How to Juggle Acting Work and a Full-Time Job

Even if acting isn’t your full-time job, the hours spent with agents, auditions and rehearsals can make it seem like it. Unfortunately, for many aspiring actors and those trying to get started in acting, they pay you make at first isn’t nearly enough to pay the bills. The idea of holding down a full-time job while pursuing your dream career in acting may sound daunting, and the truth is it can be difficult. However, it’s far from impossible, and the hard work and long hours you put in now will pay off later. Here are some tips for following your… read more

DIY Special Effects for Your Indie Film

The special effects used in today’s blockbuster films can create some pretty amazing visuals. From battle scenes between giant fighting robots to outer space epics to making super heroes fly and battle otherworldly monsters, the effects that film professionals can create are truly impressive. To an aspiring filmmaker, the possibilities may seem limitless. Unfortunately, your indie movie likely won’t have the benefit of state of the art technology and massive budgets. But there are still some great tricks you can use to make your own special effects, even if you don’t have access to film editing software. Here are just… read more

Tips for Choosing a Motion Picture Production School or Program

Not everyone with a dream of working in the film industry wants to be the next Hollywood star. Some are drawn to the world on the other side of the camera, using their talent to create magic through movie production. Whether your goal is to work in directing, screenwriting, producing or in post-production work, a solid education in the field is an essential first step to landing your dream job. But how do you choose which motion picture production school or program to attend? Here are some important factors to consider. Curriculum Consider whether a school’s curriculum will provide a… read more

Choosing Musical Theatre as a Career Path

For many actors, the big screen simply doesn’t call to them. They dream of performing under the bright lights of the stage, relishing the thrill of live performance and the musical stories enchanting the captive audience before them. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider a career in musical theatre. Choose Your Focus Take inventory of your talents, and consider a career in musical theatre that focuses on your strongest points. For example, those who have a passion and talent in their body’s movement may choose a path as a dancer or choreographer. An actor in musical… read more

Is My Child the Next Disney Star?

Your child is charismatic, photogenic, and a natural performer – naturally, you think they should take it to the next level and pursue a career in acting. Who knows, you may be raising the next Demi Lovato – one of the most successful KD Conservatory alumni. But before your son or daughter steps out into the spotlight, there are some important things you should consider. Is your child passionate about acting? Before embarking on a mission to break your child into the entertainment industry, it’s important to determine that your child is the one passionate about the field, not just… read more

KD Conservatory Acting Instructor John S. Davies Directs “The Reading”

For the second year in a row, Ballroom Marfa presented The Reading, an event that staged one winner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Nicholl Fellowship for screenwriting. This year, KD Conservatory’s own John S. Davies, along with a cast full of KD Conservatory students and alumni, brought the chosen script to the local stage – Cutter, by up-and-coming writer Dion Cook. On April 21 at Ballroom Marfa, the actors took the stage to tell the story of a trauma physician, who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and immigrated to Miami. The emotionally powerful piece featured… read more

Announcing the Imagination Players FAME Scholarship Contest

You know you’re a star – why not show the world what you can do? Well, now you can! KD Conservatory’s very own Imagination Players are holding a summer camp scholarship contest, with the winner landing a spot in our summer camp production of FAME Jr. If you’re between the ages of 13 and 19, it’s simple to enter. Just upload a video of yourself performing your favorite musical number (solos only, please) to the Imagination Players Facebook page by May 30, 2012. Rehearsals for the show will be held Monday-Friday starting July 16, with performances to be held August… read more

KD Studio’s Imagination Players Present “Into the Woods”

If you missed the teen performance last weekend, there’s still time to purchase tickets for this weekend’s performances of Into the Woods, portrayed by the preteen cast. Into the Woods is a Tony-award winning musical, based on some of our favorite fairytales as the characters’ lives and stories intertwine. The Imagination Players presented an all-teen version of the production last weekend, featuring cast members who helped mentor this weekend’s rising stars. The preteen production of Into the Woods will be held May 3-6. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are priced… read more