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Jay O Sanders and Zoom Plays

Jay O Sanders and Zoom Plays

Actor Jay O Sanders’ screen work ranges from big-budget to tiny independent feature films, network and streaming tv series, and most recently, two highly successful zoom-plays (“And So We Come Forth” and “What Do We Need To Talk About?”) both by Richard Nelson with whom Sanders has collaborated for many years.

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The Three Best Ring Lights for Self Tapes

The Three Best Ring Lights for Self Tapes

  Does a ring light really make everyone look good? The answer is yes! Why? The inherent circular design of the ring light makes your features “pop” while not washing you out or changing the contours of the face. The soft light also hides wrinkles and...

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Therapy for Actors with Aiko Takemura

Therapy for Actors with Aiko Takemura

Therapy has been out of reach for most actors (and honestly most people) for a very long time due to cost, time, and location. BetterHelp gets rid of those obstacles.  Use BetterHelp for free for one week and empower yourself to achieve your full potential. 

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3 Steps to Scene Study Success

3 Steps to Scene Study Success

With the acting world coming back slowly, this is a perfect time to get quiet & work on your skills before our biz gets back to 100%.  How is your scene analysis game? Do you struggle with breaking down your scripts? Do you find it difficult to connect with your...

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Colleen Kahl, President of ActorsConnection, On Diversity Funding in NY, LA & ATL.  “Be The Change You Wish To See.”

Colleen Kahl, President of ActorsConnection, On Diversity Funding in NY, LA & ATL. “Be The Change You Wish To See.”

Expanding out and into the community is the goal. Activate Your Voice is the latest initiative to find and support new voices. From now until early July, the is accepting project proposals and submissions. The top ten content creators will do a live pitch to our leadership team. ActorsConnection will back the winning project with $5000.

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5 Savings Funds Every Artist Should Have

5 Savings Funds Every Artist Should Have

Written by Brooke Benson Most of us artists are working gig to gig, paycheck to paycheck, never knowing when our next job is going to come through. So how do we move through life feeling financially secure when our lifestyle is anything but stable? Savings, baby!...

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Actor CEO 130 Josh Helman on Developing Truth as a Storyteller

Actor CEO 130 Josh Helman on Developing Truth as a Storyteller

Josh Helman might be best known for his role as William Stryker in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. He has also appeared in the 2015 installment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, as Slit. Josh has also appeared on a number of television series and mini-series, including recurring roles in Home and Away, The Pacific, Flesh and Bone and Wayward Pines.

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Actor CEO 127: Ditch Busy and Improve Your Productivity with Kate Erickson

Actor CEO 127: Ditch Busy and Improve Your Productivity with Kate Erickson

Kate Erickson is the engine at Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award winning podcast where John Lee Dumas interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs who are truly ON FIRE. She is also the host of the podcast Ditch Busy and co-author of The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days. Learn more about the free training Kate & John have created for entrepreneurs who are ready to achieve financial and lifestyle freedom over at EOFire.com!

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ActorCEO 126: Shakespeare, the stage and the screen with Chukwudi Iwuji

ActorCEO 126: Shakespeare, the stage and the screen with Chukwudi Iwuji

CHUKWUDI IWUJI is a tremendous actor who brings power, compassion, and deep intrigue to every character. He also never stops learning and is focused on benefiting from the present moment as much as possible. 
He can currently be seen in Ava DuVernay’s limited award winning Netflix series WHEN THEY SEE US, and also plays a pivotal recurring role in Netflix series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.

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Actor CEO 125: On Stage and Screen Intimacy Director Claire Warden

Actor CEO 125: On Stage and Screen Intimacy Director Claire Warden

Claire works as an intimacy coordinator and consultant on numerous
television productions under various studios including HBO, Hulu,
Amazon, Showtime, as well major motion picture studios such as Sony and
20th Century Fox. She is part of the collaboration team advising SAG-
AFTRA on their effort to standardize, codify and implement guidelines for
on-set intimacy coordinators.

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10 Actor Career Actions You Can Do While Stuck At Home

10 Actor Career Actions You Can Do While Stuck At Home

First things first. These are extraordinary times. It's not easy. There is a ton of uncertainty. It can make anyone feel stuck, trapped, or powerless. But, you have to focus on what you can control and be grateful for what you do have. From there, you'll have more...

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ActorCEO 124: Anthony Meindl from the Anthony Meindl Actor Workshop

ActorCEO 124: Anthony Meindl from the Anthony Meindl Actor Workshop

Anthony Meindl is an award winning writer, director, acting teacher, and founder of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, which has studios in ten cities around the world.
His latest feature film, Where We Go From Here, premiered at Outfest 2019 to a sold out theater, has won numerous festival awards, and is now out on Hulu.
He is the author of three books, including best-selling Book the F*cking Job. His memoir, You Knew When You Were Two, will be out later this spring.

