The most interesting actors are the actors who are most interested. And their profound and penetrating interest—their curiosity—is the direct creation of empathy. Physically, empathy is right up in your face! It manifests in your mask, that area where humming feels true. It’s intimate. As...

Q. I am not an actor but have recently been asked to do some public speaking. I find that I get physically ill at the thought of it. Are there tips that you as an acting coach can give me? Thanks so much for your question....

Q: You have worked with so many famous actors throughout the years. Have you identified any particular traits that talented people have in common? Thanks so much for your question. I think that my answer will surprise many. In my almost 30 years of teaching and...

Q. Are there skills that actors should develop aside from obviously taking acting classes? Thanks so much for your question. Acting is a comprehensive art form and it requires the serious artist to be prepared for a wide range of challenges. Let’s first look at the...

Q: What do you think about people in your classes who have been studying for years but never make any money acting? Do you tell them not to give up? Thanks so much for your question. I have come across numerous variations of this problem over...

Q: Who has been your greatest inspiration(s) and why? Thanks so much for your question. I heard a sermon years ago at Thanksgiving that really stuck with me. It was on the topic of gratitude. The point was that no one is entirely self-made. Everyone...

Q: What was your experience like teaching in Australia recently? Was it any different from teaching your American students? Thanks so much for your question. As I sit here recovering from jet lag, it seems appropriate that I reflect on my recent experience. The adventure...

Q: I love acting but I’ve noticed whenever I have the opportunity to really “let go” emotionally in a scene, a kind of fear seems to take over and shut me down. As a model, I feel very free in front of the camera. I...