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Why Opt for Online Acting Classes

Times have changed. Aspiring actors no longer have to travel far and wide simply to attend acting classes. You can now master your skills from the comfort of your home. Online classes are a great option for aspiring actors or actors who live by a busy schedule.

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What’s the Difference Between Stage Acting and Film Acting?

  • April 26, 2016
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  • Stage Acting, Film Acting

While stage and film acting have quite a lot in common, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Here’s what you need to know:

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Why Actors Should Consider Auditioning for Web Series

There are probably thousands of actors out there who would do anything to get out of the ‘waiting game’ that is keeping their career on hold. Let’s face it: life is not kind to actors who do not have experience so if you are not getting a call back after an auditions, it is time you take matters into your hands and broaden your horizons. To put it simply, you should audition for web series.

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Things an International Actor Should Consider Before Moving to the US

If you are an international actor and want to become a huge star, perhaps the road to your dreams is just an air ticket away. Several actors dream of making it big in the US but before you land on foreign soil, consider the following:

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List of Top Performing Arts High Schools

  • April 8, 2016
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  • Performing Arts Schools

If you are serious about pursuing a career in arts and theater, you ought to keep your eyes open for the best performing arts school in town. Your chances of becoming a successful artist can drastically increase if you receive education from a prestigious institution. Here are some of the best performance high schools:

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The Ultimate Guide: Studying Acting in New York vs. Los Angeles

It’s no secret that some of the finest actors in the world either studied acting in New York or Los Angeles. Both cities have a thriving entertainment industry but differ drastically in terms of location and culture:

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Well-Known Actors Who Started Off Their Careers on Disney and Nickelodeon

  • March 24, 2016
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  • Child Actors, Famous Actors

You might find it hard to believe but most of your favorite stars probably started off their careers as child actors on Disney or Nickelodeon. So, if you are aspiring to become a teen or child actor, perhaps you can gain some inspiration from these stars. The never-ending list could go and on but here are some of our top favorite famous actors who began their careers on Disney and Nickelodeon:

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Why Young Actors Should Consider Studying Acting Abroad

  • March 16, 2016
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  • Young Actors, International, Travel

It does not matter if you grew up in a small town. The world is your oyster and success is just around the corner or perhaps around the next continent. Studying abroad is a life changing experience for all students who aspire to become actors. Going abroad and learning a new culture help actors develop a sense of understanding and tolerance that aids them in their acting career in the future. Here are some benefits of studying acting abroad:

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How to Find the Right Modeling Agency

  • March 8, 2016
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  • Young Actors, Agents, Modeling

Most new and aspiring models understand the importance of finding the right modeling agency. A modeling agency represents models and helps them find jobs. These agencies are paid a commission every time their models are booked for a shoot. If you are serious about your career or are a parent of an aspiring child model, you better start preparing audition tapes and pictures to send to various agencies in your vicinity.

As a new model, there is no single modeling agency that has all the jobs so by restricting yourself to one agency, you might be ignoring work opportunities. Here’s how you can find the right modeling agency:

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How to Create the Perfect Actors Resume

  • March 1, 2016
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  • Acting Resume, Young Actors

If you are serious about becoming an actor, chances are you already have a resume. If not, what are you waiting for? Acting resumes are designed to highlight your talents and experiences but the main purpose is to market yourself. Even if you have no experience, you can still create a resume that sells you well.

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Reasons Why You Should Consider a Theater Major

  • February 24, 2016
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  • Young Actors, Theater, Acting Classes

Every year, millions of teen students make one of the most important decisions of their lives: choosing a college major. Here’s why you should major in theater, especially if you aspire to be an actor someday:

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4 Tips to Help Child Actors Get over Rejection

  • February 20, 2016
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  • Child Actors, Rejection, Auditions

Raising a little star can be tough especially when it is time to deal with rejection. Ask any actor what the hardest part of their career is and they will talk about rejection. So, what do you do when your child does not make the cut? Here are a few tips to help yourself and your child get over the ordeal of acting auditions for kids:

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Guide to Finding Acting Jobs in A Small Town

  • February 1, 2016
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  • Young Actors, Acting Jobs

Just because you live in a small town does not mean you have to give up on your dreams. Many famous actors and actresses started off their careers by starring in plays in a small town. Here are a few tips to help you find a job:

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Your Guide to Finding Discount Broadway Play Tickets

  • January 20, 2016
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  • Student Tickets, Children Theater, Plays

Are you waiting to catch your favorite play on Broadway? Perhaps you can find discount broadway tickets online. Broadway tickets are much like airline seats: once the doors are closed, they are worth nothing. Thus, Broadway producers have no other choice but to find ways to recover their huge investment. They do so by distributing tickets with discount codes for various performances where they expect unsold seats. In addition student tickets and tickets to Children Theater can also be bought at affordable rates.