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ActorCEO 122: Bust Through Your Self Sabotage with Bonnie Kelly

ActorCEO 122: Bust Through Your Self Sabotage with Bonnie Kelly

Actors are notorious for self sabotage! Whether it’s overthinking, fear of failure, or other peoples opinions we then to get too caught up in the things we can’t control while not doubling down on our own value and current successes. 

Bonnie has developed practices and techniques to break through those mental blocks and unhealthy patterns we have all developed to get us back to being our confident, brilliant and creative selves. Actors you must save this episode! 

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7 Next Level Self Tape Pro Tips

7 Next Level Self Tape Pro Tips

By R.G. This is my second cycle of an NYC pilot season. I've opted to grind away at my 10,000 hours at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Actor CEOs, how is your self-tape grind? Here are 7 Self-Tape Pro Tips to keep you going this pilot season. Pro Tip # 1 -...

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The PERFECT job for actors that you don’t know about!

The PERFECT job for actors that you don’t know about!

Side hustles. Whether you love it or hate it, most actors have a little something going on the side. For some, that may look like serving. For others, that may look like tutoring. For me, it’s being a mobile notary.

You know notaries. They’re the people you begrudgingly visit for a stamp on an important document. They can usually be found in a FedEx or a bank and cost anywhere from $0-$15 per signature, depending on your state. Not exactly major bucks.

But a mobile notary? That’s a whole other league of its own. I’ll tell you why…

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ActorCEO 120: Tony Estrada on Filmmaking, Anti Bullying, and Social Impact

ActorCEO 120: Tony Estrada on Filmmaking, Anti Bullying, and Social Impact

Tony Estrada’s most recent film, ¡Viva la Revolución!, is a comedy that tells the story of Dominick, a bullied fourth grader, who ignites a revolution at school to bring down the schoolyard bullies, only to become the ruthless dictator of the schoolyard himself. Coexisting with the film is a new youth outreach program, in which Estrada will be taking messages of anti-bullying and self-acceptance and tools for personal empowerment to schools across America.

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Acting Blog Additions: RG thinks ActorCEO Is Priceless

Acting Blog Additions: RG thinks ActorCEO Is Priceless

Acting Blog Additions: RG thinks ActorCEO Is Priceless Hi Actors! I'm Rhonda Gibson, aka RG, and I'm joining the Actor CEO blog to share insights, tips and resources you can use to build a sustainable career.  I don’t know if I have a “how I...

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ActorCEO 116 Stop Playing Small with Christine Horn

ActorCEO 116 Stop Playing Small with Christine Horn

In the Lion King, at the White House, or in one of her 52 film/television appearances, Christine’s resume speaks for itself. She believes that most actors play small. Their thoughts sabotage their success. And she’s on a mission to help other actors master their mindset, acting, marketing and auditions. That way, they have the career they desire and deserve.

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Prime Day List for Actors

Prime Day List for Actors

Amazon Prime Day List for Actors It’s no secret that Amazon’s Prime Day has become basically second Christmas.  I’ve been an affiliate for Amazon for a while and have seen some excellent deals really help actors over the years from self tape...

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Facebook Ads for Actors, Artists and Filmmakers

Facebook Ads for Actors, Artists and Filmmakers

Actors, artists, and filmmakers can now get massive visibility and showcase their work to a targeted audience with Facebook ads unlike any other time in history. Learn how to take your career into your own hands for the price of printing your script.

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ActorCEO 105: What is ActorsGuru?

ActorCEO 105: What is ActorsGuru?

ActorsGuru.com helps actors keep track of networking names, emails, addresses of casting and producers, organize audition notes and sides, and coordinate every last piece of data together so you always know exactly how your connected to someone or what details are most relevant

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Erika Cohn – Emmy Winning Creator of The Judge and In Football We Trust on Fundamental Filmmaking for Our Times

Erika Cohn – Emmy Winning Creator of The Judge and In Football We Trust on Fundamental Filmmaking for Our Times

Emmy Award winning filmmaker Erika Cohn is a powerful example of the incredible possibilities of women creatives telling stories that are critical, stunning, fresh, profound, and riveting. She is building the creative world she wants to operate in and her latest film, The Judge, had it’s network premiere on PBS Independent Lens and can be streamed on Amazon Video along with her Emmy Award winning film In Football We Trust. 

