Young Actors Tips

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By Toni Attell

Toni Attell.

Recently I received a comment from a young seventeen-year-old who was concerned that he had a bit of acne on his face and that it would stop his career.

I wrote him back to just ignore the acne. It all goes away and, remember; there is makeup on the set. However, that said, I do remember once on a TV show, they actually lit up a huge bump I had on my face. It first made me so embarrassed, but then I just used it as a flaw in the character I was playing. The bump laughed, it cried, it got angry, but I did not make it about myself. It was the character’s problem and it really helped get over my own ego.

Please remember there is no dignity to acting and that all your fears are seen. So, create whatever you have going on in your life, whether it is a break-up with a loved one or acne, or when you feel fat, bloated, or not yourself … then use it as the character’s back-life. Makes for good acting. Please, give yourself a break. We are not all perfect. Remember … You are bigger than anything that can happen to you.

Toni Attell has acting classes in the Valley for teens and adults at (818) 787-8685.

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