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Commercial Audition Advice from a Pro!

It’s All In The Timing Advice for the Commercial Audition by Matt Miller Commercial copy is intensely structured stuff and actors often don’t realize how they can use the structure of the commercial to their advantage when preparing their commercial audition. Fun fact: a broadcast TV commercial—and this is a notable designation as commercials made for the internet do not have the same rules—must fit into a very rigid running…

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Tax Tips for Actors

3 Tax Tips for Actors

3 Tax Tips for Actors from David Turrentine by Adriana Trajkovski   As most actors know, one of the hardest parts of this crazy biz is figuring out how to stay afloat financially while pursuing one’s career;  these Tax Tips for Actors are here to help. Actors need to manage their money and find daytime gigs that have flexibility for auditioning/rehearsing.  One essential part of money management is understanding taxes;…

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10 Tips for Getting An Agent

10 Tips for Getting An Agent by Studio Director Rachael Patterson Do your homework like a pro & make agents notice!   1. Do your homework. Every franchised SAG-AFTRA talent agency has a website. Read what they’ve written about their agency, then look at the actors they represent. Do you see anyone who looks like your “type?” If you can, look at that actor’s resume and see where they have…

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Gail Rastorfer Artistic Strategies


SELF HELP FOR SELF TAPING 8 Great Tips for Audition Success       by Gail Rastorfer of Artistic Strategies   More and more on-camera casting AND theatres are accepting digital submissions and while it’s preferable that you stroll on over to your agents office(if you have an agent) or a studio(if you know of one) to lay that audition down, a lack of time and resources may not make…

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8 Tips For Successful Auditoning

 8 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL AUDITIONING by Rachael Patterson, Studio Director 1. When auditioning use YOURSELF to make choices that will stand-out. This is not the same as “being yourself.” You must personalize the role, the given circumstances and the images with YOUR history, YOUR intelligence, YOUR sense of humor, YOUR physicality.  2. Do NOT seek reassurance/affirmation  from the casting director…KNOW you are in the RIGHT PLACE. NEVER APOLOGIZE. NEVER ASK IF YOUR AUDITION…

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Summer Play ~ Interview with 9 year old student Gus!

by Megan Donahue Gus is 9 years old, and a two time attendee of ASC’s CREATE THE PLAY. “It’s very fun,” he said. The week long summer program for students in first through third grades is held each summer. The kids learn the basics of acting, create their own fairy tales, develop their own scripts, then perform them at the end of the week. “Our fairy tales were The Dangerous…

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5 Apps for Actors

5 Apps for Actors As the owner of Artistic Strategies and as an actor I am constantly on the lookout for apps that help simplify my life.  There are MANY out there…MANY!  But here are my top 5.  Some are free and some you can get for a small fee.  All are well worth it! 1. LINELEARNER : Memorize those lines! For $3.84 you can make memorizing a little easier with this…

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The Guideposts: Conflict

Guidepost #2  – Conflict by Megan Donahue The core acting curriculum at Acting Studio Chicago is based on the 12 Guideposts from Michael Shurtlef’s Audition. Having a shared language, vocabulary and philosophy about the actor’s approach to text means that there is a consistency and  a specificity to our training. In this series of posts, we invite our faculty to comment on a single Guidepost. The second Guidepost is Conflict. Conflict…

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Faculty Spotlight: Kurt Naebig

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT:                                                                                                 KURT NAEBIG- ACTOR, DIRECTOR & ASC SENIOR INSTRUCTOR! When Kurt Naebig took an improv class in high school, he didn’t…

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Cinema Lab Screening

 CINEMA LAB SCREENING  by Megan Donahue Last month, ASC hosted a screening of the work that’s come out of  Cinema Lab. A “crash course in independent film making”, the class takes students from improvisation to filming in just eight weeks.   The screening featured a total of 12 short films, from four classes. Instructor Stephen Cone, a Chicago film maker, opened the evening by introducing the films. Though the films are…

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