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Black Friday Check List for Actors

Black Friday Check List for Actors

I’ve put together a The Black Friday Checklist for Actors which greatly expands on The 7 Best Pieces of Self Tape Gear Under $20 that I’ve shared before. You may find some of the same products but this list has so much more to get you ready for the new year with professional gear, real opportunities, and cash in your pocket.

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Amazon Prime for Actors

Amazon Prime for Actors

Amazon Prime is an incredible resource for ACTORS! Order self tape gear that arrives in 24 hours with free shipping. Watch incredible videos to for research on Emmy award winning shows that you may audition for. Get a discount if your a student. What’s not to love?

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ActorCEO 99: Our Future

ActorCEO 99: Our Future

The Actor CEO Podcast is now featured in Backstage, has grown to just under 8,000 followers and has listeners all over the world. This is an incredible resource for actors that has been built and supported by actors. Thank you. Now here’s what’s next.

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ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

ActorCEO 98: From Musicals to Film with Bret Shuford

Bret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre and helping others do the same. He made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, followed by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Amazing Grace. Most recently, he was seen on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil Paramour, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film The Wolf Of Wall Street.  

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Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Actor CEO 97: Ruby Mercado Actor, Mom and Vlogger

Ruby Mercado has appeared on shows like Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans, Jane the Virgin and Scorpion.
Since moving to Los Angeles Ruby has become one of the go to “Latina Moms” and has been building a career with a solid understanding of her brand, her network, and her patience. Ruby vlogs about her life as a Hollywood mom and also hosts a podcast called Awakenings in Real Life. 

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ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

ActorCEO 96 Heidi Dean Social Media Strategy for Actors

Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors. She has helped Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, recording artists, directors, producers, filmmakers and actors just like you go from social media rookies into ROCKSTARS at Marketing4Actors.com where you’ll find over 100 free articles and trainings to help you rock your social media.

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ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

ActorCEO 94: Bridget McKevitt Just Graduated – Now What?

Bridget McKevitt is no stranger to the transition phase after graduating from acting school. She studied at the 2 year Maggie Flanigan conservatory in New York, before going to MFA school, and began building a career as a working actor. She’s been on Person Of Interest, All My Children, the film Days And Nights, and the HBO EMMY nominated, Casting By.

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Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Actor CEO 90: Elizabeth Inghram Listen to Your Own Advice

Elizabeth has been seen opposite Kristen Wiig in the film Girl Most Likely, the Netflix show Gypsy, Person of Interest, The Black List, Royal Pains, I Love You But I Lied, Gossip Girl. Up next, you might catch her on the upcoming AMC show Dietland and the new Ocean’s 8 film. Elizabeth is a voice actor and has done several national commercials both on-camera and behind the mic. She is also proud to be a teacher at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio!

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ActorCEO 88: Anchor

ActorCEO 88: Anchor

The Podcast will be available on Anchor.com Lot's of good things going on in the back ground! Hey actors, Mike Moreno here. And I'm a bit under the...

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ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

ActorCEO 86 Kari Nissena Actor Transformation

In this episode Kari Nissena of Actor Transformation discusses the importance of spending time on the actor’s digital and social foot print. How can you make sure your spending your money and time in the right places and not opening yourself up to social media faux pas.  As we have discussed on the show before, now is the best time to take charge of your career because you as an individual have more reach than ever.

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ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

ActorCEO 82 Lauren Sowa Don’t Wait to Create

In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. Well before the “inclusion rider” statement, Lauren and her company were working hard to ensure everyone with the skill was adequately represented above and below the line.

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Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Episode 81: Alveraz Ricardez An Actor’s Journey Starting Later

Alveraz Ricardez always had a passion for acting, but life tends to take many artists on detours. Having spent some time away from that passion and coming to the end of his work to obtain a law degree, Alveraz had just to take the bar exam to begin pursuing a career as an attorney at 43 years old. There was just this little voice inside that asked him to give his dream of acting one last chance before moving on. He listened.

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Episode 80 A Whole New World

Episode 80 A Whole New World

The Actor CEO Podcast is now on Patreon.com. You can support the show you love made by actors for actors. Learn all about treating your career like a business with weekly interviews with industry pros.

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Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Episode 79: Actors Fast Track with Valorie Hubbard

Ep. 79 brings Actor’s Fast Track’s Vallorie Hubbard shared some amazing tips and actionable advice for any actor looking to commit full force. She’s got 30 years as an actress under her belt and has helped hundreds of actors refine their audition technique, business savvy, and creative planning to start BOOKING! http://actorceo.com/79

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Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Episode 78: Jamie H Jung Acting Tips and Lessons from Across the Country

Jamie H Jung is an English-American actor. He pursued Performance Studies at Queen Mary College of the University of London and continued to train for 3 years at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. Don’t miss his feature film “Monday” which is part of the Rebel Without A Crew project screening at the SXSW Film Festival next month.

