-Michael Caine

 “First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.”

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I spent a lot of time in my earlier days hoping for one thing or another. Or pinning my hopes on a singular idea. Honestly, I don’t blame myself much for this. I think we are sold the idea of an acting career as a magical unicorn of a lifestyle…and so much is left out […]

Three things I thought would “save me” as an actor…

September 6, 2022

In case you missed Part One, Two, and Three of prepping for episodic season with the right mentality and mental health, be sure to check those out first! But, moving along to the tangible prep, this tends to be the stuff we actors LOVE. The homework. Why is that? Maybe because we can sink our […]

Physical Prep for Episodic Season

August 21, 2022

A lot of my followers on here are new to the acting game or between reps at the moment. And the push to have the perfect team and strike while the iron is hot (aka during episodic season) is almost unbearable. The feeling of missing out on potential roles or opportunities is devastating, trust. I […]

August 16, 2022

If you read this past post about the busy season there is a chance you thought, “LOL SAM. That’s not me right now. Thanks anyway…” and listen, your girl gets it ok? I have been there…..tbd maybe I am there right now! You may be absorbing tons of content about how ‘busy it is right […]

August 12, 2022

Repeat after me: Communication is KEY 🔑⁠⁠Keeping our team updated with our schedules is part of our j-o-b and if we want to be treated like professionals we have to treat our team that way too. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠I put all my reps on the same email as a BCC (manager, VO, Print, Commercial, Theatrical) and […]

July 18, 2022

This business is based on relationships. And some of you are in the early stages of your career where your relationships are just beginning (I call these friendships btw). but the longer you’re at it the more people you will work with or just meet. Let’s talk about being a pro and a kind human! […]

netoworking and names

May 4, 2022

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