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Pilot Season – Go Bold or Stay Home!

The months of January – March is one of the most significant time periods known to actors. These three months are commonly known as “Pilot Season.” A Pilot is a stand-alone episode of a television series that will be used to sell that show and typically runs as the first episode of said series if a network picks it up. For the actor, this time period is filled with an abundance of job interviews and potential work. That being said, we can ascertain

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Thanksgiving: A sensory-loaded-experience

I was asked to write this week’s column about something that turns out to be near and dear to me, Thanksgiving. I’m an enthusiast of this holiday; in fact, it’s my favorite holiday of the year. I’m not too sure why that is, other than the fact that I crave pumpkin pie at the very mention of the word Thanksgiving! Upon further reflection, I was able to bridge the work I do as an actor and acting coach and relate it to what happens to each

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Spring Into Summer With Your Creativity

What a time to be in the arts! With technology in the palm of our hands, a limitless imagination, and a radical and vibrant Venice community in a state of flux, there is a treasure trove of stories to be told. If you are an actor, writer, or director, and aren’t creating something, anything, what are you waiting for to get started? What an opportunity to explore the shifting of old paradigms, belief systems, individuals and groups clinging on to

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Meet Jessica Jablonski of Rise and Shine On Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Jablonski. Jessica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? Marketing Account Executive turned Kids Yoga Teacher? That’s me!! After 13 years in the Pharmaceutical business, I needed to pause. The industry had hardened me so much and I had hit my breaking point. Always having a love for children, I decided to voyage into the land of kid’s yoga. Why kid’s yoga? I had

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The work is where it’s at, man!

I recall studying in New York with the late and great teacher and director, Gene Frankel. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher, mentor, and friend for seven years. The biggest lesson learned from Gene was that, first and foremost, it’s about the work and the life experiences manifested as a result of putting in the work. That lesson and many others were profound, and I’m happy to say are still applicable to my life today. I frequently hear

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Kinney’s Dream Killed Abbot’s Habit

Tonight, June 23, Abbot’s Habit will throw a farewell party so Venice can say goodbye to the 24-year-old AK OG. The rent is going up, so the café, at 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd., is moving out. By July Abbot’s Habit will be gone forever. The last day set for June 28, 2017. “Coffee is over,” Acupuncturist, Venice local, and Abbot’s Habit regular Andrew C Whitelaw told Yo! Venice. “After this, we die,” added Geo Beck, a local blogger from

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Importance of Winning a Staredown

Staredown: The art of looking someone in the eye and not flinching. I am of the mind that Improv, public speaking and giving presentations are a form of a staredown. When giving a speech, we are told to connect with the audience. Experts say to literally make eye contact. I have had my fair share of presentations and performances, but I must admit, I have not been very engaging with the audience. In a recent improv warm up exercise, it dawned on

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Being Undeniable

After acting side-by-side and coaching hundreds of actors, I have experienced and been fortunate to have observed my share of excellent work at my acting studio, on the set, on stage, and in rehearsals. But, when an actor is UNDENIABLE (unable to be denied or disputed), I find myself gobsmacked and simultaneously deeply appreciating the power of a single word like undeniable to describe what I’ve just experienced. What makes a person undeniable?

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Meet Josh Berkowitz of Electric Lodge in Venice Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Berkowitz. Thanks for sharing your story with us Josh. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I had been performing twice a year at Electric Lodge since 2015. I had known it was an experimental theater so I would bring a watermelon or wear a cowboy hat and riff on uncomfortable subjects like heartbreak and sexuality. I slowly got to know the Electric Lodge family and was eventually

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Excellence: A Personal Journey by Guy Camilleri

The importance of being excellent (extremely good; outstanding) is ingrained in society and plays an important role in behavior, manners, education, trade, sport. Pretty much all facets of life. I would never be one to dismiss or discredit the tremendous feeling that goes along with performing a task in an excellent manner. I for one enjoy knowing that I did an outstanding job in completing a specific task at hand. Heck, I even like the way the word

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