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Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Episode 76: Voice Over Mastery with Tawny Platis

Tawny is a full time professional voice over talent/coach (with her editor and husband George), podcaster on The Dirty Bits Podcast on the Orbital Jigsaw Network, and marketing/business consultant in San Diego, California. During her senior year in high school, Tawny began the process of purchasing her first brick and mortar retail store. After selling the store to her management team in 2016, Tawny began her career as a voice over talent, having been a child actor in San Diego.

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Acting Class for the Modern Actor: Why Masterclass is Great

Acting Class for the Modern Actor: Why Masterclass is Great

  **I'm thrilled that Masterclass keeps expanding their offerings from professionals in the industry. That's why ActorCEO has partnered with them and the links below may contain affiliate links that help us ensure we can provide more exceptional reviews, insight...

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The 7 best acting self tape tools under $20!

The 7 best acting self tape tools under $20!

Here is my list of the 7 best acting self tape tools for under $20 to help you capture a great audition from wherever you happen to be. You can use just a couple to have a professional on-the-go set up, or you can add them together to build out a streamlined kit in your apartment that makes your last minute audition look and sound spectacular.

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Episode 67: Jeff Seymour The real Life Actor

Episode 67: Jeff Seymour The real Life Actor

Jeff Seymour started work as an actor in Television in 1979. In 1980 he began teaching acting. As a teacher, he’s travelled all over north America and Australia, teaching and lecturing. He wrote the highly acclaimed book on acting, The Real Life Actor. He currently has a podcast on iTunes about acting and the business.

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Episode 66: Alexandra Boylan Producer

Episode 66: Alexandra Boylan Producer

Alexandra also owns Mustard Seed Entertainment whose film “Catching Faith” had a two year run on Netflix and can be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart. Her most recent film “Wish For Christmas” sold to Pure Flix Entertainment and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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Episode 64: Julian Silver TV Writer and Actor

Episode 64: Julian Silver TV Writer and Actor

Julian Silver grew up in Boston to a mother from a large Korean family and a father from a tiny Jewish family. He went to Wesleyan University to study film and psychology. After graduating, he moved to LA to pursue a career in film and television. He is currently writing for CBS’ SEAL TEAM, and will appear as a guest star on ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY in November.

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Episode 63: Victoria Negri

Episode 63: Victoria Negri

Victoria Negri is an award-winning multi-hyphenate filmmaker. Her feature directorial debut, Gold Star, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, alongside Oscar nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last on-screen performance will see a November 2017 theatrical release and on video on demand.

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Kimberly Leemans from The Walking Dead talks finding balance

Kimberly Leemans from The Walking Dead talks finding balance

Kimberly Leemans spent time doing photo shoots and working the runways as a model in NYC. Then she had the opportunity to really commit to her life as an actor and packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s worked on shows like Nashville and The Walking Dead, moving to different living locations while being able to submit for auditions thanks in large part do to the opportunities provided by self submissions and the shift in the industry that is now taking those tapes much more seriously. It has become a lifestyle for many who consider themselves “digital nomads.”

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Episode 61: Rish Mitra

Episode 61: Rish Mitra

Rish comes from an engineering background but has decided to follow his passion of acting. He is taking somewhat of a non-traditional path with workshop classes and studying filmmaking through an online course.

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Episode 60: Mary Dallas

Episode 60: Mary Dallas

Mary Dallas is a Greek actress from Chicago who decided to move out to Southern California and pursue her dream of creating an acting career for herself at the age of 48. This is certainly not your typical story of starting out in Hollywood, but Mary has put in the work to courageously learn all she can about her craft, and take no prisoners when it comes to hustling auditions.

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Episode 59: Reynaldo Piniella

Episode 59: Reynaldo Piniella

Reynaldo Piniella is an actor who was born and raised in NYC. He knew he wanted to be an actor early on and auditioned for BFA school. Twice. Sadly, both times he was not given the opportunity to join a degree program, but that did not stop him. If there is one thing that inspired me out of our interview it was Reynaldo’s unwavering commitment and focus on becoming an actor.

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ActorCEO 57 Audrey Walters

ActorCEO 57 Audrey Walters

Audrey is an actress and entrepreneur. As a self-proclaimed “gypsy actress” not bound by a physical location she has representation in multiple markets and travels coast to coast.

