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Young Actor’s Tips

Recently I received a comment from a young seventeen year old who was concerned that he had a bit of acne on his face and if that would stop his career.

I wrote him back to just ignore the acne. It all goes away and remember there is makeup on the set. However, that said, I do remember once on a TV show, they actually lit up a huge bump I had on my face. It first made me so embarrassed but then I just used it as a flaw in the character I was playing. The bump, laughed , it cried, it got angry, but I did not make it about myself, it was the character’s problem and it really helped get over my own ego.

Please remember there is no dignity to acting and that all you fear is seen. So, create whatever you have going on in your life, whether it is a break-up with a loved one or acne, or you feel fat, bloated, or not yourself…then use it as the characters’ back-life. Makes for good acting and just give yourself a break. We are not all perfect and always remember…You are bigger then anything that can happen to you.

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