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To Be an Actor, You Cannot Give Up

If you have always wanted to be an actor, it can be a tough industry to break out into. There are many pitfalls you can come up again and you should be warned that it is not all rosy on your journey to the top. Some people are simply not cut out for it. It takes dedication and the knowledge that you will be working ward for awhile to get into what you want.

One person who knows about this is Kim Tassinari. She worked her way through med school and was a doctor for fifteen years before turning around and retiring to become an actress. She is now building her career, though it may be taking a bit of time, she is not giving up.

Knowing that you want to make a major change in your life can be scary, but there are also many rewards that you can get out of it if you try hard enough. Becoming an actor will take time because it is a career that depends on the hours you put in to make yourself better. Making sure that you get the right auditions and rehearse in order to get the lines memorized is some of the most time consuming work, but if you want to be in the industry, it has to be done.

Dedicating yourself to your new career will help to make you jump out and be seen by those who could otherwise over look you. You have to dedicate every hour of every day to making your career successful and getting exactly what it is that you want out of life. If you believe you can do it, and you really work hard enough, you should have no problem becoming a great actor.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Break a Leg

Anyone involved in theater, movies, or television knows the many unwritten rules about superstitions. Theater actors, directors, and stage hands especially are known for their superstitions, with traditions dating back hundreds of years. One of those superstitions is saying “break a leg” instead of “good luck.” There are many different histories of the origins of this term. In ancient Greece, a culture known for its excellent playwrights and live performances, the term may come from the practice of stomping one’s feet instead of applauding. “Break a leg” could be referring to hoping the audience likes your performance. In Elizabethan England, when Shakespeare wrote and performed plays, the term could refer to the bowing at the end of the performance (“to break the leg”). In the Vaudeville tradition, “break a leg” could refer to the practice of keeping the performers just off the stage. They break the leg of the curtain when they enter the playing space. It could also come from the understudies, who wish the main actor ahead of them would break their leg so they could perform. Where ever it comes from, whatever you do, never wish a performer “good luck.” Always say “break a leg.”

The retired doctor Kim Tassinari hopes to “break a leg” herself with her second career as an actor in Los Angeles. After she quit her private practice in North Hollywood, she decided she needed a new dream to pursue, so she started auditioning for small parts. Now she has a spot in multiple local television advertisements and small theater productions.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Arts and Entertainment, Repertory Theater

 

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The Acting Life – Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

The old adage in Hollywood is that success is about who you know rather than your skill set. While this is partially true, it’s more important to be in the right place at the right time. Many hugely successful actors got their first big breaks from sheer luck. Most hugely talented actors who eventually find consistent work are rejected hundreds of times before they make it onto the screen or stage. Casting directors are often looking for different things than what you think you bring to the table. They take actors onto their production team because they like their “look” and take whatever skills that actor may or may not have.

Being in the right place at the right time is all about persistence. The more auditions you go to, the better chance you have of lucking into a part. Talent is of course important, but anyone who has gone to some acting classes and doesn’t get nervous performing in front of others has the talent for many roles in Hollywood. Continuing to go to auditions after multiple rejections from all over town is what separates the true actors from everyone else chasing their dreams in Hollywood.

Kim Tassinari believes that she has a chance to enter the action scene after a long, successful career as a medical doctor treating movie stars and their families in North Hollywood for fifteen years. Tassinari developed the kind of work ethic that actors need in her years of medical school and practicing medicine.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Arts and Entertainment, Repertory Theater

 

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The Keys to Acting – It’s Not as Easy as it Looks

Finding work as an actor is a difficult journey that takes even some of the best actors in the world years to break through. There are over 120,000 Screen Actors Guild actors in Los Angeles. At a given time, 85% of them are out of work. The average salary of a typical SAG member in Hollywood is less than $10,000. Many struggle to earn the required $7,500 per year to keep their health benefits through the Guild. About a fifth of all SAG members eventually get starring roles and make decent money, but only 1% become household names with multimillion dollar movie roles consistently hitting their plates. In other words, it’s extremely difficult to break into the acting industry in Hollywood, even if you are talented.

For those just starting out, the best thing you can do is try to improve your skills and your network every day. You will have many days in which you don’t work. Auditions for unknown, struggling actors are few and far between. Even if you have many thousands of hours acting in front of live audiences or in front of a camera, you should continually hone your acting skills and meet people who can help you with your career.

Kim Tassinari is trying to restart her career by becoming an actor in Hollywood. She spent the previous fifteen years as a family doctor in the Hollywood area. She has worked with the families of many Hollywood stars and decided that, after she retired, she would pursue her old dream of acting. She has already landed work for a local company doing television advertisements.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Arts and Entertainment

 

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