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Episode 56: Brian McCulley Casting Director

Episode 56: Brian McCulley Casting Director

Brian McCulley has been working in this industry as a director, producer, writer and casting director for over 20 years. He’s seen projects from every side and knows how actors fit into that mix on a deep level.

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Episode 55: Paten Hughes Tomato farmer and Creator of Heirloom The Series

Episode 55: Paten Hughes Tomato farmer and Creator of Heirloom The Series

Paten Hughes lives an ambitious creative life. She is committed to working and auditioning in both New York and Los Angeles. Now add on top of that that she has also taken on the responsibility of growing her own tomatoes at a professional level that she sells to local restaurants and grocers. A passion for plants that has now grown into one of the most delicious side hustles I’ve ever heard of has also become the subject of her web series Heirloom on Vimeo.

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Episode 54: Molly Mahoney The Prepared Performer

Episode 54: Molly Mahoney The Prepared Performer

Molly Mahoney and myself both went to Chapman University and earned our BFAs in performance. As most actors know, once you start working on making your living as an actor you realize that having other sources of income help level out the times when you’re not making money being the amazing artist you are. Many of us end up working flexible jobs like waiting tables, temp jobs, or babysitting.

Molly aimed to change that paradigm for herself. She found that when she shared her skills on social media, so many people outside of the industry loved her confidence in front of the camera and an audience and wanted to capture that same confidence for themselves. Any good performer knows to say yes to opportunities, so she did – and she’s built a thriving business from there.

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ActorCEO 52: A Year of an Acting Business Podcast with Mike Moreno

ActorCEO 52: A Year of an Acting Business Podcast with Mike Moreno

I’ve decided to take it up a notch and create a space for not only the listeners of the podcast, but the acting community as a whole. As of this broadcast I’m launching the Acting Business Mastery Facebook Group. This will be a closed group where listeners to the show, actor friends that you invite and more of our peers can come together and work as a community build the
acting business that best suits your and become the entrepreneur that you can be. There’s gunna be lots of resources, interviews with some of my guests, exclusive Q & A’s, I’ll be going live in the group a lot to talk about some of the latest developments in the entertainment marketplace and also really to help motivate you guys to stay committed to making this career your own and being in control of your own work.

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Episode 51: Dewey Moss Producing Theater

Episode 51: Dewey Moss Producing Theater

Producer Dewey Moss jumped on the podcast in the middle of his Off Broadway run of the critically acclaimed and award winning The Crusade of Connor Stephens​ to talk about what it takes to be a professional theater producer. His experience as a writer and director of both film and theater gave him the creative experience of knowing how to create projects, but there is a whole other side to getting the funding in place to build these projects out to their full potential and ensure they get the exposure and life they deserve.

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Episode 50: Alex Spieth and Blank My Life

Episode 50: Alex Spieth and Blank My Life

It’s one thing to create your own work to give yourself opportunities you’re currently not getting in the casting offices. It is a whole other thing to be devoting yourself to creating work and telling stories because you feel those voices need to be heard, and you want to see those underrepresented stories become part of the mainstream conversation.

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Episode 49: Miriam Hyman AKA Robyn Hood

Episode 49: Miriam Hyman AKA Robyn Hood

Miriam Hyman is a force to be reckoned with. Her determination and passion for acting and music is infectious. Her poetry is clever and inspiring. Her ability to run with two different careers at the same time seems impossible, yet she’s killing it. So take a moment to get to know the woman behind such creative commitment.

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Episode 48: Edward Hong The Cinnabon Monster

Episode 48: Edward Hong The Cinnabon Monster

Networking always feels like a four letter word to actors but the group Casting Directors for Actors has made this necessary part of the business so much more painless and actually truly engaging. You get people new to the industry asking for advice from those who are well heeled in the ins and outs of making a career out of your craft. If it’s not the first stop you come to with a question, to get feedback or share your newest work it should be. Casting is in the group all the time and although they may not speak out on every post, they see your work and know you’re there.

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Episode 47: Zachary Fine Confessions of a Theater Actor

Episode 47: Zachary Fine Confessions of a Theater Actor

Being “perfect” is uninteresting, so forget about being right. Take yourself seriously enough that you are willing to listen when you’re uncomfortable, explore when you’re vulnerable, and choose to deepen your understanding of skills or practices that you want but don’t have yet. You are in control and no one but you can improve upon that spiritual and creative part of you that shines though most brightly when you are confident enough to let go of all the “what ifs” and outside expectations. Deliver you. That’s what you should be most proud to do.

