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Astoria Characters: The Actor Who's Wooing the World

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.22.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Actors make their living manufacturing emotions at a moment's notice. Happy. Sad. Surprised.

Be Yourself. The 2 Things College Students Should Know about Personality on the Job

Garrett Mintz | Posted 03.21.2016 | College
Garrett Mintz

Lee's sentiment about being yourself is something everyone should keep in mind. Straining yourself to be somebody you are not creates immense amounts of unneeded stress. This is especially true for college students pursuing their careers.

Why Fear and Failure May Be the Keys to Success

Clara Emanuel | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Clara Emanuel

So I'm going to embrace it. I'm not going to 'let go' of my fear anymore as I realise that I have no need to mask any emotion that rolls inside me. I'm just going to continually breathe and move through it. I do believe it will take me closer to my goals in the most human and real way possible.

10 Ways Theatre Proves We're Capable of Anything

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 02.24.2017 | Entertainment
Amy Oestreicher

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou I don't have a story you hear every day.  For a while, it wa...

Jason Sudeikis's 'Proudest Moment' Will Make You Tear Up

O, The Oprah Magazine | Joann Pan | Posted 02.25.2016 | OWN

The first thing I do when I get home is... take a nice, long thoughtful look around. Just to make sure I didn't wander into the wrong house. And the l...

What It’s Really Like To Work In Hollywood If You’re Not A Straight White Man

New York Times | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.25.2016 | Black Voices

The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal t...

Actor Declared Brain Dead After Simulated Hanging Scene Goes Wrong

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 02.06.2016 | World

FLORENCE, Italy, Feb 5 (Reuters) - An Italian actor has been declared brain dead after being strangled on stage when a hanging scene went wrong in the...

Up-and-Coming Artists Dish on Breaking Into the Entertainment Business

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2017 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

How do you break into the entertainment biz? Whether it is the silver screen or the rock 'n' roll stage, getting there is an incredibly hard journey and many more make the trip than those who arrive.

NOW They'll Do Something: Academy Swears It Will Address Diversity Problem Next Year

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.21.2016 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expected to announce as early as next week measures aimed at making its Oscar choic...

Out of Bounds for Season 3 of "Hit The Floor "

Kelsey Minor | Posted 01.15.2017 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

(Photo Courtesy of VH1) Devil's Nation is waiting for the return of VH1's hit sports drama "Hit The Floor." The highly anticipated third season, fol...

Mario Cantone: Interview "They Don't Really Know the Scope of What I Can Do As an Entertainer"

Eileen Shapiro | Posted 01.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Eileen Shapiro

Riveting humorist, alluring impressionist and compelling actor, Mario Cantone, will be appearing at The Ridgefield Playhouse on February 26, where he will be showcasing his an avant-garde witticism, as well his edgy celebrity impressions and infused musical variety.

The Exact Moment Jeff Bridges Decided To Commit To Acting

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.06.2016 | OWN

If you're an actor who has already performed in several TV shows and movies, been nominated for an Academy Award and appeared on-screen from the time ...

Cuba Gooding Jr. on Playing O.J. Simpson: ‘Not My Job’ to Say if He Was Guilty

The Daily Beast | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices

It’s been two decades since the former football and film star led a low-speed chase in a white Ford Bronco, captivating an estimated 100 million peo...

T.I. Will Star In A+E Networks ‘Roots’ Remake

XXL | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices

T.I. was casted for A+E Networks’ Roots remake. Tip will be featured in the finale episode of the four-part miniseries, Variety has learned. He will...

Bagels and Coffee With 'James White' Director Josh Mond and Actor Christopher Abbott

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.03.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Imagine you direct your very first film and it gets the Best of Next Award at Sundance and the Emerging Artist Award for both director and actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. That's exactly what happened for first-time director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott with the emotional, moving and the beautifully-made film, James White, out in theaters nationally this Friday.

These Struggling Actors Are Hungry For Roles ... Also, Food

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.05.2015 | Comedy

Acting is a tough profession to crack into. Getting work is often based on things you have no control over, and you're competing with a lot of people....

Billy Bob Thornton Reportedly Taken To ER Following Car Accident

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.31.2015 | Entertainment

Actor Billy Bob Thornton was reportedly involved in a car accident Friday and taken to an L.A. hospital by ambulance, TMZ reported. He is apparently O...

Will Smith Sends Sweetest Birthday Message To Daughter Willow

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.31.2015 | Entertainment

Before she was whipping her hair back and forth, Willow Smith was her father Will Smith's little bean. The actress and artist turns 15 this Halloween...

Actor Michael Shannon on Chicago Theater

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.30.2016 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Ever wonder what your life might have been like if you dropped out of high school? Well, for actor Michael Shannon, it put him on the path to being nominated for an Academy Award by the age of 34.

Astoria Characters: The Guys Who Grow Glass Gardens

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.26.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Onesis Castillo arrives carefully carrying a cactus, and Gilberto Gonzalez holds open the plate-glass door of Crystal Gardens to let him in.

What Is it Time to Let Go of?

Shawn Tolleson | Posted 10.20.2016 | Entertainment
Shawn Tolleson

Sometimes it can be helpful to consciously assess our lives. Instead of leaving things behind because of circumstance, to proactively choose what activities, people and objects we want to have in our lives now. What our values are now, and then to seek out what reflect those values.

Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

Dear Matt Damon,

Harry Cook | Posted 09.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Cook

Perhaps instead of a world where actors need to keep quiet about who they love, we could start a movement where people just accept that everyone is different and that's ok.

25 Moments That Broke The Mold For Black Artists In Film And TV

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments and ...

Astoria Characters: The Song and Sales Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.14.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Steven Shane Wolhar is trying to drink his morning coffee, but every time he's about to take a sip, his cellphone interrupts. A client calls; a client texts; another one or two or three email.