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3 Pieces of Advice from a Successful ‘Chicago to L.A.’ Actor Transplant

by Gail Rastorfer of Artistic Strategies 1. Have a War Chest Just like any move, make sure you have the money in hand to get out to L.A., to put a deposit down for a place to stay and to have AT LEAST two months worth of living expenses in hand. You will also want money for classes/headshots/etc. If you decide becoming an L.A. Actor is your goal in ‘x’…

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Acting In L.A. vs. Chicago – Top 3 Differences For Actors

Chris Agos is an actor who books work in all aspects of the business and who has worked in both the Chicago and the L.A. markets. Chris taught On Camera and VO classes at A.S.C. for over five years. As someone who now travels between markets, we are lucky to have him back teaching a workshop on transitioning from Chicago to L.A.  Chris is also the author of the popular and…

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5 Elements You Need for a Home Studio

by Brian Plocharczyk   The last few years I have been approached by a large number of my fellow actors, and voice-over students about whether or not they really need to set up a home voice-over studio and how to do it. The quick answer is yes you need one, but what exactly that means can vary greatly.  It drives me insane when I see fellow professionals running off to a…

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Why is Stage Combat An Asset? Christina Gorman explains it all!

Why Stage Combat? By Christina Gorman Christina is an actor and fight choreographer, originally from the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. As an actor, Christina has studied in Chicago and abroad, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. She teaches Youth & Adults acting and stage combat at ASC. Earlier this year Christina was seen fighting & acting on stage in BoHo Theatre’s production of CYRANO at Theatre Wit.  She was also the  Intimacy…

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10 Chicago Agents Talk Marketing

Learning to navigate the “business” and demystify the actor-agent relationship is much of what I teach every Winter to BFA Seniors at the Theatre School at DePaul University. This year the students were assigned to interview the agents. Two students visited each Chicago SAG-AFTRA franchised agency and asked them questions about their agencies, audition advice and marketing for actors.  Not only were the agents generous with their time, they also…

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10 Day Jobs For Actors

Oh, the day job. Most of us need one in order to survive, but as actors, we need flexibility in our work schedule. This can be a challenge because it means the typical 9-5 job isn’t going to work for us. So what do we do? It means that most of us need to be resourceful and flexible to create a stable income while we audition for that guest-starring role…

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How My Acting Training at ASC Has Prepared Me

I’m in a state of euphoria. I’m fortunate because I was chosen to participate as a towns-person in the  world premiere of Traitor by Brett Neveu and  directed by Michael Shannon at A Red Orchid Theatre. My 2018 goal was to have my first acting experience doing professional theatre. After investing in acting training and taking six ASC classes and three workshops, including Level 3 Scene Study twice and Voice…

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You Got The Callback! Now What?

You went to the initial audition. You were energetic and focused. You looked great, you felt great and you know you killed it. Then, you get the callback and you really want to land this part because you’re excited about it and you know you’re perfect for the role. So how do you insure that you give the best possible callback you can? So much of casting and auditioning is…

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5 Casting Directors Give Their Tips

Many Chicago theatres are in the midst of holding their General auditions. These auditions require a monologue. Performing a monologue, (while a standard in our trade) can still seem daunting. Finding the right piece can be one of the most stressful parts of an upcoming audition. It’s one of the only times in your career when you will get the chance to cast yourself.  What should you choose? What are Casting…

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Acting Resume Advice from ASC

As actors, our resumes and our head-shots are essential in our business. If you’ve never had to put together an acting resume before, it can be a bit confusing. Your resume should be helpful and informative, so what kind of information should you include on your resume? What should it look like? What’s a good format? Here are the basics: Your acting resume is always on one sheet of paper…

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