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Episode 45: Sonja O’Hara Actor/Producer/Filmmaker

Episode 45: Sonja O’Hara Actor/Producer/Filmmaker

Sonja O’Hara, creator of Doomsday The Series, has become a driven force of nature as a creative actor, writer, producer and content creator. She has taken charge in a marketplace where there are so many opportunities available to those who decide to go out and make something rather than wait around for others to bring them on to projects.

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Episode 44: Entrepreneur Advice with Akbar Sheikh

Episode 44: Entrepreneur Advice with Akbar Sheikh

I say it all the time on this podcast. You’re an entrepreneur. You’re running your own business and you are the CEO of that business. No one is going to be looking out for your future but you. So get all the info you can from those in this industry, but also from those who run their own businesses in a completely different field. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.

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The 7 best acting self tape tools under 20
Acting Class for the Modern Actor Why Masterclass is Great

Jay O Sanders and Zoom Plays

Actor Jay O Sanders’ screen work ranges from big-budget to tiny independent feature films, network and streaming tv series, and most recently, two highly successful zoom-plays (“And So We Come Forth” and “What Do We Need To Talk About?”) both by Richard Nelson with whom Sanders has collaborated for many years.

read more

The Three Best Ring Lights for Self Tapes

  Does a ring light really make everyone look good? The answer is yes! Why? The inherent circular design of the ring light makes your features “pop” while not washing you out or changing the contours of the face. The soft light also hides wrinkles and...

read more

Therapy for Actors with Aiko Takemura

Therapy has been out of reach for most actors (and honestly most people) for a very long time due to cost, time, and location. BetterHelp gets rid of those obstacles.  Use BetterHelp for free for one week and empower yourself to achieve your full potential. 

read more

3 Steps to Scene Study Success

With the acting world coming back slowly, this is a perfect time to get quiet & work on your skills before our biz gets back to 100%.  How is your scene analysis game? Do you struggle with breaking down your scripts? Do you find it difficult to connect with your...

read more

Colleen Kahl, President of ActorsConnection, On Diversity Funding in NY, LA & ATL. “Be The Change You Wish To See.”

Expanding out and into the community is the goal. Activate Your Voice is the latest initiative to find and support new voices. From now until early July, the is accepting project proposals and submissions. The top ten content creators will do a live pitch to our leadership team. ActorsConnection will back the winning project with $5000.

read more

5 Savings Funds Every Artist Should Have

Written by Brooke Benson Most of us artists are working gig to gig, paycheck to paycheck, never knowing when our next job is going to come through. So how do we move through life feeling financially secure when our lifestyle is anything but stable? Savings, baby!...

read more

Actor CEO 130 Josh Helman on Developing Truth as a Storyteller

Josh Helman might be best known for his role as William Stryker in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. He has also appeared in the 2015 installment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, as Slit. Josh has also appeared on a number of television series and mini-series, including recurring roles in Home and Away, The Pacific, Flesh and Bone and Wayward Pines.

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Actor CEO 127: Ditch Busy and Improve Your Productivity with Kate Erickson

Kate Erickson is the engine at Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award winning podcast where John Lee Dumas interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs who are truly ON FIRE. She is also the host of the podcast Ditch Busy and co-author of The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days. Learn more about the free training Kate & John have created for entrepreneurs who are ready to achieve financial and lifestyle freedom over at EOFire.com!

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ActorCEO 126: Shakespeare, the stage and the screen with Chukwudi Iwuji

CHUKWUDI IWUJI is a tremendous actor who brings power, compassion, and deep intrigue to every character. He also never stops learning and is focused on benefiting from the present moment as much as possible. 
He can currently be seen in Ava DuVernay’s limited award winning Netflix series WHEN THEY SEE US, and also plays a pivotal recurring role in Netflix series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.

read more

Actor CEO 125: On Stage and Screen Intimacy Director Claire Warden

Claire works as an intimacy coordinator and consultant on numerous
television productions under various studios including HBO, Hulu,
Amazon, Showtime, as well major motion picture studios such as Sony and
20th Century Fox. She is part of the collaboration team advising SAG-
AFTRA on their effort to standardize, codify and implement guidelines for
on-set intimacy coordinators.

read more

10 Actor Career Actions You Can Do While Stuck At Home

First things first. These are extraordinary times. It's not easy. There is a ton of uncertainty. It can make anyone feel stuck, trapped, or powerless. But, you have to focus on what you can control and be grateful for what you do have. From there, you'll have more...

read more

ActorCEO 124: Anthony Meindl from the Anthony Meindl Actor Workshop

Anthony Meindl is an award winning writer, director, acting teacher, and founder of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, which has studios in ten cities around the world.
His latest feature film, Where We Go From Here, premiered at Outfest 2019 to a sold out theater, has won numerous festival awards, and is now out on Hulu.
He is the author of three books, including best-selling Book the F*cking Job. His memoir, You Knew When You Were Two, will be out later this spring.

