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Auditioning For A Hollywood Part At Age 92

Phyllis Sues | Posted 10.14.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

I haven't auditioned in over 70 years, so doing an audition at this time in my life is not exactly the norm. Doing a simple audition with sides is one thing, but performing as a 'yenta' a gossipy Jewish lady with a heavy Yiddish accent is entirely another venue. Not entirely impossible, just challenging.

NBC's Blindspot Actor Johnny Whitworth Talks Behind the Scenes

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Johnny Whitworth made my job real easy because really, how does one write an intro for a guy who plays an un-named mysterious character on NBC's new series Blindspot?

Austin Basis of 'Beauty and the Beast' - Bouncer, Mets Fan, Actor - Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

We tackled some heavy and fun stuff in Part II of my interview with Austin Basis. Now for Part II.

Setting Specific and Successful Goals for the New Dance Year

Karen Musey | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Karen Musey

September is here! The back to school vibe is high in the air and your dance year is about to begin! It is an exciting time and now is the perfect time to figure out your goals for this dancing season.

Broadway's Christine Pedi: 'Find Your Voice' | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women

Christine Pedi earned her nickname, "The Lady of 1,000 Voices," from her ability to mimic celebrities -- in speech and song -- as shown in her current role in "NEWSical the Musical" and in her long run in the off-Broadway parody revue "Forbidden Broadway."

The Personal Promise That Cost Morgan Freeman Acting Jobs

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.13.2015 | OWN

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Women in the Performing Arts: Annette Tanner

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 07.08.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This spring and summer, I have been spotlighting a handful of remarkable women who are making their mark on educational theatre. With this final entry, I round out my series, Women In The Performing Arts.

French Actress Marie Mouté is a New Yorker!

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

French actress Marie Mouté. Photographer: Diana Ragland, Makeup: Agostina, Hair: Candace Bossendorfer, Wardrobe: Jordan Grossman. Marie's Website M...

Women In The Performing Arts: Cathy McNeela

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This is the second to last entry in my series, Women In The Performing Arts. Cathy McNeela is the director of the musical theatre degree on the beautiful campus of Elon University. She has built a dynamic performing arts program "with a heart." Another example of a power house female college theatre educator.

Meritocracy's Darker Notes

William Cheng | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
William Cheng

It's easy to assume that Americans' growing disillusionment with meritocracy stems mainly from the blunt facts of financial inequality. But there's another explanation. I think many of us, deep down, find that the very terms of meritocracy sometimes ask us to give up too much of what we hold dear.

The Worst 'Law & Order' Audition Of All Time?

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Before Zach Woods found success on "The Office" and HBO's "Silicon Valley," he had a ton of awful auditions, and he shared a few with HuffPost Live's ...

Student Actors, Now Read This!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Mary Anna Dennard

For those of you who have been in the throws of the college audition process, things are finally beginning to wind down. You may now be twiddling your thumbs, having completed the whirlwind of applications, travel and a series of high stakes auditions.

Shut Your Mouth: College Audition Etiquette

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

To say you are not sizing up the competition would be a fabrication. Sound like an awkward situation? You bet it is. So what is the appropriate behavior, and how can you keep from embarrassing yourself?

Note to Self: 4 Reminders as My Child Heads into College Auditions

Anne Josephson | Posted 03.21.2015 | College
Anne Josephson

My youngest daughter set off on her very first college audition for theater BFA programs this past weekend. As the trip was some 2,500 miles from our home, I accompanied her.

New Year's Resolution: No More Helicopter Parenting

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 03.07.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Why not take this new year's opportunity and resolve to back off? Trust your child to do the driving. Relinquish the temptation to take charge in matters concerning college applications, deadlines, coaching and audition schedules. Instead, let your student take the lead.

Show Me The Talent!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

By all accounts there is an increase in gifted applicants to performing arts college programs, and an increase in the level of preparedness. This speaks well for the students themselves, and the families who support them in pursuing their dreams of a career in the performing arts. Good work!

Shortage of Spotlights for Actors

Jillian Sanders | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Jillian Sanders

When I moved to New York in 2003 I had big dreams; acting in Broadway plays, scoring a breakthrough role in a small film, and generally becoming the next Meryl Streep. But after a few humbling auditions, I realized I couldn't pay my rent with my ambition.

Shocking: Stage Moms vs. NFL's Manning Family

Denice Duff | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Denice Duff

From Shirley Temple to Drew Barrymore, young girls have loved to dress up and entertain. I'm going out on a limb here when I say stage moms are like cosmetic surgery, you only really notice the bad ones...

What You Might Not Know About Auditions (But Should)

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

Careful what you wish for - you might just get it. Most talent, when they are just starting out, wish for "just one audition," or "just one job," or even "just one talent agent." And they end up getting just one agent, just one audition, or just one job! Just one.

The Dominant Medium: Television

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

What's that? You've been meaning to catch up on Mad Men, Breaking Bad and House of Cards but you don't really watch much TV?

Actress Lindsey Morgan - From General Hospital to The 100

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

It's not an easy task for an actor to transition between evening prime time and daytime television, yet Lindsey Morgan pulls it off without effort. Oh! Let's add the combination of beauty, humor and determination...

A Letter to the Mom Who Smacked Her Kid Because She Was Afraid to Audition

Amy Lord | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Amy Lord

I explained the process of meeting agents, taking classes and auditioning in my best age appropriate language. My daughter was over the moon with excitement and couldn't wait to get out there and hit the pavement. Point is, I listened.

A Jock In Hollywood: The Westside

Tony Cavalero | Posted 10.29.2013 | Comedy
Tony Cavalero

It's a Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and I'm sipping a cookies and cream protein shake while sitting in a sea of red brake lights on Crescent Heights.

A Jock in Hollywood: The Canyon

Tony Cavalero | Posted 10.10.2013 | Comedy
Tony Cavalero

I need to blow off some steam and where better to head than to LA's hottest FREE hotspot, Runyon Canyon? It's LA's equivalent to Everest's base camp: a smorgasbord of dogs, celebs, trannies, sweaty shirtless bods, gangsters, strollers, and every cliché LA has to offer.

Decision-making and Performance Under Pressure

Marc Schoen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Accept that pressure related discomfort is normal. The goal is not to banish it. If we seek to exterminate it, we only make our fear of pressure greater. Practice being more accepting of pressure related discomfort.