Advice and Tips for Actors Helpful thoughts on acting from someone who wasn't the least successful actor of all time.

July 17, 2007

The World of an Actor

Filed under: eitan's writings,message to the readers — Eitan @ 12:50 pm

Acting MasksOver the years I’ve gotten dozens of calls, e-mails or Myspace messages from people hoping to be actors. Or people who are actors who have questions about how I’ve done what I’ve done.

In playing around on message boards and reading articles online I’ve noticed there’s a lot of good information for actors on the web. And there’s a WHOLE lot of bad/outdated information. So I figured, from my gilded pedestal as an actor and a showcase producer I could try to get some good information out to hopefuls who want to make it as an actor in Hollywood. I’m sure most of this stuff will apply to you if you’re a New York actor but I only know for sure what’s going on in Los Angeles.

In addition to my rants about what it means to be an actor and why you need good headshots I’ll post a few interesting anecdotes as well as referencing things on other blogs/websites.

This isn’t going to be a typical actor blog complaining about how I have trouble getting work (like that would ever happen) or how Hollywood is evil. I’m going to try to shed some light on the unnessicarly mysterious world of show business and I’ll have some deep thoughts about what it means to be an actor.

Now, here’s where you (the reader) comes in. I want this to be interactive. I want you to comment, e-mail in thoughts and of if you have questions send them to me and I’ll try to answer a few in my postings.


  1. How did you realize that you wanted to be an actor and how to do you deal with self-consciousness?
    I’m not sure whether acting is my thing; I copy the way my favorite actors say a line or give a look and try to pretend I am their character, (Yes, I know imitation isn’t acting, but I really like their acting) but I also have an ego; I’m jealous whenever I see someone younger than me or around my age on a talk show and they played a teenager because people think or assume I’m a teenager (I’m not) without me even trying! It drives me crazy because I try to look my age by looking nice, appearing confident and being polite to people, but it doesn’t work! Sorry for the off-topic rant.

    I have performed in front of people, (roller skating and figure skating) but I’d always feel embarressed and self-conscious of being watched.

    Comment by Stephanie — September 2, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

  2. I’ve been acting in one way or another since I was in third grade. Somewhere in the middle of college I re-examined where I was going with my chosen profession (engineering) and decided it just wasn’t for me. The only thing I could think of that would make me happy day-to-day professionally was acting.

    Every actor is self conscious. Some overcompensate by being “crazy” and others are timid and shy when they’re not actively performing in something. Personally I just try my very hardest to relax when I’m performing in something and focus on whatever is going on in the scene. It’s an adaptation of a friend’s saying but I realized that architects don’t get nervous when they decide to put a skylight in the ceiling of a new apartment, they just trust their instinct and put it there. Actors shouldn’t get freaked out every time they have to say something in front of someone. It’s our job, why should it freak me out?

    That said, some days I still get all freaked out and self-aware in auditions. No one’s perfect and acting can be really stressful.

    Off-topic rants are awesome, I totally approve. Imitation’s not a bad way to start out practicing acting. It’s not even a bad jumping off point for a real performance. Take what you’re doing with imitation and try to put your own spin on it. Play with the character interacting in the real world, not just repeating what’s happening on screen.

    Acting can be really fun, even with the nervousness and self-consciousness. The more you do it the more relaxed you’ll be and the more fun you’ll be able to have with it.

    Now my response is longer than my original post, see what you made me do?

    Comment by Eitan — September 3, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  3. Thanks for the advice! I enjoyed reading your humorous blogs.

    I do come up with my own scenes and try to act as my own character; I thought about auditioning for plays at my local college, but one is Shakespeare and I think it might be too difficult for me.

    Comment by Stephanie — September 3, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

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