My guests on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast are the founders of coaching business Acting with Actors, actresses Audrey Whitby and Victoria Moroles.
Audrey is known best for her work on The Thundermans, The Standoff, Liv and Maddie, Betch, So Random!, Awesomeness TV, Townies, Guilty Party, and In the Vault.
Victoria is best known for her work on Teen Wolf, Liv and Maddie, Down a Dark Hall, Here and Now, Cloud 9, and Snow Falls.
With a combined 100+ episodes of children’s and network television under their belts, chances are they know the casting director or show-runner on most projects, especially if it’s under the Nick or Disney umbrella. Multi-cams and sitcoms are Audrey’s specialty, and Victoria has starred in multiple teen-dramas and features. Both have experience teaching, coaching, and working with kids.
We cover a lot of ground, including how they each got their start in the industry, audition advice, how they approach coaching actors, advice for young people who want a career as an actor, ways to deal with rejection, and even a little advice for actors dealing with the COVID shutdown.
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Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:
- “I think where I really thrived and learned the most was through studios and private coaches.”
- “You take what works best for you from each teacher, and make your own way of doing it.”
- “We’ve taken all the techniques we’ve learned over the past decade and created a really safe space to do self-tapes.”
- “I speak kid actor.”
- “With training you learn from watching, with coaching you learn from doing.”
- “Confidence is always going to be the basis of somebody who is successful.”
- “Nobody is your direct competition.”
- “It’s not my job to get the part. It’s my job to do my best.”
- “You never, ever know where a self-tape is going to end up.”
- “If you look at it as an opportunity to show people how great you are as opposed to an opportunity to get the role, that’s when you start to flourish.”
- “You have to be prepared to let down some guards, not care about what people think of you… that’s been a huge lesson for me.”
- “Keep going, and be patient with yourself, and have fun.”
- “As actors, every single thing we do is something we can learn from.”
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Audrey and Victoria’s advice—to take what you learn from different people and then make it your own—applies to your journey in the industry as well. The more you understand about how this industry really works—and just as importantly, does NOT work—the better your odds of success.
If you’re ready to build an acting career safely and successfully—for yourself or for your kid—invest in a one-on-one consultation with me. I can save you years of frustration and help you create a detailed action plan.