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Getting an acting job is not that difficult. You just need to be prepared to work hard and to know how to prepare yourself before you begin to audition. Of course you need to do the legwork before you audition, but if you want to be an actor in Los Angeles, below are some tips to help you prepare.

It will take time for you to get the acting job in Los Angeles that you want. It may take several auditions or even months, depending on how many shows there are and how long it takes you to get the part that you want. If you want to be a regular actor, it will take you several years before you make your first film. However, if you have an agent and a resume, you will probably be able to land a contract with a major studio or movie production company in Los Angeles within a few months.

Before Your Audition

The most important thing for you to do before you even begin to audition for acting jobs in Los Angeles is to read up on the different actors and actresses that are available. You may be surprised to find out that you have a number of different types of skills that will be useful to Hollywood. You can use these skills for your own acting career or you can turn them into a career when you’re an actor in Los Angeles. Just make sure that you read up on the actors and actresses that you are interested in so that you can be prepared when you go to a casting agency to interview.

Hire a Makeup Artist

Another thing that you can do to prepare for the auditions in Los Angeles is to learn to properly wear your makeup. Some people think that they can walk into a makeup booth and look professional without any work. However, this is not always true. If you don’t know how to put on makeup correctly, you won’t get the job. Make sure that you get all of your makeup supplies at the beginning of the audition season so that you can be prepared when you get to the audition.

Believe in Your Abilities

One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for auditions in Los Angeles is to be yourself. If you don’t believe in your abilities, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to stand up in front of a group of strangers and do well. You’ll need to believe in yourself. Even if you’ve never done anything like that before, you can always get a reading done by having someone read with you and give you feedback. This will let you know what you need to improve on so that you can get the job that you want.

Land an Acting Job in Los Angeles

If you’re prepared, it won’t be that difficult for you to land an acting jobs in Los Angeles. You might not have to worry about a lot of preparation before you walk into the audition, but you should make sure that you have all of your materials in advance. This will help you in the long run.

If you’re able to bring the right amount of preparation to the audition, you will have no problem landing the job that you want. So, make sure that you read up on all of the things that are required for an acting job in Los Angeles before you even begin to audition. Contact us now, at The Playground, to learn more about our acting program for kids, teens, and young adults.

Parents across the country ask me how to support their children’s acting ambitions if they don’t live in Los Angeles or New York. If your child is ready to get started, the steps are pretty much the same no matter where you live. Production-centers like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York have more frequent casting opportunities. However, commercial, television and film productions shoot all around the country throughout the year. You may be surprised how simple it can be once you know how to start acting outside Los Angeles.

All the ways actors “get discovered” hinge on being ready when opportunity knocks. Being “ready” may not mean having professional headshots and demo reels right away. However, being ready always means having the willingness and training to act. Child actors do best when the motivation for acting comes from within. Kids who clearly enjoy acting get cast over and over again.

A great first step is to find age-appropriate acting classes and determine what type of acting your child loves (on-camera, commercial, theatrical, stage), and why. There is more to acting for Nickelodeon or Disney than the 22 minute end-result we all see on TV. Acting class will help flesh out these realities and let your child know better what to expect.

Your access to acting resources will grow once your child acting classes. You may hear about audition opportunities through their acting school or acting peers. Research acting classes in your area online, look at Yelp and Google reviews, and chat with other parents to see which class is right for your child and your family.

Acting is labor, and child labor is regulated. Look for guidelines from your state’s Department of Labor (it will be a dot-gov website), specifically the office that regulates child labor and entertainment work permits. Not all states require them, but school-aged children auditioning during the school year may need an entertainment work permit in your state before being allowed on set.

When your child starts auditioning, you will notice that some actors have a competitive edge with union membership or talent agents. Take heart. Everyone knows child actors are children and are by nature new to the industry. Child actors who are right for roles will be cast whether or not they are union, whether or not they are represented.

Child actors get cast primarily by being ready, willing, and right for a role. Union membership or representation can improve a child’s chances of getting auditions they’re best suited for. Non-union, unrepresented child actors can enjoy great success, especially if their parents are diligent.

Parents can help their children find auditions in their area by searching online casting sites and local publications. Even remote parts of Alaska has feature films and commercials shooting there from time to time.

Large portions of Spiderman 3 were filmed on the streets of Cleveland!

An important method for “out of town kids” to get work in TV or Film is sending in self-taped auditions and finding acting schools that Showcases kids. Some re-locate to Los Angeles or to New York during the summer to be more available for live auditions, callbacks and work.

Take a look at these excellent online sources for industry advice and audition notices:
Backstage.com (www.backstage.com)
Actor’s Access (www.actorsaccess.com) (a great source for auditions all across the country)
LA Casting (lacasting.com)
Children In Film www.childreninfilm.com

Find more trusted resources HERE.

For best results, emphasize the process.

Just like with sports or music, try to embrace your child’s acting it in its entirety. No athlete starts in the Olympics. No musician begins at Carnegie Hall. Acting classes, acting practice, new acting techniques and favorite pieces, performance and networking opportunities, self-marketing, auditions and try-outs, and every role cast or missed comprise a totality. It’s all connected. Roles come from auditions, training comes from trying, and challenges make for growth.

5 Steps To Start Your Acting Career.

#1 What do really want?

Is it fame? Fortune? What do you want? Ask yourself this question a 1000 times. Don’t just look on the surface or allow an unexamined answer – truly understand what motivates you and if you really do want to start an acting career. Take the Myers Briggs test, or Strengths Finder test, set up informational interviews with successful actors, write letters to SAG/AFTRA and do the research to see if the business of acting alines with the goals and values you have as a person. Ask yourself, “Do you love the business of acting?” Do you love sitting in hours of traffic to go to a 15-minute audition? Having a non-traditional work schedule? Here’s one: Are you okay with not getting your hair cut in different styles so you can match your headshots? The list goes on.

You may not know these answers, an that’s okay. The most important thing to do in the first step is to spend the time to look inside yourself and find out what you DO want. It will give you the clarity and confidence needed to succeed creatively, finically and mentally in LA’s fast-paced culture.

#2 DON’T GET AN AGENT!

Often times, finding an agent is the first goal an actor tries to accomplish when arriving in Los Angeles.

Wrong move. The results are often wasted time and unreturned emails. The truth is, agents do not have space to take on brand new green clients. Especially during COVID!

Green Actor: a term for new performers breaking into the industry.

Managers maybe interested if you have a unique look or fill a hole in their roster, but, by and large, do not worry about getting representation when you first get to the city. The first thing that you need to do is: find a job. Like a real job. A job that pays for your bills, acting classes, food, and gas – if you have a car. Now, I know what you’re saying, “I don’t want to wait tables, I want to act! David Mamet told me not to have a backup plan!”

Okay, fair enough David, but let me ask you – do you like to live in a okay apartment? Do you like grabbing $17 drinks with friends? Do you like asking your parents for gas money? LA is an expensive town and in order to thrive mentally and emotionally, you’ve got to find a job that will allow you to audition during the day and be flexible when you book work. This is a hard task, finding the perfect actor’s job is like grabbing a seat at the cool table during lunch when your working as an extra on a motion picture set – they’re all gone! If you’re looking to truly make LA your home and turn acting into a viable career, you’ve got to develop a strong home base and savings account. Stop taking hand outs from your parents, and fight the “poor actor” archetype.

Job Ideas

Bartending is a great job that pays well, works at nights, and allows you to network too. I was a tour guide and I found it to be the perfect job while auditing. You could be a personal assistant or teach spin classes. (I would only Lyft or Uber as last resorts). Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy it and are willing to stay there for the long term. Don’t fall into the mindset trap of thinking you are going to be a poor, starving, cliche actor. No, you’re going to be the smart, small businesses owner who treats acting like your start-up and your day job as the quality assurance.

