Author Archive | shyman

Letters From My Readers: Mr. Ed Was a Fake

Dear Michelle   What do you know about Horse Actors?  Mr. Ed was a hack.  He used a teleprompter. Those so-called “moments” you describe when he was staring off into space thinking–so YOU claim–about the nature of the universe…he was reading from a teleprompter. You obviously know nothing, zip, zilch, zero,  zed about Horse Actors. […]

The Meisner Technique, Part One

  We actors love to talk about honesty.  And techniques to create honesty…well, to be quite honest, some actors like to talk about techniques to simulate honesty. Somebody like Robert Duvall, he just disappears into his characters.  Every time I see him in a movie, I still have to ask myself, “Who is that actor?”  […]

Rich People Are Just Like You And Me

  NOT   That ridiculous myth is popularized in motivational speeches and in sales training classes.  It is SO not true.   Rich People Part One There is this dude, an ex-boss of mine; Let’s call him Mister Arrgh.  Time was…after we had stopped working together…I used to call him on the phone once in […]

Hey, Actors: How Not To Get Cast

You poor, broke-ass, under-employed actors need to quit paying for those “how to get a job” classes and those tips and tricks newsletters about “how to get an honest to goodness acting gig that pays real money” and those “keep your network working” seminars and those “grow your relationships” books.  These tricks are not working: […]

Not-Reality Shows

Guess what? Those reality dating shows are soooo not real. Ha, ha, ha!  No, seriously. I happened to be crewing on one of the dating reality shows. Whoops, I’m about to go off on a tangent here.  There is always an internal conflict for an underemployed actor who has been hired to crew instead of […]

In Honor of a Performing Artist

I’ve named my blog “Balancing Act,” in honor of a one-woman mime act created by Lelia Pendleton of Bankshot Theater in Richmond, VA.  Lil is a performer of “a certain age” who still pursues her niche of the performing arts spectrum.  She pursues it with dedication, honesty & craft; she continually studies to improve her […]

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