KD Alum, Marissa Bell, chats about ’13 Reasons Why’

KD Alum, Marissa Bell, was cast as an extra on the hit Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’. We talked to her about her experience as an extra and life on set… 1. How is life after graduation? It’s great, a lot of auditioning more than anything. I love auditioning though, you get to show casting what you’re capable of and get to meet everyone else in the area who is interested in the industry. Most auditions I’ve been to I’ve seen more than a few familiar faces. Workshops have played a pretty big part after graduating for me personally. I… read more

3 Tips Every Actor Needs to Know

Listen to direction. A director needs to know that they can get what they want out of an actor. Even if you’re a phenomenal actor, directors will not want to work with you if you can’t take direction. Responding well to direction, being able to change how you perform a scene, will make directors much more eager to work with you. Visualize a scene when performing it. When acting, you need to visualize where your scene is taking place and then project that image onto your performance space. If you’re gesturing to a clock or a door, put it in… read more

Structure of a Screenplay

Even if you’re experienced in writing, writing a screenplay is like entering a whole other world. Because most full-length screenplays are written so that they can be adapted into a two-hour movie, they tend to be around 110 pages long. As a result of this standard length, there is a pretty well-defined general structure for writing screenplays. While you don’t need to follow this structure exactly to write a great screenplay, it’s always helpful to know the basics before trying something more complicated. So here are some helpful tips for understanding screenplay structure: A typical screenplay is divided into three… read more

How to Break Your Child into the Entertainment Industry

1st – You need an agent and professional-quality headshots. You can get headshots done at any local photography studio. While your child should look good in their headshots, keep in mind that these aren’t glamour shots. Your child should still look like themselves. Casting directors will quickly get annoyed if they call your child in for an audition based on their headshot and they show up looking completely different. As for getting an agent, we have a list of local talent agents here on our website. However, just meeting with an agent is not the end of the story… 2nd… read more

How to be more confident for your on-camera audition

Going in for an on-camera audition can be pretty nerve-wracking. You’ll be auditioning in front of a bunch of people whom you don’t know and you’ll only have a little bit of time to prove yourself. However, in the audition process, being charming and confident instead of nervous can be the difference between being a standout or just another face in the lineup. So here are a few tips and things to think about to help you be more confident for your on-camera auditions: Everyone gets nervous. Every actor walking into an audition is nervous. Even seasoned actors experienced with… read more

Alumni Spotlight – Jermaine Johnson

Before North Dallas actor, Jermaine Johnson, signed with the Callidus Agency, he was working his way through prolonged grief and an intensive 4-semester acting program at KD Conservatory in Dallas. Having lost his brother in a house fire at a young age, his mother during his last semester of community college and more recently, two of his best friends in a fatal car accident, Johnson struggled to say the least. In spite of these heart-shattering obstacles, Jermaine Johnson found his way to healing through passion in the arts. Though Johnson has been film-obsessed since he was 7 years old, he… read more

How to Conquer Stage Fright

            Stage fright is said to be the number one fear reported by adults, topping flying, sickness, and even death. So how do we conquer the stage when we can’t stop thinking about the audience? Just by facing your fear, you will develop an empowering confidence in yourself. We asked our Alumni what they do to combat their stage fright, here’s what they said: You’re going to be nervous and that’s ok! It’s about controlling that energy and using it to your advantage before and during the experience. Stand or sit in a confident posture before… read more

KD Conservatory welcomes leading Casting Director for weekend workshop

KD Conservatory is pleased to announce that nationally renowned casting director Lisa London will be back at KD this July to conduct a weekend acting seminar. London is a leading casting director in the US, who will teach a weekend course for both adults and children at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Arts.” London is the author of From Start to Stardom and is one of the top 10 casting directors in the nation for feature films and hit television shows. Her experience includes casting popular television shows such as Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack… read more

Kitchen Dog Theater presents TREVOR by Nick Jones

KITCHEN DOG THEATER PRESENTS the Area Premiere of TREVOR by Nick Jones MAY 4 TO MAY 14 AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre, 9th Floor Kitchen Dog Theater continues its 26th season of theater with the area premiere of Trevor by Nick Jones. Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the… read more

KD Studio Welcomes Amy Vanderoef

We are pleased to announce that Amy Vanderoef will be offering two new workshops at KD Studio. Vanderoef, best known as WFAA’s Emmy-nominated Good Morning Texas host, will be teaching: Media training/Career Dimensions for both Adults and Teens. Amy’s television career has taken her everywhere from the set of Dancing with the Stars to ABC’s The View, as well as countless red carpet events. Having been a guest star in ABC dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, she has a lot to offer students. KD Studio Founder, Kathy Tyner said, “The subject matter is extremely relevant and I cant… read more