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Episode 108: Goal Setting for the Actor

business tips Jan 06, 2021

Two Types of Goals

Achievement Goals and Habit Goals

Achievement Goals- One Time Accomplishment

Habit Goals- Regular Ongoing Activity

  • Requires maintaining a practice
  • You want them to begin with action verbs
  • Want to have a start date
  • Frequency
  • Time Trigger
  • Streak Target

“Right Goals” and Action Plans: AIM

A-cceptable- What is the acceptable minimum?

I- Ideal- What is the acceptable maximum?

M- Middle. What is a reasonable stretch?



  • What is the first step you are going to take?
  • Make it really simple!
  • “Anyone can eat an elephant one bite at a time.”


  • Action-Oriented (ex: run 3 miles 2 times per week)
  • Verbs!

Reasonable OR Risky

  • How reasonable is it that what you’re say8ing you’re going to do, you’re actually going to do
  • Out of our comfort zone


  • By when exactly will you complete the first step of the goal


  • Compelling
  • Does it ignite your imagination?
  • What will you feel like when you...
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Episode 107: Social Media for Actors - The 5 Things you Absolutely Need to Know with Heidi Dean

business tips Dec 30, 2020


About Heidi:

Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors. She’s a social media writer for Backstage Magazine and a frequent speaker at film festivals, conferences, SAG-AFTRA foundation panels, podcasts and the creator of Heidi was a proud member of SAG-AFTRA & AEA and a working professional actor for over 20 years. Now she combines her years of industry experience with cutting edge social media strategy to help actors and content creators open more doors for their careers. Her clients include Emmy Award-winners, Broadway stars, recording artists, directors, producers, and filmmakers. Heidi turns social media rookies into rockstars!

Social Media can be an AMAZING TOOL.

  • Build Relationships
  • Research
  • A Virtual Stage for you to Perform

First thing actors need to know on social media?-- People are looking you up!

Social Media Profiles are a direct reflection of you and show you’re a team player.

5 Things You...

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Episode 106: The 3 Must-Knows Before Beginning Your Content Creation Journey with Bill Timoney

acting training Dec 23, 2020

“Leave the good aside and focus on the GREAT”

About Bill

Bill Timoney has worked in the Arts & Entertainment industry for over four decades. As an actor, his extensive resume includes Broadway and regional theatre, films, prime time & day time TV, commercials, and voice-acting (he specializes in dubbing English language versions of foreign language movies, TV shows, and animated programs). Bill’s eclectic and wide-ranging work experience also includes producing independent films, writing (including a screenplay for the Nickelodeon Channel’s TV movie division), directing, stand-up comedy, brief stints working for both a casting director and a talent agency, advising film festivals, and even coordinating stunts for low-budget Horror flicks. For the last five years, Bill has operated a coaching service for actors and a script coverage & assessment service for producers and talent agencies (by recommendation only). He often works with his longtime...

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Episode 105: What Would You Do if You Were Brave?

core work Dec 16, 2020

The Truth is: The point of Power is in the present moment. 

Staying in the moment in acting is the same way in life and humanity.

  1. You can handle this when your anxiety shows up.
  2. Ask the question: What do I think I can not handle in this moment?

Anxiety is about not wanting to take responsibility in the moment, and not accepting the reality in the moment, and feeling a lack of control.

Once I ask myself what am I not accepting? What is it that I’m trying to control but can’t?

Then things have the space to shift.

 The fact of the matter is we are going to have these feelings and these situations are going to come up, so the only thing we are left with in a productive way is, “How can we best deal with it?”

3. “I will never be given more than I can handle, but I will be given more than I can control.”

4. What do I think I can not handle in this moment?

Live life on life’s terms.

3 Energy Levels

  • Victim
  • Anger
  • Responsibility


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Episode 104: What to Get Your Reps for the Holidays & The Crucial Follow up List

business tips Dec 09, 2020


What to Get Your Reps for the Holidays

1- Post-Covid: Movie Tickets— Research a theater near their office/ home

2- Gift Certificate— Research what do they actually like (ie: Starbucks vs. Dunkin)

3- Charity— Ask which charity they support

4- Food Bank— Possibly to one in their hometown

The Crucial Follow Up List

Go through you contacts

Type up writers/ directors/ producers/ agents/ managers/ CD’s

The Benefits of Postcards

  • Holds
  • Avails
  • Callbacks
  • Bookings

Separate commercial/ print list from theatrical list

Forward moving energy, put all your resources towards what will move you forward.

No E-Cards

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Episode 103: 3 Tips to Up your Voiceover Auditions with Roger Becker

acting training Dec 02, 2020

About Roger:

If New York City is the voice-over capital of the world, then Roger Becker is the Mayor. “Hizzoner” has been working steadily in every aspect of the business for two decades. With a background in post production, Roger left that world in the 1990’s to direct talent at a prestigious NYC talent agency. Along with running their in-house studio, he worked in the Broadcast Promotions division to bolster his understanding of talent/producer relationships. In 2005, he returned to directing voice-over full time at a casting house in New York City, eventually accepting the position of vice-president of the company.  He has cast for major accounts in all arenas of the business, from commercial to film to narration to animation…and has taught children and adults about all facets of VO work.

Your audition Space must be comfortable. You’re going to spend all of your time in your booth setup.

Overview of 3 things to Up your VO Game:

  1. Specs
  2. ...
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Episode 102: What is Your Strength Story?

core work Nov 25, 2020

“There is no glory in thinking of yourself as less than.”


Core Work:

“It’s about who doesn’t blink.”

The Power you can harness from your own Strength Story.

“To keep our faces toward change and behave like free-spirited in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”— Helen Keller

Brain Cell A, Brain Cell B Synapses. Changing the “I am not enough,” to “I am enough.”

Something Happens.                  

Something Happens.






Take a Step Back




Is this healthy for me or is this unhealthy for me?




There is no glory in thinking of yourself as less than.

Stop continuing to play small.


Enjoy being you!

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Episode 101: The 6 Business Tools Every Actor Must Have

business tips Nov 18, 2020


Remember “How you do one thing is how you do all things”

The Six Business Tools Every Actor Must Have:

1 - Resume

  1. simple
  2. easy to read
  3. quality is more important that quantity
  4. list by credible credits, not by date done
  5. the importance of CREDIBILITY!

2 - Pictures

  1. embrace your age and “you-ness”- “I am what I am”
  2. don’t try and be something that you are not
  3. watch TV and find yourself - be what you see on TV, but be yourself!

3 - Cover Letters and Emails

  1. Mailings DO WORK! But they MUST to be done in the Language of the Agent and the Casting Director or they just don’t work
  2. Helpful to study with teachers that the industry recognizes as the Best.
  3. Keep all communications brief!
  4. Cap & Bold anything credible!

4 - Follow up List

  1. Always mark down and keep an updated list of every Agent/Casting Director/Writer/Producer, etc you have met face to face on a Zoom call. Have their updated contact info and let them know when you have...
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