#3 Headshots & Acting Classes

Once you have saved enough money from your perfect day job, it’s time to invest that money into some cheap headshots. Do not spend hundreds of dollars on your first headshot session. Not only will you grow and learn to take better headshots with time, but when you do start working with an agent or manager, they will most likely ask you to reshoot anyway. Your first headshots are going to suck, and that’s okay. You just need a couple of looks to get you into the door of some low end, low budget projects to test the waters.

Goal: Find a photographer you connect with who will give you three to four looks for around $200 bucks. Check out our site for the best photographers in LA to start your acting career right.

Acting Classes are a different story. If you got your undergrad or masters in Theater, you might not think you need acting classes. If you were in school plays or your grandma says you have a natural talent, you also may not think you need classes. Trust me, stay in school. Not only do you build invaluable networks with classmates, but above all, you stay sharp and creative. You would be surprised how fast you can lose memorization skills or auditing skills if you are not in classes at least once a week.

4. Start Your Acting Career Off Small

Once you have you signed up for classes, have great affordable headshots, and have asked your teacher if they feel you are ready to audition, it is time to start auditioning. Sign up for services like Actors Access, or LA Casting. Both have their ups and downs, but they will provide you with auditioning experience and eventually work experience that can help you build a resume and a reel.

5. The future is bright.

Now that you have completed steps 1-4, it’s now time to hunker down, keep your nose to the ground, and audition, network, and train. Rinse and repeat. There is no time limit or guarantees to this game. It’s a battle of mind, money, and motivation. A marathon, not a sprint. It’s up to the numbers, talent, and luck. You might start to see a return on your investments in the first three years or it could take ten, (It took me five). Stay focused and stay positive. Remember, your identity is more than “an actor”. You are a complex and wonderful person with many interests and skills. Start your acting career off right, ask yourself every day what you want and how you can achieve your goals. As the Kooks said, “It’s a hard life to live, so live it well.”

Have you been dreaming of pursuing an acting career but don’t know how to get started? I get it. I work with actors who are just starting out, who already have a little bit of experience, or are coming into this career for the first time later in life.

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A successful career in acting requires equal parts talent and practice with a bit of luck thrown in. Actors at work can be seen and heard everywhere: TV, the big screen, the theater, on the Internet, in videos and on podcasts. They portray characters from the past that have impacted history, and they portray characters that are destined to impact pop culture in the future. Some dabble in a variety of entertainment mediums, while some stick to the stage, use their voice to create new worlds or dedicate their lives to the silver screen. Some make up the cast of extras that round out a production, while some achieve levels of fame that makes them a household name.

This guide serves as a starting point for anyone seriously interested in the world of professional acting. It includes a brief description of the real working life of actors and actresses, a rundown of the skills one must develop to succeed in this highly competitive field, and a list of steps to consider in pursuit of an acting career.

What Does an Actor Do?

To put it very simply, an actor works to portray a character in a movie, play, television show, theater production or any other variety of performance. But that’s not all there is to this interesting job.

Actors audition for roles and, if selected, perform those roles to bring the characters to life. Their work might be on a movie or television set, in a theater, during a live event or any other place where performance is needed. They might work on any level of the profession, from being an extra in a larger cast to appearing in starring roles.

Much of an actor’s time is spent rehearsing their part, working with directors and producers, meeting with agents or casting directors, reading scripts, attending meetings and otherwise attending to behind-the-scenes necessities. Some might spend grueling hours on set, while others might tour with a group to perform in many different cities. Some might move across the world to film on location. The work is often not steady – many actors will perform scores of characters during their careers.

Actor Salaries & Job Growth

Actor Salaries Across the US

Where actors happen to make the most money depends greatly upon their expertise, roles and geographical location. Areas where the performing arts are a prominent typically offer higher pay than rural areas, or those far away from production facilities. This tool can help aspiring actors research average earnings by location.

– Atlanta. Atlanta’s TV and film industry is booming due to tax incentives that make this city an affordable place to film. …
– Chicago. …
– Las Vegas. …
– Los Angeles. …
– New York. …
– San Francisco.

How do I get into acting with no experience?

– Don’t move yet. …
– Take acting classes. …
– Further your formal education. …
– Join a local theater. …
– Learn about the industry. …
– Build your resume. …
– Take a professional headshot. …
– Create a demo reel.

Also, Should I move to LA or NYC for acting?

Depends on what you want. NYC is it for theatre acting, TV, and some movies. LA is mostly for movies and TV, partly because they have the space for huge sound stages. Also, in theatre, you act your role from start to finish in more or less one go.

Regarding this, Which country is best for acting career? DUBLIN. We have many great and known actors from Ireland that continue working in the US. Most of them have started acting in Dublin, so if you’re from Republic of Ireland, then its capital is definitely best location for an acting career. It has a little bit of everything: films, TV and theatre.

Where are most acting jobs located?

– Atlanta. Atlanta’s TV and film industry is booming due to tax incentives that make this city an affordable place to film. …
– Chicago. …
– Las Vegas. …
– Los Angeles. …
– New York. …
– San Francisco.

Likewise, Which country is best for acting?

– USA.
– UK.
– Canada.
– Ireland.
– Germany.

Do more actors live in LA or NYC?

While L.A. has about 4 times the amount of television shows, it also has about 4 times as many actors living in the area. The same is for theater in New York. While there is much more theater in NYC, the majority of actors in NYC are theater actors. So it levels out in some aspects.Feb 15, 2012

Where is the best place to start an acting career?

– Atlanta. Atlanta’s TV and film industry is booming due to tax incentives that make this city an affordable place to film. …
– Chicago. …
– Las Vegas. …
– Los Angeles. …
– New York. …
– San Francisco.

Is New York or LA better for acting?

If it’s the theater that beckons, New York is your town. If your dream is to work with J.J. Abrams, Los Angeles is probably your best option. Most importantly, consider the quality of life you want to have when you’re not bouncing from one audition to the next.Jun 8, 2018

How can I start acting at home for beginners?

– Record Yourself. The most common and the most popular method is to record yourself. …
– People Watch. Watching others is technically not something you can do by yourself. …
– Learn More. Read the books available out there on dramatics and acting techniques. …
– Practice Cold Reading.

What do actors do when not acting?

They’ve got to learn lines (long enough to film them), develop character (strongly enough that they can film completely out of order with consistent characterization), and rehearse (most films have at least a few days of rehearsal). They are also negotiating payment and figuring out their next work.

Where is the best place to live in LA for actors?

A rule of thumb is to live in the most southern part of The Valley, directly above West Hollywood and Hollywood. This is a great place for actors, and that’s where I live. Westside Los Angeles. This is the most well-known and the most expensive area in the whole city.

Is acting a good career?

Acting is a tough but extremely rewarding, and most importantly, fun career choice. A lot of people dream to be actors and join the elite of Hollywood A-listers, but the path is not for everybody.

Do actors live in New York or LA?

While many celebs are happy living in their gigantic mansions and enjoying the near-year-round sunshine in the Hollywood Hills, Malibu and other uber-rich communities of Los Angeles, others prefer to live in what New Yorkers call the greatest city in the world.Apr 1, 2017

Do most actors live in LA?

Los Angeles is the city of stars, and despite what the tour guides selling maps on the Walk of Fame will tell you, they don’t all live in Hollywood. LA is a diverse city full of dozens of unique neighborhoods and areas, and you can find celebrities living (or hiding) in all of them.

Is it better to move to LA or New York for acting?

If it’s the theater that beckons, New York is your town. If your dream is to work with J.J. Abrams, Los Angeles is probably your best option. Most importantly, consider the quality of life you want to have when you’re not bouncing from one audition to the next.Jun 8, 2018

What is the best state for acting?

– Los Angeles, California. …
– New York City, New York. …
– London, England. …
– Chicago, Illinois. …
– Miami, Florida. …
– Atlanta, Georgia. …
– San Francisco, California. …
– Austin, Texas.

Where is the best place to become an actor?

– Atlanta. Atlanta’s TV and film industry is booming due to tax incentives that make this city an affordable place to film. …
– Chicago. …
– Las Vegas. …
– Los Angeles. …
– New York. …
– San Francisco.

