Why do ACTORS need to learn MONOLOGUES?


You know what those are.  Those long, speeches said by a solo actor on Monologue pic.jpgstage or on the big screen.  Yup, those things!  So you want to be an actor, but you hate learning and performing monologues, is that right?  If that’s so, think again.  Monologues are a very important for both your training and career as an actor.

When I first start coaching a new client, I always tell them that I would like to work with them on both a dramatic and a comedic monologue.  This is how we start off our training.  However, if you are serious about a career in acting, I recommend that you constantly learn new monologues and have at least 4 different ones ready at any given time.  You never know when you might need them.

Award winning Acting Coach, Larry Moss says: “I’m a believer in monologues simply because they’re good when you’re by yourself, as a workout, daily. I say , you must have four monologues ready to go at all times: two contemporary, two classical. And that you work on them every day physically, vocally, emotionally. Try different actions with them. Start to see those four monologues as rehearsal process for your instrument on a daily basis. They’re almost like your DNA. And I also say you should change those four monologues every three months. Because what it does, it forces people to read plays. I don’t subscribe to the idea of “actor as victim.” I think it’s always the actor’s fault. Always. [Laughter] It’s laziness, it’s entitlement, it’s “I didn’t get the breaks,” blah blah blah, “the business is so hard.” It’s all bullshit.”

When I work with clients who are committed for the long run, I always want them to be working on the following types of monologues:

  classical comedy

classical drama

             contemporary comedy

         contemporary drama

The reason why I emphasize the importance of monologues when teaching actors, is they are not only an amazing piece to have on hand for a performance, but they serve as an excellent training tool as well.  Actors get the opportunity to discover new choices for their characters the more they rehearse their pieces.  Also, having a performance ready monologue helps the actor prepare for anything and everything.  Let’s say you just nailed an audition, but the casting director wants to see more.  Perform your monologue for them!  If they need something submitted by tape, and need it ASAP, perform your monologue!  Your monologue provides you with the opportunity to showcase your work.

Monologues are an important piece to include in your acting toolbox, especially when you are starting your career.   If you are searching for your first agent or manager, a monologue may be the only way for them to see your work.

The goal is to eventually have an acting reel, which will showcase your work.  But until you have work to show, auditioning with monologues will be critical early on.

Here is my golden advice- Most actors are not willing to do the work to nail their monologues.  If you want to be different and stand out, do not fake your preparation.  Prepare your monologues as if it is the most important thing you do as an actor.  It will only help you, I promise.

In a future blog, I will discuss how to choose a good monologue, as that is part of the trick.  Until then, read plays, watch films and expose yourself to many different pieces.  Reading is part of your job as an actor.

Happy Monologue Performing!


Meet NYC Actor and Producer: Warren Bub

One of the most important traits a director wants in any actor they hire, aside from talent, is reliability and commitment.  Once we find an actor who we love working with, it’s a lot like falling in love.  The chemistry and compatibility make the process a whole lot sweeter for everyone.   I’ve had the privilege of working with one such actor, Warren Bub, on a play I co-wrote/directed and IMG_0710produced Off Broadway in NYC called:  Marry, F*** or Kill.  Warren played VINCE, a smooth talking married man, who will hit on anything with a skirt.  Crude and explosive, Vince is addicted to the fighting from his dysfunctional marriage with Jean.  He hungers to be a single man again, as he is left without any honor for anything.   Warren took on this part brilliantly.  Vince has a lot to give, but does not know how to give it.  Warren was able to find the vulnerability behind the role, and this made him a crowd favorite each and every night.

IMG_0718Warren’s preparation, commitment, professionalism and drive separates him from most actors in this industry.  When Warren says he is going to do something, not only does he do it, he goes above and beyond.  No surprise that Warren is a successful working actor.  I was interested in finding out how he does it?  What does Warren do to keep booking roles?
I introduce you to the one and only:  WARREN BUB!  He is not only one of my favorite actors, but favorite people too.


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Who is Warren Bub and where have we seen you?                                                                                                                                  I was born and raised in the The Bronx, New York, where I still reside. I am the youngest of three children. Growing up,  I was what I guess you would say was a “Jock”, very active in all types of sports (Hockey and Football primarily).  When I was a kid, I always wanted to have the opportunity to try out for the Olympics, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I went on to  coach High School Baseball, Hockey and Football for over 20 years.

          On television, I am known for my recurring role of Dave Metzger on the FOX hit IMG_0708show – GOTHAM, directed by Mark Tonderai, and I  was in an episode as Officer Barkley, which was directed by Oz Scott. I  had a recurring role on the award winning HBO min-series, SHOW ME A HERO, directed by Paul Haggis.  Other credits include: The CBS hit show- BULL, directed by Rodrigo Lopez; the pilot episode of the CBS show, LIMITLESS, directed by Marc Webb;  multi-award winning NETFLIX hit, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, directed by Jodie Foster.      

My film credits include: the multi-award winning film, PATTI CAKE$, (Sundance Film Festival in addition to the Cannes Film Festival) which also was nominated for a Spirit Award as “Best Picture”  starring alongside Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett and Cathy Moriarty.   I have also co-starred with Ralph Macchio in LOST CAT CORONA and starred in AMERICAN FANGO, which has received multiple awards in the U.S. as well as Europe, directed by Gabriele Altobelli.   

IMG_0715My NYC theatre credits include:  a stage reading of HARRY TOWNSEND’S LAST STAND starring Len Cariou; the workshop musical,  STONEWALL, A RHAPSODY ON RESISTANCE, directed by Karen Carpenter; The Renegade Theatre production of LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS, directed by Steven Van Zandt. I also starred in multiple roles in The Off Broadway phenomenons, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and  MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL, both written and directed by Anthony Wilkinson.  And I must not forgot to mention, my role in the  Tennessee William’s Comedy/Musical THE MUTILATED (Drama League Award Nomination). And of course I can’t forgot to mention, my first lead in an Off Broadway show as Vince in the Joanne Mosconi hit, MARRY, F*** OR KILL,(NYC & LA)who I am grateful to for believing in me & giving me the opportunity.   Training is very important to me, and I am a proud product of The Terry Schreiber Studio & H.B. Studio. 

My biggest influence is family. “Without family….who are you?

 2.  How long have you been an actor and at what age did you decide you wanted to pursue this?

I have been acting on and off for the past 20 years, and the last 10 have been pretty much full time.  I started out as a model, believe it or not but decided that it wasn’t for me. I shot a few regional commercials & got the acting bug and started to go in a different direction.

3.  What advice would you give to anyone who is looking to pursue a career in acting?  How do you recommend they start?  What would you tell them to do first?

IMG_0717Go Slow and don’t try to do everything at once. Training is imperative. To this day I still train. Set high goals, but make sure they are reachable ones. Start by signing up for a casting breakdown site (it’s where acting jobs are posted), and then audition as much as you can for student films, do background work! Get on set as much as possible!   Just listen and watch! You’ll be surprised from what you can learn by staying quiet. To start, get yourself some Headshots. In the beginning you should never pay more than $200-$300 for photographs.

