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I AM EXHAUSTED. 4 Tips On How To Deal With It.

Mid-July 2017: I’m going to be really honest with you guys, I’m not just tired, I’m exhausted. As I write this I find myself fantasizing about my bed and when I can get back in it. My eyes feel bleary. I know I’m grumpy because I lose my patience with inanimate objects. Seriously, guys, I just yelled obscenities at my desk phone. I got angry at a pad of post…

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ASC Summer Acting Camp for Grades 4-7

A few weeks ago, ASC offered our Summer Camp for Kids: Grades 4-7. We love having young students in the studio who are excited about beginning (and for some, continuing) their acting education. Theatre camp teaches our young students Self Confidence, Collaboration, Empathy, Creativity, Problem Solving, Accountability and Risk Taking.  Acting Skills are Life Skills.  Some of the activities our students participated in included: Daily warm ups- physical, vocal, and…

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Advice on self-promotion and casting

Season Announcements and Self Submissions My project for the spring of 2017 was to take Adam Belcuore (Casting Director at the Goodman and ASC instructor) at his word: to straightforwardly submit myself for the roles I wanted in each theatre’s upcoming seasons as they were announced. Because I was out of Chicago for much of March, April, and May, I was especially interested in contacting the casting teams of those…

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Darryn Glass Shares His Perspective on Repeating Class

Wash, Rinse, Repeat by ASC Student, Darryn Glass Growing up, these 3 words were found on the back of every bottle of shampoo I ever used. The funny thing about these words was their origin.  They were a marketing scheme.  I say scheme because the shampoo industry was looking for a way to increase sales so they created  these simple instructions: Wash, Rinse, Repeat.  Three little words that led to…

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Having a Hard Time with that Audition? It starts with The World Of The Play.

THE WORLD OF THE PLAY By Janelle Snow Being invited to audition for an on-camera project is always exciting but the limited amount of time given to prepare can make an actor feel like they’ve overslept their alarm and are racing to get out the door, elevating excitement to virtual panic! Having a plan for breaking down the scene can help keep you centered and maximize the hours (or minutes)…

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We had some questions about casting. Casting Director David O’Connor Gave Us Some Answers!

An Interview with Casting Director David O’Connor How did you get into the industry? Oddly, I got into Casting because I didn’t know how to work with actors. I was studying filmmaking and writing and I was planning on going off to direct and produce. LA was my goal in my youth.  I had been wanting to get into this business since I was eight years old. How do the…

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Auditioning Is Hard

Acting Is Hard: 3 Ways of Dealing With The Rejection

Acting Is Hard: 3 Ways of Dealing With The Rejection by Christy Arington We’ve all been there. You’ve auditioned, you got the call back and now you’re on hold for a part that you really want to play and that would give your career a boost. You feel really great about your audition and how you presented yourself in the room. And then the call or email comes a few…

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Becky Keeshin

Embracing the Future as a Graduating Young Actor and Keeping the Freak Outs to a Minimum

Embracing the Future as a Graduating Young Actor and Keeping the Freak Outs to a Minimum By Becky Keeshin So it’s happening. It’s finally happening. I am a Young Actor. As I lay here in bed at 1 a.m. in New York City, awaiting my senior showcase at DePaul and anxiously recalibrating the recent auditions I’ve been on (how could I have taken direction in a different way, what was…

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Acting Skills are Life Skills: Youth acting classes can make a difference!

Acting Skills are Life Skills.Youth acting classes can make a difference! by Sarafina Vecchio Sarafina Vecchio has been working as a performer and teaching artist in Chicago for over 20 years. She holds a Post Graduate Award in Teaching Shakespeare from The University of Warwick, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Coventry, England. She also earned a Bachelor’s from Roosevelt University and studied classical acting at Richmond College in London. Sarafina…

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6 Tips for Memorization

Prioritize and Memorize! 6 Tips To Help You Memorize Your Lines

6 Tips to Help You Memorize Your Lines by Christy Arington As an actor who does a lot of Shakespeare, I’m often asked the question, “How do you memorize all of those lines?” I’ve found that there are a lot of different techniques that can help you along the path of memorization and believe me, I’ve tried them all. There are a few sure tricks that I can suggest that…

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