Where are the majority of acting jobs located?

Famous for its perfect weather (and therefore the ideal location for shoots), Los Angeles is every actor’s rite of passage. L.A. is understandably the hub to a large number of film and television productions and still holds the world’s largest group of production studios than any other city in the world.May 31, 2021

Which country is good for acting?

DUBLIN. We have many great and known actors from Ireland that continue working in the US. Most of them have started acting in Dublin, so if you’re from Republic of Ireland, then its capital is definitely best location for an acting career. It has a little bit of everything: films, TV and theatre.

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How do I start acting in Los Angeles?

E arly in your acting career, you can find L.A. auditions through online casting platforms like Backstage. Once you have an agent, they submit you for most of your auditions—but self-submissions via Backstage is a great place to start getting experience.

Where to live in Los Angeles if you want to be an actor?

10 Best Places to Live for an Actor in LA

  • SHERMAN OAKS.
  • STUDIO CITY.
  • NORTH HOLLYWOOD.
  • BURBANK.
  • WEST HOLLYWOOD.
  • LOS FELIZ.
  • SILVER LAKE/ECHO PARK.
  • HOLLYWOOD.

How can I get into acting at 14?

Steps to Becoming an Actor

  1. Jump into theater in high school. The path to acting careers can actually begin in high school plays and musicals.
  2. Get experience outside of school.
  3. Get educated.
  4. Practice makes perfect.
  5. Build up an acting resume.
  6. Hire an agent.

How do you get into Hollywood acting?

  1. INTRODUCTION.
  2. ATTEND GOOD ACTING CLASSES.
  3. SEARCH FOR AUDITIONS FOR NON-UNION MEMBERS.
  4. ATTEND ACTING WORKSHOPS.
  5. NETWORK AND BE AN EXTRA ON A SET.
  6. LEARN HOW TO AUDITION.
  7. EXPOSE YOURSELF TO AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES.
  8. STAY OPTIMISTIC AND DILIGENT.

Is it possible to move to LA with no money?

Obviously, everyone is different, but we recommend saving up at least $5,000 before you head out to LA. Once you get to LA, you may need to pay for a security deposit or a real estate broker fee to secure an apartment so be sure you have some money lying around!

Is it hard to become an actor in LA?

Building a successful acting career is hard work. It is one of the hardest careers to break into, and it’s expensive to boot. A lot of young (and not so young) people flock to Los Angeles because they’re special, talented, and WANT it more than everyone else, but many have no plan or understanding of what awaits them.

What part of LA do celebrities live?

Where do Hollywood stars live? In reality, most celebrities don’t live in the city of Hollywood, but in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, and Malibu.

Where is the best place to live as an actor?

Here are a few of the best cities to live for actors.

  • Atlanta. Atlanta’s TV and film industry is booming due to tax incentives that make this city an affordable place to film.
  • Chicago.
  • Las Vegas.
  • Los Angeles.
  • New York.
  • San Francisco.

Can I become an actor at 15?

This is an easy one: yes, your child can definitely become an actor with no prior experience. In fact, it’s a lot easier for kids with short résumés to be cast than it is for adults. “There’s always room for a child actor to be discovered,” says TJ Stein, president of L.A. talent agency Stein Entertainment Group.

How do actresses cry?

Actors can recall these memories and produce “real” tears. To cry “memory-driven tears,” actors must be able to access past emotions. During the rehearsal process, recall an intense emotional experience and then say your lines. Choose the right memory for the right part.

Do famous actors have to audition?

Many believe that famous actors just get handed roles without an audition. But that’s certainly not the case. Actors audition at all points in their careers, regardless of skill or level of fame.

Are there benefits to moving to New Zealand?

If you’ve got a family then the benefits of moving to New Zealand are very clear. You only need to look at the Kiwis who move away from home only to shoot straight back again once they start having a family of their own. In fact, many of our customers are Kiwis who have enjoyed living in the UK but are heading back home to raise their children.

Do you need a visa to move to New Zealand?

If you’re thinking about a permanent move to New Zealand, there are some extra things to consider. To live in New Zealand permanently, you need a resident visa. If you’re moving to New Zealand with your partner or spouse, you may face quite specific challenges when you first arrive.

How to plan a new life in New Zealand?

Explore the new life that you and your family could enjoy in New Zealand. Your planning tool to help you prepare to travel and settle in New Zealand permanently. Are your skills in demand? There are specific skills urgently needed in New Zealand. Use this tool to check if your skills are in demand.

What’s the best way to live in New Zealand?

Live permanently in New Zealand. New Zealanders believe life is for living. It’s about balancing a good day’s work with time for family and friends. Explore the new life that you and your family could enjoy in New Zealand.

If you want to become the next star in Hollywood, with your name in lights, or your handprints on the floor of the streets of LA, then you will need to know how to jumpstart your acting career.

You are probably wondering how to do it, and what age you need to start preparing to become an actor, or when you can enroll in acting school.

Luckily for you, we are here to answer all of your burning questions about what age is best to start acting, and does age matter in acting. You would have noticed that some actors rose to fame from a young age, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightly or Bryce Dallas Howard.

This can lead you to think that acting is something that you need to do from childhood in order to succeed, but that is not the whole truth.

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There are many wildly successful actors who rose to fame later in life, and have since had wonderful careers.

For example, Harrison Ford was cast in Star Wars at the age of 33, and was previously working as a carpenter. In a similar way, Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson was working as a social worker, and only became famous after his breakout role in Pulp Fiction at age 45.

This shows that whilst it can be beneficial to begin your acting career as soon as you can, it does not mean that you have to give up after you reach a certain age. So, what age is best to start acting?

What age is best to start acting?

Whilst many successful actors got cast in their biggest roles later in life, you may not want to miss the boat, and are trying to find out when is the best time to start acting. The truth is, there is no perfect age to start acting.

If this is a career that you want to pursue, then you can start whenever. As long as you are committed, passionate and ready to put in the hard work and the effort, then the best age for you to start acting is right now.

Becoming an actor is no easy feat, and you will not reach stardom overnight, which is why so many young people and child actors become famous. It really comes down to them building up an acting portfolio and career over time, as this is something that can help get you seen by casting directors, or get your name out there.

However, this is not always the case. You may find that you are the perfect fit for a role, and a director may choose you because you can take the role in another direction.

There are benefits to starting acting at a young age, as you can keep at it for years, and dedicate a lot of time and effort into reaching your goals, but working as a young actor can also be very difficult. You may find it hard to sustain yourself in between roles and auditions, and you may find it not financially viable to live like this.

On the other hand, starting to act later in life may feel like you have missed out on something, or that you have delayed your progress, but the plus points are that you have life experience to bring to the role, along with confidence, and you will most likely be more financially stable to pursue your dream career.

We would argue that the best age to begin an acting career is whenever you are ready to put in the hard work and dedication!

What age can you go to acting school?

You can actually go to acting school from the age of 18, as most courses and diplomas require you to be over this age to begin. However, there is no limit as to when you can go. If you choose to go to acting school at age 30, 40, or 50, you are able to do so.

Children can also sign up to acting schools specifically for their ages, and can attend acting classes. What age they are able to join depends on the school itself as some provide for child actors as young as 4, all the way to 18, whereas others will teach 10-17 year olds.

Does age matter in acting?

No, age does not matter in acting. Some of the greatest actors of our time were working in other career paths before getting their first breakthrough role, and some actors did not even intend on acting, and already had successful careers in other areas. If you want to become an actor, then you need to remember that you have to put the work in.

Yes, some people are lucky enough to be scouted, or may find the right role for them with ease, but others have to put in years of dedication, work and passion before becoming an actor. If it is something that you want to do, then no matter what age you are, you can do it.

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Emma Stone, byname of Emily Jean Stone, (born November 6, 1988, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.), American actress known for her natural charm, husky voice, and adaptability to a wide range of roles.

