Category Archives: Acting

I Wish I Knew: Interview with The Get Down Actress Stefanée Martin

Stefanée Martin

I spend a lot of time talking to other artists. I have noticed that I often hear
(as well as say) the phrase: “I wish I knew _______ before I started.” After
hearing this over and over for years I realized…why don’t we help those
coming after us know the things we wish we knew? In this new blog series
titled I Wish I Knew, I will be interviewing people in the theater and on
camera business to get some answers. Whether you are an aspiring or
established artist, you will find pearls of wisdom in the words of some
experts in the field. These words may be exactly what you’ve been looking
for.

For my first interview, I reached out to my friend and colleague Stefanée
Martin. She is a brilliant actress who has experience in both the theater and
TV/Film worlds. I hope her story inspires you as much as she inspires me!

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Using a Smartphone to Prep a Monologue or Song

You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor that hasn’t practiced (mugged) in the mirror when prepping a role, monologue, or song. And while the mirror is a perfectly natural choice, the problem with the mirror is in the user. It’s human nature for all of us to look ‘where we want to look.’ We look at our hair, our waistline, our arms—we look at the thing we want others to see and appreciate. While in private moments we may look at what we perceive are flaws or imperfections, overall, we are looking in the mirror to find validation.

Enter the camera phone, now capable of greater video and photographic ability than ever before.

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When a Role Calls Out to You

Professional stage actor, Rob Richardson, literally saw himself in a role in the musical “The Bridges of Madison County”. In this post, Rob discusses his 5 year journey preparing for the show, auditioning and eventually landing the leading role of Robert Kincaid with the Silicon Valley theatre company, TheatreWorks.

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Five Tips to Audition Safely and Smartly

Actors want to be wanted, whether it’s for a role in a play or musical, film, or TV show. But sometimes we want to get that role so badly that we forget to use some common sense and may get ourselves into an iffy situation. Here are five things to watch out for so the only thing you have to worry about is if you get the gig!

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Making the Tough Choices

It’s hardly worth mentioning that all paths of life carry tough choices. Some of us are lucky, and we get to choose, well, among “first world” problems. Hopefully most of us are fortunate. Take a quick look with StageAgent at some of the challenges you are likely to face with a life in the theatre.

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