Entries by About The Work Studio

An Actor’s Guide to Cold Reading

If you’re an aspiring actor, then mastering the art of cold reading is a must. Not only is it a valuable skill to have in your acting toolkit, but it’s also something auditioners look for when casting. Cold reading can be intimidating at first, but with enough practice and guidance, you’ll be able to create […]

4 Tips to Radically Improve Your Headshots

Auditioning has significantly evolved in the past few decades and years. The arrival of casting directors on the scene has made the entire process much smoother, faster, and streamlined. While video reels remain a popular form of auditioning for most established as well as up-and-coming actors, headshots haven’t lost their charm too. Even today, you […]

5 Tips for Making the Perfect Self-Tape Audition

Every actor must master their auditioning skills to be successful in the business. A strong audition tape can often make or break your career.  Earlier (before the pandemic had hit us), these auditions would mostly take place in person, against the backdrop of casting agents and screenwriters. However, during the pandemic, production houses resorted to […]

OSCAR-WORTHY MOMENTS

Let’s take a step back for a moment: what kind of work do you want to create? For me, it was about delivering Oscar-worthy moments in every performance, because those are the moments that stay with an audience. So, what does it mean to be Oscar-worthy? Well, I actually did a poll in every one […]

YOUR BODY AS YOUR INSTRUMENT

Before we dig into the human energy centers, I want to pivot for a moment. A common phrase I would like to introduce here is “the body is your instrument”. But what does that even mean? Well, this is actually something I completely believe in now, but also used to question before this method was […]

ENERGY IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR

Energy, in physics, is defined as “the capacity for doing work”. It may exist in potential, kinetic, thermal, electrical, chemical, or nuclear form, or in a range of other forms. There are, moreover, heat and work (i.e., “energy in the process of transfer from one body to another” [Brittanica.com]). I may be getting all scientific […]

NO MORE BEING IN YOUR HEAD

Think of how good it will feel to have a concrete way of getting out of your head! For myself and my students, this has been a real game-changer for how we prepare for our scenes and show up for our auditions and performances on-set. You may get stuck in your head in the future, […]

THE PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES OF A STELLAR PERFORMANCE

When you experience a stellar performance (you know the one I’m talking about), you feel invincible; it is the absolute best high in the world. You feel like some kind of rockstar that just dominates all things in the best way possible. It feels powerful—and it’s all because you held the key to your audience’s […]