  1. What is the greatest challenge for you as an actor?  How do you overcome it?

That’s easy. Rejection! Over time you will get used to it, and everyone deals with it in a different way

  1. You have worked with the some pretty big names in your career.  Can you name a few?  What was the most important thing you learned from working with big household names?  IMG_0712

For a director, that’s easy, Jodie Foster! She was amazing and giving in every way.  Ms. Foster is definitely an actor’s director. Getting to work with Cathy Moriarty was a thrill, as well as Ralph Macchio, Vinny Pastore, and of course, Len Cariou.  Cairou is amazing! He gets things out of you that you never knew you could do. A true pro!

6.  One has to have tough skin to be in this industry.  How do you hang in there and continue to audition and look for work?

Every day is a new day. Accept that almost 85% of the auditions you go on, you probably won’t book. I just look forward to the next one.

7.  How would you recommend a beginning actor go about getting an agent?  When is a good time in one’s career to look for one?

IMG_0716Probably the toughest thing to do in the industry. You will know when you are ready. One piece of advice, don’t try to be a small fish in the big sea. Start out slow, and be a big fish in a little pond and grow



8.  What type of roles do you get cast in?  What has been your favorite role you have ever played?  Why?

In beginning,  I used to get cast in a lot of NY-blue collar tough guy type roles. Find IMG_0711what you are comfortable with in the beginning, and also what you are good at. Use this to get in the door.  And, like I said before, train, train, train and you will see how diverse you can become. My favorite role is the next role I get cast for.

9.  You are a NYC actor?  How is the scene in New York?  Would you ever consider moving to Los Angeles?

It is a very very competitive, busy scene, I LOVE IT ! I have been to LA a few times to work and I love it there. Different animal.  However Los Angeles is not a place I could live permanently. NYC is my home!

10.  How did you start producing on Broadway?  What have you produced so far?  What is it like balancing your roles as both a producer and an actor?

By accident actually. I met someone through a friend, who knew the director of an Off IMG_0714Broadway show I was starring in with Mink Stole. We got into talking and I was curious. I was introduced to this veteran Broadway Producer Dennis Grimaldi & immediately took me under his wing to teach me the business and we are business partners still to this day. So I decided to give it a try. Being a producer is great. It helps you to understand the business in a whole new way. I try not to produce projects that I am working on as an actor.  Why?  Too many headaches! The Broadway shows I was fortunate to be a part of were LOVE LETTERS, written by A.R. Gurney, starring Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & Candice Bergen & CHINA DOLL, Written by David Mamet, starring Al Pacino & Christopher Denham. Great experience.

11.  Auditioning! Do you like it?  What are your tricks to landing a role?

It is a necessary evil of the job. All I can say is the more you do it, the more relaxed you will become. I actually enjoy it now, I make it fun. My secret is:  I say to myself when you get that moment of anxiety in the waiting room before you go in, “Hey you have worked in front of hundreds of people that have paid to see your work, Now I am gonna give this Director 2 minutes of my work for free. He/She is the lucky on” Do not audition for the job!  Audition for your career!  Audition to make that contact! If you come across desperate, the Casting Director will see that and move on. Go in, do the work, thank the reader (always thank the reader) say have a nice day and leave.

12.  How much work do you put into going over the script before you get to set or the theater?

A lot, actually. It is our job as actors to build the character’s “back story”.  We must  explore and bring things out of the character that may not be on the page.

 13.  What was your worst audition ever?

I can’t remember. Once I leave the audition, good or bad. I leave it there.IMG_0713

 14.  Who is your dream director to work with?

I already got one in the books with Jodie Foster, but I would also like to work with Steven Spielberg and Marty Scorsese

 15. What is next for Warren Bub?

Just being able to create and explore is all I look forward to.

Dream, always dream…If you do what you’ve done, you’ll always be what you’ve been…Time to make a change

IMG_0709 For more on Warren Bub,  view:  Warren’s Teaser Reel and **Link to Warren’s Acting Reel**


       Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner or Adler?

I get asked this same question every day.  Beginning actors want to what what technique they should study.

What acting technique do I teach?

I do not subscribe to one particular acting technique, because I think all of them offer value to actors.  What I do is introduce my students to all the different acting techniques I have learned, so that they can go and create their own acting toolbox.  Acting is personal.  Not every technique works for each individual the same way.  Therefore, it is essential for the actor to learn, study, understand, and assess what acting techniques works for them at different times.

Below, you will find 4 Acting Techniques that I will briefly go over with you today.

1. Stanislavski’s System

Constantin Stanislavski’s method derived from wanting to create natural, realistic people on stage.  One of the greatest tools from Stanislavski’s system is:  “THE MAGIC IF”.  I use  “The Magic If” with students all the time, as it helps connect actors to the story and characters.  For example, by answering the question, What would I do if this happened to me? And replying with, It’s as if… the actor is able to make a real connection to the script.  His system also gave us:  Emotional Memory.  It was Stansilvaski’s work that asks actors to connect to the emotions characters are experiencing in the script.  To do so, he would ask actors to reach into their own personal memories in order to reach emotional heights.  Perhaps my favorite part of the Stanislavski System, which I teach to everyone of my actors and public speakers is:  Objectives and Active Verbs.  Breaking down a script into objectives, what the character wants, keeps the actor connected the entire time.  In order to have a good objective, there needs to be a big obstacle that gets in the character’s way when trying to achieve it.  The actions are everything the character will do to achieve their objective and overcome the obstacle.  These are just a few of the many things you will learn when studying Stanislavski.  Actors who study his system must be prepared to do a lot of homework.

2.  Lee Strasberg’s Method

Strasberg’s method trains actors to create real thoughts and feelings based on imaginary circumstances.  To do this, he believed the most important thing was for an actor to be fully relaxed.   He also taught sense memory techniques and concentration exercises to help actors connect to their character and given circumstances.   Strasberg actors will spend time analyzing scripts and using substitutions, where actors substitute a relationship in the script for one they have in real life. Actors do not only delve into their character’s life in the script, but their life outside it as well.   In explaining his teaching philosophy, Strasberg wrote, “The two areas of discovery that were of primary importance in my work at the Actors Studio and in my private classes were improvisation and affective memory. It is finally by using these techniques that the actor can express the appropriate emotions demanded of the character”.

3.  Sanford Meisner Technique:

Meisner was passionate about bringing actors back to the truth and connecting them to their authentic instinctive emotional impulses.  His technique was firmly rooted in what he called:  “Being in the Moment.”  To do this, Meisner taught actors not to be fixed on having certain results in a scene, but to be open to the possibility that anything can happen at any given moment. He wanted actors to be comfortable with the unexpected.   He wanted them to be spontaneous, not rehearsed.   Meisner believed acting is doing.  Therefore, actors would really commit to doing something on stage while responding truthfully to whatever their scene partner gives to them. In order to master this technique, a lot of serious studying and training is involved.  Meisner technique is broken into a series of exercises, repetition and improvisation.  These exercises are designed to get away from the Stanislavski’s way, of breaking each beat into actions, and instead focusing on the moment to moment of the scene so that the actor can behave truthfully in imaginary circumstances.  His technique heavily relies on imagination and daydreaming.

