KD Studio named one of the “8 Great” Acting Conservatories in the U.S.

KD Studio is excited to be named one of the “8 Great” acting conservatories in the August issue of Backstage. You will find our feature on page 10.  View article here.       

Alumni Spotlight – Kina Bale-Reed

Kina Bale-Reed has been a performer from an early age, singing and acting initially in church but then getting involved in UIL in Junior High and High School. After graduating from High School, she attended Tarleton State University and studied theater for a few years before moving to Dallas. “I found a job working for 2 different technical recruiting companies. I missed the theater and performing, and decided to try to get back into it which is when I discovered KD Conservatory. I was planning to just take some night classes to ease back in, but ended up enrolling in… read more

A Tribute to Jerry Lewis: A simple plan of Epic Proportion – Make em’ Laugh

By: Reis Myers McCormick  Entertainer, or Humanitarian? Jerry Lewis’ epic life spanned nine decades (1926-2017), eight of which he spent making us laugh, six of which he spent raising billions of dollars for Muscular Dystrophy. Entertainment in his blood Jerry Lewis came from a family of entertainers. He joined his parents onstage for the first time at the ripe old age of five. His mother said “Don’t tiptoe! Whatever you do, don’t tiptoe through life!” And then she threw him into the spotlight to sing. He dropped out of high school at 16 and began performing his wildly creative brand… read more

Director of Development, elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the DFW local of SAG-AFTRA

On Wednesday, August 9th, KD faculty member and Director of Development Reis Myers McCormick was elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the DFW local of SAG-AFTRA. SAG-AFTRA brings together two American labor unions: Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Both were formed in the turmoil of the 1930s, with rich histories of fighting for and securing the strongest protections for media artists. Their members united to form the successor union in order to preserve those hard-won rights and to continue to extend and expand those protections into the 21st century and beyond…. read more

KD Conservatory Partners with Kim Dawson Agency for Model Search 20th Anniversary

For the 20th anniversary of its annual model search, the Kim Dawson Agency has partnered with KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts and CW33. Each year, hundreds of prospective models enter to become finalists in the prominent model search. The contest has launched careers of world renowned super models, such as Erin Wasson, Ali Michael and Hannah Ferguson. “We have never previously partnered with Kim Dawson on this event, so we are looking forward to supplying the videography,” said KD Conservatory Owner Kathy Tyner. “KD Conservatory appreciates this opportunity to revisit the roots of our companies’ relationship and… read more

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