This blog serves to give acting ideas and advice to actors of all ages, especially young ones. This blogs author is J.T. Turner, actor, director, teacher and member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. I hope you find the posts useful, and please pass along the blog address to anyone you think might benefit from it!

Monday, February 21, 2011


Hello loyal readers! Today at Advice to the Players, some fast tips for actors of all ages. Hope you will enjoy them. Several of these have been used as blog posts all their own, just check the site.
  • Act! All you can! Professional lessons are great, but, and I say this as an acting teacher, actual onstage time is better. Get all you can, especially in your early days.
  • Be a professional, even as an amateur. Show up on time, and ready to work. Script in hand if needed, pencil at the ready.
  • The script is your foundation. Learn your lines, then play with the underlying text.The sooner you can get them into memory, the sooner you can free up your brain to explore what you are saying.
  • BREATH! At least 15-20 minutes a day of proper breathing, especially on show days especially just before a show, will do wonders for you.
  • Save the drama for on stage. Avoid getting into backstage and offstage drama.
  • Try not to bad mouth fellow actors. It is a small business in many ways, and your words will come back to haunt you.
  • Remember to listen on stage. Focus, be an active listener, not just an actor waiting for a cue.
  • Try not to take rejection from a role as a personal comment/.You just don't fit into one persons vision. Move ahead to the next audition.
  • Show up. Life is filled with success, if you show up.
  • Be nice. To fellow actors, stagehands, techies, staff, audience everyone. It makes you a better actor and a better person.
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J.T. Turner
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