4.  Stella Adler:  

Adler always taught actors to go for strong choices, bringing the biggest and grandest meanings and interpretations to the script at hand.  She did not want actors to be ordinary and lifeless. Her approach helped actors to not only be realistic, but bigger than life  and memorable.   She believed actors needed rehearsals.  Be prepared to work if you study Adler.  Her method expects actors to work out every single thing they would do on stage.   To do this, she would have actors prepare by creating specific images for the circumstances of the play, working out every detail of the setting.  Understanding the text was essential for Adler, and her actors spend time researching and analyzing scripts intensely.

Watch Mark Ruffalo talk about the Stella Adler technique here: 


If you are serious about studying acting, then familiarize yourself with all these techniques and grab the tools that serve you best.

If you want an acting coach to help you in your studies, I offer a Free Consultation.  Contact me at theperformingartscoach@gmail.com


Acting as a Business- Meet Actor: Blake Boyd

IMG_8914Meet Actor and Producer: BLAKE BOYD!

I have had the pleasure of working with and directing actor Blake Boyd since 2014.  I was introduced to Blake when I was in the middle of casting my new play, “You Love That I’m NOT Your Wife.”  A colleague of mine, Brad Gottfred, recommended that I cast Blake in the lead role of Tony Cicarelli.  I did not take this recommendation lightly, as I trusted Brad’s judgement. I also recently saw Blake perform the role of Reynold in Brad Gottfred’s hit play, “Women are Crazy Because Men are Assholes.” With Mandy I loved his work in Brad’s play, and therefore, Blake never had to audition for the role in mine.  I handed him the script, after a meeting at Urth Cafe, and the very next day he accepted.  The rest is history!

One of my favorite qualities about Blake, besides his talented acting skills, is his ability to make things happen!  He is incredible.  It was because of Blake’s persistent energy that we moved on with our show to NYC and completed a successful run in the fall of 2017. Blake came on board as not only an actor, but a co-producer.    We are now looking to move to a bigger theatre this year, in both Los Angeles and New York.  His exact words to me when we were negotiating contracts for the project were, “Make sure you write down that I will clean the bathrooms.  I like a clean bathroom.”  Can you believe that?  A IMG_8727handsome, successful actor insisting that he will be in charge of the bathrooms!  This is rare to find in a person, especially an actor, but Blake is different.  His ego does not rule him. Blake is not afraid to get his hands dirty and do whatever it takes to support a project he is involved with.  This is what separates him from the rest, and this is also why he is still maintaining a successful career in Hollywood!  He has not forgotten what many actors fail to remember, this is a business first! I was interested in learning more about Blake and why he was able to maintain a successful acting career, when so many others could not.  Here is what I learned!

I introduce to you, the one and only, BLAKE BOYD!IMG_8736

 1.  I have heard you say many times, “They call this Show BUSINESS for a reason.”  Why do you emphasize the business part and what should any actor starting out in the business know about it?

This is probably my favorite question as they call it “Show Business” and not “Show Art”.  I think too many people coming to Hollywood (be it NY or LA) are simply seeking to work out something in their internal psychology.  Generally, that pattern is familial and parental.  I was very fortunate as success was simple:  jobs booked, resume credits, new footage, and money.  Obviously, I was compelled to enter the world of competition in Hollywood and had something to prove.  But success was clearly defined for me and I tended to stay focused on my goals.  I didn’t impede my growth personally or professionally by making points, being “right” or self-righteous.  So many artists kill their relationships, and thus their careers, by not being able to work with others and trying to “do things their way!”.  It’s heartbreaking.

2. You have had a long successful career.  When did you start acting and why? Times have changed since you first moved to LA and started an acting career.  What do you think is the biggest difference?  What advice would you give to a new actor looking to start their career?  Where should they begin if you were to give them a Road Map?  Period Piece 2

 Yes, times are different now but it’s still just a business.  It’s so much easier to get footage (tape) as everyone has a video camera on their phone.  Digital cameras are easy to find and lots of filmmakers are making movies.  Footage is the currency of the actor.  One can easily upload a scene or even an audition (with no cuts or edits!) and unlimited people can see them.  The challenge is that now there are so many avenues to be seen and thus a sea of actors, stories, and opportunities to view talent.  The competition is much more visible.  Generally, after a few years of trying to be seen and get work, actors will decide that this life isn’t for them.  I say, “Sorry it didn’t work out, I hope you learned some things about yourself and had fun.  Now, can you please let me have your parking space?  I need it!”

 3.  When did you join Screen Actors Guild and how did you do it?  

I got the very first commercial I ever auditioned for when I was 20 and in college IMG_8740(earning a BUSINESS DEGREE!).  I thought, “Wow.  This is easy!” Little did I know or understand what would come during the mind-numbing periods of no work.  After graduation and about 2 years later when I would move to Los Angeles, I applied to SAG and got my card.  It came in the mail on the same day I got my college diploma. 

 I was fortunate that I had auditioned for commercials (booked 4!) and interviewed for lots of modeling jobs in Dallas.  I had taken 2 college acting classes and 2 workshops with LA casting directors in Dallas.  I could almost cold-read audition material pretty well.  I was 22 and very eager when I came to Los Angeles 5 days after graduation. 

 During Winter break and again during Spring Break of my senior year of college, I came to LA and got a modeling agent and a commercial agent. I saw very quickly that most of the actors didn’t view this as a business.  Many had theatre degrees and had a much better understanding of building sets, stage combat, and applying make-up.  I could walk into a room and tell a story.  Kinda. 

IMG_8732 I also noticed that while there were literally thousands of actors, many couldn’t even find the door to go knock on.  Yes, the competition was beyond fierce but I knew that preparation for each audition with a coach ($), ongoing acting classes, voice class and a great attitude would put me in the top third of all the actors.  I wrote ‘thank you’ notes after every audition and I did my absolute best at all times.  I wasn’t particularly good but people appreciated my effort and discipline.  One year after arriving in LA, I was a guest star on a sitcom…directed by and starring one of my childhood idols.  Two years after arriving in LA, I was starring opposite another of my childhood idols in a film in the Philippines.   

 4.  Theatre or Film?  You do both.  Why?  Would you advise an aspiring film actor to do theater, even if he/she has no desire to be on stage?  

Please do theatre whenever you can.  It’s so much better than acting class.  There’s Period Piecesomething special about building a production, inviting people to come see it and the collaborative process between actors, writers, producers, directors, stage managers and audiences.  The actor doesn’t have to do 8 shows a week on Broadway to receive this wonderful artistic blessing…but that certainly would grow the actor! 

“Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good.”  ― Terrence Mann

5.  Studying Your Craft.  How important is studying to you? Who do you study? 

IMG_8730I love studying acting.  I love the relationship between my teacher, my fellow classmates and our group dynamic.  I study with Larry Moss who is arguably the best in the world right now.  Several Academy Award winners have thanked Larry for his teaching and guidance while holding their Oscar statue.  