Stone gained her earliest acting experience performing with the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. During her freshman year in high school, she persuaded her parents to allow her to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She and her mother took an apartment there, and Stone was homeschooled between auditions. Her first role came in 2005 when she landed the part of Laurie Partridge in The New Partridge Family, a pilot for a proposed television series. More TV roles followed, and in 2007 Stone made her film debut acting with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in the teen comedy Superbad. Stone continued to appear in similar movies, of which the most notable was the horror comedy Zombieland (2009). The following year Stone achieved her first starring role, in the teen comedy Easy A (2010), as a high school girl who pretends to have slept with a gay friend and various other social outcasts in order to give them a patina of coolness. The movie proved to be her breakthrough.

Stone appeared with Ryan Gosling in the well-received romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) and then was cast in the role of Skeeter, the aspiring author who interviews African American housemaids (played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) about their experiences working for white families in Tate Taylor’s The Help—her first experience outside comedy. Stone then played Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, in the superhero movies The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), and she took another turn as Gosling’s love interest in the widely panned crime flick Gangster Squad (2013). She also costarred with Colin Firth in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight (2014).

Stone was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance as the emotionally unstable daughter of the lead character, played by Michael Keaton, in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014). It was her 2014 Broadway debut in the part of Sally Bowles in Cabaret, however, that caught the eye of director Damien Chazelle. He cast her as the aspiring actress Mia, whose bittersweet romance with jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling) forms the plotline in the movie musical La La Land (2016). Stone’s mesmerizing performance brought her a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Oscar for best actress in a leading role.

In 2017 Stone starred in Battle of the Sexes as tennis champion Billie Jean King in the 1973 match against Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). She then reteamed with her Superbad costar Jonah Hill in the TV miniseries Maniac (2018), in which they portrayed two strangers who partake in a pharmaceutical trial that promises to end their troubles. That same year Stone starred alongside Rachel Weisz in the dark period romp The Favourite; they played cousins competing for the favour of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). For her performance, Stone received her third Oscar nomination. She then reprised her role from Zombieland for the 2019 sequel. She later lent her voice to the animated family film The Croods: A New Age (2020). In 2021 Stone took the title role in Cruella, a live-action comedy about a young Cruella De Vil, the villain of the Disney classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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  • Many aspiring actors dream of having a career in Hollywood, and with time, training, dedication, passion, and patience, that vision can become a reality. If you want to become a successful film or television actor, there are some deliberate steps you can take to start making your way down that path.

    Learn How to Act

    The best Hollywood actors understand that acting is a craft. Regardless of credentials, many of these seasoned performers continue to work with coaches and mentors to hone their craft because they know there is always room to grow. As an aspiring actor, you can take a cue and sign up for a wide variety of acting classes. Work with as many styles and different groups as possible—try it all. From Shakespeare to comedy, and improv to cinema vérité, the more you know, the more well-rounded and versatile you will be to take on any roles that come your way.

    Go Where the Work Is

    New York and Los Angeles are where most of the casting directors work, live, and cast many of the shows shot in the U.S. and Canada. Recently, however, Atlanta has emerged as one of the hotspots for film and television gigs, primarily fueled by the opening of Tyler Perry Studios—one of the largest film production studios in the U.S.

    Georgia is also known for providing lucrative tax incentives for filmmakers, so many choose to cast their work in the state. Although you don’t necessarily need to move to those cities, you stand the best chance of being cast in a role if you’re there.

    To help you find casting directors, and vice versa, an acting agency is the ideal conduit. Here are the top acting agencies that can help lead you to a career in film, TV, and commercials.

    Commit Yourself

    The best actors are those who are willing to invest their time and let themselves be 100% consumed by the role they are playing, both physically and emotionally. This sort of dedication can take its toll on relationships, however. It’s hard enough to maintain connections if you’re devoting all your time and energy to your passion; it’s even harder if that passion requires you to shoot on location for months at a time and be on set for up to 20 hours a day.

    Don’t Burn Bridges

    Getting ahead in Hollywood is all about developing relationships and sowing seeds. You should always strive to be personable because you never know who might be able to help you down the road. An assistant you worked with years ago, for instance, might become a casting director, film producer, or talent agent someday. You can bet they’ll remember who was nice to them along the way. It’s never a good idea to burn bridges.

    Be Persistent

    There is one general rule in Hollywood: Talent won’t get you there, but persistence just might. Actors who are gritty and unrelenting likely have a better chance of success than the Juilliard-trained actor who waits in their apartment for an opportunity to come knocking. There is a lengthy list of actors who worked less-than-ideal day jobs until they got full time acting gigs.

    It took Harrison Ford more than a decade working as a carpenter—which is how he recaptured the attention of George Lucas, who had previously cast him in “American Graffiti”—before he landed his breakthrough role as Han Solo in “Star Wars.”   John Hamm waited tables as he took on smaller parts and went on many auditions before he earned fame as Don Draper at “Mad Men.”  

    Break Through Your Range

    For years, Clint Eastwood epitomized the tough guy; Meg Ryan was the cutesy, girl next door; and Tom Hanks was the goofy, nice guy. These actors made their name playing specific roles because they found a niche that worked for them. Later, they were able to reach beyond their initial range. Finding your range is essential when you’re getting your start. It shows casting directors what you’re capable of as an actor.

    It’s just as important to move beyond your initial range by continuing to learn new acting techniques. Doing improvisation can help extend your range. It is one of the few forms of acting where you have the absolute freedom to discover where your talent lies and where your repertoire could use some work.

    Seek out as many acting opportunities as you can. From small plays to student films, you may be surprised how many seemingly insignificant opportunities can be catalysts to your entire career.

    Have Patience

    True overnight success stories in Hollywood are rare. It may seem like an actor or actress is entirely unknown one day and basking in the limelight the next, but the reality is that years of hard work and preparation earned them the accolades. Be patient—you never know when your break is going to come. At least three stars of “Orange Is the New Black” can attest to this notion:

    • Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
    • Datscha Polanco, who acts as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz
    • Diane Guerrero, who portrayed Maritza Ramos

    All three actresses nearly gave up acting entirely before being cast in the award-winning series. Aduba was the closest to moving on. In the September 2016 issue of Essence, she related how she landed her role 45-minutes after deciding to stop acting.   Meanwhile, Polanco kept working another full-time job during the filming of the first season, unsure of how things were going to pan out.  

    And then there’s the story of Chrissy Metz, who plays the role of Kate Pearson in “This Is Us.” Frustrated by fruitless efforts to land significant roles, she nearly moved back to Florida before getting cast in the critically acclaimed NBC series. Living on unemployment at the time, she famously had less than a dollar in her bank account.   Her patience ended up paying off, and with enough persistence, yours can too.

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    New York Film Academy is honored to have many of the industry’s best impart their knowledge to our film school students as guest speakers, including Kim Cattrall, Seth Rogen, Kevin James, Glenn Close, Bryan Cranston, Rachel Maddow, Jamie Lee Curtis, J. K. Simmons, Mira Nair, Russell Hornsby, William Wegman, and many more.

    The New York Film Academy was founded on the philosophy that “learning by doing” combined with best industry practices is more valuable than years of theoretical study for filmmakers and actors. This educational model allows students to achieve more in less time than at all other film or acting schools in the world.

    The New York Film Academy offers camps, short-term workshops, conservatory-style programs, and degree programs. The Academy’s one- and two-year conservatory-style programs include topics in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Producing, Screenwriting, 3D Animation, Cinematography, Broadcast Journalism, Photography, Musical Theatre, and Game Design; as well as an accelerated three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Producing, Screenwriting, 3D Animation, and Game Design, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Media Studies. Our school also offers two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, Producing, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design and Photography, and two-year Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Producing, Screenwriting and Game Design, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Film and Media Production at our Los Angeles campus. Each program is structured for students who want intensive training from award-winning faculty, using professional facilities and equipment starting their first day of classes. In the first year of any of our filmmaking programs each film school student will write, shoot, direct and edit eight films and work as crew on 28 more! Register in any of our world-class programs and get on the path to achieving your goals.

