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‘How I Found An Acting Agent In Los Angeles In 4 Months’
by Michael Galante

 

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30 Years Of Acting - Full Film Courage Interview with Michael O'Neill

 
LINK TO MARY MCNAMARA'S LA TIMES ARTICLE 

'THE CONVERSATION'

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People Used To Go To The Movies To See Stories About People by Kathleen Quinlan
 

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How Surfing Can Benefit An Actor’s Life by Kathleen Quinlan
 

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Acting Isn’t About An End Result by Kathleen Quinlan
 

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A Realization About Acting That Shaped My Career by
Kathleen Quinlan

 

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An Actor's Truth by Alex Sol



The Most Successful Actors Have This Quality by Alex Sol



 

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Actor Bill Oberst Jr.  shares his thoughts on not having a safety net.  For him there is no 'plan b.'
 
 

 

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Actor Bill Oberst Jr. gives us his thoughts on acting, being a 'soccer dad' before discovering his brand, and on how the camera doesn't lie.
 

 
Actor Bill Oberst Jr.  gives us insight why the audience is his boss.
 
Follow Bill on Twitter @billoberstjr
Like Bill on Facebook

 

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Actor Bill Oberst Jr.  doesn't believe in waiting for your agent or manager to get you the work.  Here's how he finds acting work himself.

 

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Actor Bill Oberst Jr.  shares his workload when he isn't acting and how important marketing is to an actor's career.

 




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Actor Bill Oberst Jr.  tells us about how he avoided bullying during his childhood, developing the gift within you, and about getting up when you are knocked down.

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Actor Bill Oberst Jr.  talks about the success of the Facebook App TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP.



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The Value Of An Actor's Private Life by Camilla Belle & Skylar Astin

Skylar Astin & Camilla Belle Talk About The Sex Scenes In CAVEMEN

‘Dating Secrets’ by Camilla Belle & Skylar Astin

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Stories From Our First Days In LA by Chad Michael Murray &
Herschel Faber of CAVEMEN

 
 

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Filming A Sex Scene Isn't Sexy by Herschel Faber & Chad Michael Murray Of CAVEMEN
 

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The Best Dating Advice by Chad Michael Murray & Herschel Faber
of CAVEMEN

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Stef Dawson On The Red Carpet of THE EAST Movie Premiere



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Deaf Actress Hillary Baack On The Red Carpet of THE EAST Movie Premiere (with Closed Captioning)


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Patricia Clarkson On The Red Carpet of THE EAST Movie Premiere
 

 


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Danielle Macdonald On The Red Carpet of THE EAST Movie Premiere



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Actor / Comedian Dave Foley (The Kids In The Hall, Be Forever Now, 6 Month Rule) tells us what he likes to do in between acting projects. He states that if you work at all in this business it's a huge fluke so enjoy whatever comes along. (Video from the red carpet at the 2012 Hollyshorts Film Festival)
 


 
Stand-Up Comic / Actor Josiah Black on Performing Comedy and Having a Support System.

 

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BEFORE MIDNIGHT

This is coverage of the BEFORE MIDNIGHT press conference in Los Angeles featuring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy & Richard Linklater.

 

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Actress Lea Thompson on the red carpet of the 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards (2011).




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Host of "Attack Of The Show!" Candace Bailey tells us how she landed her job on the show which included waiting more than month after she auditioned before she was given the news.  She admits the rejection actors face on a daily basis almost caused her to quit but in the end her passion for acting / hosting kept her going.


 

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Watch Episode #1 of the new Film Courage Docu-Series 'Can I Go Viral?' starring entertainer David Waugh


SYNOPSIS:

New FilmCourage.com Webseries ‘Can I Go Viral?’ follows the life of young entertainer David Waugh on his journey to create a viral Youtube video as a way to further his career in Los Angeles.  NYC raised Waugh takes us through his ‘9 a.m. to 9 p.m.’ hustle, where he works an office job by day, taking time to audition and perform stand-up comedy during off hours.  Waugh hopes to create a viral Youtube video in order to transition from his ‘double life’ as a worker/entertainer to full time creative endeavors.  Follow Waugh in his hilarious escapades and stories of juggling two worlds in ‘Can I Go Viral?’