 6.  Any advice to actors on finding an agent and or manager?  Do you think you even need one?  Why or Why not?  Many actors will decline theater roles because their agents or managers have told them to.  How do you feel about this?

Actors simply must have representation and audition as much as possible.  Auditioning is a skill and, like any skill, requires frequency to master.  My agent and managers work for me.  While it’s definitely a collaborative relationship, I’m gonna go do a play if I damn well want to.  I likely won’t leave town during busier times of pilot season (Feb – April) but my representation understands that doing theatre grows me as an actor and as a man.  Plus, in the age of social media and self-taped auditions, I can get work even when I am out of town. 

 7.  You have built quite the successful career.  It is an absolute joy to know you, work with you and see you continue to grow as an artist.  How did you build your credits and gain exposure in an industry where most fail?  What are your secrets?  

IMG_8729Thank you, Joanne.  Working with you as a director, producer and writer has definitely been a highlight…both in Los Angeles and New York.  I think I was able to settle in, enjoy working hard and realized early on that I was trying to build a sustainable and fun career entertaining people.  It hasn’t always been easy or fun for that matter but net/net I have been exceedingly blessed.  


 8.  Social Media as a Business Tool.  You have a facebook, instagram and twitter page.  Do you think Social Media is a good Branding Tool for an actor?  Why or why not?  Has it helped you in your career? What advice do you give to actors regarding Social Media and it’s benefits and pitfalls?  How do you publicize your success effectively?  

I truly believe social media is both the best thing that ever happened for actors as well as the worst.  Its great in that actors can brand themselves, their accomplishments and publicize whatever project they’re working on.  Frequently, I have meetings or run into people and executives will say, “so…your play in New York looked fun….how was it?”  or, “Congratulations on your cancer fundraising…I really appreciate you’re doing that.  Thank you!”  

 The problem with social media can occur when actors post beautiful pictures of themselves, get tons of comments/compliments from friends and thereby tend to believe that they have a career.  Essentially, they are simply enjoying the temporary fix of an inflated ego…which isn’t a career or true accomplishment and advancement.  I try to brand myself, projects and endeavors on a consistent basis.  

 9.  Auditions!  They are part of the job.  You have been on both sides of the desk during the casting process, as both an actor and a producer.  What is your advice to actors looking to improve their audition skills?  Do you still get nervous at auditions?  How do you deal with those nerves?  

Every person has to audition at some point or another.  The objective is to allow the Hugging woman‘room’ to see who you really are.  Not your idea of who you are or what you think they think they want.  And…tell the story.  Don’t try to make friends and don’t act.  Just tell the truth.  Yes, I get nervous before some auditions.  Particularly when I am auditioning in front of friends.  I sometimes cry in my car I am so scared.  But you want to know a little secret?  My friends are just as nervous, if not more, than I am.  Trust me!

 10.   Getting the Part!  You have gotten parts throughout the course of your career in both film and theater.  Do you have a preference? In some cases, because you have built quite the reputation in this industry for both your talents and professionalism, you have taken on roles without having to audition.  What is your advice to actors regarding negotiating a contract once they have gotten the part?  

 I generally try to enjoy the competition of auditioning.  We all have to do it so I might IMG_8728as well find a way to make it fun.  Sometimes, I decide that I am simply being given an opportunity to go in, do very well, and get more money!

 If you’re lucky enough to book the part, get the best deal you can and then let it go.  Go have fun.  Live to fight another day.  There will be many other projects and sitting at home and being ‘right’ isn’t going to help your career.

11. How much work do you put into going over the script, and researching things before you get to set or the theater?  

It depends…if the character is way different than I am, I must do much more research and character work.  So many projects are personality based and as a wise director once said, “My job is 90% casting!”

 12. So, this brings me to another question: how have you kept your career going so long when others who started out at the same time, or even later than you, have faded away?

 IMG_7616There were a couple of times that I seriously questioned whether I wanted to keep going.  The first was when I was about 25 and, after a great start in Hollywood, I wasn’t used to not working.  My dad said, “Quit if you want to do something else more…but don’t quit because you’re not working.”   Later, other doors leaving the industry just didn’t seem to open and I knew that I really enjoyed storytelling and the competition of Hollywood.  I’m very happy I stayed.

 I’ve realized that those mind-numbing periods of no work are great opportunities to grow as a man, evolve as an actor and allow the competition to dwindle. 

 12.  Would you say that you have a different approach to acting today than before?

 Yes….definitely.  I’m more relaxed and have more fun.  Now, I do a scene to see how it goes and find out what happens.  

13.    Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?

I really admire Daniel Day Lewis.  He is utterly unrecognizable in many of his roles IMG_5125over the last 30 years.  I think Clint Eastwood has had, without question, the most remarkable career of anyone in Hollywood history.  Starting as a marginal actor, fired from the Universal Studios system, he went to Europe and worked.  He came back to the US and made several iconic films and continues to direct well into his eighties.

14.  What was the most challenging role you ever played in a film or on the stage?

I was 28 years old, an understudy and asked to go on in a play at the Tiffany Theatre on Sunset.  I was playing a gay, amoral alcoholic who will do anything for money.  The scene ends up in a 3 way with another guy and a girl.   I went on and got exit applause.  The director asked me to come back and film my scenes which would be cut into the production for archival purposes.  This experience taught me that I could do almost anything.  5 months later, I got my first studio film.  

15.  What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage, right before the curtain goes up?

I open my face up and my mouth as big as I can.  Then I scrunch my face up as tight as I can.  That gets the muscles very relaxed.  Maybe take a couple of deep breaths (from the tummy, not chest!) and drink some cold water.  

16.  If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Me.  Cause I would probably be producing the movie and I’ll work for scale.  With Alison

17.  Can you give advice on how to survive as an actor in LA? Any last thoughts, comments or ideas you want to share to anyone looking to make a career in The City of Dreams?

Joanne…you just beat me to the punch.  Actors need to SURVIVE in Los Angeles first.  Then they must THRIVE.  

Entertainment is a competition.  Every audition and even some rehearsals are flat out competitions.  I’ve come into a production as an understudy and taken over the role.  TWICE.  But that’s a story for another time! 

An early morning several years ago and during closing weekend of a show, my phone IMG_5151started ringing.   My father was dead.  I ended up doing the three remaining shows and closing out our successful run.  A very well known singer was in the audience during one of those shows.  Several weeks later, I met him and he recognized me.  We spoke at length and he asked me, “How did you go on stage having just lost your father?”  I said, “I never really thought otherwise.  It’s what we do.  It’s our business.”

To view Blake Boyd in action, visit video footage at:  https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2223618073?ref_=nmvi_vi_imdb_9



ACTING with Lyme Disease: Meet Frankie Gallucci!

