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Career 911

  • 4 Excuses That Are Killing Your Acting Career

    Achieving the kind of acting career you’re striving for—lead roles on TV shows, big movies, Emmys, Oscars, etc.—is very, very difficult. Almost impossible. Most of you are trying to do no less than conquer the entertainment industry. And it’s something that many have attempted, but a microscopic few have actually done. This is a business [...]

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  • The 3 Secrets for Pilot Season Success

    Why is it that when an agent says, “Just go in there and have fun with it!” right before a big Pilot audition, you want to claw their eyes out? “This is life and death for me,” you think. “How the hell am I supposed to just have fun with it?” And it feels like [...]

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Audition Power

  • Audition Like You Don’t Give A Fuck

    You enter the audition room. Your heart is pounding so loud you that you can’t hear the casting assistant. Your mouth is dry but you left your water bottle in the waiting room. Your head is spinning on that one line you just can’t freaking remember. The casting director looks weary and indifferent. The reader [...]

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  • How To Audition With Power in 2018

    2018 is the year of your Power. A shift in the collective consciousness regarding the old power dynamics in our industry has occurred. The patriarchal power brokers of an antiquated industrial model are being brought to their knees by brave voices demanding change. We’re not going back. And this is the perfect time for you, [...]

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The Craft

  • How Improv Changed My Life

    Improv – a game changer. Most people have heard of improvisation. They’ve seen Whose Line is it Anyway or a show at one of the prestigious Improv Theaters around the country. They are familiar with the quick-wits of the players and enjoy a night of laughing at the unexpected. What many people don’t know is […]

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  • The Power of ‘Abandon Script’!

    By: Will Doughty Improvisation training is the first thing any commercial agent and casting director will tell an actor to get on their resume. We knows this. Recently improv has started to flood into mainstream Television and Film. Starting with Waiting for Guffman and continuing with any Judd Apatow Production. Today actors flock to get […]

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Inspiration

  • 1 Big Shift That Will Change Your Career

    You’ve sacrificed so much for the pursuit of an acting career. You’ve invested so much. But it still often feels like guesswork. It’s likely that you’re not where you want to be in you career. You want to know how to get a great agent and how to keep an agent. You want to know how […]

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  • 12 Powerful Decisions to Get You to Success

    You may be thinking, I train a lot and I do tons of theater. So what am I not doing? You are very likely doing the right things and you want your hard work and dedication to pay off. Rightly so. But here’s the truth: You are one of thousands of deserving actors who works […]

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Career 911

  • 4 Excuses That Are Killing Your Acting Career

  • The 3 Secrets for Pilot Season Success

    Why is it that when an agent says, “Just go in there and have fun with it!” right before a big Pilot audition, you want to claw their eyes out? “This is life and death for me,” you think. “How the hell am I supposed to just have fun with it?” And it feels like [...]

    Read More
  • 12 Powerful Decisions to Get You to Success

    You may be thinking, I train a lot and I do tons of theater. So what am I not doing? You are very likely doing the right things and you want your hard work and dedication to pay off. Rightly so. But here’s the truth: You are one of thousands of deserving actors who works […]

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  • Pilot Season Takeover

    Our industry is changed. Antiquated power structures are shifting, sometimes tumbling town.  From here on in the work and the way the work is processed will will be different. From here on in, Pilot Season will be different. So it's time to rethink it all. It's time to kill your old expectations.  Expectations are dangerous. [...]

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  • When the Industry Doesn’t Love You

    Sometimes it feels like you’re a thousand miles from the industry. Sometimes it feels like no one knows you and no one cares. No agent is calling, no casting director is noticing, no one is inviting you to do your work. And it’s not like you’re not doing everything to make it happen. You’re hustling, […]

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  • 5 Ways to Prepare for Pilot Season Right Now!

    “No! It is NOT time to think about Pilot Season. I’m still processing my trauma from last year!” Actually, yes. We’re here to inform you that now is the time to start thinking about Pilot Season. But it’s not what you think. In the last few years we’ve made it our mission to educate actors […]

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  • Self-Taping from New York

    In many ways the playing field has never been this level for actors. From your apartment in Queens, Harlem, or Brooklyn, you can capture your talent on video, send it West in the blink of an eye, and be considered for some of the biggest roles that Hollywood has to offer. The self-tape is now [...]

