My guest on this podcast episode is master acting coach, and talent manager, Marnie Cooper.
Marnie has been teaching acting, and coaching clients for over 25 years, and works with kids, teens, and adults. Her clients include Mila Kunis, America Ferrera, Miley Cyrus, Syler Samuels, Olivia Holt, Jennette McCurdy, Braeden Lemasters, Danielle and Kay Panabaker, Taylor Momsen, Paul Dano, Brenda Song, Ashley Argota, Leelee Sobieski, Ella Anderson, and many more.
She teaches beginner through master classes as well as private coaching in her studio in Studio City, California. Marnie also does on-set coaching, and works with actors via Skype and Facetime all over the world. She is also the author of Teaching Kids to Act for Film and Television.
Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:
- “Acting is one of the only professions where you don’t want your hard work to show.”
- “If I coach you well, they should think you’re not coached.”
- “They want you organic. And whatever you do to get organic is what they want you to do.”
- “Even if you’re wrong for the role, I highly recommend you go in.”
- “You can be a great actor and a bad auditioner, and never work a day in your life.”
- “There is no great, horrific thing that is going to happen if you blow your audition.”
- “Bring a notebook to the audition and journal from the character’s point of view in the waiting room.”
- “Be off book. Every time you look down is a moment you’re not present.”
- “You need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
- “Acting is a wonderful experience every child should have, but not necessarily professionally.”
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