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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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Audition Power

  • 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 […]

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The Craft

  • 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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Inspiration

  • 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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  • 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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Career 911

  • 5 Ways to Prepare for Pilot Season Right Now!

  • 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 [...]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 [...]

    Read More
  • 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 social media is killing your acting career (*and what you can do about it)

    Scan and scroll, scroll and scan. How many likes did you get? How many followers?  Processing social media is now a regular part of our daily patterns of behavior. And for actors it’s a valuable tool to get your work out there and connect to other artists and industry professionals. But actors beware: left unchecked, [...]

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  • Make Headshots Great Again!

      Make Headshots Great Again! The White House released the First Lady’s Portrait… to your left. We talked on FB Live about why this portrait of Melania Trump does NOT work, and why actors sabotage their headshots in the same way! Join us on the VIDEO below, share on social media, and tell us what you think @BGBStudio […]

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  • So That Was Pilot Season…

    The most important three months in the history of the universe have come to an end. It was life and death. Studies suggest that one in five agents acquired more than two ulcers in the last three months. And that doesn’t include agents whose clients didn’t book a pilot. Heroes emerged, heads rolled, TV was […]

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  • In Defense of Your Agent

    Conventional wisdom suggests that you need an agent and/or manager to make your acting dreams come true. They sign you, introduce you to casting directors who introduce you to the decision-makers and the result is champagne and red carpets. Well, conventional wisdom is all kinds of wrong. Agents are human beings with human limitations who […]

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Audition Power

  • How to Be Brilliant in the Room

  • 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 [...]

    Read More
  • 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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  • BGB PODCAST: The Secret Audition Weapon

    A poisonous snake whose strike will sabotage your career opportunities lies in wait. Talent or training won’t help you when it strikes. And it will strike. This secret is the only way to avoid its bite. Listen… Do your best at every audition. Check out these classes to get started.    

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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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  • The Only Path To Audition Success

    Over the years we’ve seen every kind of actor choose every kind of path in an attempt to carve out a successful acting career. And most actors fail. In fact, after all these decades, we’ve only seen one path that works consistently.  And we’re going to tell you what it is. But let’s start with […]

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  • BGB PODCAST: How To Love Your Auditions

    It’s all about showing up. You have to bring the full force of your creativity into the audition room, into your career, and into your life. The practice of play makes that happen. It’s time to disrupt old patterns, to discover and express the totality of your creative power in the audition room. To make […]

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The Craft

  • Why Isn’t the Industry Chasing You?

  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • BGB PODCAST: Your First Step In January 2017

    It’s 2017 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.  They all have a need that can't be met unless they are deep in the [...]

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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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  • How to Find the Right Acting Class

    So you think it’s time to get back to class. Some of you may still feel like that frightened little kid on your first day of school, the tight grip of your little fingers clutching your parent’s hand as you’re dragged up the steps to the front door. Or like the high schooler, groaning, piles […]

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  • Falling in Love with Acting

    As Valentine’s Day looms and we feel obligated to celebrate love by spending ridiculous sums on bad chocolate and overpriced flowers, our attention turns to your love of acting. Like any relationship, your relationship with acting ebbs and flows. One month it’s white hot as you work on an amazing play and book a great […]

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Inspiration

  • Why Thanksgiving Is Good for Your Acting Career

  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • BGB PODCAST: Adrienne Carter

    Risa & Steve sat down with Adrienne Carter to talk to her about writing for actors, pushing past failure, and what it's taken to be a writer/producer at the highest levels of the business. Adrienne Carter is a master writer, master teacher, and a master of pushing past fear and disappointment to get shit done. [...]

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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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 [...]

    Read More
  • Tim Peper – Why I’m In Class

    What I’m in class for right now is finding my generosity, my giving-of-myself. I know how to build what I need to build. I know how to accept that story as my own. I know how to connect to my emotional well, and I know how to connect with my partner, and really receive what […]

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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, [...]

    Read More
  • 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 [...]

    Read More
  • A Mirror Up to Nature? Hollywood Tells Me About My Body

    Here is a blogpost from one of our BGB Actors, Kate Hamilton (pictured): I’ve gone back and forth about sharing this post for a while.  A few months ago I shared a shorter version on my Facebook page and I was met with an incredible outpouring of support and empathy.  Since that first post, Donald […]

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  • Does Your Acting Matter?

    You’re racing down the freeway at top speed, pedal to the metal. The car shakes and your hands clench the wheel in a death-grip. You’re hell bent on reaching your career destination and you’re going to get there fast. Only problem is, you’ve been driving like this for months and your gaslight has been on […]

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