CAN I GO VIRAL? Copyright 2013 FilmCourage.com -
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Casting Director Bonnie Gillespie tells Karen Worden why she is so generous in helping actors cultivate their careers.  To hear the full Film Courage radio interview archive, click here.




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Jimmy Jean-Louis at HollyShorts 2010




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Actor Chad Lindberg tells us why MY BIG BREAK will always be a part of his life. He also shares why it is a teaching tool for filmmakers, actors and others in the industry, and he gives us his advice on following your dreams.

 


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Actress, Healer, & Author Dee Wallace calls into Film Courage to tell us about the positive and negative side of success, how acting is energy, how she went from victim to victory and her thoughts on whether she would be able to succeed if she had to start all over again today.

 

(This Podcast originally aired Sept. 2009)

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery visits the Film Courage studio to give us his thoughts on fame, the difference from working on a television set compared to a film set, and how he prepared for the role of Connor McManus in his latest movie The Boondock Saints 2 - All Saints Day.

 
 


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Actor Samm Levine is in the Film Courage studio to discuss how Lisa Kudrow sparked his career, how he books acting work, and what it is like to audition and work with Quentin Tarantino.
 

 

 

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Filmmaker Daniel Stamm (A Necessary Death, The Last Exorcism) gives us his advice to actors in the auditioning process, tricks that he uses on set with actors to get what he wants, and techniques he uses to get actors to bond with their fellow actors.




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Actress Leah Ann Cevoli (Robot Chicken, Deadwood) talks about the embodiment Rock and Roll Musicians have about themselves and their brand, the rise of Guns N' Roses, the strengths and weaknesses band members have, and how in the end whether you are an actor or a musician you have to put in the work.




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Thomas Jane talks about the pursuit of acting with Karen Worden at the 3D Film Festival 2010 in Hollywood.




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TO ROME WITH LOVE - Los Angeles Press Conference featuring Writer / Director Woody Allen and Actresses Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Allesandra Mastronardi, and Alison Pill.


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Actors Mark Kelly, Jennifer LaFleur & Steve Zissis reveal the parts about them reflected in The Do-Deca Pentathlon and how they got involved in this production.





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Actor Khaled Nabawy (Fair Game, The Citizen) plays an Arab immigrant who wins the U.S. Green Card Lottery and arrives in New York City one day before the 9/11 attacks, inspired by true events in The Citizen.  In this video interview, Khaled shares how much time he puts into preparing for a role.



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Actors Pat Healy and Dreama Walker tell us how they feel on the eve of their Sundance shocker COMPLIANCE being released, how the film affected their views on authority, how Filmmaker Michael Moore responded to the film, whether or not Dreama asked her fellow cast members and crew to also strip down to their underwear during filming, and lastly the mindset they keep in managing the trials and tribulations they face as actors.



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Check out the new comedy "Sleepwalk With Me," in theaters starting August 24th, 2012. Written and directed by Mike Birbiglia. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass.  In this conversation Ira and Mike admit they have difficulty offering romantic and career advice.  They believe that you should follow your own path rather than cave into family pressures.  They go on to say that you should do what you love but that it is important to listen to criticism so that you can improve your work.  Lastly, if you believe in your work, you will do all you can at every stage to get your work seen and that is what they have both done in building their careers.
 



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Upon moving to Los Angeles, Matt makes a pact with himself:  In seven years he'll be a working actor.  He makes a promise that if he isn't working by then, he'll pack up and return home.  This story begins seven days shy of the seven year deadline... and he is just as anonymous as the day he started.  This is his goodbye story.

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Actor John Keating spends time with FilmCourage.com’s Karen Worden, as he shares letting go of everyday angst, cherishing his supportive family, taking casting director Bonnie Gillespie's advice ("You Gotta Find Your People"), and handling rejection when auditioning for acting roles.

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Actress Shailene Woodley in the press room of the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning 'Best Supporting Female' for her portrayal of Alexandra King in 'The Descendants.'
 