    For those considering sharpening their skills, the New York Film Academy offers a wide selection of immersive, hands-on workshops, where our inspriring instructors teach students to create their own original work. Students interested an intensive short-term workshop can choose from topics in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, producing, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, broadcast journalism, 3D animation, digital editing, game design, virtual reality, and musical theatre.

    Be ready for the most challenging and rewarding experience of your life. Gain unsurpassed real-world experience in filmmaking, acting for film, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, 3D animation or musical theatre. Enroll in a short-term workshop or spend one, two, or three years dedicated to perfecting your craft, instead of just reading books and attending lectures.

    The New York Film Academy is considered the best hands-on film school in the world by many of today’s top filmmakers. Our student body is remarkably diverse. Across our New York City, Los Angeles and South Beach campuses, our students represent over 120 different nationalities, and this diversity adds to the creative atmosphere and fosters a unique artistic community.

    If you’re looking to take acting classes at one of the premier acting schools in Los Angeles, Michelle Danner Acting Studio has acting classes for adults, teens, and children. We pride ourselves in being one of the best acting schools in California. Whether you’re in need of acting classes for film, theatre, or television, you’ll find what you need to help you reach your goals and break into the industry.

    What We Teach

    The Michelle Danner Acting Studio teaches a variety of styles and methods of acting. We believe in preparing actors for all aspects of the entertainment industry to set them up for success once they finish our program. Many acting schools in Los Angeles don’t have such diverse and extensive class offerings, but we do. We offer in-person and online acting classes for adults, beginners, teens, children, international students, and more. So no matter what your skill and experience level, we have highly-qualified and experienced acting coaches to help you along your acting journey. Our course selection includes:

    • Audition for Film & TV
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    • Film Script Analysis
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    • And so much more!

    We believe that being a successful actor entails utilizing multiple skills and talents, and our LA acting classes will help you cultivate your unique gifts.

    What You Can Expect

    When you enroll in The Michelle Danner Acting Studio, you’ll have trained actors and coveted acting coaches at your fingertips. We teach multiple styles and methods of acting, ranging from the Stanislavsky method to the Meisner technique. Our acting classes require dedication and focus, so you can get the most out of your experience with our staff at the premier acting school in Los Angeles.

    As one of the best acting schools in Los Angeles, we also offer our acting classes, workshops, summer camps, and more at an excellent price point. We believe that every actor should have access to the tools and resources that will set them up for success in the industry. Whether you want to be a stage actor or steal the show on the silver screen, our acting coaches and methods will help you reach your goals.

    Get Started Today!

    If you want to be at one of the best acting schools in the nation, contact us today to learn how you can enroll and get started. Most acting schools in Los Angeles have a limited number of classes, methods, and techniques. But at Michelle Danner Acting Studio, we have classes for teens, international students, and more, all of who have jump-started or transformed their careers. Our list of alums consists of a diverse range of world-renowned actors like James Franco, Norman Reedus, Chris Rock, Henry Cavill, and more. We want to help our students build their careers and develop their own Golden Box of tools and techniques to reveal their true talents.

    Michelle Danner Acting Studio has an expansive network of professionals and opportunities for students as well. From working film festivals to having exclusive insight into independent film auditions, we want to help our students begin their journey at a leading acting school in Los Angeles to find the work that will fulfill and sustain them in an exciting career. Find the perfect LA acting classes for you today!

    September 16, 2014 By Kasi Adams

    Things were starting to look up for me. After working a couple of years at the front desk at a four star hotel, I was promoted as an accounting assistant. Everything was significantly better. I worked better hours, I wasn’t stressed out all the time, I had my own desk and I even became ‘Employee of the Year’. I was being asked to sit in on meetings with management because they were beginning to value my input on crucial business decisions. Just as I was gaining my coworker’s respect and getting really good at my job, just as I was getting comfortable… I quit, packed for Los Angeles and left it all behind.

    That’s what happens when you chase your dreams – you make sacrifices. Sometimes it’s loss of security in your job, being away from your family, or living in a less than subpar apartment. You just have to believe that these sacrifices will be worth it.

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    Cincinnati: My old home!

    Before moving to LA, I did some acting in the Cincinnati market and took a weekly acting class. A time came however, when I felt like I had stopped growing as an actor and that scared me. It suddenly became clear to me what I wanted and what I needed to do. I was ready to start pushing myself to see how far I can go in this industry. LA is where I felt I needed to be to achieve the most growth, mostly due to the ruthless competition. It’s important to surround yourself with people who are more advanced than you, but it’s just as important to respect where you are on your journey. You can’t beat yourself up about not having as many credits as someone else or not being signed with as good of an agent. You’ll drive yourself mad because there is always going to be someone more advanced than you. I think it’s good to learn from other actors, but then you need to focus on your own personal journey and be accountable for your own career. Many different paths can lead to the same destination.

    One thing that I think everyone can really benefit from is goal-planning. I like to visualize my overall goal for what kind of career I want, then I break it down into smaller goals that I can achieve on a daily basis. I’m big on making to-do lists. There are a lot of things that happen in life that can distract you from your goals, so occasional reevaluation helps keep you focused. There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps as long as you’re walking in forward motion toward that overall goal.

    Something I started doing for my career even before I moved to LA was networking. Meeting new people used to be very intimidating for me. I’m by no means a social butterfly, but over the years by constantly stepping outside of my comfort zone, I have gotten better at it. It’s a really cool thing to get to know someone’s body of work online and then meet them in person when an event that their involved with arises. I think it’s wise not to underestimate anyone you meet in this business because you never know how that person could potentially contribute to your success.

    I also read a lot of articles and listen to podcasts that talk about the entertainment industry (Inside Acting Podcast!). I think it’s important as an actor to always have that student mentality. Always be learning, whether it’s related to this industry or not. The more you learn, the sharper your imagination.

    Because I’m new in town and because I don’t have a lot of credits to put together a solid reel to showcase myself, I began looking toward the benefits of creating my own content. It seems that more and more actors are taking on the role of filmmaker these days as a way to create an outlet for their work to be seen. I decided to go this route by writing a short script that I am currently in the beginning planning phases of filming. Have I ever made my own film before? No. Am I going to give it my best shot? Heck yes!

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    Los Angeles: my new home!

    We’ve all made sacrifices and we’re all on different journeys, but if we set personal goals, put them into action and follow though, I believe we’ll really hit the ground running, whether your like me and just moved to LA to start a career in entertainment or if you’ve been at it awhile but you’re in a rut and need a fresh start. I wouldn’t be where I am today without self-motivation. We need this kind of inner strength to propel ourselves out of our comfort zones and thus opening up new worlds of opportunity. Maybe us newbies have an advantage. We come here all high on hope, we have this positive energy around us and a real faith that we’re going make all of our dreams come true. If you feel like this town or this industry has crushed your spirit over the years, think back to when you were new and full of excitement, ready to fight for your dreams and conquer any obstacles that got in your way. Maybe it’s time to revisit that moment, make some new goals, and create a fresh, new start for yourself.

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    A former Britain’s Got Talent star has returned to the UK after a stint performing in LA.

    George Sampson recently took Los Angeles by storm in a production of a hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. George Sampson won the second series of the BGT back in 2008 and has gone on to have a varied career in dance and acting.

    Then just a young teenager, Sampson competed in the very first series of Britain’s Got Talent but failed to make it to the semi-finals. The following year he returned to the competition aged 14 and performed several routines, culminating in him reaching the final.

    He went on to perform his iconic routine set to a remix of “Singing in the Rain” in front of judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Piers Morgan. He beat out the rest of the competitors to be crowned champion of the series.

    Since then, he’s performed at festivals, released singles, and starred in West End shows before becoming an actor. He starred in several episodes of Waterloo Road as well as securing parts in both Casualty and Emmerdale.

    Now 28-years-old, George Sampson moved to Los Angeles back in January to star as Dean Paxton in the hit musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which saw the cast perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The production was based on a film made in 2001 which starred Max Harwood, Layton Williams, Sarah Lancashire, and Richard E. Grant.