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  • Why Isn’t the Industry Chasing You?

    What does it take to declare artistic independence? To decide that you don’t have to wait for the industry, for anyone, to allow you to be an artist? To take command of your career and express yourself independent of an industry that just doesn’t have the capacity to take care of you? This is an […]

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  • Your Agent Isn’t Your Mother

    How to Have a Healthy Actor/Agent Relationship Actors often approach an agent in deep need, having invested so much into achieving their dream, desperately needing to be validated. They can see the agent as their lifeline to the industry—to their dream, even. Lost and alone, an actor looks to her agent for any sign of […]

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  • How to Be a Working Actor

    You’re wondering why you’re not getting auditions or booking roles. You want to be a working actor. You know you’re talented and feel like you deserve to be seen and appreciated– to get auditions and to be cast. You long to be hired to do what you were born and trained to do. What else […]

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  • How Can I Get Seen By CDs Without an Agent?

    Q: What is the best way to get seen by a casting director without an agent? Is there anything CDs look for/are particularly impressed by if you don’t have many professional credits? —Dan L., Chicago We get it. You don’t have an agent but you desperately want to be seen and considered by a casting [...]

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  • 5 Things to Know Before Stepping on a TV Set

    A TV set is full of traps for actors. If you don’t have your wits about you and know what you’re getting into, it’s easy to let it get in the way of your work. But with a little research and a deeper understanding of how it all works, you can make any TV set […]

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  • 3 Reasons You Should Punch Your Type In The Balls

    Finding your type is the act of figuring out the recurring character types that present themselves in the industry, then discovering what character type you are. It assumes that there are boxes and that it’s an actor’s job to fit into the box. Are you the Funny Best Friend? The Dumb Jock? Maybe you’re the [...]

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Audition Power

  • Audition Like You Don’t Give A Fuck

  • How To Audition With Power in 2018

    2018 is the year of your Power. A shift in the collective consciousness regarding the old power dynamics in our industry has occurred. The patriarchal power brokers of an antiquated industrial model are being brought to their knees by brave voices demanding change. We’re not going back. And this is the perfect time for you, [...]

    Read More
  • How to Be Brilliant in the Room

    We all want the same thing. We all want actors to be absolutely freaking brilliant when it counts. But what can we all—agents, managers, casting directors, teachers—do to support actors so they audition with confidence and power? How can we squash the obsessive, crazy stuff that makes actors self-sabotage in the audition room and then […]

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  • Play Your Way To A Booking!

    Bitterness is antithetical to art. Play is the cure. A practice of play keeps you engaged in the work for its own sake, keeps you focused on the creativity, keeps you in the practice of being positively reinforced for engaging in the work. A practice of play makes you dive into the audition material with […]

    Read More
  • Self-Taping from New York

    In many ways the playing field has never been this level for actors. From your apartment in Queens, Harlem, or Brooklyn, you can capture your talent on video, send it West in the blink of an eye, and be considered for some of the biggest roles that Hollywood has to offer. The self-tape is now [...]

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  • The Other Audition Technique

    No actor is safe. There is always a reckoning. There is always a moment when your training, your talent, and your dogged pursuit of the business fall prey to the forces that sabotage, undermine, and ultimately sink your career. And the worst part is no one tells you about it. Indeed, there is another acting […]

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  • Show Us Your Humanity and We Will Cast You

    You want to impress the casting director, producers, and directors in a casting room. You come in wanting so badly to do well, to know your lines, and to give them what they want, which is completely understandable. But here’s the thing, nobody knows what they want other than to be affected. And what they […]

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  • How to Cry on Cue

    To many, crying on cue is considered the gold standard of emotional accessibility. The idea is that crying at a moment’s notice is required if you truly have command over your instrument and want to give a director the emotion she needs in a timely manner. But before we get to how to do it, [...]

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  • To hold the script or not hold the script… Is that the question?

    This may seem like a fairly technical question, and one that you might just gloss over or alternatively obsess about. No need to do either. See the thing is, the answer to the question speaks to more than just holding the script. It’s not really about that at all. There are absolutely reasons to hold [...]

