January 27, 2020

Is the fear of failure overwhelming you in the audition room?

I know, the fear is BIG. It's heavy, and it's probably weighing you down.

A lot of actors have told me they're "extremely scared" to make mistakes. It’s their biggest fear as an actor. And the list of fears I...

January 20, 2020

Are you anxious to see results in your career?

I understand that...

You have passion.

You have talent.

So, naturally, you want to make big things happen in your career.

You want to be able to have a completely open and reliable instrument and impact your audience. But I oft...

January 13, 2020

Do you know what the sensation of freedom is?

I find that most actors do. It probably happened this way: You were in acting class, maybe even a little unsure about whether acting was for you. Then you did that one scene, and you felt incredibly ALIVE.

Other ways I've hea...

January 6, 2020

When most actors begin working with me, it’s not their first rodeo, so to speak. 😉 They have trained quite a bit and say, “Jo, I know how to act, but I’m still hitting this wall I have to push through…”

Even with all the classes and workshops completed, the techniques...

December 23, 2019

Is the text the first thing you tackle with a new project? 

When I start working with actors, it’s usually their first concern when they have an important audition coming up or book a big project. They say it’s a HUGE headache for them, and either they’re not good with...

December 16, 2019

Is it a good idea to have a trick to cry on cue?  

Earlier this week, we discussed reaching extreme emotions easily, so I think today's topic is very apropos!

It seems like EVERYONE has a surefire "trick" to start the ole' waterworks.  Here are just a few I have hea...

December 9, 2019

Can you reach extreme emotions with ease? Even under pressure?

When I say extreme emotion, I'm talking tears, rage, Shakespearian drama. ;) Some scenes demand that, and as an actor, you'll need to be able to provide it... take after take… after take!

That can be a pretty...

December 2, 2019

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I bet you do. Even though you’re trained, you work hard, and you know you have talent. 

Well, you’re not alone. I surveyed some actors recently, and it was clear that no matter where they were at in their career, self doubt is really a common...

November 26, 2019

If you only master one thing as an actor, what would it be?

If you know the work I do with actors already, you know that it's all about un-learning and restoring and resetting your original, instinctive instrument, so today's topic of mastery may seem contradictory at...

November 11, 2019


Do you feel tension in your body when you act?

It’s a common concern I hear from actors, specifically about tension in your jaw, neck, and chest.

I get it; the industry is stressful!

  • You get 5 pages of sides the night before the audition, and you re...

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