So, okay, I’m not Kevin Spacey (although I was in a scene with him once), so why should I be dishing out acting advice? Well, I’m not sure, but I do have some people ask for my advice once in awhile. I’ve got a few credits, took some classes, booked a few gigs. I used to […]

Atlanta to Los Angeles

So, I’m sitting at The Coffee Bean at LAX in the Southwest terminal and strike up a conversation with a young actor. He finds out I’m from Atlanta and starts bombarding me with questions about the Atlanta market, agents, and so forth. Conversely, I am often approached by actors in Atlanta bombarding me with questions […]

A little over a year ago, I decided to go “bi-coastal” and move my primary residence across the county from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Well, I survived my first year in Hollywood and I’ve learned a few things, the most important of which is that people who haven’t lived here don’t really “get it” about Los […]

10 Things a Professional Actor Should Never Do

To be an actor is a special gift, in my opinion — with all that is going on in this world, it’s a beautiful thing to be able to entertain people and to take their minds off of what may be troubling them, to make them laugh or cry or think. Acting probably saved my […]

Should You Use Costumes or Props in an Audition

An actor recently posted someting on Facebook asking where she could rent a uniform, prop badge, and prop gun for an audition. Several people, including myself, responded that it’s not customary for one to wear a uniform or bring props to an audition. I’m not sure she was completely convinced. So, should you use costumes or […]

Working as a Local Hire

We’ve all seen the breakdown stating “local hire only” and have asked ourselves the question, “should I submit for this?” Let’s talk about the risks and rewards of working as a local hire. For those who need clarification, a local hire is someone who can work as a local resident of the city where the […]

The Importance of Having a Life Outside of Acting

It took me awhile, but I finally understand the importance of having a life outside of acting.  Recently, my friend Chiggy was telling me about a conversation he was having with a fellow actor.  The guy’s opinion was that, to truly be committed to the craft, you have to immerse yourself 100% and do nothing but […]

Should I Move to LA for Pilot Season

A good friend of mine recently went on a Facebook rant about people who move to Los Angeles for Pilot Season, so I thought I’d put in my two cents. The answer to the question, “should I move to LA for pilot season?” is simple. Should I Move to LA for Pilot Season? No. Some people think […]

Should I Join SAG-AFTRA

So, you landed a gig in a movie or television show and you got the letter from SAG-AFTRA stating you are eligible. Congratulations, it’s a milestone for sure. Now you are asking yourself, “Should I join SAG-AFTRA?”  To join, or not to join?  That is the question. The choice to join is very personal and should […]

how I deal with the constant rejection that is part of being an actor

Not long ago, I was talking with a former actor who decided to quit acting because the constant rejection became too much. He was tired, he explained, of getting his hopes up, waiting by the phone, and never hearing anything back. The guy has a few pretty good credits, but he couldn’t stay the course. […]