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Everything You Need to Be a Successful Commercial Actor

Everything You Need to Be a Successful Commercial Actor By Amie Farrell | Posted July 10, 2017, 10 a.m. It was 9:45 am. and I was sweaty from just finishing my p90x workout, about to take a nice long shower and run errands before picking up my son from school. My iPhone dinged. Email from LA CASTING,…

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5 Reasons to Consider the Summer Intensive

By Rob Adler | Posted March 23, 2017, 10 a.m. While many actors find solace in the community of an acting studio, theater company, or class, each can suffer from the perils of routine over the years, forming habits and disconnecting the actor from their sense of passion and purpose. So if you’re up for…

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How Improv Can Enhance Every Audition

By Rob Adler | Posted March 17, 2017, 3 p.m. A lot of actors hate auditions. The room is “cold.” The reader doesn’t “give you anything.” It’s “not like being on set.” Admittedly, it’s superficial—the role exists in X world, yet the audition is usually in a small room in an office building with beige…

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Q&A with Legendary Acting Teacher Ric Murphy

Ric Murphy has taught acting for nearly four decades. His pupils include some all-star actors: John C. Reilly, Gillian Anderson, and Judy Greer. Ric first introduced me to the magic of improvisational acting techniques at the DePaul Theater School, where he is Professor Emeritus. We are thrilled to have Ric teach at the studio to support our commitment to…

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How to eat French fries without getting fat

By Rob Adler | Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 3 p.m. When I was young, I’d often stay up late and watch a movie on TV. In the wee hours past my bedtime, I watched “Jaws,” “Superman II,” “Star Wars,” and everything I could find on cable TV after my parents had gone to bed. I…

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Assist the Scene

By Rob Adler | Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 3 p.m. Most people remember Michael Jordan for his high-flying dunks or his game-winning shots. I was recently reminded of his ability to pass the ball while watching the 1989 documentary “Michael Jordan: Come Fly With Me.” In basketball terms, a pass that sets up a teammate…

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Acting With Purpose

By Rob Adler | Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 10 a.m. I saw something extraordinary last weekend. Roger Guenveur Smith and Mark Broyard’s “Inside the Creole Mafia” is a hilarious and thought-provoking examination of Louisiana culture and identity through the lens of a man doomed to an eternity of “making a living as a Hollywood actor…

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Ask Yourself This Question After Acting

By Rob Adler | Posted July 27, 2015, 3 p.m. Last night, a very talented female actor presented a monologue in class. The acting was simple, clear, direct, and active—the hallmarks of proficiency. “How did it go?” I asked. “Fine,” she squeezed. “Did you do what you wanted to do?” I probed. “No, it wasn’t…

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Improve Your Commercial Technique

By Rob Adler | Posted June 25, 2015, 3 p.m. Kevin McCorkle has appeared in more than 300 commercials from Gatorade and Taco Bell to Blue Cross and Lipitor. He also has worked in big-budget films, indie films, had recurring roles on television series, and has been in dozens of plays, short films, and Web…

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Playing Formidable Foes

By Rob Adler | Posted May 19, 2015, 3 p.m. I was recently coaching an actor for a new role on a hit cable series when he ran into a common actor challenge. As he was researching the role, he found it difficult to identify with and personify a character some presidents might describe as…

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3 Differences Between Acting on Stage and Screen

By Rob Adler | Posted March 26, 2015, 3 p.m. When the cast of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” first saw the film, many of them were shocked. In post-production, Director John Hughes and Editor Paul Hirsch decided to tell a very different story than what was filmed in production. The original Ferris was a darker…

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On Living Truthfully in Imaginary Circumstances

By Rob Adler | Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 10 a.m. When my nephew was 5, I caught him running on top of the furniture in my parent’s living room, with my jacket over his shoulders. When he saw me, he suddenly stopped. Caught in the act, I thought. Then, with arms extended, belly down, he…

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5 Tips for a First-Class Pilot Season

By Rob Adler | Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 10 a.m. The holiday season is behind us, which means Hollywood is moving on to the next magical season: Pilot Season. And a new year means new opportunities for actors as new television shows are created and cast. Here are some tips to help your pilot season take flight….

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Lights, Camera, Relationship!

3 Tips for Developing Character Relationships By Rob Adler | Posted Dec. 3, 2014, 10 a.m. Sometimes actors show up to set, are introduced to their co-star and have to hop into bed together like they have been lovers for years. In the fast-paced world of film and television, especially during auditions, chemistry reads and…