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Thank you Rachel for sending this to me. I want to share his opinion with the rest of the crew. Given Bryan Cranston’s strong popularity at the present and his many years in the pursuit of our business, I believe that many of you will find that he speaks in a way that will connect with an experience you are working with or on. Please click on the short video below. I look forward to any of your thoughts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1WiCGq-PcY

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All For The Porn Of It

This was fantastic and necessary in my opinion. Thanks to Valerie for bringing this to my attention. Look forward to any of your thoughts. If the sound screws up simply replay it and it should clean up.

 

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/8b700fe6ee/it-s-not-porn?utm_campaign=email_share&utm_content=8b700fe6ee&utm_medium=email&utm_source=anon_user

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I was very intrigued by this video regarding the use of original pronunciation and voice in the performance of Shakespeare. A worthwhile 10 minutes of your time in my opinion. Thank you Julia.

http://twentytwowords.com/2013/09/05/performing-shakespeares-plays-with-their-original-english-accent/

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New For The Crew

My apologies for having not kept up with this over the Summer. I am back on it and will do better throughout the rest of the year. If I have forgotten anyone or anything, please let me know and I will make sure it is included. Thank you for your understanding.

NEW FOR THE CREW

As of September 2013 the following has occurred:

1. LUCAS KERR has booked a Guest Star role on CSI as Serial Killer, Mathew Tarland. It will air on September 25th, the Season Opener.

2. MAX ADLER has just finished shooting the film, “Believe Me,” playing a lead role, Baker Johnson. It was the first time MAX had been cast in a strong comedic role. He has also just booked a Guest Star on CSI, where he will be playing the part of Peter, a less than appealing Pawn Shop Dealer. And shortly after he finishes the CSI, he will begin shooting the film, “Saugatuck Cures.” where he will be one of two lead best friends taking off to explore life beyond their small town.

3. JENNIFER BRONSTEIN has been cast in the play, “Sherlock Through The Looking –Glass.” The play will be running for three more weekends and is playing to sold out audiences. If you are interested in seeing it, you can get tickets through: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/434599 She has also just shot a Guest Star on “General Hospital.” She has also just finished recording her fifth AudioBook.

3. VALERIE AZLYNN has finished her second season of “Sullivan & Son,” and has found out that they will be returning for a third season. Also, she has just been asked to play a part in an upcoming Hank Azaria Project.

4. WILL DAMRON has just book another AudioBook. This will be his sixth book.

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I found this brief article intriguing and exciting. Some of you may be familiar with it already, but I want all of us to know what is coming and already here. Please click on link.

 

http://movienomics.com/7-film-startups-every-filmmaker-should-know/

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As many of you know, I am an avid supporter of maintaining the human connection. As technology races onward, I find the individual using it slowly disappearing into fractured statements, word particles, and emoticons. I am not suggesting we rid ourselves of technology, I am asking us to evaluate what we are potentially sacrificing, sometimes unknowingly, by blindly handing ourselves over to it. I was sent the following article and thought you would find it of interest. I look forward to anyones thoughts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/how-not-to-be-alone.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp

 

I wanted to add this article just sent to me by Ms. Azlynn. Thank you, Valerie.

 

 

Does Facebook Depress You?

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Facebook-depression-actor-resource.jpgWith all the happy, shining photos posted on Facebook, is it possible that some of its members are actually not quite so carefree and cool after all? Apparently so; the American Academy of Pediatrics recently warned that exposure to Facebook has the potential to lead to depression. According to the lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines, Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, these radiant photos showing people having good times, accompanied by in-your-face popularity tallies, as well as status updates can do a number on those who suffer with low self-esteem. When a child or teen feels his or her life doesn’t measure up to what’s perceived on others’ Facebook pages, it is described as being more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria. After all, the site conceals vulnerable facial expressions or self-conscious body language of anyone in the midst of posting. Certainly, if the viewer could see an individual suffering from a broken heart as he uploads a radical pic of his latest gnarly skateboard maneuver, the viewer might have a more realistic sense of the actual digital social landscape.

Researchers disagree on whether “Facebook depression” is simply an extension of depression some kids and teens feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using Facebook. But as the site is “where all the teens are hanging out now,” according to O’Keeffe, the guidelines ultimately encourage parents to make their children aware of Facebook depression as well as cyberbullying, sexting, and other online risks.

O’Keeffe also acknowledges the benefits of kids using social media sites like Facebook for their ability to connect with friends and family, and sharing photos, and exchanging ideas. “A lot of what’s happening is actually very healthy, but it can go too far,” she said.

Dr. Megan Moreno, a University of Wisconsin adolescent medication specialist who has studied online social networking among college students, insists that well-adjusted kids using Facebook can, in fact, increase feelings of social connectedness–creating the opposite effect of what is seen in those prone to depression. Parents shouldn’t get the idea that using Facebook “is going to somehow infect their kids with depression,” Moreno asserts.

So what is there to take from this recent research that applies to you, aspiring actors? First of all, Facebook has the potential to be a useful tool in the actor’s arsenal when it comes to networking. You can put yourself out there, show what your interests are and what you’re up to, and there’s the potential to meet individuals otherwise out of reach. Increasing the size of your social circle can be a game changer in the competitive world of acting. But if this resource starts arousing feelings of inadequacy or an unhealthy desire to keep up with the cyber Jones’; or, if you find yourself feeling frustrated that your “likes” have hit a ceiling as opposed to others on the site, maybe it’s best to take a break and consider other networking options. Sites like Facebook are not for everyone, and people have managed to achieve high degrees of success in career and relationships way back in the dark ages when people used to more readily meet for coffee or drinks–B4 the inception of Facebook.

 

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