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ActorCEO 122: Bust Through Your Self Sabotage with Bonnie Kelly

Actors are notorious for self sabotage! Whether it’s overthinking, fear of failure, or other peoples opinions we then to get too caught up in the things we can’t control while not doubling down on our own value and current successes. 

Bonnie has developed practices and techniques to break through those mental blocks and unhealthy patterns we have all developed to get us back to being our confident, brilliant and creative selves. Actors you must save this episode! 

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7 Next Level Self Tape Pro Tips

By R.G. This is my second cycle of an NYC pilot season. I've opted to grind away at my 10,000 hours at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Actor CEOs, how is your self-tape grind? Here are 7 Self-Tape Pro Tips to keep you going this pilot season. Pro Tip # 1 -...

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The PERFECT job for actors that you don’t know about!

Side hustles. Whether you love it or hate it, most actors have a little something going on the side. For some, that may look like serving. For others, that may look like tutoring. For me, it’s being a mobile notary.

You know notaries. They’re the people you begrudgingly visit for a stamp on an important document. They can usually be found in a FedEx or a bank and cost anywhere from $0-$15 per signature, depending on your state. Not exactly major bucks.

But a mobile notary? That’s a whole other league of its own. I’ll tell you why…

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ActorCEO 120: Tony Estrada on Filmmaking, Anti Bullying, and Social Impact

Tony Estrada’s most recent film, ¡Viva la Revolución!, is a comedy that tells the story of Dominick, a bullied fourth grader, who ignites a revolution at school to bring down the schoolyard bullies, only to become the ruthless dictator of the schoolyard himself. Coexisting with the film is a new youth outreach program, in which Estrada will be taking messages of anti-bullying and self-acceptance and tools for personal empowerment to schools across America.

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Jay O Sanders and Zoom Plays

Jay O Sanders and Zoom Plays

Actor Jay O Sanders’ screen work ranges from big-budget to tiny independent feature films, network and streaming tv series, and most recently, two highly successful zoom-plays (“And So We Come Forth” and “What Do We Need To Talk About?”) both by Richard Nelson with whom Sanders has collaborated for many years.

Casting Perspective: Bringing Yourself To The Work

Casting Perspective: Bringing Yourself To The Work

Sunday Boling, CSA, and Meg Morman, CSA cast major hits, like Waitress, starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion. Hello, My Name is Doris, starring Sally Field and The Grudge 3 to name a few. I spoke with the women behind Morman Boling Casting to discover their take...

The Three Best Ring Lights for Self Tapes

The Three Best Ring Lights for Self Tapes

  Does a ring light really make everyone look good? The answer is yes! Why? The inherent circular design of the ring light makes your features “pop” while not washing you out or changing the contours of the face. The soft light also hides wrinkles and...

Therapy for Actors with Aiko Takemura

Therapy for Actors with Aiko Takemura

Therapy has been out of reach for most actors (and honestly most people) for a very long time due to cost, time, and location. BetterHelp gets rid of those obstacles.  Use BetterHelp for free for one week and empower yourself to achieve your full potential. 

3 Steps to Scene Study Success

3 Steps to Scene Study Success

With the acting world coming back slowly, this is a perfect time to get quiet & work on your skills before our biz gets back to 100%.  How is your scene analysis game? Do you struggle with breaking down your scripts? Do you find it difficult to connect with your...

Colleen Kahl, President of ActorsConnection, On Diversity Funding in NY, LA & ATL.  “Be The Change You Wish To See.”

Colleen Kahl, President of ActorsConnection, On Diversity Funding in NY, LA & ATL. “Be The Change You Wish To See.”

Expanding out and into the community is the goal. Activate Your Voice is the latest initiative to find and support new voices. From now until early July, the is accepting project proposals and submissions. The top ten content creators will do a live pitch to our leadership team. ActorsConnection will back the winning project with $5000.

5 Savings Funds Every Artist Should Have

5 Savings Funds Every Artist Should Have

Written by Brooke Benson Most of us artists are working gig to gig, paycheck to paycheck, never knowing when our next job is going to come through. So how do we move through life feeling financially secure when our lifestyle is anything but stable? Savings, baby!...