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6 Useful Tips to Help Your Child Memorize His / Her Lines

  • January 1, 2016
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  • Child Actors, Scripts

Though you can never really get over the joy of having a little performer in the family, once your child gets a script, he/she may need some help. Raising a little star is not necessarily easy since most parents have to devote a significant amount of their time taking their kids out for auditions, preparing for meetings and the most dreaded task of all: helping them memorize their lines.

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The Path Through Acting Schools to Living and Working in the U.S.A. for the International Actor

  • December 1, 2015
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  • Travel, Immigration, International Actors

There is only one Hollywood. No matter where you are from, how old you are, or how much experience you have, all film actors dream of living and working in Los Angeles. For American actors, the move to LA is much more straightforward than for international actors. This is because of international immigration and labor laws that can get in the way when trying to live and work in another country. However, the dream of moving from your homeland to pursue a career as an actor in the United States is a possibility. It will just take a certain amount of planning and a lot of hard work.

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iPOP!: A Good Investment or a Good Scam?

  • November 2, 2015
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  • Acting Event, Acting Camp

All around the world, aspiring actors dream of making a breakthrough, becoming a huge movie star, and living life in the limelight. But, before any of those dreams can come true, actors have to be discovered. Unfortunately, some people in the entertainment industry seek to exploit emerging talent by promising things that they simply cannot deliver. These scams abound in Hollywood, so it is important for actors to do their homework before enrolling in any acting studio, drama class, or acting classes, to make sure they are getting the best experience and opportunity for their money.

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Do Actors with Learning and/or Physical Disabilities Have a Chance?

  • October 5, 2015
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  • Disabilities, Acting, Celebrities

One of the truly beautiful aspects of acting is that anyone can do it. Movies and stage plays seek to imitate real life, and as such, there are roles for people of all shapes and sizes and productions need good actors to fill those roles. For actors with disabilities, this means that there are opportunities available, if you know where to look. Many actors with physical or mental disabilities have made successful careers in Hollywood by focusing on their craft and using their uniqueness to their advantage.

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Is Diversity in Hollywood Getting Better or Worse?

  • September 14, 2015
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  • Diversity, Hollywood

Gone are the days of white actors donning face paint to portray minorities, like Marlon Brando did in the 1952 film Viva Zapata! Or, are they? Diversity in Hollywood, or a lack thereof, is an ongoing debate in America with arguments on both sides. On one hand, there are more TV shows and films with minority leading characters than ever before, but on the other hand, diversification of Hollywood has seemingly stalled in recent years. Overall, diversity in Hollywood has improved, but there is still a long way to go.

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Will My Accent Hurt My Chances of Working in Hollywood?

  • April 6, 2015
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  • Accents, Dialects, Actors

Some actors can do flawless accents, others come by them naturally, and still others have a hard time mastering accents. Accents arise when an actor speaks English as a second language, and also in English-speaking actors of various nationalities. The truth is, there are acting jobs in Hollywood and foreign entertainment industries for people that speak all languages, even English, with an accent.

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Bouncing Back - The Art of Rebounding from a Bad Audition

  • March 30, 2015
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  • Audition Tips, Auditioning

Let's face it, it's happened to all of us. Sometimes it's just a red-letter kind of day. We're two minutes late. We forget our sides on our coffee table. We realize two weeks later we never sent a follow up email. Then, of course, we spend our next few days, restless nights, sometimes whole weeks or months beating ourselves up about it! These are things that just happen, sometimes auditions go badly.

But... what about when we make mistake in our performance during the audition?

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How to Stand Out at a Commercial Audition as a Young Actor

  • November 19, 2014
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  • Acting, Audition, Casting, Memorization, Young Actors

Most actors would agree that the ability to master the art of commercial auditions is an invaluable skill, considering their wide berth of exposure and on-camera experience. While commercials may seem to be easy work, and even silly at times, it is essential to learn the essence of staying natural and being yourself in a genuine way, all of which are skills learned at YAC during our summer programs!

Here are a few essential tips to take into account when auditioning for a commercial as a young actor:

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How to Combat Audition Nerves

  • November 6, 2014
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  • Acting, Audition, Audition Tips, Nerves, Young Actors

Nerves. Everybody feels them at one time or another in their life.

But, as actors, you feel them far more often then anyone else! You're constantly putting yourself out there, auditioning, performing, at the risk of being rejected. Unfortunately, ‘putting yourself out there' is a necessary part of being an actor, which means that nerves will be a big part of your career… Unless you can learn to shoo those butterflies away!

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How to Find Your 'It' Factor

  • October 27, 2014
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  • Acting, Audition Tips, Young Actors

There are many actors all over the world, young and old: it's a fact. That's why truly knowing what sets you apart from the crowds and loving what makes you, you, is vital to your career. In fact, too many actors can't name their own 'it' factor, which can not only decrease their confidence but also make it harder to be cast by casting directors, as too much ambiguity -especially when an actor is just starting out- can be confusing and even irritating when deciding who to call in for roles.

So, how do you find your 'it' factor?

