Tag: acting advice

  • 5 Tips to Bring Comedy to Your Improv

    5 Tips to Bring Comedy to Your Improv

    Five practical tips for being funny and improvising well. As recently shared while teaching ‘Comedy for Actors’ for Spotlight, improv is a really useful tool – whether trying to be funny or get booked. Oddly, to be funny, you don’t actually have to try. Don’t try to be funny, sexy, or clever – because you…

  • Top 9 Time Management Tips for Actors

    Top 9 Time Management Tips for Actors

    Learn How To Develop a Routine That Suits Your Schedule Time management is essential for actors. Whether you’re on a contract, between acting jobs, or at drama school, you must juggle training, side hustles, auditions, upskilling and learning lines with a social life – all while looking after your physical and mental health. Without efficiently…

  • Acting in Soaps

    Acting in Soaps

    Essential tips for working as an actor in soap opera Soap opera is the musical theatre of television. This is what people often heard me saying to the classes and young actors I mentored during my almost 10-year stint on Neighbours. When it comes to acting – whether it’s in a soap opera, film, television or even…

  • 14 Tips for Finding Freedom within Self-Tapes

    14 Tips for Finding Freedom within Self-Tapes

    Leading acting and voice coach, Mel Churcher, guides us through the process of self-taping, and finding the freedom to act more naturally within it As well as running workshops and coaching a wide range of professionals for the past 30 years, Mel Churcher has also worked as an actor and broadcaster. Her session at Spotlight’s Open House drew…

  • Advice for Preparing for a Showcase

    Advice for Preparing for a Showcase

    We asked last year’s Spotlight Prize nominees what advice they would give to anyone preparing for a showcase. Here’s what they said… Look at it as an opportunity to do what you love doing. Nothing more. Get in there and have fun. Bounce some ideas around and bring some to the table. Adam Isla O’Brien…

  • Advice for Young Performers from the Industry

    Advice for Young Performers from the Industry

    We asked some of our friends in the industry (and our in-house experts) for their words of wisdom for Young Performers based on their years of industry experience. We hope these are useful when you come to do your next audition or self-tape. It’s important to note that every agent can tend to work slightly…

  • Five Things You Can Do to Support a Long-Term Acting Career Mindset

    Five Things You Can Do to Support a Long-Term Acting Career Mindset

    Why did you become an actor? Was it the joy of your first standing ovation, and the prospect of feeling that joy on a nightly basis? Maybe it was the magic of your first moviegoing experience, then discovering that the people on screen were paid to do the amazing things you were now copying in…

  • Fame: Quickly Won, Quickly Lost

    Fame: Quickly Won, Quickly Lost

    Performer and coach Tahlia Norrish talks about the complex topic of fame, how quickly won fame can be sustained and how quickly this fame can be lost. Fame. A complex topic, yes, but one we’d like to attempt to tackle here regardless. It’s been a surprisingly frequent – and often subconscious – pain-point amongst coaching…

  • Tips for Preparing for a Showcase

    Tips for Preparing for a Showcase

    We asked last year’s Spotlight Prize nominees to share the advice they’d give to anyone preparing for a showcase this year. Here’s what they said… Pick a piece that excites you. It’s great when it sparks something in you personally. One of my acting tutors always said with any script, you have to ask yourself…