Acting Coach Margie Haber on Finding Your It Factor

Photo credit: jonnyslav / Shutterstock.com World-famous acting coach Margie Haber teaches actors to connect with their personal power and become creators. One aspect of her work is to help performers find their personal It factor. She’s taught and trained countless actors at her Margie Haber Studio in Los Angeles over the past 25 years, and … Read more

Willem Dafoe on How Acting is a “Service” and Why He Never Worked With an Acting Coach

Photo Courtesy of Deposit Photos “One man’s over-the-top, crazy performance is another man’s committed performance. Another person’s natural, rooted performance is another person’s walk-through, lazy performance.” – Willem Dafoe A really engaging feature of Interview magazine is how one well-known actor is assigned to interview another actor. earlier this year, Mark Ruffalo conducted an extensive … Read more

Tips From Acting Coach Suzanne Shepherd

Photo credit: Elnur / Shutterstock.com Renowned New York City acting teacher and coach Suzanne Shepherd studied with Sanford Meisner, and her former students include Gregory Hines, Christopher Meloni, Helen Slater, Joan Allen, and Bebe Neuwirth. Shepherd is also a working actress herself, and has appeared in an impressive list of productions such as “The Sopranos,” … Read more

Casting Director and Acting Coach Paul Weber on Stronger Auditions

Photo Credit: JKstock / Shutterstock.com Casting veteran Paul Weber has two decades’ worth of experience in the industry, and he shared valuable audit advice during a “Livestream AMA.” The Los Angeles-based casting director started out as an actor and toured with the California Shakespeare Festival before being mentored by casting director Michael Shurtleff, a major … Read more

Interview: Movement Coach Julia Crockett on Finding Characters Through Physicality and Her Advice to Actors

Movement is a vital part of creating a character. As longtime movement coach Julia Crockett said recently, the way a person walks or stands, their mannerisms, “that’s the accumulation of a lifetime of information and psychology and experience.” Crockett helps actors like Sarah Paulson find those traits, helping her create just some of her more … Read more

Insights from A-Lister Acting Coach Mel Churcher

Photo Credit: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com Internationally renowned acting and voice coach Mel Churcher has coached Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie, Kiera Knightly, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Turturro, Jon Voight as well as countless students attending drama schools. She also runs workshops and has authored two books, Acting for Film (2003) and a comprehensive … Read more

The 5 Most Valuable Lessons I Learned Working with a Songwriting Coach — That Sweet Roar

#3: Think about how the shape and emphasis of your words sound. One thing I hadn’t taken into consideration when I wrote my first songs, was the vowel and consonant sounds of the lyrics I had written and the way that they flowed together or sat within the rhythm of the music. This was something … Read more