Meet actress, singer, dancer and choreographer: Frankie Gallucci!  I had the great honor of working with Frankie last fall when I produced and directed my play in NYC, “You Love That I’m NOT Your Wife.”  Frankie was cast as the lead role of Marie, a hopeless romantic Italian girl from NYC, living in Los Angeles and hungering to meet a real man.  She falls head over heels for the very charming Tony Cicarelli, played by the very talented Blake Boyd, who romances her in Italy and offers her a proposal she cannot refuse.  Marie believes in happy endings, but fears that they don’t exist.

Frankie’s portrayal of Marie was everything a writer/director could ask for and more.  Not only is she a triple threat, she also choreographed all the dance numbers in our show.  I always say, “Everyone is replaceable until they’re NOT.”  Frankie Gallucci is irreplaceable!

This is the first of many interviews I have conducted for this blog and I started with Frankie for one reason:  I believe her story will inspire you to go for your dreams no matter what comes your way.  The word “Excuse” is not a part of my dear Frankie’s vocabulary, and it could be. You see, Frankie suffers from chronic Lyme Disease, and anyone who knows anything about this autoimmune disease can tell you, it’s not easy to live with.  People suffering with chronic lyme often are debilitated.  Some patients’ quality of life have been compared to people living with congestive heart failure. Pain levels are high and fatigue is a normal state.

Frankie may have lyme disease, but not once did she show up to a rehearsal as someone with  lyme!  She shows up as a professional and talented actress. Her disease does not own her.  She fights!  Not only was she on time for every rehearsal, she was 15 minutes early.  Anytime I gave an assignment, Frankie was the first cast member to turn it in and would go above and beyond in her research, character work and exploration of our play.  She never had an off day.  You know the kind of day I am talking about. When you show up to rehearsal, but you are not really ready.  You still need to use the bathroom, eat a sandwich, make a call, look over your lines, get a coffee. You know, those normal things actors do when they first arrive.  Not Frankie!  Always ready! Always on time! And always wanting to rehearse!  In fact, she was the one cast member that I begged to stop working so hard because I wanted her to rest!  How does she do it? Good question.  I asked her below.

This is Frankie Galluci!  Frankie answered these questions from a hospital bed in Germany, where she is currently receiving daily treatments at Bettina Wöhrle Heilpraktiktikerin.  I am praying every day that these treatments will wipe out her lyme disease for good!  So far, they have not, but we are still hopeful!  Frankie’s positivity throughout these treatments is another reminder to me that this woman is nothing but extraordinary! I love her!

Let Frankie inspire you to pursue your dream too, and let NOTHING come in your way from getting it.  And if you don’t read the entire interview, promise me that you will at least scroll down to the bottom and read the quote from Frankie’s mother.  I am going to hang this quote up on my wall !



JOANNE:   Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

FRANKIE:   I am a wild animal lover, avid tea drinker, passionate nacho connoisseur, tenacious political activist, wife, daughter, sister, friend, citizen artist and celebrator of life. At 4 years old I was belting out The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow at my Grandma’s pet-assisted therapy conference; I always knew who I was and what I wanted the shape of my journey to look like.  Growing up in Rhode Island, I trained in classical Suzuki guitar and studied musical theatre, voice, acting and dance. After 10 years of training, I auditioned for 18 top musical theatre programs and finally decided on Temple University to continue my education. It was important to me that I wasn’t just developing into an artist but instead a ‘citizen artist.’ During a study abroad, I spent 5 months teaching 6th grade and taking classes in South Africa.  It was there that I developed my citizen artist mission statement: I want to empower others to question the world around them and open their eyes to their own ability to create change through art!

JOANNE:  You have been struggling with Lyme Disease for many years now.  When did you first get diagnosed with Lyme Disease?  What were your original symptoms?  How did you first react when you learned about your condition?

FRANKIE:  I remember the exact moment when everything suddenly shifted. It was October 26th, 2014. My illness did not come on slowly; it was sudden and terrifying. I had weird symptoms like tremors in my hands, loss of feeling in my left side and compromised vision. My hands became too weak to hold a pencil or wash my hair without effort. I frequently lost my train of thought and my memory started deteriorating rapidly. I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me; I was living in a complete fog. I couldn’t eat without getting sick and my throat always felt like it was closing. I was dizzy, unable to focus my eyes, crazy weak and throwing up constantly. My body began to bruise and form rashes. I was in a lot of pain and dropping more and more weight. I developed cardiac symptoms and was having trouble breathing normally. Hallucinating and cold sweats at night became a regular occurrence. My body would go into a fight-or-flight mode out of nowhere and it would last for days on end.  For a person who lives for being present and saying YES to the world, this crushed me.

Doctor after doctor couldn’t figure it out and I was declining rapidly. They told me that my test results were normal and that it was just in my head. To no prevail, I would beg them to keep testing but no one would look past the initial negative results.  Soooo…I went forward with my plans to go to South Africa…Not my smartest decision, and needless to say, one that would ultimately test my will and my strength.

When I finally arrived home in June, half the person I once was, my mom had figured it out and rushed me to a Lyme-literate medical doctor in Boston. The doctor knew it was Lyme before my blood tests even came back. I don’t think anyone could have been happier to receive positive results for a chronic illness! Although I thought it was the end of a chapter, it was also just the beginning. The end of questioning my sanity and why my body was failing but the beginning of a long road to recovery.

JOANNE:   When did you arrive to NYC?  Was it hard for you to leave home?  What was the biggest struggle you faced upon first arriving to NY?

FRANKIE:  NYC, you gem you. I’ve always wanted to live in NYC so in November 2016, I made it happen! After closing The Comedy of Errors with Delaware Shakespeare Festival in August, I was already auditioning and working as a teaching artist in NYC…while commuting from Rhode Island (a casual 4 hour journey each way). I was too sick to live in New York alone so I was hooking myself up to IVs under my jacket while commuting by car, train and subway. I refused to put my life or career on hold because of my Lyme so I fought like hell to stay afloat. Hiding my picc line for auditions became an art form and inconspicuously choking down pills became an Olympic sport. I’d like to publicly apologize to the many MANY lovely establishments that I vomited in upon arriving in NYC; it was not the cutest entrance.

JOANNE:    Are there good days versus bad days? Or is every day just the same?  What made you decide to go to Germany and receive this nontraditional treatment that may possibly wipe the disease out of your system?  Was it a hard decision?  If so, what was the hardest part of it?  Can you describe the treatment?  The name of it?  What it entails?  Who is a candidate for it?

FRANKIE: For three years straight, I tried endless treatment protocols offered in the US: hundreds of oral antibiotics/medications, IV antibiotics, herbals, supplements, intramuscular injections, ozone, NAET, liver cleanses, crazy diets, reiki, yoga, meditation, healers, ETC. ETC. ETC.- I was desperate and trying anything and everything.  Throughout these three years, I fought to not allow Lyme to delay my dreams; I wasn’t willing to play ‘catchup’ with my life.  Over these years, there were so many happy memories, laughter and growth but they were all clouded by sickness. Some days were better than others, but I have not had a day of true peace since October 25th, 2014.

