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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 Representation

10 Tips for Getting Representation 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 trained,…

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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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Audition like a winner!

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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Apps for Actors

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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Conflict is the soul of drama.

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. The concept of Conflict is essential to script analysis.  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…

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Kurt Naebig

Faculty Spotlight: Kurt Naebig & his journey from student to teacher.

Faculty Spotlight: Kurt Naebig Actor, Director & ASC Senior Instructor When Kurt Naebig took an improv class in high school, he didn’t know it would change the course of his life. He was a semi-pro skateboarder, he owned a skateboard shop in Oak Park (yes, as a teenager), and acting wasn’t really on his radar. The Chicago actor, director, and ASC teacher thought the class would just be kind of fun;…

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Cinema Lab with Stephen Cone

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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The Guideposts: Relationship

GUIDEPOST  #1 – RELATIONSHIP The core acting curriculum at Acting Studio Chicago is based on the 12 Guideposts from Michael Shurtleff’s Audition.  In this post we introduce the very foundation of our work: RELATIONSHIP. Having a shared language, a shared vocabulary and a shared philosophy about the actors’ approach to text, means that there is a consistency and a specificity to our training. In this series of posts, we invite our…

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Student Spotlight: Jerod Haynes in NATIVE SON

Jerod Haynes, ASC alumni, is currently anchoring NATIVE SON, a co-production of Court Theatre and American Blues Theatre. As Bigger Thomas, Haynes “confronts the brutality of his era and the brutality within himself” in this story of 1930’s South Side Chicago. The new adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel by Nambi E. Kelley has received rave reviews and extended its run. “Its a pretty heavy role,” says Jerod, “But I have…

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