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ACTING IN LOS ANGELES

The Perfect Self-Tape Audition Kit (and Why Every Actor Needs One)

There's no question that this pandemic has been difficult for actors. Many have lost their restaurant jobs and are wondering if working in restaurants will ever make sense again. For those who are able to stick it out, one thing is for sure: the pandemic is...

Being an Actor and Working on Set in a Pandemic

As my first e-book is being released, the world is slowly emerging from a blanket of stay-at-home orders due to the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. At the time of this writing, the industry is still (mostly) on hiatus and many unions, networks, and studio executives are...

One Thing That Will Change Your Acting Career, Forever

I’ll go right out and say it: I’m not where I want to be in my career. I realized I wasn’t where I wanted to be when I started watching Homeland, the TV show with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Claire Danes gives riveting performances in every single scene, in every...

Navigating “Intimacy” and “Kissing” Scenes: For Actors Dating Non-Actors

When people ask me if my husband is an actor, I always joke and say “No, I can’t be the stable one in the relationship,” but it’s true! I do believe there are a lot of advantages to dating people I call “civilians” (people with 9-to-5 jobs and careers).  Working as an...

14 Profound Acting Books to Help Get You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

In Los Angeles and beyond, all productions, on-camera auditions and in-person classes have ceased. Yes – this predicament we are in royally sucks. That said, this makes for a great time to stay connected to our passion. What better way to do that than by curling up...

How to Find the Best Acting Teacher in Los Angeles (for You) 

Life as an actor is hard enough – you don’t need an incompetent or mean acting teacher to make it worse.  As someone who didn’t attend formal acting training, I’ve always had to be on the lookout for a great acting school/teacher. Even though I work full time...

The 3 Things That Will Get Us Hired As Actors In Los Angeles

If you’re like me, you love acting and you couldn’t imagine doing any other job, but you aren’t where you feel you could be. In other words, we aren’t getting hired enough. Let’s break down the main aspects that have an impact on our bottom line. For some of us, not...

Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Comedy Career in Los Angeles

What’s not to love about laughing, being funny or about learning how to be funnier? I always say that one of my favorite sports is laughing, which is why I’ve taken many Improv classes (more about that later) and gone out to see loads of stand-up comedy. It takes the...

You Killed the Audition & Now You’ve Been “Pinned” (What Now?)

I think all of us can agree that one of the small pleasures of going through the grind of auditioning is hearing back from casting. I love going to an audition and getting a phone call from my agent telling me I’ve been pinned. It always makes me feel like I did...

Just Because You CAN Get a Visa to Pursue Acting in Los Angeles, Should You? 

When I applied for my own visa, I had some decisions to make. Which visa was I going for? Which one could I go for?  You have a dream to move from Canada, England, Australia, or France (or elsewhere) and work as an actor in Los Angeles as well. But do you have what it...

The Unspoken Relationship Between Canadian Actors’ O-1B Visa, EB-1 Visa and The IRS

Dear Canadian Actor,  Working as an actor on two sides of the border is no cakewalk. I’ve gone through several accountants, spent countless hours online, have had many sleepless nights, and I’ve also had to make some pretty tough decisions about turning down work, and...

The Ultimate Guide To Acting In Los Angeles For Canadians, Brits, Australians, foreigners, and out-of-towners

I can't remember a time when I didn't know I wanted to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. Now that I look back, I don’t think there was ever any doubt in my mind that it would happen. I’m not saying it was easy, or even straightforward; but I always had a plan in...

VOICE ACTING

Will A.I. Voices Take Voice Actor’s Jobs?

If you’re a voice actor or voice talent and you’re in various voice over groups on Facebook, you might have run into posts mentioning Speechelo, a company that offers text-to-speech (i.e. A.I. voices) at a low price. The idea is that you can enter the text you want...

Voice Over Microphones: Shotgun Microphones or Traditional Voice Over Microphones

When choosing voice over microphones, consider the kinds of voice overs work you'll be recording, as well as the space you'll be working in. Ideally, you'll pick a microphone that's suited to that type of work and space. Polar Patterns of Microphones Microphones...

Voice Acting Tip 101: The 3 Things You Need to Start a Voice Acting Career from Scratch

Do your family and friends say you have a great voice? Do you dream of voicing characters in your favorite Anime shows? Do you love creating characters when you read to your children or talk to your pets? Perhaps you’re a singer and have a very intimate connection...

What is Source Connect and Why Voice Actors May Need it

Source Connect (SC) is a technology that was created by a company called Source-Elements. As it concerns us VO talents, there are two versions of the technology: Source-Connect Standard (paid version) and Source-Connect Now (free). If you’re recording voice acting...

Pandemic Update: The Reason Every Professional Actor Needs to Become a Voice Actor and Build a Home Studio

If you’re like me, you've been waiting to find out when the film and TV industry is going to start again and how they’ll go about it. The SAG-AFTRA guidelines for filming have finally been decided and put in place by unions, producers, studios and networks in the US....

Voice Acting: Get the Gear you Need to Record Professional Voice Overs from Home 

So, you’re an actor (or announcer), there’s a pandemic and your agent is telling you about voice acting opportunities you’re missing out on because you don’t have a voice over booth.  You’ve got a quiet space (or you’re hoping it’s quiet enough) and you’re ready to...

Everything an Actor Needs to Set Up a Home Recording Studio: Work Online Using Your Voice

This Pandemic is driving everyone nuts, including professional actors who can no longer work in the jobs that allowed them to continue to pursue acting (e.g., restaurants). But the pandemic isn’t all bad news for actors: while some work has dried up, there is plenty...

The Truth About Voice Acting In Los Angeles

People often ask me how I got into voice acting, and I always joke and say “it was an accident!” Truth is, I happened to be at the right place at the right time, and I held on because it was my ticket out of trouble. I also happened to be a trained actress who was...