Going to Germany for treatment has always been on the back burner as a last resort option. Truly I had tried every protocol offered in the US and had seen the best doctors but no one could crack it. In May, my condition became dangerous as my immune system began crashing; my body was unable to fight anymore and I started catching rare illnesses. I knew that Germany was now my only option.

I am currently receiving treatment at Bettina Wöhrle Heilpraktiktikerin .  The treatment includes daily infusions of homeopathic and/or natural medicine, oral vitamins and minerals, bionic biophoton therapy, hyperbaric ozone, UVB therapy, chelation therapy, autohemotherapy, high-dose vitamin c infusions, detox electrolysis foot-bath, detoxing, etc. I am putting my heart and soul into my recovery and know that I am finally in the right place.

JOANNE:   What advice would you give to anyone suffering from Lyme Disease?  Especially people like yourself, with such big goals who want to live extraordinary lives? How do you go on pursuing an acting career when you don’t feel well?

FRANKIE:  Don’t let it define you. Remember who you are and what you believe in and never let this disease be more important than those two things. Keep your passions alive. Acting has always made me feel alive; I love how the art of storytelling creates conversation that can move mountains. Collaborating with other artists inspires and challenges me to keep pushing forward. I like to remind myself that everyone is fighting a battle and mine is no more strenuous than the next. I hold my head up, have great gratitude for the people who have stood with me in this battle, celebrate life to the fullest and never give up.

JOANNE:   You recently starred in the NYC premier of: “You Love That I’m NOT Your Wife.”  What was this experience like for you?  You opened up to the cast the day before opening night, and shared with them that you had Lyme Disease.  What made you do this?  How did it feel to share this with a group of people you worked with for the past month?  Did they treat you differently after?  Did their responses surprise you?

FRANKIE: You Love That I’m NOT Your Wife and Writer/Director/Producer Joanne Mosconi came into my life at the most opportune time. I remember seeing the submission notice on Casting Networks and being drawn to the project immediately. I got called in for the first round of auditions, met Joanne and co-producer/ actor, Blake Boyd, and instantly fell in love with their vibe, passion and unique energy. Having the opportunity to play Marie alongside Blake and collaborate with this incredible team of artists was an experience that shaped my journey forever. I knew this would be the last project I would work on before Germany so I tried to normalize my situation and hide it like I had always done in the past. The day before opening, we were doing a warmup in which we shared what this experience meant to us personally. At that point in the process, under Joanne’s authentic leadership, this team had become like a family and I felt like a fraud for hiding such a big part of my daily life.  My fear was always that people in the industry would see me as weak and a liability if they knew I was chronically ill. I shared because Joanne created an environment of trust, simple as that. I was proud of myself that it came as such a surprise to everyone because I worked SO hard to not let it show.  I should have known that my honesty would have been met with love and support and that nothing else would change. These amazing human beings made my last weeks in America unforgettable!

JOANNE:    At some point in the production, I had approached you to be the choreographer for our musical numbers and you agreed.  Were you worried that you were physically not up for the challenge?  What was the hardest part of this role?

FRANKIE:  That was a good day! I had been choreographing for children’s theatre for many years but this was my first opportunity to work with adults. Should I have been worried?…Yea, probably but at that point I was so used to pushing myself, no matter how much pain I was in, so I was more than up for taking on this role. Here again, I was diving into my passion and not allowing Lyme to encompass my every thought and move. Working with my fellow actors always left me filled with endless positive energy and SO much laughter. I think sometimes you need to level out what is good for your soul and what is good for your body. Yes, I was out of my mind for always pushing myself far beyond what was reasonable but these were the things that kept me alive and wanting to fight harder.

JOANNE:  What does a typical day for Frankie Gallucci look like?  Who do you have to be to get through it?  Do you ever feel like giving up?  If so, how do you keep pushing through?

FRANKIE:  Ohhhh dear…well…to someone looking in, it looks insane but to me, it’s the only way I can juggle being so sick with my need to maintain my passion for living. Mornings are rough. Things often go black when I first stand up and then I promptly throw up (such a glamorous way to start the day). Prior to Germany, I had home-care nurses come twice a week to change my picc line. I would infuse 2-5 IVs daily, some of which were done while at work. I’d inject myself with various antibiotics or supplements. On average, I would take about 60 pills a day which were neatly organized into pill packs that I would stuff on weekly “pill-packing” days.  Before work, twice weekly, I would get an ozone or NAET treatment, which would often leave me in a great deal of pain.  I’d then hop on over to Quest for blood-work or to turn in my various stool/ urine samples (which were carried around NYC in my backpack-LOL). I usually had about 3 doctors appointments per week which were always a JOY. My diet is strict- no gluten, dairy, sugar, meat, processed foods, yeast, alcohol, etc. so eating on the go is always interesting. I’d puke in public places quite a bit as I struggle to balance enough food with all the medication I’m taking. When I’m not working, auditioning and performing, I would need to prioritize sleep, pill packing, meal prep and sometimes I just need to laugh at how ridiculous this whole things is.

My story is not unique. Lyme warriors everywhere are significantly altering their way of life just to stay afloat. There are days I wish I could stay in bed but honestly that isn’t an option for me; I know that I need to keep my spirit alive in order to keep myself alive. I push forward because I will not let it encompass my being and I KNOW that someday I will beat it!

JOANNE:  As someone who worked very close to you, I can say this:  you never once showed you were sick.  You never were once late.  You were always 200% prepared.  You always gave more than you needed to.  This is such a hard quality to find in actors.  What advice do you give to actors like yourself on how to show up to rehearsal: The Frankie Gallucci way?

FRANKIE:  I LOVE YOU JOANNE MOSCONI! Honestly, all I would say is that having the opportunity for your ‘work’ to coexist with your passion is an absolute privilege, one that we shouldn’t take for granted. I recognize everyone has their own unique story and struggles. I simply take my career seriously and strive to be the the best actor and human being I can possibly be.

JOANNE:   How are you feeling from your treatments? How long have you been in Germany receiving them?  What is this whole experience like for you?  Are you seeing the progress you wanted?   

FRANKIE:  I am beginning week 9 of treatment here in Germany and continue to be optimistic about my healing.  Although most people begin to see changes after an average of 8 weeks, it takes some a little longer.  I continue to trust in the process and know that the natural route is, for me, the only way to go. In the meantime, I am meeting new people from across the globe and hearing about their journeys with Lyme, exploring Germany and keeping the positive vibes flowing.

JOANNE:  Are there any other thoughts or comments you would like to provide?  Perhaps a favorite quote!  Any last Frankie Gallucci words of wisdom?

FRANKIE: Fam & friends- thank you for standing by me, BELIEVING me and helping me find strength throughout this journey. I will never take for granted the times you’ve made pill packing an Olympic sport, sat with me until I could eat, carried me up multiple staircases, sat/ slept with me in the hospital, allowed me to say “I’m fine” for years when it was clear I was not, made me laugh while vomiting, included my IV pole as one the gang, not batting an eye when I infused all over 8 states and 3 counties, walked me to graduation, injected my butt with horse sized injections, MARRIED into this mess and made these past 3 years ones that I will proudly carry with me forever.