    He posted plenty of Instagram pictures of himself living out the LA lifestyle enjoying clubs, the beach and other exotic locations.

    The musical recently returned to the UK after its US run. The tour concluded after the show as performed 212 times in 24 venues and selling over 245,000 tickets. In an emotional post on Twitter, the show’s official account said: “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! To our cast, crew, and all those who’ve joined us on our tremendous journey around the UK, Ireland and LA, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU.” While also hinting at an “announcement soon.”

    Sampson said goodbye in a simple Instagram post, reading, “Dean Paxton, it’s been a pleasure.”

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    Start Your Acting Auditions WHILE you are in College. Dont wait to gradutate!

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    Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” “Nightshift,” “Walk The Prank,” and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels, and many more. Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five b ooks called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry. ————————————————————————————————————————–


    Hey college students! You want to be an actor so you enrolled in college and are taking acting classes or you are majoring in theater. You are probably thinking when you graduate college that’s when you are going to start your acting career, right? But let me tell you something that will really help you- Professional acting is the kind of business that works better the younger you start. By the time you graduate college you will be 4 years older other actors will already have professional credits and those are the actors you will be competing with for the same roles.

    So here is my very important advice for college students in or around Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas

    1) AUDITION FOR FILM AND TV WHILE YOU ARE IN COLLEGE
    While you are studying in college, its is important that you are also auditioning for film and TV in NYC or LA at the same time – or the closest big city that has casting directors and auditions.

    You need to start meeting casting directors as soon as possible so they start to get familiar with you and your work. Do NOT wait until you graduate. Get an agent, go on auditions and start doing some professional work in commercials, TV, film and theater DURING the years you are in college. I’ll say it again, you do NOT want to wait until you graduate to start building those relationships. Start as soon as you can while you are young. Do BOTH school and audition at the same time.

    2) TRAIN. TRAIN. TRAIN.
    Even though you are taking acting in college, you need to take a professional acting classes to develop your cold reading and audition skills. Once these are strong you are ready to get your first agent and start audioning for casting directors.

    3) ALWAYS BE ACTING

    Do theater productions at college and in the community. Take acting classes in audition techniques, acting, scene study and on camera. Some of your classes will be at collegeand others at professional schools. There is no reason you can’t take an acting class in the closet big city 1 or 2 days a month. You need this professional training and so does your resume.

    4) SUBMIT YOURSELF FOR PROJECTS

    Create an account on Backstage.com upload your picture and create a resume. You can submit yourself to all kinds of acting projects like webseries, student films, short films, and commercials. Do it. You need to get experience and you need the credits on your resume.

    5) BUILD YOUR RESUME

    You should be building your resume while you are in college by adding a new acting class to it every year, AND by adding acting jobs that you do in short films, commercials, webseries, theater productions, and small roles on TV show etc.The reason I tell you this is the older you are the harder it is in this business. By the time you graduate college in 4 years you want to have at least 2 or 3 TV co-star or guest star credits on your resume.

    What is a Co Star Credit?
    A co-star is usually one day of work on a TV show with 5 lines or under.

    What is a Guest Star Credit?
    A guest start is usually 3-5 days of work on a TV show.

    6) GET INFORMED ABOUT HOW THE BUSINESS WORKS

    Read my book “How To Be A Star Right Where You Are.” You can find it on my website SecretsOfAHollywoodTalentManager.com

    When agents and managers are looking for new clients, we typically start with kids ages 7-19. They are easier to get auditions for. When you become an adult you will be comptering with actors who already have some TV credits. So YOU need to get some too! That makes agents fell more comfortable signing adults. So get some TV credits and build your resume while you are still in college.

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    Medication for ADHD is a lot like a pair of eyeglasses. Just as your glasses sharpen fuzzy vision, meds help your brain focus. They work as long as they’re active in the body. Some are good for a few hours, while others can last most of the day.

    Stimulants are the medications that most people use for ADHD symptoms. They don’t cure it, but they boost levels of chemicals in your brain that help you focus and pay attention.

    There are two types of stimulants: short-acting and long-acting. They use the same medicine — either amphetamines or methylphenidates. What’s different is how they release the drugs into your body.

    If your doctor thinks a stimulant is right for you, it’s helpful to know the differences between these two kinds.

    Short-Acting ADHD Treatments

    These start working in about 30 to 45 minutes and generally wear off in 3 to 6 hours. They include:

    Amphetamines:

    Methylphenidates:

    This kind of medicine helps if you need to focus for just a few hours. Perhaps you’re working on spreadsheets or writing a report and need to be sharp.

    A short-acting med peaks and falls in your bloodstream quickly. You might feel irritable when it wears off. That’s called a rebound effect.

    If you want to control symptoms all day, you’ll need to pop more than one pill. That can be inconvenient and hard to remember to do when you’re busy.

    Long-Acting ADHD Treatments

    Long-acting drugs are designed to work in phases. Part of them release into your bloodstream shortly after you take them (typically in the morning) and the rest throughout the day.

    These meds are a good choice if you need symptom relief all day but want to take just one pill. Some people say they feel “smoother” than short-acting drugs because they cause fewer ups and downs. But some people find they need to supplement their long-acting medicine with a short-acting one later in the day, when the effects may wear off.

    Your choices include:

    Amphetamines:

    • Extended-release mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall XR): last 8-12 hours
    • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine): 6-8 hours
    • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse): 10-12 hours

    Methylphenidates:

    • Dexmethylphenidate extended release (Focalin XR): 6-10
    • Methylphenidate extended release:
      • (Concerta): 8-12 hours
      • (Metadate ER): 6-8 hours
      • (Metadate CD): 8-10 hours
      • (Methylin ER): 6-8 hours
      • (Ritalin LA): 8-10 hours

    How long the medication lasts depends on how quickly your body processes it. If it’s not long enough for you, you can ask your doctor about adding a short-acting “booster” med in the late afternoon or evening. A newer form of methylphenidate, Jornay PM, is taken at bedtime and doesn’t activate until 10-12 hours later, lasting throughout the day.

    ADHD Meds: Trial and Error

    It may take some time to find the right medication and the right dose. Call your doctor if yours isn’t working for you or if side effects like trouble sleeping or headaches are bothering you.

    Show Sources

    Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Medication Management.”

    Child Mind Institute: “Understanding ADHD Medications,” “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

    Michelle Frank, PsyD, vice president, Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

    British rapper has already made cameo in Absolutely Fabulous flick

    • FROM DAN WOOTTON’S BIZARRE COLUMN
    • 19:00, 14 Aug 2016
    • Updated : 5:34, 15 Aug 2016

    THERE is nothing small about TINIE TEMPAH’s new career move.

    I’ve learned the British rapper is eyeing up a career in Hollywood and has already started the groundwork.

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    Tinie spent some time in Los Angeles earlier this month where he hung out with CALVIN HARRIS.

    But he also squeezed in time for a chat with a talent agency out there to kick off his acting career.

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    A source revealed: “Tinie definitely sees Hollywood in his future.

    “He’s elated with the success he’s achieved in music but he is a very ambitious guy and has a ten year plan to relocate to Hollywood and pursue a movie career.

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    Tinie has already admitted to wanting acting lessons but his only film role so far was a cameo in the recent Absolutely Fabulous movie, which topped the box office in the UK.

    Not a bad place to start.

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    A Phase 3 Double Blind Safety and Efficacy Study of Long-Acting Injectable Cabotegravir Compared to Daily Oral TDF/FTC for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in HIV-Uninfected Women.

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    *** 9 November 2020 ***

    HPTN 084 Study Demonstrates Superiority of Injectable Cabotegravir to Oral TDF/FTC for the Prevention of HIV in Cisgender Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

    What is HPTN 084?

    HPTN 084 (The LIFE Study) is a study being done to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the injectable agent, cabotegravir (CAB LA) compared to daily oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC), for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in HIV-uninfected women.

    Who participated in the study?

