All About the Character Actor – In Celebration of the Evan Arnolds of the World

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For this week’s CIT Vault article we thought we’d revisit an article that debunks some of the negative connotations of the term “character actor.”  There are worse careers than making a living as an actor under the radar. “He’s a character actor,” you may hear one day while leaving your audition for the biggest pilot …

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BEING PERSONAL IN YOUR WORK #3 – Techniques and Exercises

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This is Part 3 of a 4 of Adam Lazarre-White’s Personalization Series: Parts 1 and 2 are available for you. Private Moment Exercise There is a quote from Meryl Streep, perhaps the greatest living actor, “Often the scenes that are the most exciting, and most illuminating in film, are the ones with no dialogue. The …

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Success Stories Part II: Siya Maleki and the Importance of Feedback

"...it seems like you guys always go out of your way to help aspiring actors like myself.”

Stop right there. Take a break from whatever starving artist activity in which you are participating at the moment. That bologna and rice cake sandwich you are trying not to drop on your keyboard will be there for you when we’re done. (Side note: if you are, in fact, eating bologna, cut that out. The …

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From the CIT Vault – What To Do During Holidays

Use holidays to take stock and regroup

Though Memorial Day is only a short holiday, but the lesson is valuable still.  Pro actors make the most of their down time.  What will you do this holiday weekend? It’s a little known fact that practically all of Hollywood shuts down during the holidays. If you’re an actor, this means that there isn’t going …

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BE PERSONAL IN YOUR WORK II – Creating Character

Creating a character begins with the writing and being a “Detective”

In Adam’s last Blog he began to lay out the road map for deep personalization in your acting work.  Part II discusses Creating Character. Creating a character begins with the writing and being a “Detective”, finding everything that is available to you, given to you and implied by the writer. However, there is another step …

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BE PERSONAL IN YOUR WORK – NEVER GENERAL

"being ‘general’ in your work is death to the actor."

Perhaps the most important internal work an actor can do, to build upon the imaginative, creative work one must do to create a profoundly moving performance for an audience to witness, is to attach his or her self – his or her own real life – in a deeply PERSONAL way – to the events, …

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From the Cast It Blog Vault: Self-Recording Auditions: Advanced Tips

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As we see the quality of self-tapes and the quantity of self-tape opportunities both increasing, we thought we’d re-enforce some old tips on making sure that you are delivering the best self-tape and giving yourself the best chance to book that gig. We’ve already written several articles about how to “self tape” for auditions. Not …

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