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Action: The Pursuit Of Acting Excellence

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My name is Leigh Foster and I’m an actor living and working in Chicago. My career is going well but I know I have a long way to go. I’m determined to become a great actor, if you are too, I hope you’ll follow me as I search for the advice and experiences that will help accomplish that goal.

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My name is Leigh Foster and I’m an actor living and working in Chicago. My career is going well but I know I have a long way to go. I’m determined to become a great actor, if you are too, I hope you’ll follow me as I search for the advice and experiences that will help accomplish that goal.

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Pure audio and educational gold

Worthwhile for actors

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Like he says, no BS. Useful and to the point.

iTunes Ratings

332 Ratings
Average Ratings
320
9
1
2
0

Golden

By Dawn222487 - Jan 17 2020
Read more
Pure audio and educational gold

Worthwhile for actors

By captin deadpoop - Dec 27 2019
Read more
Like he says, no BS. Useful and to the point.

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Rank #1: Audition Confidence: a how to guide

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How to lose the nerves and build unshakable confidence before every audition.

Feb 16 2016

40mins

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Rank #2: Legendary Coach Larry Moss: A Rare Interview

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Larry Moss is one of the most sought after acting coaches in the world today. He worked with Helen Hunt on As Good As It Gets, Tobey Maguire on Seabiscuit, Hillary Swank on Boy Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, Leonardo DiCaprio on The Aviator, The Departed, The Wolf of Wallstreet and many more. He studied with Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner. He has taught at Juilliard and The Circle in the Square in NYC. He has acted in numerous broadway productions, has directed for the stage and screen, is the founder of The Larry Moss Studio in Los Angeles, and is the author of The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor. Action Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2010870055857893 To find out more about Larry Moss go to www.larrymoss.org The Intent to Live: https://www.amazon.com/Intent-Live-Achieving-Potential-Actor/dp/0553381202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512583592&sr=8-1&keywords=the+intent+to+live

Dec 06 2017

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Rank #3: Justin Kucsulain on Self-Taping Auditions

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On this episode, actor Justin Kucsulain. I met Justin on the set of Chicago PD, a role which he had booked from a self-taped audition (and which airs tomorrow night, january 20th on NBC). I later find out that he had booked multiple other roles in this same way, including a role on The Walking Dead and a recurring role my favorite Netflix show, Bloodline. I was fascinated and told him I needed to have him on my podcast. If you’d like to see a picture of Justin’s home-auditioning setup as well as links to purchase the materials for yourself click on the link below... Justin's Home-Auditioning Setup: www.leigh-foster.com/journal Five Minute Journal: https://fiveminutejournal.refersion.com/c/50971 Justin's Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinkucsulain Justin's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Justin-Kucsulain-485361091521987/?fref=ts

Jan 19 2016

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Rank #4: The essential skills of acting Part 1

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In this episode Ron Marasco discusses the essential skills one needs to develop and maintain in order to be a good, consistent working actor. Five Minute Journal: https://fiveminutejournal.refersion.com/c/50971 Audible free download: www.audibletrial.com/actionpodcast

Jun 19 2015

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Rank #5: HBO's "Vinyl" actor: Jay Klaitz

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On this episode, HBO's new "Vinyl" actor Jay Klaitz. Enjoy... Check out Jay's band at http://futurefolk.com https://twitter.com/Future_Folk https://www.facebook.com/futurefolkmusic/?fref=ts http://www.hbo.com/vinyl

Jan 26 2016

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Rank #6: Tips on Auditioning from Actor Chris Agos

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Chris's TV appearances include recurring roles on Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Boss , as well as roles on Sirens , Betrayal, Mob Doctor, and many more. His book "acting in Chicago" taught me everything I needed to know when I moved here three years ago. http://www.amazon.com/Acting-Chicago-2013-Edition-Commercials/dp/0982886330 To Find out more about Chris or to sign up for his private coaching go to his website at www.chrisagos.com. For anyone interested, I highly suggest getting a copy of Chris's book "Acting in Chicago". Although the latest edition of the book was published in 2013, almost all of the information is still applicable. I'd like give a huge thanks to Gio Castellano, Daryn Glass, Kara, and Greg Arrizo for leaving me reviews on iTunes last week.

