Humanity is messy. People are messy.

Acting tips, bookmarked for my personal reference.

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For artists of color– lifting the burden of representing your race: 

Viola Davis was direct. “That very mindset that you have and that a lot of African-Americans have is absolutely destroying the black artist,” she said. “The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place,” she added. “The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that.”

“We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution,” she said, “which is why every time you see your images they’ve been watered down to the point where they are not realistic at all.”

“My whole thing is, do I always have be noble?” she continued. “As an artist, you’ve got to see the mess.”

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Auditioning – Leave your ego outside the door:

“​Leave your ego outside the door. Resist thinking about the potential outcome of this audition. Bask in the joy of living in the character for the 10 minutes that you have in that room.” ​- Warner Loughlin

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Audition Slates – Introduce yourself to a person, a human: 

I suggest that you slate as if it were an introduction to someone, not as a presentation, announcement, or line reading. When auditioning, I suggest that you honestly introduce yourself to someone in the room (usually the person running the session) while looking into the camera lens. You should be positive and enjoy introducing yourself. Smile, if it feels right, but if you smile just to smile, it will look insincere. Smile because you are confident and having fun, then it will be relaxed or engaging.Be spontaneous!

Don’t lock in one way of introducing yourself. Be aware that each time you say your name the inflection is just a little different. If there isn’t some difference each time, then you have probably locked into a “line reading.” Add a “Hi, I’m” or a “Hello, my name is” and then your name. This will make it friendly and less like you are reporting for military duty.

– Caroline Barry

Lift other women up. It’s more important than you think.

As women, we are conditioned at a young age to look pretty, play by the rules, be ladylike, act appropriately, fit in. Not to mention being sexualized from the moment we develop breasts, or even earlier than that for those of us who have unfortunately experienced abuse at a young age.

Catcalls on the street, sexual harassment at work, inappropriate behavior from men we thought were friends, overall pressure from society… all environments and situations women are exposed to lead to a 24/7 hypnosis of degradation.

In a world that continues to place women (and minorities) on a 2nd tier, it’s important to lift each other up. Equality is a systemic battle, but it may begin by overcoming the internal one of the mind.

Go ahead– like and comment “YAASSS” on that fly selfie, praise that woman at work, hug strangers in the bathroom, stand up for those who have been conditioned not to speak, have some f*cking self-control/respect and don’t “steal” that woman’s bf/fiance/husband, support women-owned businesses, support woman-focused movies and shows, mentor young women, or even just be unapologetically confident for the sake of being a role model in your right. It is your duty. Pave the way.

Confidence in ourselves and demanding respect for each other is a key component of ending the cycle. We may not be equal in a world of men yet, but we sure as hell have no excuse not to uplift each other.

It takes a village.