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Actor Kurt Caceres (Sons of Anarchy, Prison Break, Ghost Whisperer, General Hospital) explains how being in Los Angeles is not for everyone (while at the 2012 Hollyshorts Film Festival). 

 

Filmmaker Blayne Weaver's (Weather Girl, 6 Month Rule) admits he has a hard time answering questions on writing.  He goes on to talk about themes found in his work and he says he loves the subtleties of people who are use to each other.  In that vein he references the relationship between Laszlo and Rick in Casablanca as one of his favorites.



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Filmmaker Blayne Weaver's (Weather Girl, 6 Month Rule) follows up his previous video, "No One Has Emailed Me Back" informing us that he does his best to live by the Golden Rule.



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Michel Hazanavicius, James Cromwell, Thomas Langmann & Penelope Ann Miller at 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards in the press room of the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning Best Feature, Best Male Actor, & Best Cinematography for their film 'The Artist.'



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JC Chandor, Zachary Quinto & Crew of Margin Call in the press room of the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning Best First Feature for their film 'Margin Call.'




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At the Comic-Con Movie Premiere, Actor Richard Grieco shares his thoughts on pursuing a Hollywood career and the inner toughness you must have to succeed.



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  Actress Michelle Williams in the press room of the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning 'Best Female' for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in 'My Week With Marilyn.'




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Actor Christopher Plummer in the press room of the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning 'Best Supporting Male' for his portrayal of Hal Fields in 'Beginners.' 



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At the Comic-Con Movie Premiere, Actor / Comedian Tommy Davidson tells us if he has ever come close to quitting on his career.

At the Comic-Con Movie Premiere, Actor Doug Jones tells us how the big roles in his career didn't happen until he was in his 40's, why you should never walk away from your dreams, and he tells us a little about his upcoming movie Neighborhood Watch starring Ben Stiller,
Jonah Hill & Vince Vaughn.
 
Actor / Comedian David Spates talks about the YouTube community and his thoughts on internet celebrities versus A-list celebrities.  To hear the full Film Courage radio interview archive, click here.
 

Kenton Bartlett, Mark Boone Junior, Curtis Churn & Hadley Wells of MISSING PIECES at Film Courage Interactive 11-28-11 talk
casting for the film.


Michael Polish & Kubilay Uner talk DSLR cameras, For Lovers Only, & Guerrilla Filmmaking outside the Film Courage studio

 

Actor West Liang tells us his artistic process in the creation of the upcoming feature film NIGHT DREAM BLUES.
Actor Andrea Shreeman on Film Courage.  For her full radio interview - clicl here.


Actress Christina Rose (Death of the Dead, How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song) sits down with Karen Worden outside the Film Courage studio to share some additional insights.  To hear the full Film Courage radio interview archive, click here.

Actresses Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Groundhog Day) and Rainey Qualley talk about their work on MIGHTY FINE during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.



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Actress Brooke Lewis sits down with Karen Worden to explain what it took to be involved with 6 features in 2010.  To hear the full Film Courage radio interview archive, click here.




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Actor Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects, Running Scared) talks about his work on MIGHTY FINE during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.
 




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Actresses Eva Mendes (Hitch, The Other Guys) and Cierra Ramirez (Star and Stella Save the World) talk about their work on GIRL IN PROGRESS during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.



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Actress Raini Rodriguez (Prom, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) talks about her work on GIRL IN PROGRESS during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.
 





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Actors Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt talk Salmon Fishing in the Yemen during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.

 


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Actor Kevin Kline (Life As A House, A Fish Called Wanda) talks about his work on 'Darling Companion' during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.




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Actress Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel, Munich) & Actor Mark Duplass (The League, Humpday) talk about their work on 'Darling Companion' during the roundtable interviews at the press day for the film.


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Actor/Filmmaker Stephen Moramarco shares his tips on How To Make A Movie for $5000.



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Actor, Comedian and Radio Host David Waugh shares with us his thoughts on comedy and being funny.



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Actor James Franco in the press room of the 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning 'Best Male' for his portrayal
Aron Ralston in '127 Hours.


