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Action: The Pursuit Of Acting Excellence
Category: Performing Arts
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by Leigh Foster
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February 03, 2020 09:03 AM PST

Chris has done a TON of commercial, TV and VO work. TV appearances include recurring roles on For All Mankind, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Boss, as well as roles on House Of Cards, Grey's Anatomy, Sirens , Betrayal, Mob Doctor, and many more. His book "Acting In Chicago" taught me everything I needed to know when I moved here seven years ago. He also has a new book out called The Voice Over Startup Guide.



November 04, 2019 07:10 AM PST

Michael Kostroff has been in approximately every TV show ever made. In this episode he answers a number of listener questions with topics like rejection, auditioning, starting a career at 40, etc.

Get access to more performing arts jobs than any other platform by going to www.backstage.com/action to get 30 days free.

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September 25, 2019 01:15 PM PDT

Welker White is an actor with deep roots in theatre, film, and television. Most recently Welker completed shooting her third film with Martin Scorsese, The Irishman, opposite Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. On stage Welker has performed on and off-Broadway as well as regionally, originating roles by playwrights Lisa Kron, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Mac Wellman, David Ives, Keith Reddin, and many others. Welker holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, where she teaches in the MFA Acting program.
Damian Young is a career actor with over 100 credited film and television appearances. His work spans the films of Hal Hartley and cult favorite Nickelodeon's Pete and Pete, to roles in films such as Birdman, Catfight, Wonderstruck, and Ocean's 8. His recent work includes a series regular on HBO’s The Comeback, and recurring roles on House of Cards, Ozark, Homeland, and The Good Wife. Damian has worked extensively in theatre, both on and off-Broadway, as well as regionally.

Together, through a unique, process-oriented approach to the form, they provide actors with concrete tools to unlock authentic behavior that reads onscreen.

To learn more visit their website https://www.themovingframe.com

Get access to more performing arts jobs than any other platform by going to www.backstage.com/action to get 30 days free.

August 07, 2019 03:30 PM PDT

You want my advice? Here you go. I give my thoughts on building a career in acting in this interview from The Tony Rossi Show. Enjoy.

Get access to more performing arts jobs than any other platform by going to www.backstage.com/action to get 30 days free. Become a member like Leigh.

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July 25, 2019 06:41 AM PDT

Join Leigh as he visits with actor/performer Justin Guarini. Justin was a finalist in the first season of American Idol in 2002, which served to jump start his performance career. He has since appeared on screen and stage, including in Broadway productions of ‘American Idiot,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘Wicked.’ He’s also hosted many shows like ‘Idol Wrap’ and has had some fun playing the hilarious Lil’ Sweet in commercials for Diet Dr. Pepper.
Justin talks about the importance of having the right mindset and how it can affect every part of your experience in the industry. He also breaks down some external and internal challenges of auditioning and why you should never lie (ever), no matter the kind of day you’re having. In addition, Justin and Leigh discuss the necessity of approaching an audition as the opportunity to bring your own unique perspectives and experiences to a role, rather than thinking it’s some kind of competition. Finally, Justin shares his views on how proper self-care can keep you motivated and sane while navigating the industry and offers one incredible piece of advice for actors who are just starting out.

Get access to more performing arts jobs than any other platform by going to www.backstage.com/action to get 30 days free. Become a member like Leigh.


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July 02, 2019 09:15 PM PDT

In this episode Leigh visits with actress/producer Elysia Rotaru. Elysia is a Vancouver native who recently relocated to Los Angeles. She has many credits under her belt, including ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ a recurring role on ‘Arrow,’ and many others. She’s also a highly sought-after voiceover talent, having used her talents on hundreds of projects, including commercials, animation, and video games.
Elysia discusses the challenges (and joys) of auditioning, along with the transition from theatre school to film. She also talks about how she launched her acting career, her experiences with different sets and casting rooms, and how much she enjoys voiceover and motion capture work. In addition, she gives a dynamite piece of advice for anyone who wants to become a full-time actor.

Elysia Rotaru links:

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3011272/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/elysiarotaru?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/elysiarotaru/?hl=en

WEBSITE: http://elysiarotaru.com

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheElysia09

June 22, 2019 09:39 AM PDT

"You know how many actors come in here and say 'I just got this last night or I got it two days ago'?...And you know what I say? 'So did the person that's going to fuckin' book it'

Jonathan Stanley is the owner of Hot Shots Self Taping in LA. Over the years he has seen thousands and thousands of auditions. On this episode he comes on to explain what that's taught him.

As an actor Jonathan has landed roles on projects such as 'Timeless,' 'Batman v Superman,' 'Lucifer,' 'The Bold and the Beautiful', 'Agents of Shield,' 'Aquarius,' 'CSI Cyber,' 'The Last Ship,' 'Too Close To Home,' and many more. Currently, he plays Officer Lawrence Griffin on the Freeform TV series 'Good Trouble.' and is featured in the 2019 Sundance Award winning film 'The Infiltrators.'


May 30, 2019 01:03 PM PDT

"It's arrogant to think you know why you didn't get a job"

Brendan Taylor was born in North Vancouver, Canada. He completed high school with a bilingual diploma in English and French, he pursued post-secondary education at The University of British Columbia where he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was fortunate to spend a year on exchange in Paris, France.

He began working in Set Decoration on The Wicker Man (2005) starring Nicholas Cage. From that point on he worked on multiple features, series, TV movies, and short films shooting in Vancouver as a Set Dresser, Lead Dresser, and On-Set Dresser in the Set Decoration department.

Armed with years of knowledge and experience behind the camera, Brendan decided to pursue his dream and return to acting in 2007, and consistently works in Film, TV, Commercials, and Theatre in Vancouver, Canada. Recent credits include The Magicians (SyFy), Bates Motel (A&E), Fargo (FX), Supernatural (The CW), and a recurring role on The Arrangement (E! Network).

April 30, 2019 10:38 PM PDT

On this episode I check in with my western correspondent in the field; Nelson Ritthaler. After 365 days of pursuing a career acting in LA he breaks down what's gone right, what's gone wrong and everything in between. Enjoy.

April 25, 2019 08:13 PM PDT

Alyshia Ochse is a Los Angeles-based actress and bestselling author. Just a few of her credits include recurring roles in "The Purge", "Ballers", "Life Sentence", "Satisfaction", "Days of Our Lives", "General Hospital", "Hart of Dixie", "True Detective", and more.

She is the host of the podcast “That One Audition” which features conversations with your favorite on-screen storytellers and Hollywood influencers who reveal their most life-changing audition tales and the survival skills they’ve collected along the way.


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