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  • BGB PODCAST: James Eckhouse and Why the Work Matters

    BGB teacher James Eckhouse has spent 30 years succeeding in the business. And he’s done it because he knows how to fight through failure. Listen to James, Risa, and Steve talk about why the work matters and how knowing your “why” helps book work. Listen… Take a class with James or our other BGB Master […]

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  • The Thing that Books Work

    Coming out of seven weeks of pilot season lunacy (this year it hit us all hard and without mercy), and with so many actors struggling in the audition room, it has become even clearer to us what books work and what doesn’t. It may not be what you think. There’s an actress whose work I’ve […]

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  • BGB PODCAST: The Perfect Pilot Season Moment

    It’s almost here- that moment in Pilot Season when the desperation and panic reach a crescendo. In that moment, just as the town is about to implode, the clouds part, light emerges, and any actor who can meet that moment with magic can book a pilot. Listen… to find out exactly when that moment is […]

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  • The Pilot Season Checklist

    Get ready for Pilot Season! Being ready for whatever Pilot Season throws at you isn’t easy. “Can you be in Burbank in 20 minutes to read for the director?”, is the kind of phrase that gets uttered during Pilot Season.  “My agent hasn’t called me in months.”, is another. Either way, you don’t want any […]

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The Craft

  • How Improv Changed My Life

  • The Power of ‘Abandon Script’!

    By: Will Doughty Improvisation training is the first thing any commercial agent and casting director will tell an actor to get on their resume. We knows this. Recently improv has started to flood into mainstream Television and Film. Starting with Waiting for Guffman and continuing with any Judd Apatow Production. Today actors flock to get […]

    Read More
  • AWRS (August Wilson Reading Series) at BGB 2017

    “The Commonalities of all culture within the life I know best – which is black life, that’s who I am – I’m gonna express that.  That’s what I am – I’m gonna express that. That’s what I want my art to be about. This is the way we do things. We all bury our dead, we all […]

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  • BGB PODCAST: The Myth of Success

    It can easily appear that Pilot Season is the reason for many actors’ success – Series Regular on a pilot, accolades and maybe even an Emmy award.  However, “appear” is the key word. Success looks different when you change your perspective and here’s our take on it – The work will and never should end.  […]

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  • Why Isn’t the Industry Chasing You?

    What does it take to declare artistic independence? To decide that you don’t have to wait for the industry, for anyone, to allow you to be an artist? To take command of your career and express yourself independent of an industry that just doesn’t have the capacity to take care of you? This is an […]

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  • What’s Working This Pilot Season

    By Steve Braun + Risa Bramon Garcia It feels like there’s even more pressure this Pilot Season. This Pilot Season, more than most, it feels like this antiquated system trying desperately to remain relevant. Pilot Season’s impossible mandate- make an amazing Pilot episode of television that satisfies both the shareholders and the artists- is made […]

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  • The Hangry Actor

    It usually happens around 3pm. A dull headache sets in, followed by irritability, and then an intolerance for anything and everything. My wife, daughter, and I are all among those who get what is referred to as “Hangry,” the marriage of Angry and Hungry. It’s not a medical term, but one that accurately depicts what […]

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  • Thoughts from the Set of Masters Of Sex

    We asked some BGB Actors about their time working on Masters of Sex, Season 4. What they learned, what surprised them, what they felt, what felt like home. Here’s what they had to say. What did you learn working on Masters of Sex? “What surprised me about my time working on MOS was I realized […]

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  • BGB Actors #MyBGBStory

    We believe in the power of actors. We see your power every day at our Studio.  And because that power is clear to us, we don't engage in training that sees the actor as a helpless child who needs a teacher to spoon feed them.  To the contrary, growth at our Studio happens through skillful, [...]

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  • Our Teachers Love Actors

    Each Master Teacher at The BGB Studio has decades of experience in the business and the work but what distinguishes them (and what they all have in common) is the degree to which they care about actors and the work itself.  They all have a need that can't be met unless they are deep in [...]

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  • BGB PODCAST: It’s Time To Stop Sabotaging Your Career

    SABOTAGE! We all do it. Your resistance is sneaky, and left unchecked can find new and interesting ways to keep you from creative and professional success. Are you getting in your own way?  Nurture your unique artistic voice and get your power back! Take one of our classes today!  