 

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How The Art Of Elysium Saved My Life by James Franco

 

 

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Why I Decided To Make 3 Movies Based On My Book PALO ALTO by James Franco

 
 

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The Only Reason I'm Crowdfunding
PALO ALTO STORIES
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Why I Chose Indiegogo Over Kickstarter by James Franco



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Actor John Hawkes in the press room of the 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning 'Best Supporting Male' for his role 'Teardrop' in 'Winter's Bone.'



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Actress Dale Dickey in the press room of the 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning 'Best Supporting Female' for her role in 'Winter's Bone.'



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'Actors Don't Quit' by Gabriel Jarret

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'This Journey Could Not Stop in Tucson'
 

Video portrait of filmmaker, artist, author and actor Aaron Caine on why he left Harrisburg, PA (via Tucson, AZ) to travel in a VW bug to Los Angeles. Aaron talks about needing to 'do what it is that you do' in terms of creativity, even if you have to work a 9-5 job, handling criticism for not fitting in to the "cookie-cutter mold," turning 40 and need to be your own person.


(Listen to the podcast episode here)Actor Kevin Chapman, Detective Lionel Fusco on the CBS hit-show Person of Interest, skypes into Film Courage to share his story of how acting found him, why he bypassed New York for Los Angeles, what separates those who make a living acting from those who don’t, how he spends that dead zone time when he is not acting, and he tells about his life on the set of POI.

 

ARTICLES BY ACTORS OR FOR ACTORS:


Actor Paul J. Alessi on Film Courage (Ep. 2)

Film Courage Podcast with Youtube sensation and actor David Spates

Actors: How Do I Market Myself When I Have Nothing To Say?
By Actor Emily Grace

'Final Film Courage' by My Big Break Director Tony Zierra

If You Were Reintroduced to Your Entire Life, What Would You Think Of It? By Actor Lauren Mora

Playing the Fame Game on Planet Stardom by Elizabeth Yoffe

Actors - Do You Choose Where You Live, or Does It Choose You? by Lenka Silhanova

Cinderella At The Colosseum by Actor Wonder Russell

Keeping the Faith by Actor Wonder Russell

What Next? by Actor Wonder Russell

Overturn of Consciousness is Mandatory to See The New Kind Entertainment by Actor John Deryl

Jedi Camp by Actor Leah Cevoli

The Daily Actor - Naked (As In It’s Raw and Truthful) by Actor Erin Soto.

When Everything is Going Wrong, It’s Actually Going Right: That and Other Mantras of Indie Filmmaking by Actor Kirsten Russell

The Courage to Make a Film by Filmmaker Janet Van Eeden

Of Silence by Actor Jeremiah Sayys

(The Blair Witch Project’s) Heather Donahue Takes Back Her Life by Publicist Jeremy Walker

Birthday in Budapest by Actor Gregor Collins

Do Not Quit Before The World Opens Its Eyes by Actor Gregor Collins

You Already Have Everything You Need by Actor Vivian Kerr

Film Courage Podcast interview with Filmmaker/Actor Jentri Chancey

T. Reed writes about Radio Free Albemuth with Director John Alan Simon & Actor Elizabeth Karr - Part 1

T. Reed writes about Radio Free Albemuth with Director John Alan Simon & Actor Elizabeth Karr - Part 2

Film Courage podcast with Filmmakers/Actors Michael Polish/Mark Polish and Kubilay Uner

Marking a Film....Making a Life by Actor West Liang.

The Courage to Make it Happen by Actor David Bianchi

Credible Clowing Around by Damien Cullen and Leilani Holmes

'Fatburger!' by Actor Gregor Collins

'I (Over) Think, Therefore I Am' by Actor Gregor Collins

'Goodwill Hunting, Etc.' by Actor Gregor Collins

'Fudge Zoloft - Make Indie Film!' by Actor/Filmmaker/Muscian Stephen Moramarco

'The Giant Sieve' by Actor/Filmmaker Hannah Cowley

'Making it Happen in Hollywood' by Actor/Filmmaker Matthew Prater

'The Independent' by Actor/Filmmaker Juan Diego Ramirez

'Exactly What You Want or Tom Called!' by Actor/Filmmaker
Andrea Shreeman