John Simon's Articles en-us The Actor's Network In the course of an actor's life he is going to meet a lot of people. Many of these people will have a direct or indirect effect on his career. Some, more so than others. Probably the person who will have the biggest effect on the career of an actor is... 21st December 2009 How Casting Works People who are just getting into the acting business have quite a few misconceptions about how the casting process works. The best way to illustrate this is with a hypothetical example giving a fictional show. Let's say the producers of a daytime soap ... 21st December 2009 The Reality of Acting Many people think that acting is all about glamour and living the good life. Maybe you get some fancy limo and a ton of other perks and that's all there is to it. Unfortunately, the real work of being an actor is not glamorous. There's actual work involve... 21st December 2009 An Introduction to Method Acting The art of method acting was made popular by Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio and the Group Theatre in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. It was actually derived from the Stanislavski System who pioneered similar ideas in his teachings, writings,... 21st December 2009 How to Become an Actor If you want to be an actor the first thing you have to understand is that everyone and their grandmother thinks they can act and wants to be an actor. The competition you will face will be monumental. With that in mind, here are some tips on what to do if... 21st December 2009 Tips on Cold Reading In regular theater an actor may prepare a monologue that he has spent many hours memorizing, for a part that he will also perform at every audition. He's spent a lot of time on this and has perfected his art and delivery. When going for an audition he is ... 21st December 2009 Preparing for an Audition The fact is, auditions are a nerve wracking experience for actors. They'd rather have their eyebrows plucked. Unfortunately, they're an essential part of being an actor. So by following these steps you'll have the best chance of getting the part. In ge... 21st December 2009 An Introduction to Anime Simply put, anime is a form of cartoon animation created in Japan, which explains animes formerly-popular moniker, Japanimation. Anime's history began at the start of the 20th century. This was when Japanese filmmakers began trying out new animation tec... 11th December 2009 Portrait of Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge has long been known as an artist who produces music that fits the core of what many consider "American Rock and Roll." Her style combines folk, blues, rock and roll and searing guitar melodies that cut to the soul. Her wide-ranging style... 11th December 2009 Charlie Brown is Still Special I am sure that you all remember the many movies that were based on Charles M. Schulzs Peanuts comic strip. They started making them in the sixties and still make them to this day. The Peanut gang was so incredibly popular that it has attracted audiences a... 23rd November 2009 Saturday Morning Cartoons There are a lot of reasons that most kids love Saturdays. Kids love Saturdays because it means they do not have to get up early and go to school. Kids love Saturdays because they usually get to relax or play with friends. Kids love Saturdays because it me... 23rd November 2009 New Capital Gains Laws If you own a property which you are planning to sell, be sure to consult a tax advisor or get informed about tax law before doing so. Many real estate agents also know the subtleties of property selling and taxation. Several small points can make the diff... 23rd November 2009 Decorating with Art Consumers in search of that perfect piece of art often find themselves lost in a tangle of webs created by less than helpful gallery curators, bidding wars, and issues stemming from exhibit proximity and lack of time. Shopping for accents to complemen... 23rd November 2009