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

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

Conservatory graduate takes on a ‘Whole New World’

KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts congratulates alum Clinton Greenspan on landing a role in the North American tour of Aladdin, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Greenspan will be in the ensemble as well as act as the Aladdin understudy. Performances begin April 11 at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, prior to the tour’s official opening April 19. “We are so proud of Clinton,” said KD Conservatory Co-Founder Kathy Tyner. “This is a huge step in his career, and we continue to applaud his growth. He has a bright future, this opportunity will inspire others to work just as… 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

How Adult Improv Classes Can Benefit You

Improvisation classes for adults are more popular than ever! Improv classes aren’t just for acting students; some Ivy League business schools are requiring their students take improv acting classes to help with their careers.  So how can taking improv classes help you?  In addition to honing your acting skills, learning the art of improvisation can help in areas from public speaking to professional development and even interpersonal relationships – if communication requires thinking on your feet, training in improvisation can benefit your life. 1. Decrease your social stress Life is all about dealing with the unexpected; and for many 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

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

6 Common Theatre Superstitions

With a performance’s success relying on so many little things going right, it’s no surprise that those in theatre are, as a whole, a superstitious lot. But in addition to the traditional superstitions, there are a few that are unique to the theatre environment. Here are six of the more common superstitions you’re likely to run across in a theatre. 1. “Break a Leg” Nearly everyone, whether an actor or not, is familiar with the tradition of telling someone who is about to perform to “break a leg”. But where did this tradition come from? There are a few theories… read more

Tips for A Great Demo Reel

Landing an acting role or a position on a film production crew is much like any other job application process; you supply those who are hiring (including potential agents) with a list of your qualifications, education, and experience. But those in charge of casting and hiring for a production don’t just want to read what you’ve done – they also want to see what you can do. A demo reel can be an excellent tool to show off your skills, whether in acting or in motion picture production, and help set you apart. Here are a few tips to keep… read more