To my best friend who continues to research and learn in order to empathize rather than sympathize with my situation. To my husband who helps me find endless laughter in this nightmare. To my Mom who fought for me when I couldn’t fight for myself. THANK YOU will literally never be enough.

“You don’t need to be strong…just keep walking” -Mom

To read more about her, go to her actor’s website:  www.frankiegallucci.com

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Feeling upset because you did not get that part, or get accepted  into your dream acting conservatory?

My mother always told me this:  “Rejection is God’s protection.” 

She used this line whenever I was heart broken over a boyfriend breaking up with me.  And yes, unfortunately, this happened to me more than once. She used this line when I did not get the first job I ever interviewed for.  After I cried over this, I applied to graduate school and went to NYU.  My mother used this line when I was in grammar school and got cast as The Flower in “The Wizard of OZ”, instead of Dorothy, the role I dreamed of playing.  And no, there was no actual Flower in the play, but the school created the part for anyone who did not get a role!   I was devastated, but being a flower taught me that I am not always going to get what I want in life, even if I want it more than anything.

That is when I learned an important lesson:  I can get what I want if I create it for myself instead.  And so, I began writing my own plays.  I was crushed all these times by rejection, but today I can sit here and say that rejection was the best thing that ever happened to me.  Rejection opened up possibilities for me I otherwise would have never had, and it can for you too!    My “rejection” has even given me great stories for plays that I write.  Thank God for Rejection!

I have been working hard these past few weeks training and coaching many actors from all around the country.  It is both pilot season and audition time for college theatre conservatories. Many of my actors are feeling burnt out.  They have been learning script after script and auditioning for school after school.  Between the traveling, memorizing, rehearsing and wondering if they GOT the part or GOT into the school of their dreams, the air is filled with anxiety, self doubt and exhaustion.

To any actor reading this, I want you to know how BRAVE you are.  Not many people could do what you guys do.  Auditioning is hard!  You are basically putting yourself in a situation where a group of people will be picking you a part and analyzing everything you say and do.  They will also be studying how you look, and listening to your voice and all the ways you use it.  Brave! That is what you are!  Recognize yourself for that!

Here are my tips for dealing with this Busy Audition Season:


    Forget about walking in the room like an actor going on an audition.  That creates too much pressure for everyone.  Instead, walk in the room like you have already gotten the part and you are about to rehearse your lines.  If you are auditioning for a college, create this for an “As if”:  It’s “as if” you have already gotten accepted to the school and are showing up for rehearsal for the spring play.  This will help reduce your nerves.  It will also create a sense of confidence as you walk in the door and greet people who you no longer need.  Treat them like they need you.  Remember, it’s as if they already cast you and accepted you into their program.


Everyday is different and therefore you will feel different too.  If you are exhausted, don’t let that scare or worry you.  Know how to use what it is you are feeling on that day.  Your feelings, whether positive or negative, are a part of your life experience and your being.  Do not run away from what you feel.  It is much harder to not express your truth.  I have had actors call me moments before an audition saying that they don’t feel as great as they did the day before, and they are worried that this will affect their performance.  Remember, casting directors do not care about what you are feeling.  Instead, they care about what you are doing!  Acting is doing!  Walk in that room committed to doing something.  What is it that you want in your scene?  What do you want the other person or people in your scene to feel?  Focus on that!  Not your feelings!  Feeling are not going to get you the part.


This is a hard one!  Admittedly, I am not very good at dealing with this one either, so who I am to preach about it?  But I will tell you this, I have gotten better at it.  So let me give it a try.  Does it really sting you too when someone is not a fan of your work?  One thing I noticed is when I am experiencing rejection, I must allow myself to create room for my whirlwind of emotions.  I recently had a critic who did not like a play I wrote.  I spent the first part of my day crying my eyes out as if her opinion was the only thing that mattered.  I criticized myself!  I declared I would never do theatre again.  This is my process.  I needed time to feel all this.  My husband was trying to minimize her critique and told me I should pay not attention to it at all.  Did you ever notice men like to do this?  But, I faced it head on anyway.  I was not going to avoid my feelings, because I was overflowing with pain.  When I finally had no more tears left, and did not want to feel so awful anymore, I began to comfort myself. I reminded myself that  I was doing extraordinary things!  I allowed my inner voice to soothe me with it’s words:  Producing a play I wrote and directed is a big deal, and when you do big things someone will critique it!  Plus, my play was over sold out!  We could not keep up with ticket sales.  Audiences were loving it! This is what it looks like to be extraordinary!  The alternative would be me staying home and watching others pursue their dreams instead. Pretty ordinary, right?   Once I realized that being extraordinary was the only option I wanted for my life, the negative review made me feel more powerful, not awful!  I also know that one person’s opinion of me is just an opinion, not the truth.  If someone does not think you are right for the part, that is their opinion, that’s all.  Not everyone is going to like us or our work.  Not everyone will accept us. The good news is, their are plenty of fish in the sea people!  Let’s move on!


And, if you are not getting rejected by someone or something, then I ask you this:

  Are you really living an extraordinary life?

 Allow rejection to be your protective teacher!



 “You can have results or excuses, not both.” Anonymous

As an acting coach, I work with people who have big dreams.  They are not content living an ordinary life, and so they create the possibility of being extraordinary.

For many of my clients, this dream includes being a working actor.  They study, they learn lines, they discuss how badly they want this career, but yet something always seems to come in their way when it comes time to diving full on into it.  What is this something?  Their excuses! 

Oh come on! Don’t  start judging anyone who makes excuses, as we all make them.  You know we do!  We all have an excuse to why we are not doing something, right?  But for some people, their excuses are costing them their dreams!  Don’t let that happen to you too!

What are some of the common excuses I hear?

  1. I am not ready yet!

I get it!  Is anyone ever ready for what life throws at them?  Do you think the mother giving birth to her first born is ready for the challenge ahead?  Probably NOT.  You’ll never be ready.  Maybe life is about never being ready.  After all, even when it comes to the end of our time here on earth, are we ever ready to leave?

2.  I am too old.

Oh come on!  Julia Child published her first cookbook at 39 and became a television host at 51.    Vera Wang started designing at age 40.  Rodney Dangerfield was 46 when he got cast on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was his first big break into the industry.  It’s never too late!  And maybe your new line could be:  “I’m too old NOT to!

3.  It is too risky.

Nothing in life is worth pursuing unless there is a little risk.  To be extraordinary, you must  be willing to do extraordinary things, and so risk comes with it!  But doesn’t the risk make it exciting?

“Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” Robin Sharma

4.  I am not good enough.

Well that’s just a crock of bull shit.  If your inner voice is telling you that, then play some music, and play it loud.  Or tell it to shut up.  You are as good as you want to be.  PERIOD!

