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

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

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

Student Spotlight: Brooklyn McDaris

Meet Brooklyn! She is a 20-year-old from Temple Texas, studying Musical Theatre here at KD Conservatory. We sat down with Brooklyn to discuss why she chose KD, her favorite part about studying at the Conservatory, and her career goals after graduation. KD: Hey Brooklyn, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. So tell us why did you decided to attend KD? BM: I decided to attend KD because it had all the specific classes and training needed to be an actress. The classes are very focused on a particular craft. I originally thought I would attend a University, but… read more

Famous Film Stars Who Turned – or Returned – to Broadway

Many Hollywood stars got their start on the stage before they found success in film acting. Often, actors feel pulled towards one path or the other, choosing to either pursue film or in theatre and largely leaving the other behind. But what about the A-list stars who indulged their love for theatre after making it big in movies or television? Below are four famous stars who joined the growing ranks of those who moved from Hollywood to Broadway, either for the first time or returning to their original acting passion. Hugh Jackman Known For: Hugh Jackman is best known for… read more

Beyond High School: How to Prepare Now for a Career in Acting

For some high school students drama or theatre is just another elective. For others, however, acting is a way of life – and an acting career the ultimate goal.  But if you want to be an actor after high school, you’ll need to prepare to take your skills and experience to the next level. However, that doesn’t mean waiting around until you graduate to figure out your next move; by starting to plan for your higher education and eventual career in acting now, while still in high school, you can give yourself a valuable head start on every step of… read more

3 Surefire Ways to Blow Your Audition

You’ve memorized your lines, done your research, and even studied a few classic films to get you in the right mindset.  Now it’s time to take a huge step in your acting career – it’s the day of your audition!  You’re feeling confident, cool and collected, and why shouldn’t you? You’ve done everything you can to prepare. Don’t let all of your preparation be for nothing by blowing your audition with one of these mistakes. 1.  Coming in overly anxious, tired or hung over. This might seem like common sense, but everyone gets nervous before standing in front of a… read more

Networking Tips for Actors

They say that success isn’t what you know; it’s who you know. When it comes to acting, the truth is that it’s hard to get far without a little bit of both. While your skills and talents are essential to making it as an actor, having the right connections can help you find the opportunities to make it big. Luckily, getting to know the right people doesn’t require an uncle in Hollywood – with a bit of effort, anyone can start building a professional network. Here are a few tips to get you started. Use School Connections The people you… read more

Dos and Don’ts for Your First Week on Set

Whether you’re an actor or working behind-the-scenes in the film production crew, your first experience working on a film or television production set can be exciting. But while it’s a huge accomplishment, it’s only the first step on your path to a career that is hopefully long and successful – and how you handle your first job can determine your future opportunities. Here are a few dos and don’ts that can help you get your first week on set started off on the right foot. Do: Take Care of Yourself! No matter what your job, days working on set can… read more

Making the Best of an Audition Rejection

Almost every actor dreams of simply being “discovered” one day and rocketing to instant fame and stardom. The reality, however, is that succeeding as an actor can require tireless persistence, drive, and dedication. Particularly when starting out, your days may be filled with audition after audition as you gain the experience needed to improve your craft and build your resume. More auditions mean more opportunities for landing a part – but they also mean more rejections. In fact, you’ll likely hear “no” far more often than “yes”. The key is to not let rejection get you down; rejection is simply… read more