Apr 12 2016

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Rank #7: LA's go-to sitcom acting coach

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Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is widely known as LA's go-to sitcom coach, and is the founder of Actors Comedy Studio, the world’s only acting school dedicated solely to Acting for Sitcoms and Sitcom Audition Technique.

Dec 22 2015

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Rank #8: Renowned Acting Coach Terry Knickerbocker

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“As an actor, you’re only as good as your ideas.” In this episode Leigh visits with renowned acting coach Terry Knickerbocker. Terry is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, where he is still a member of the core faculty. He trained as an actor and a teacher with William Esper, and in 2015 he founded the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, a two-year Meisner conservatory in Brooklyn. Terry has coached actors including Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Boyd Holbrook, Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Bibb, Emmy Rossum, and many others on hundreds of films, television and theater projects. Join the discussion on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2010870055857893/ https://terryknickerbockerstudio.com https://action-podcast.com

Feb 22 2019

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Rank #9: Actor Chris Agos on Commercial Acting

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Chris has done a TON of commercial and TV work. TV appearances include recurring roles on Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Boss , as well as roles on Sirens , Betrayal, Mob Doctor, and many more. His book "acting in Chicago" taught me everything I needed to know when I moved here three years ago. http://www.amazon.com/Acting-Chicago-2013-Edition-Commercials/dp/0982886330 To Find out more about Chris or to sign up for his private coaching go to his website at www.chrisagos.com. For anyone interested, I highly suggest getting a copy of Chris's book "Acting in Chicago". Although the latest edition of the book was published in 2013, almost all of the information is still applicable.

May 03 2016

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Rank #10: How to Set and Achieve Your Acting Goals

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On this episode my guest is Courtney Rioux. Courtney can be seen on NBC’s Chicago Med as Paramedic Courtney. Her voice can currently be heard on spots for Jimmy Dean, McDonalds Happy Meal, and Hershey’s. As a Clarity Coach she helps her clients shift from stuck and unhappy to empowered and joyful. Her fun and easy approach has been described as, "therapy without the therapy!" Courtney and I discuss goal setting and achieve, how she went from a co-star to being on nearly every episode of Chicago Med, and the importance of branding. You can find her at courtneyrioux.com and as Courtney Rioux on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Her preference is Instagram though.

Jan 15 2019

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Rank #11: Audition Secrets with Justin Guarini

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Join Leigh as he visits with actor/performer Justin Guarini. Justin was a finalist in the first season of American Idol in 2002, which served to jump start his performance career. He has since appeared on screen and stage, including in Broadway productions of ‘American Idiot,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘Wicked.’ He’s also hosted many shows like ‘Idol Wrap’ and has had some fun playing the hilarious Lil’ Sweet in commercials for Diet Dr. Pepper. Justin talks about the importance of having the right mindset and how it can affect every part of your experience in the industry. He also breaks down some external and internal challenges of auditioning and why you should never lie (ever), no matter the kind of day you’re having. In addition, Justin and Leigh discuss the necessity of approaching an audition as the opportunity to bring your own unique perspectives and experiences to a role, rather than thinking it’s some kind of competition. Finally, Justin shares his views on how proper self-care can keep you motivated and sane while navigating the industry and offers one incredible piece of advice for actors who are just starting out. Get access to more performing arts jobs than any other platform by going to www.backstage.com/action to get 30 days free. Become a member like Leigh. http://www.justinguarini.com Join the conversation at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2010870055857893/ Follow Leigh on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leighfoster123/

Jul 25 2019

38mins

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Rank #12: The Man Who's Seen 10,000 Auditions