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  • Un-Comfortability

         Charisma has a lot to do with two factors: 1. Being utterly present – receptive and vulnerable to the environment (particularly to be electro-statically alive to the other beings sharing the stage) AND 2. Our ability to be at home with un-comfortability. In life, we often find ourselves in a place of duress […]

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  • What Does Specificity Really Mean?

    The other night I was out with a few friends, and a young woman walked in with a female friend of hers wearing an odd shaped white hat on her head. It made for conversation for a few minutes as we discussed what the hat could be, after some observation we were able to conclude […]

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Inspiration

  • What Dr. King Can Teach Us About Acting

  • 1 Big Shift That Will Change Your Career

    You’ve sacrificed so much for the pursuit of an acting career. You’ve invested so much. But it still often feels like guesswork. It’s likely that you’re not where you want to be in you career. You want to know how to get a great agent and how to keep an agent. You want to know how […]

    Read More
  • How Improv Changed My Life

    Improv – a game changer. Most people have heard of improvisation. They’ve seen Whose Line is it Anyway or a show at one of the prestigious Improv Theaters around the country. They are familiar with the quick-wits of the players and enjoy a night of laughing at the unexpected. What many people don’t know is […]

    Read More
  • 12 Powerful Decisions to Get You to Success

    You may be thinking, I train a lot and I do tons of theater. So what am I not doing? You are very likely doing the right things and you want your hard work and dedication to pay off. Rightly so. But here’s the truth: You are one of thousands of deserving actors who works […]

    Read More
  • BGB PODCAST: What Dr. King Can Teach Us About Acting

      He was a badass revolutionary, strong as he was brilliant. He fought to show us our humanity, spoke truth to power and suffered the consequences.  And he was a masterful communicator. Here’s what actors can learn from Dr. King.   Check out Dr. King’s iconic speech: Dr King’s I Have A Dream Speech   […]

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  • Audition Like You Don’t Give A Fuck

    You enter the audition room. Your heart is pounding so loud you that you can’t hear the casting assistant. Your mouth is dry but you left your water bottle in the waiting room. Your head is spinning on that one line you just can’t freaking remember. The casting director looks weary and indifferent. The reader [...]

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  • BGB PODCAST: Your First Step In January 2018

    It’s 2018 and you’re gonna hit the ground running! It’s time for action! LET’S DO THIS!  On second thought, wait… There’s something you may have forgotten. And it’s where so many actors go wrong. Listen to our latest PODCAST and find out what that is… Choose to make the New Year a time of honing your […]

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  • How To Audition With Power in 2018

    2018 is the year of your Power. A shift in the collective consciousness regarding the old power dynamics in our industry has occurred. The patriarchal power brokers of an antiquated industrial model are being brought to their knees by brave voices demanding change. We’re not going back. And this is the perfect time for you, [...]

    Read More
  • BEST OF BGB 2017 – This is who we are.

    When some of our actors book big fancy jobs and others are struggling to be and feel seen; when there is profound suffering all around and it feels like the world is falling apart; as some Women, People of Color and LGBTQ+ folks are finding and using their powerful voices to make change while others […]

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  • Why Thanksgiving Is Good for Your Acting Career

      Thanksgiving: the franchise player of America’s holiday roster. It’s big, it’s brash, it involves such a profound level of gluttony that its name is often changed to Turkey Day to really underline the fact that what’s really important about the day is what’s consumed on it. (It’s like changing the name of the new […]

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  • A letter to my daughter about the “Harveys”

    Dear Gracie, Harvey Weinstein grabbed my ass. It didn’t faze me at the time. It was at a party, it was the 80s, people were drinking a lot and doing coke — a lot. And, at a loud crowded movie party, Harvey just seemed grotesque. I slipped his hand off my ass, grimaced, and disappeared […]

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  • Play Your Way To A Booking!

    Bitterness is antithetical to art. Play is the cure. A practice of play keeps you engaged in the work for its own sake, keeps you focused on the creativity, keeps you in the practice of being positively reinforced for engaging in the work. A practice of play makes you dive into the audition material with […]

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  • An Actor’s Response To Tragedy

    It all feels like too much; one devastating hurricane after another, never-ending racial inequality, horrific gun violence, political ineptitude. There is profound suffering everywhere.  Any rational person would be excused for disengaging, doing nothing because it feels like there’s so much to do. But actors aren’t often the rational ones. No, actors are different.  They […]

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