5.  I have to do this _(fill in the blank) first.

Are you one of those people who is almost always ready to take the first step, but then quickly remember you have to take care of something else first?  If you answered yes, then I ask you to consider your will power!  Will power is your choice!  You must make the choice that no matter what comes your way, you are going to be true to what you said you are going to pursue. PERIOD.  Nothing can or will stop you because you are that committed.

 “Success occurs when your dreams get bigger than your    excuses.” Anonymous


6.  I am tired.

You should be tired if you are pursuing your dreams.  It is a lot of work.  Welcome to the club of working hard for something you want.  If you are tired in a way where it is preventing you from accomplishing what you want, get a physical done from your general doctor.  Test your vitamin levels and see what you may need to add or subtract from your diet.  Take care of YOU!  Sleep, exercise, and nutrition will help you feel your best.

7.  I don’t have enough money.

Then get a job that will work around your dream.  There are so many opportunities to work in ways we never have before.  Many of my beginner clients are driving for Uber.  The pay is great and they can design their own schedules.

8.  I don’t know where to start.

Hire an acting coach like me!  That is what we are here for.

9.  Everyone thinks I am nuts for wanting this.

They are just jealous that they have given up on wanting something so extraordinary for their own lives.  That is more about them, not you.  So don’t you go giving them more power than they deserve!

If you have an excuse and it is costing you your dream, I ask you: is worth having anymore?  Allow yourself to become acquainted with the POWER of NOW!

"An excuse is a way of promising ourselves that we will   have the same issue again.”




“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

You have prepared for the audition.  You have memorized your lines.  You have showed up on time.  You are ready to go!  But how should you enter the audition room?

Remember, you only have 1 shot to make an impression that lasts, so how will you do it?

As someone who has spent hours casting, I can tell you that the first impression has a lasting impact on me and my decision to hire someone.  How you walk through the door and proceed to take your position in that room tells me, and those who are casting, a lot about how you work right from the start.

Here are some tips to enter like a pro at your next audition:


What does this look like?  Well, for one thing, don’t enter with your jacket on, coffee cup in hand and lots of bags.  It takes time to undress and place your stuff in the room.  It wastes our time.  Enter ready to go.


Many times when actors are walking the room, casting directors are talking amongst themselves about previous performers.  Do not interrupt them with your greeting.  Quietly take your place in your audition spot and patiently wait for them to make eye contact with you.   Once they do, make eye contact with them and wait for them to greet you, signaling they are ready for you. If they initiate a handshake, then respond accordingly.  But do not initiate any small talk unless they start first.


If you are performing a monologue, select your focal point.  It should not be the casting director’s themselves.


You will definitely be more likely remembered if they have your picture in their hands.  It makes the casting directors’ jobs easier.

Hope these tips help!


SURVIVAL JOB! –   How to NOT let it Kill your dream of being an actor! by Joanne Mosconi


“Acting is everybody’s favorite second job. ”  

                                    ~Jack Nicholson                                                      

So you want to be an Actor, but you also have to Pay The Bills!

As an acting coach, one of the common dilemmas my adult clients  have in common is wanting to pull their hair out from their Survival Jobs.  They have jobs they hate! They have jobs that are time consuming!  They have jobs that are killing their dreams!

THESE JOBS ARE NOT THE LIVES THEY WANT, YET THEY NEED THEM.  They need them as a vehicle to bring them to the job they do want!


  1. SKILLS:  Each job you ever take requires a certain skill set.  Focus on building your skills at this job.  No one ever regretted building skills.  As this is not forever, learn what you can from it now.

2.  A SENSE OF PURPOSE:  if you don’t feel like you have a purpose at work or are surrounded by people who don’t value you, make sure you have a community that does get and value YOU after work.  Join a gym, an acting class.  Go out with fellow artists who also have survival jobs.  You need support, so build it.  Remember, this is your life!  Don’t wait to start living it.  What if today was it?  You would want to make it count – right?

3.  BE HEALTHY:  This one for me is so important.  When my diet is clean and my fitness routine is disciplined and consistent, I feel better about myself and have more energy.  It is easier to take on the day ahead.  It keeps my mind balanced.  And once my mind is balanced, it is easier for me to gain perspective on things I otherwise would not.  Try this for a month, and see if your survival job becomes more bearable.

4.  COMPLAIN LESS:  or how about not at all.  I know, I know- this is a hard one.  But gossiping and complaining becomes the script for you life, and it empowers no one.  Instead, read inspiring quotes.  Create each day where you are responsible for improving your complaints.  HAVE COMPLAINTS without BEING YOUR COMPLAINTS- do you get that?

5.  QUIT:  if it’s really that BAD, then QUIT!  Why stay in a situation that consumes most of your day if it is making you miserable.  There are other jobs, other opportunities out there for you.  Instead of focusing on how awful your job is, start seeking out new employment.  Opportunities that you can get excited for are out there, you just need to put some time into looking for them.

Remember, you have 1 life.  That’s it.  You don’t have time to NOT make it the best one ever.  


AUDITION- ANYTIME ANYWHERE     Self-taping Auditions, by Joanne Mosconi

The best part about my job, being an online acting coach, is that I get to work with students from all around the country.  I even work with international students!  Modern times make it possible for the aspiring actor to AUDITION ANYTIME ANYWHERE!  Just think of the possibilities this opens up for you!  You want to be an ACTOR?  No excuses!  You can audition from the privacy of your own home.

However, in order to be taken seriously by casting directors, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure that your self tape is the best ever!  You don’t have time to NOT do your best, so read along.

  1. I-PHONE-  You do not need to invest money in a fancy camera to do your self-tape.  You can film yourself right from your own cell phone and it is very effective too.  Just make sure to place it on a tripod or rest it somewhere, as holding it by hand is not going to capture the best results.

2.  Keep the camera close- remember, we want to hear and see you.  Therefore film yourself from your shoulders up.  If the casting directors want to see more of you, they will ask.

3.  Shoot in a closed room–  You want to ensure that your sound quality is good and you can be heard.  A closed room with no outside noise works best.

4.  Shoot against a plain background-The best backgrounds are solid walls (especially white) or even a brick wall.  But do not shoot in front of mirrors, pictures and furniture.  It is distracting.  A plain solid background is what you should use.

5 Eyes- Your eyes should be kept level with the camera.  You should not be looking to the side, down or up.  Eye level with the camera it is!  But that does not mean you should look directly into the camera.  Instead, look at your scene partner, who is reading with you.   React to them.  That is what they want to see during your audition.

6.  Memorize the material- Always memorize your sides.  Please do not read from your sides or hold them.  This takes away from your audition.

7.  Your reader/scene partner Ask a friend to read with you, and if they are not an actor, even better.  You want your scene partner’s reading to be flat.  The focus should be on you.  With that said, anytime you are not speaking, you should be listening, reacting, listening and reacting.  Never wait for your next line.  Your ability to focus on “the other person” is what brings your character to life and will also show your skills off.

These are just a few of the many tips I have regarding Self Tapes.

Feel free to comment below and ask questions.  I will answer each and everyone.

And remember, 2018 is the year where you can Audition Anytime Anywhere!