire someone to record your audition, there are a…

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3 Tips for Self-Taping At Home

by Kate McCoy As the demands of casting offices and production companies evolve, the requests for self-taping has increased. You might opt to have your audition professionally recorded, in which case a lot of the work is done for you. If, however, you choose to tape the audition yourself – either your schedule doesn’t allow you the time to go into a studio or you simply want to save money…

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