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"You know how many actors come in here and say 'I just got this last night or I got it two days ago'?...And you know what I say? 'So did the person that's going to fuckin' book it' Jonathan Stanley is the owner of Hot Shots Self Taping in LA. Over the years he has seen thousands and thousands of auditions. On this episode he comes on to explain what that's taught him. As an actor Jonathan has landed roles on projects such as 'Timeless,' 'Batman v Superman,' 'Lucifer,' 'The Bold and the Beautiful', 'Agents of Shield,' 'Aquarius,' 'CSI Cyber,' 'The Last Ship,' 'Too Close To Home,' and many more. Currently, he plays Officer Lawrence Griffin on the Freeform TV series 'Good Trouble.' and is featured in the 2019 Sundance Award winning film 'The Infiltrators.' https://www.hotshotsselftaping.com

Jun 22 2019

42mins

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Rank #13: Common audition mistakes

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In this episode actor Ron Marasco, who has booked literally dozens of prime-time television parts, talks about common audition mistakes.

Jun 10 2015

37mins

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Rank #14: How to know if an acting class will help you or hurt you

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This episode is all about acting classes. Some are good...some are not so good, but which is which? Five Minute Journal: https://fiveminutejournal.refersion.com/c/50971 Audible free download: www.audibletrial.com/actionpodcast

Jun 03 2015

28mins

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Rank #15: Black Text on White Paper

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On this episode my friend and fellow actor Nelson Ritthaler and I discuss an incredibly beneficial exercise for actors that we have been practicing. Enjoy. www.WeAudition.com (25% with code ACTION25) www.audibletrial.com/actionpodcast

Apr 23 2018

47mins

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Rank #16: Legendary Coach Larry Moss: Part 2

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Larry Moss is one of the most sought after acting coaches in the world today. He worked with Helen Hunt on As Good As It Gets, Tobey Maguire on Seabiscuit, Hillary Swank on Boy Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, Leonardo DiCaprio on The Aviator, The Departed, The Wolf of Wallstreet and many more. He studied with Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner. He has taught at Juilliard and The Circle in the Square in NYC. He has acted in numerous broadway productions, has directed for the stage and screen, is the founder of The Larry Moss Studio in Los Angeles, and is the author of The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor. Action Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2010870055857893 To find out more about Larry Moss go to www.larrymoss.org The Intent to Live: https://www.amazon.com/Intent-Live-Achieving-Potential-Actor/dp/0553381202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512583592&sr=8-1&keywords=the+intent+to+live

Jan 03 2018

28mins

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Rank #17: The essential skills of acting Part 2

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In this episode Ron Marasco discusses the essential skills one needs to develop and maintain in order to be a good, consistent working actor. Five Minute Journal: https://fiveminutejournal.refersion.com/c/50971 Audible free download: www.audibletrial.com/actionpodcast

Jun 24 2015

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Rank #18: Lessons from 18 Years of Casting: Holly Allen

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Holly Allen is a professional actor, acting teacher, and freelance ​casting director. She has seen exactly what works and what doesn't after ​directing thousands of auditions over the past ​18 years. To find out more about Holly go to http://www.hollyallenonline.com ​Find her on Facebook @HollyAllenActor for upcoming workshops, articles and updates.

Nov 01 2017

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Rank #19: Should You Go To School For Acting?

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I answer a listener question about whether or not I think it's a good idea to get a degree in acting. Five Minute Journal: https://fiveminutejournal.refersion.com/c/50971 Audible download: www.audibletrial.com/actionpodcast Twitter: @Action_Podcast Gurpreet Sarin's twitter: @gurpreetsarin

Nov 17 2015

22mins

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Rank #20: Who The F*&K Is Leigh Foster?

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Many of my listeners have asked for me to be interviewed for an episode, so I asked my friend, fellow actor, and psychotherapist Nelson Ritthaler to help me out. Here it is...

Apr 05 2016

42mins

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