Actor CEO 130 Josh Helman on Developing Truth as a Storyteller

Actor CEO 130 Josh Helman on Developing Truth as a Storyteller

Josh Helman might be best known for his role as William Stryker in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. He has also appeared in the 2015 installment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, as Slit. Josh has also appeared on a number of television series and mini-series, including recurring roles in Home and Away, The Pacific, Flesh and Bone and Wayward Pines.

Actor CEO 127: Ditch Busy and Improve Your Productivity with Kate Erickson

Actor CEO 127: Ditch Busy and Improve Your Productivity with Kate Erickson

Kate Erickson is the engine at Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award winning podcast where John Lee Dumas interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs who are truly ON FIRE. She is also the host of the podcast Ditch Busy and co-author of The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days. Learn more about the free training Kate & John have created for entrepreneurs who are ready to achieve financial and lifestyle freedom over at EOFire.com!

ActorCEO 126: Shakespeare, the stage and the screen with Chukwudi Iwuji

ActorCEO 126: Shakespeare, the stage and the screen with Chukwudi Iwuji

CHUKWUDI IWUJI is a tremendous actor who brings power, compassion, and deep intrigue to every character. He also never stops learning and is focused on benefiting from the present moment as much as possible. 
He can currently be seen in Ava DuVernay’s limited award winning Netflix series WHEN THEY SEE US, and also plays a pivotal recurring role in Netflix series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.

Actor CEO 125: On Stage and Screen Intimacy Director Claire Warden

Actor CEO 125: On Stage and Screen Intimacy Director Claire Warden

Claire works as an intimacy coordinator and consultant on numerous
television productions under various studios including HBO, Hulu,
Amazon, Showtime, as well major motion picture studios such as Sony and
20th Century Fox. She is part of the collaboration team advising SAG-
AFTRA on their effort to standardize, codify and implement guidelines for
on-set intimacy coordinators.

10 Actor Career Actions You Can Do While Stuck At Home

10 Actor Career Actions You Can Do While Stuck At Home

First things first. These are extraordinary times. It's not easy. There is a ton of uncertainty. It can make anyone feel stuck, trapped, or powerless. But, you have to focus on what you can control and be grateful for what you do have. From there, you'll have more...

ActorCEO 124: Anthony Meindl from the Anthony Meindl Actor Workshop

ActorCEO 124: Anthony Meindl from the Anthony Meindl Actor Workshop

Anthony Meindl is an award winning writer, director, acting teacher, and founder of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, which has studios in ten cities around the world.
His latest feature film, Where We Go From Here, premiered at Outfest 2019 to a sold out theater, has won numerous festival awards, and is now out on Hulu.
He is the author of three books, including best-selling Book the F*cking Job. His memoir, You Knew When You Were Two, will be out later this spring.

ActorCEO 122: Bust Through Your Self Sabotage with Bonnie Kelly

ActorCEO 122: Bust Through Your Self Sabotage with Bonnie Kelly

Actors are notorious for self sabotage! Whether it’s overthinking, fear of failure, or other peoples opinions we then to get too caught up in the things we can’t control while not doubling down on our own value and current successes. 

Bonnie has developed practices and techniques to break through those mental blocks and unhealthy patterns we have all developed to get us back to being our confident, brilliant and creative selves. Actors you must save this episode! 

7 Next Level Self Tape Pro Tips

7 Next Level Self Tape Pro Tips

By R.G. This is my second cycle of an NYC pilot season. I've opted to grind away at my 10,000 hours at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Actor CEOs, how is your self-tape grind? Here are 7 Self-Tape Pro Tips to keep you going this pilot season. Pro Tip # 1 -...

The PERFECT job for actors that you don’t know about!

The PERFECT job for actors that you don’t know about!

Side hustles. Whether you love it or hate it, most actors have a little something going on the side. For some, that may look like serving. For others, that may look like tutoring. For me, it’s being a mobile notary.

You know notaries. They’re the people you begrudgingly visit for a stamp on an important document. They can usually be found in a FedEx or a bank and cost anywhere from $0-$15 per signature, depending on your state. Not exactly major bucks.

But a mobile notary? That’s a whole other league of its own. I’ll tell you why…

ActorCEO 120: Tony Estrada on Filmmaking, Anti Bullying, and Social Impact

ActorCEO 120: Tony Estrada on Filmmaking, Anti Bullying, and Social Impact

Tony Estrada’s most recent film, ¡Viva la Revolución!, is a comedy that tells the story of Dominick, a bullied fourth grader, who ignites a revolution at school to bring down the schoolyard bullies, only to become the ruthless dictator of the schoolyard himself. Coexisting with the film is a new youth outreach program, in which Estrada will be taking messages of anti-bullying and self-acceptance and tools for personal empowerment to schools across America.