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Here = practical stuff for the journey. Recommendations: classes, Chekhov translations, industry news, etc. Ask questions on the scribble board, below, Or email: theworkroom@jeaniehackett.com 

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Self-Taping ...

Gathering here all the best stuff I got about SELF-TAPING for auditions. Here's some pointers, stay tuned for a gallery of the best articles, videos, do's / don'ts!

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BETA BLOCKERS:
the ultimate solution
for audition anxiety
& stage fright.

I work a lot with talented, strong, experienced actors who still, from time to time, are debilitated by audition anxiety. & I have a variety of techniques I use that often have been successful in helping the actor channel the excess energy of his angst-ridden instrument to instead be in service of the character's internal world & psyche. But mastery of the audition experience is for some a career-long struggle. & many who could have had big careers, lose their way, some for this reason only. When all else fails...
what about Beta-Blockers?

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The images in the central column are my FLIPBOARD MAGAZINES -- I've been curating these for a couple of years now & they contain all kinds of cool stuff about what we need to know know to make art into a career. Download the app, click on the image & settle in for a course in all things related to advancing your life-plan!

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Interview w/JH

sunday in the park with shakespeare

"If you look at who gets nominated for Oscars, it's often Australians & Brits who've had classical training. Actors with classical training have a set of skills that are not always used in tv & film, but ultimately are what separates the men from the boys. If you have the skills for Shakespeare you can do anything with language. If you have the skills for Chekhov, you can do anything with behavior. The bar is set higher, your talent is stretched to serve the demands of these mighty authors. & then when you settle back down to television & film -- it's easy. It's just a piece of cake."

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Interview w/JH

I'm not that guy

"If you deny the fact that you're bigoted or mean, if you're not in touch with the fact that you can be as mean as this character, then you can't play her. If you don't think much of yourself, how are you going to play a really confident character? If you haven't nurtured the ball-buster side of yourself, how are you going to walk into an audition and ooze confidence? Or if you haven't claimed your sexuality, if you keep that under wraps, how are you going to play Blanche when she's alone with the delivery boy?"

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Interview w/JH

playing unlikable characters

"It's not that the audience likes you, but they recognize you.... When you see somebody who really does break the rules, there's a part of us that applauds them.... You recognize yourself in someone else and get a sense of connection to something primitive or ugly or real. Then you say, 'I'm not alone.' Art isn't about presenting a veneer. It's about presenting the gritty stuff underneath."

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on playing Shakespeare