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…

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…

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…

Use Your Whole Self!

By Rob Adler | Posted April 22, 2015, 3 p.m. Everyone who performs at a high level understands there are critical differences between training and performing. Boxers don’t jog because they’ll jog in a fight. They do it because it builds stamina. Ballet dancers stretch so their bodies move fluidly and land safely on the…

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…

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…

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….

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…