    How to start acting in l. aHPTN 084 enrolled 3,224 women 18 to 45 years old in sub-Saharan Africa who were at risk for acquiring HIV.

    Why is HPTN 084 important?

    PrEP agents are needed that do not depend on daily or near-daily pill-taking. The development of alternative agents for PrEP, and/or more adherence-friendly schedules for currently available agents, could increase prevention choices and increase acceptability. Long-acting injectable agents have the potential to prevent HIV acquisition without relying on adherence to a daily oral regimen.

    What happened during the study?

    Once randomized to one of two arms, participants moved through the steps below and will be followed for up to 4 and a half years (active drugs are shown in bold text):

    Step 1:

    Arm A – Daily oral CAB (30 mg tablets) and oral TDF/FTC placebo for five weeks plus an HIV prevention package including behavioral risk reduction and adherence counseling, provision of condoms.

    Arm B – Daily oral TDF/FTC (300 mg/200 mg fixed-dose combination tablets) and oral CAB placebo for five weeks plus an HIV prevention package including behavioral risk reduction and adherence counseling, provision of condoms.

    A participant that becomes HIV-infected during Step 1 of the study will permanently discontinue study product and will be terminated from the study, and referred for HIV-related care.

    Step 2:

    Arm A – CAB LA (600 mg as a single intramuscular [IM] injection at two time points 4 weeks apart and every 8 weeks thereafter) and daily oral TDF/FTC placebo plus an HIV prevention package including behavioral risk reduction and adherence counseling, provision of condoms.

    Arm B – Daily oral TDF/FTC (300/200 mg fixed-dose combination tablets) and IM placebo at two time points 4 weeks apart and every 8 weeks thereafter (matching vehicle, identical volume as active injectable product in Arm A) plus an HIV prevention package including behavioral risk reduction and adherence counseling, provision of condoms.

    This step will continue until the required number of endpoints (111) is reached, estimated to be 81 weeks after enrolling the last participant.

    A participant that becomes HIV-infected during Step 2 of the study will permanently discontinue study product, be placed on immediate suppressive ART, and be followed for 52 weeks after their last injection, after which their participation in the study will end and they will be transitioned to continued HIV-related care.

    Step 3:

    Arms A and B – Open-label daily TDF/FTC (in order to cover the pharmacokinetic [PK] tail for Arm A participants) will be provided no later than eight weeks after the last injection visit, for up to 48 weeks plus an HIV prevention package including behavioral risk reduction and adherence counseling, and provision of condoms. Participants will then transition to locally available HIV prevention services, including services for PrEP, if available.

    A participant with confirmed HIV infection during Step 3 will be followed at least for the duration of Step 3.

    What were the results of the study?

    In November 2020, researchers from the HPTN announced the HPTN 084 clinical trial data indicating that a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimen of long-acting cabotegravir (CAB LA) injections once every eight weeks was safe and superior to daily oral tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) for HIV prevention among cisgender women in sub-Saharan Africa. During a planned review of study data, an independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) recommended the study sponsor―the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health―stop the blinded phase of the trial and share the results. The study was originally designed to continue through 2022. Read more.

    Study Documents

    HPTN 084 Open Label Extension (OLE)

    HPTN 084 Dear Participant Letter

    HPTN 084 Version 3.0

    HPTN 084 Version 2.0

    HPTN 084 Version 1.0

    HPTN 084 V3.0 OLE Training

    COVID-19 Resources

    This section provides a brief overview of recommendations for trial conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    On June 11, 1979, John Wayne, an iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns, dies at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade.

    The actor was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, and moved as a child to Glendale, California. A football star at Glendale High School, he attended the University of Southern California on a scholarship but dropped out after two years. After finding work as a movie studio laborer, Wayne befriended director John Ford, then a rising talent. His first acting jobs were bit parts in which he was credited as Duke Morrison, a childhood nickname derived from the name of his beloved pet dog.

    Wayne’s first starring role came in 1930 with The Big Trail, a film directed by Raoul Walsh. It was during this time that Marion Morrison became “John Wayne,” when director Walsh didn’t think Marion was a good name for an actor playing a tough western hero. Despite the lead actor’s new name, however, the movie flopped. Throughout the 1930s, Wayne made dozens of mediocre westerns. In them, he played various rough-and-tumble characters and occasionally appeared as “Singing Sandy,” a musical cowpoke a la Roy Rogers.

    In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough when his old friend John Ford cast him as Ringo Kid in the Oscar-winning Stagecoach. Wayne went on to play larger-than-life heroes in dozens of movies and came to symbolize a type of rugged, strong, straight-shooting American man. John Ford directed Wayne in some of his best-known films, including Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

    Off-screen, Wayne came to be known for his conservative political views. He produced, directed and starred in The Alamo (1960) and The Green Berets (1968), both of which reflected his patriotic, conservative leanings. In 1969, he won an Oscar for his role as a drunken, one-eyed federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Wayne’s last film was The Shootist (1976), in which he played a legendary gunslinger dying of cancer. The role had particular meaning, as the actor was fighting the disease in real life.

    During four decades of acting, Wayne, with his trademark drawl and good looks, appeared in over 250 films. He was married three times and had seven children.

    “la Caixa” and the Spanish Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, acting through Enisa, have announced a new edition of Premios EmprendedorXXI (EnterpriseXXI Awards), which go to the most innovative start-ups

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    • The event is now in its eleventh incarnation in Spain. Widely viewed as Spain’s most prominent event for start-ups, the competition is now to be staged in Portugal for the first time.

    • The entry period runs from 4 September through to 3 November, during which time innovative companies with less than three years on the clock can put their names forward.

    • This year round, a total of five sector-specific prizes are on offer (Life Sciences, Information Technologies, Digital Businesses, Industrial Technologies and Agro-Food), plus a further 19 region-specific accolades (17 in Spain and 2 in Portugal).

    ”la Caixa”, acting through private equity management company Caixa Capital Risc, and the Spanish Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, for its part acting through Enisa, have just announced a new edition of the Premios EmprendedorXXI (EnterpriseXXI Awards). The event aims to name and support ground-breaking companies promising the greatest growth potential.

    Premios EmprendedorXXI has always attracted a large number of companies from all across Spain, given the support the initiative has enjoyed from CaixaBank (providing the largest commercial branch network in Spain), from Enisa and from regional and local entities and bodies dedicated to providing financial aid and support to fledgling businesses. In the 2017 edition, a total of 135 regional institutions are helping to organise the event.

    This year round the competition is also being held in Portugal for the first time, following CaixaBank’s takeover of BPI in February. This means that eligible Portuguese companies -highly innovative businesses with less than three years in business- can now fight it out for the main prizes on offer.

    Awards to the best of each sector and each territory

    In this edition, a total of five main prizes will be handed out; one for each of the following five sectors: Life Sciences, Information Technologies, Digital Businesses, Industrial Technologies and Agro-Food. The winners in this category get sizeable prize money (25,000 euros per prize) and access to an international programme of growth organised alongside the Singularity University and a prestigious business school.

    Meanwhile, a further 19 prizes will be handed to those companies to have made the biggest impact in their sector or field: 17 in Spain (one for each autonomous region) and 2 in Portugal (northern-central region and Lisbon-south and islands). The winners from the different regions will reach receive 5,000 euros and a grant to pursue an international course in business growth called Ignite Fast Track, which is being offered by Cambridge University (United Kingdom).

    Moreover, the Israeli Embassy in Spain will award a runner-up prize for innovation consisting of a one-week training programme in Israel organised by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic Centre, in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    In total, the 2017 competition will hand out close to 490,000 euros in prize money, making Premios EmprendedorXXI one of the most generous events in Spain and Portugal for budding businesses.

    Entry period runs until 3 November

    Entrepreneurs looking to enter their business initiatives have from 4 September until 3 November in which to do so. Entries can be made online at www.emprendedorXXI.es.

    Entries will then be appraised during November and December and the finalists shortlisted. Following that, the regional prize ceremonies will be held during the first quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, the final phase of Premios EmprendedorXXI will take place in mid-March in Barcelona.

