Backstage Successful Commercial Actor

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…

Backstage Successful Commercial Actor

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…

Improvisation for Actors

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….