-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 had an entirely different plan for this video but, after one scroll session on TikTok, I am fired up. I saw video after video of day-in-the-life-of-an-actor content, which I love and think we need more of, but each one only showed the highlight reels. The days on set. Working for Netflix. Booking a dream […]

Day in the Life of an Actor: A.I Perfection vs. An Actual Human Perspective

August 24, 2023

Hey guys, in this video, I’m taking you along with me on my first SAG-AFTRA picket line experience. I’ll be interviewing other participants to learn about their experiences and the importance of fighting for fair contracts in the entertainment industry. I was a bit nervous at first, but I quickly learned that everyone has a […]

Voices from the Picket Line on Day One of the SAG-AFTRA Strike

July 26, 2023

I am dismantling the idea of going “all in” on your acting career. When I say that I hate this term, I mean that I hate it. You hear it all the time, especially at the beginning of the year or after the industry picks up again after a hiatus. But what does it actually […]

July 20, 2023

My relationship to my body has been a lifelong uphill battle. There are so many moments in my life where I have just felt absolutely disconnected to what my body really looks like. After years and years and years of eating disorders and body dysmorphia, I have finally gotten to a place where I am […]

April 27, 2023

Jen Ponton is an actor, writer, and creator who seeks to make others laugh while also remaining true to her values as a queer fat activist. You may have seen her work on AMC’s Dietland, The Unbreakable Jimmy Schmidt, Orange is the New Black, Love on the Run, or her new highly anticipated recurring role […]

April 20, 2023

Today I wanted to share a little bit of my thoughts on the recent Casting Director controversy, as well as fact check my old blog post from 2018. Titled, “Little Acting Admin Tasks We Forget About”, this is a blog I wrote about actor homework given to me at the time by my then-coach Brian […]

March 23, 2023

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