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With the coming of a new year, actors will no doubt find themselves in need or want of new headshots and a good acting class. Let’s face it, we all want to start the new year “armed and ready.” Since I recently addressed acting classes in a previous blog, I thought it appropriate to discuss headshots in this one. This topic will be a two-parter. First we’ll discuss the essence and focus of a good shot, next time we’ll look at wardrobe, makeup and the technical aspects of getting a good shot.
I'm often asked, “who do you think the best acting teacher is in Los Angeles?” My answer is always the same, “It depends.” But, let’s be honest, that’s not a very satisfactory answer and certainly not one you’d want to hear if you asked the question. So, let’s get right to the heart of the question. What we should be asking is what do the best acting teachers teach?
So, what are the three steps of acting?
If you’ve been in the acting business for any length of time you’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “If there’s anything else you can do, other than acting, then do it.” Do I believe that sentiment? Absolutely, I do. The odds are against us, we’re faced with rejection just about every day, we start over with every project we do and the pressure to be “endlessly entertaining” is incredibly difficult at best. Only a handful of people actually make a life long career of acting. It’s ridiculously tough. So, why do I do it? Partly because when I finally get the chance to act, I love it. I love every second of it. It’s always worth the wait and the struggle. Besides, it beats following in my father’s footsteps, repairing broken down cars every day of my life.