Stop Doing it Right

Stop Doing it Right

In the beginning, actors work very hard to do a scene, or play a role ‘correctly’. They struggle to meet the demands of the script to the point where they follow it like an architect may follow a blueprint. They no longer allow themselves the freedom of...
Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

In order to be able to fulfill a role you must be able to extract a character from the script. What does extract a character from the script mean? It means you are able to play the character as a separate entity. You are able to separate the character from the story....
This post is for you

This post is for you

In my initial training as an actor, like many of us, I had done nothing but performance based training until I encountered Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio.  I remember my first day in scene study class. The first one up was Meg Tilly working with some guy on a...
Leaving the beauty pageant behind

Leaving the beauty pageant behind

When I first started auditioning, I remember I would walk in and I’d think “omg how am I ever going to get this? all the other actresses reading for it are so f&^%ing beautiful! How will I ever get something?” This was LA in the 80’s, and I don’t...
Homework for Monologue Study

Homework for Monologue Study

NOTES FROM ACTORIUM’S HOMEWORK FOR MONOLOGUE STUDY: Spend an hour a day sitting with your monologue ‘feeling’ it out. 1. Don’t rehearse it aloud. When you rehearse aloud you are nailing your coffin. You’re creating a dead performance. You...