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Anonymous asked: I'm 16 and I wanted to act as long as I can remember but my parents don't believe me and say its just a phase any advice on how to convince them i would appreciate it thanks.

Well, parents are king until you are an adult unfortunately. It may not always seem like they’re on our side but they do have the gift of objectivity and generally have our best interests at heart.

But, in the meantime, why not join an extra-curricular class and try out acting on the side? Perhaps in some way that doesn’t detract from your studies. That way you can start working your acting muscles while honoring your parents observations/concerns - giving your all to school - AND test out their theory. If it’s a phase you’ll know it pretty quickly (you’ll have the next two years or more to figure it out).

If it is a phase, it didn’t cost you anything except the price of classes (you might have to sacrifice other areas for this, btw). And if it’s not a phase, you’re already leaps and bounds ahead for college.

Win/win.

Why not sit your folks down and see what they say about that? It’s a good place to start, at least.

If they won’t budge even there then you basically have to be über patient and wait it out until you’re 18 where you’ll be entitled to make your own decisions.

Good luck!
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‎”I’d rather have less money and a more interesting life than more money and a more public existence” — John Hawkes (Backstage interview)
ATO ESSANDOH, PART 2
In the second part of our interview with Ato Essandoh (Garden State, Blood Diamond) we discuss the process of auditioning and callbacks with the likes of Martin Scorsese, letting go of the desire for fame, and what it’s like to work on a TV show with Barry Levinson.
The NYC Actor Podcast is available to download or subscribe to at iTunes!

ATO ESSANDOH, PART 2

In the second part of our interview with Ato Essandoh (Garden State, Blood Diamond) we discuss the process of auditioning and callbacks with the likes of Martin Scorsese, letting go of the desire for fame, and what it’s like to work on a TV show with Barry Levinson.

The NYC Actor Podcast is available to download or subscribe to at iTunes!

Ato Essandoh (Garden State, Blood Diamond) Skypes in from Toronto where he is currently shooting the new TV show Coppers. In Part One we discuss the unlikely journey from chemical engineering to acting, how film, theater and TV are the modern forms of story telling – a vital part of human existence – and why we should never apologise for being actors.
The NYC Actor Podcast is available to download or subscribe to at iTunes!

Ato Essandoh (Garden State, Blood Diamond) Skypes in from Toronto where he is currently shooting the new TV show Coppers. In Part One we discuss the unlikely journey from chemical engineering to acting, how film, theater and TV are the modern forms of story telling – a vital part of human existence – and why we should never apologise for being actors.

The NYC Actor Podcast is available to download or subscribe to at iTunes!

Do not get caught up in the game. It’s sort of the John Wood Mentality. He never spoke about winning or losing. NEVER. He always talked about process. You throw up the best shot you can with the most perfect form and if it doesn’t go in you did everything you can. You do what you think is right and you just let it go. You do NOT worry about the outcome.

Tracy Wong (Founding Partner WDCW Advertising Agency)

I think this applies to the art of auditioning at every level. Focus on form and craft and let everything else go.

The 10 Qualities of an Actor
One of the first things my class ever discussed with one of my favorite acting teachers John Osborne Hughes. And it has stuck with me for all these years. I highly recommend signing up for a class with him the next time he is in town.
I believe these are also the qualities of a great human being.
1) Dedication
2) Self Discipline
3) Imagination
4) Courage
5) Humility
6) Modesty
7) Empathy
8) Inspiration
9) Awareness
10) Talent (this one is perhaps the most open to interpretation, but to me everyone has the capacity for talent – it’s not just about being born special. Talent is usually regarded by most as an untouchable gift. But I wasn’t born with talent as an actor. I was born with the desire to become talented and it has taken me years to get where I am. People might interpret the product of that as some kind of innate talent because they don’t know better, but I think even the great Meryl Streep – who still strives to be brilliant with every role she takes on – would agree with me.)

The 10 Qualities of an Actor

One of the first things my class ever discussed with one of my favorite acting teachers John Osborne Hughes. And it has stuck with me for all these years. I highly recommend signing up for a class with him the next time he is in town.

I believe these are also the qualities of a great human being.

1) Dedication

2) Self Discipline

3) Imagination

4) Courage

5) Humility

6) Modesty

7) Empathy

8) Inspiration

9) Awareness

10) Talent (this one is perhaps the most open to interpretation, but to me everyone has the capacity for talent – it’s not just about being born special. Talent is usually regarded by most as an untouchable gift. But I wasn’t born with talent as an actor. I was born with the desire to become talented and it has taken me years to get where I am. People might interpret the product of that as some kind of innate talent because they don’t know better, but I think even the great Meryl Streep – who still strives to be brilliant with every role she takes on – would agree with me.)

You guys! I just finished recording a podcast with the talented and divine Ato Essandoh… it is gonna be SO GOOD! Stay tuned. Should be up by Tuesday next week.

You guys! I just finished recording a podcast with the talented and divine Ato Essandoh… it is gonna be SO GOOD! Stay tuned. Should be up by Tuesday next week.

Never allow yourself externally to portray anything that you have not inwardly experienced and which is not even interesting to you.

 Constantin Stanislavski

(via emilyhoffman)

In other words, follow your heart (AKA the yellow brick road!) [EDIT]: I’d also add that because technically “nothing human is alien to me (us)” we have experienced everything inwardly to greater or lesser degrees (ever wanted to kill a mosquito? Ever done it? Make you feel triumphant, if only for a brief moment? Then you’ve experienced being a murderer to a degree - for example). Therefore we can actually play any kind of characer. AND if you really investigate the characters you play you will always discover something interesting about them. If you’re not excited about a role you are playing it means you haven’t done enough homework on him/her.

You don’t set out to build a wall…you say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ And you do that every single day, and soon you have a wall. — Will Smith on acting (via http://blog.castingfrontier.com/2012/01/11/talent-vs-skill-in-casting-calls/)
I just HAD to post this. This is the comedian I have been working with for the last year on her show NAKED PEOPLE. Her promo video shoot (where she runs around the city trying to escape censorship) got snapped by a number of publications the other day and it went viral. The comments at the links are as insightful and hilarious as the show!
theangeladee:

NAKED PEOPLE and Julia Wiedeman featured on NYMagazine, HuffPo, Refinery29, ChicRenegade, FashionIndie.com and TheGloss.com. One of the few times the words NAKED and VIRAL work well together : )
[BE WARNED! NSFW!!!]

I just HAD to post this. This is the comedian I have been working with for the last year on her show NAKED PEOPLE. Her promo video shoot (where she runs around the city trying to escape censorship) got snapped by a number of publications the other day and it went viral. The comments at the links are as insightful and hilarious as the show!

theangeladee:

NAKED PEOPLE and Julia Wiedeman featured on NYMagazine, HuffPo, Refinery29, ChicRenegade, FashionIndie.com and TheGloss.com. One of the few times the words NAKED and VIRAL work well together : )

[BE WARNED! NSFW!!!]