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How to Keep an Audition Notebook, and Why

  • October 22, 2014
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  • Acting, Audition Tips, Casting, Young Actors

To be a great actor, you need to audition well, plain and simple. To audition well, you need to be self-sufficient in 'becoming' a few different people, to help through the sometimes tiring and sometimes fun process; most importantly, you need to be a good actor (you knew that one, right?). You also need to be an insightful and knowledgeable self-director during your preparation, to guide and decide your course of acting action and execution. Lastly, you're going to need to be your own best friend when the audition is over, to give yourself comfort, praise, and help you forget and move on.

Dang, this acting thing is tough, isn't it!

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Benefits of Children Taking Acting Lessons

  • October 8, 2014
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  • Acting, Acting Classes, Acting Lessons, Young Actors

Acting lessons have a sole purpose of developing the innate, playful, and imaginative child within everyone. Isn't it best to begin this purposeful play when the actor is indeed a child? Perhaps, you are a parent who is looking for the right acting camp or acting lessons to help hone your child's acting abilities. If so, learning about the benefits of an intensive acting camp might be just what you need to help your young acting hopeful prepare for a successful acting career. This can be an incredibly rewarding experience for you as a parent. All parents like seeing their children being creative, expressing themselves, and ahead of the game in the activity, their child is participating in.

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Finding Support When Choosing to Become an Actor

  • September 29, 2014
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  • Acting, Acting Tips, Young Actors

The moment you decide to become an actor, those who love and care about you will probably voice a strong opinion one way or the other. If you're one of the lucky ones, your family and friends will stick by you and encourage you to pursue your dream, and will even help you find an acting agency to set you on your path. If you're not as lucky, you may have a difficult road ahead if your parents urge you to follow a different path, and perhaps aren't as supportive. Criticism, not all constructive, will be handed left and right. The most important thing to keep in mind is to stay focused and not let someone else's opinion sway your dreams and determination.

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How to Avoid 'Traps' When Self-Submitting an Audition Tape

  • September 25, 2014
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  • Acting, Audition Tips, Casting, Young Actors

As young actors of today's generation, you have the ability to audition for casting directors in Los Angeles and NYC, without even leaving your home, no need to travel to New York! Yes! You have the opportunity to put your learned Young Actors Camp on-camera skills to work! But, when self-submitting, there are many technical and artistic traps to fall into, with these five being the most prevalent:

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How to Get Through and Totally Nail Your Audition

  • September 15, 2014
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  • Acting, Audition Tips, Casting, Young Actors

There are many things that can be disputed in the entertainment industry, but one thing that cannot be challenged is this: actors whom can't audition are not likely to have a future.

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From Camper to Capable: Tales of a YAC Actor Gone Professional Part 2

  • September 3, 2014
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  • Acting, Young Actors

Hey YAC campers, past and present!

We've just received another update from our past camper, and here's what she's up to...

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Agents & Beginning Young Actors: Why You Don't Need One... Yet

  • August 28, 2014
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  • Acting, Agents, Talent Reps, Young Actors

As a new, budding young actor, a talent agent may not be the best thing for you to invest your time in… yet. Here are five reasons having an talent agent might not be a good move at this point:

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Improv To Improve

  • August 25, 2014
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  • Acting, Improv, Young Actors

Welcome to Monday morning. You've been given a scene to study over the weekend for an audition this afternoon and for whatever reason you just aren't prepared. You barely glanced at your lines, you hardly thought about the character, and you have a minimal amount of time to prepare. All you know is that the scene is about a 16-year-old son pleading with his father to buy him a car. You've reluctantly come to terms with the fact that your best option is to "wing it." Feeling nervous? Improv is the greatest hidden weapon and support for actors of any level and there are exercises that you can do alone or with a group to develop and fine tune your ability to "wing it."

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From Camper to Capable: Tales of a YAC Actor Gone Professional

Hey YAC campers, past and present!

We've just checked in with our past camper, and here's what she's up to...

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Acting as a Career... Is it a Real Job?

  • August 12, 2014
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  • Acting, Acting Career, Jobs, Young Actors

Arthur Miller had this to say about salesmen in his autobiography Timebends: "These men lived like artists, like actors whose product is first of themselves, forever imagining triumphs in a world that either ignores them or denies their presence altogether. But just often enough to keep the game going one of them makes it and swings to the moon on a thread of dreams." The job of acting isn't really seen by most like a "real job" at all. To some, it's a phase that you go through because everyone deep down has wanted to be an actor at some point. To many, until you "make it," you are always aspiring because chances are you're working another job to pay the bills.

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Terminology for Actors: Terms Every Actor Should Know

  • August 6, 2014
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  • Acting, Terms, Young Actors

Like any other business, acting has its own terminology and language. The more fluent you are in the language, the easier it will be to understand everything around you. You will also appear more experienced by being well versed in the language. The following are some terms that every actor should know, so when a casting director, talent agent, or producer uses these terms, you won't be left with a blank stare on your face. You will be confident and ready to take the action necessary.

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