Category: Advice For Actors

  • Lessons from the Grey’s Anatomy Writers Room

    Lessons from the Grey’s Anatomy Writers Room

    In chapter 7 of the latest edition of the Acting In Chicago book, there’s this quote. It’s really the only moment in the book that comes off like a parent talking to a petulant high schooler. Here it is: “…if you’re tempted to make something up, don’t. It’ll come back to bite you in the […]

  • What Actors Can Expect On Set During Covid

    What Actors Can Expect On Set During Covid

    TV/film production is slowly trying to get back to a normal schedule. For actors returning to SAG-AFTRA productions, life on set is going to look very different than it did before Covid. There are a lot of virus-related changes. Masks, testing, face shields, wristbands, and signage are everywhere on set. The industry is employing a […]

  • Moving to Los Angeles for Acting? Start Here.

    Moving to Los Angeles for Acting? Start Here.

    My name is Chris, I’m an actor and voice over guy who earned a living as an actor for 20 years in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2015. Before making the jump, I wrote a book about building a sustainable career as a Midwest-based actor. I moved because I wanted the chance to […]

  • Here’s How To Audition With EcoCast LIVE From Actors Access

    Here’s How To Audition With EcoCast LIVE From Actors Access

    Let’s talk about how actors are going to audition in the future. The days of physically going to a casting director’s office, sitting in a waiting room with a dozen (or more) other actors, and walking into the room to tape your audition are on hold for now. In an effort to provide a safe […]

  • What Hollywood’s Re-Opening Means For Actors

    What Hollywood’s Re-Opening Means For Actors

    Since the middle of March, the business of producing entertainment and advertising has been at a standstill. But now that states are beginning to re-open, everyone is wondering what life in our industry is going to look like in the future. I’m most concerned with how actors are going to be impacted as production re-starts. […]

  • 8:46

    8:46

    Below are the words of Chicago actor James Vincent Meredith, who shared his thoughts on the murder of George Floyd on Facebook. It is worth reading in its entirety. With his permission, it’s re-posted here for those who don’t have access to his page. I can’t say it any better or artfully than anyone else. […]