    Prominent awards ceremony

    Premios EmprendedorXXI is the most prominent event for Spanish start-ups and a key initiative in championing the best innovative business projects from across the country.

    Since its inception in 2007, the initiative has invested 4.3 million euros in prizes and support actions, benefitting a total of 289 companies. Breaking it down further, a total of 2.5 million euros has been handed out in cash and a further 1.8 million euros in international training and networking initiatives.

    Over its ten years of life, a total of 5,210 start-ups have taken part in Premios EmprendedorXXI and upwards of 257 business owners, investors and representatives from entrepreneurship support entities have sat on the various committees and panels.

    About Caixa Capital Risc

    Caixa Capital Risc, the venture capital arm of ”la Caixa”, invests in innovative Spanish start-ups promising high growth potential and accompanies and supports them as they develop and grow.

    As a private equity management company, it is a multi-specialist investor that focuses on emerging sectors: life sciences, technology and digital technologies for industry. Caixa Capital Risc has 195 million euros under management through eight investment funds and has more than 170 companies in its portfolio.

    In addition to its investments, it is a major supporter of entrepreneurs across all of Spain. Through Premios EmprendedorXXI, “la Caixa” champions projects that bring training and visibility to new, high-potential companies, while helping to generate value-added contacts.

    About Enisa

    Enisa is a public company attached to the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, through the Directorate General for Industry and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. It has been actively involved since 1982 in financing viable and innovative business ventures of SMEs and entrepreneurs in Spain.

    Enisa finances these ventures through participating loans. To date, it has provided over 830 million euros to nearly 5,000 companies.

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    Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress and inventor who pioneered the technology that would one day form the basis for today’s WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth communication systems. As a natural beauty seen widely on the big screen in films like Samson and Delilah and White Cargo, society has long ignored her inventive genius.

    Lamarr was originally Hedwig Eva Kiesler, born in Vienna, Austria on November 9 th , 1914 into a well-to-do Jewish family. An only child, Lamarr received a great deal of attention from her father, a bank director and curious man, who inspired her to look at the world with open eyes. He would often take her for long walks where he would discuss the inner-workings of different machines, like the printing press or street cars. These conversations guided Lamarr’s thinking and at only 5 years of age, she could be found taking apart and reassembling her music box to understand how the machine operated. Meanwhile, Lamarr’s mother was a concert pianist and introduced her to the arts, placing her in both ballet and piano lessons from a young age.

    Lamarr’s brilliant mind was ignored, and her beauty took center stage when she was discovered by director Max Reinhardt at age 16. She studied acting with Reinhardt in Berlin and was in her first small film role by 1930, in a German film called Geld auf der Straβe (“Money on the Street”). However, it wasn’t until 1932 that Lamarr gained name recognition as an actress for her role in the controversial film, Ecstasy.

    Austrian munitions dealer, Fritz Mandl, became one of Lamarr’s adoring fans when he saw her in the play Sissy. Lamarr and Mandl married in 1933 but it was short-lived. She once said, “I knew very soon that I could never be an actress while I was his wife … He was the absolute monarch in his marriage … I was like a doll. I was like a thing, some object of art which had to be guarded—and imprisoned—having no mind, no life of its own.” She was incredibly unhappy, as she was forced to play host and smile on demand amongst Mandl’s friends and scandalous business partners, some of whom were associated with the Nazi party. She escaped from Mandl’s grasp in 1937 by fleeing to London but took with her the knowledge gained from dinner-table conversation over wartime weaponry.

    While in London, Lamarr’s luck took a turn when she was introduced to Louis B. Mayer, of the famed MGM Studios. With this meeting, she secured her ticket to Hollywood where she mystified American audiences with her grace, beauty, and accent. In Hollywood, Lamarr was introduced to a variety of quirky real-life characters, such as businessman and pilot Howard Hughes.

    Lamarr dated Hughes but was most notably interested with his desire for innovation. Her scientific mind had been bottled-up by Hollywood but Hughes helped to fuel the innovator in Lamarr, giving her a small set of equipment to use in her trailer on set. While she had an inventing table set up in her house, the small set allowed Lamarr to work on inventions between takes. Hughes took her to his airplane factories, showed her how the planes were built, and introduced her to the scientists behind process. Lamarr was inspired to innovate as Hughes wanted to create faster planes that could be sold to the US military. She bought a book of fish and a book of birds and looked at the fastest of each kind. She combined the fins of the fastest fish and the wings of the fastest bird to sketch a new wing design for Hughes’ planes. Upon showing the design to Hughes, he said to Lamarr, “You’re a genius.”

    Lamarr was indeed a genius as the gears in her inventive mind continued to turn. She once said, “Improving things comes naturally to me.” She went on to create an upgraded stoplight and a tablet that dissolved in water to make a soda similar to Coca-Cola. However, her most significant invention was engineered as the United States geared up to enter World War II.

    In 1940 Lamarr met George Antheil at a dinner party. Antheil was another quirky yet clever force to be reckoned with. Known for his writing, film scores, and experimental music compositions, he shared the same inventive spirit as Lamarr. She and Antheil talked about a variety of topics but of their greatest concerns was the looming war. Antheil recalled, “Hedy said that she did not feel very comfortable, sitting there in Hollywood and making lots of money when things were in such a state.” After her marriage to Mandl, she had knowledge on munitions and various weaponry that would prove beneficial. And so, Lamarr and Antheil began to tinker with ideas to combat the axis powers.

    The two came up with an extraordinary new communication system used with the intention of guiding torpedoes to their targets in war. The system involved the use of “frequency hopping” amongst radio waves, with both transmitter and receiver hopping to new frequencies together. Doing so prevented the interception of the radio waves, thereby allowing the torpedo to find its intended target. After its creation, Lamarr and Antheil sought a patent and military support for the invention. While awarded U.S. Patent No. 2,292,387 in August of 1942, the Navy decided against the implementation of the new system. The rejection led Lamarr to instead support the war efforts with her celebrity by selling war bonds. Happy in her adopted country, she became an American citizen in April 1953.

    Meanwhile, Lamarr’s patent expired before she ever saw a penny from it. While she continued to accumulate credits in films until 1958, her inventive genius was yet to be recognized by the public. It wasn’t until Lamarr’s later years that she received any awards for her invention. The Electronic Frontier Foundation jointly awarded Lamarr and Antheil with their Pioneer Award in 1997. Lamarr also became the first woman to receive the Invention Convention’s Bulbie Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award. Although she died in 2000, Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the development of her frequency hopping technology in 2014. Such achievement has led Lamarr to be dubbed “the mother of Wi-Fi” and other wireless communications like GPS and Bluetooth.

    By John Kleindienst | National Voluntary Services Director

    I am proud and humbled to be able to share in the celebration of DAV’s centennial anniversary with you this year. What’s more, I believe our best is yet to come.

    Over the past century, veterans have seen ups and downs. We have fought together on the battlefield, and we have fought together on the homefront to make sure veterans get the benefits they earned. We served together in uniform, and today, we serve our fellow veterans right here in our own communities.

    I invite you to take ownership of this momentous occasion. Make it yours by participating in DAV’s 100 Acts of Honor challenge. Each of you has special gifts and talents you can share with the veteran community, so let’s ring in 100 years by putting them to good use.

    One hundred is a big number, but there are countless ways you can achieve it—no act is too small to help make a difference in the life of a veteran. Chapters, units, individuals and even community groups can get involved in a number of ways. You can clean up a community veterans memorial or cemetery, help a local veteran with some home improvements, visit a veterans nursing home in your area or visit patients at the nearest VA hospital. And we can always use volunteer drivers for our DAV Transportation Network—simply visit www.dav.la/1if to learn more and sign up to help get local veterans to and from their medical appointments.

    These are just a few suggestions, but many needs exist throughout the veteran community—and you can help be the one to fulfill them.

    We want to hear about your efforts, too, as we march together toward a century of service. Tell us about your experience. Let us know what you and your fellow members are doing and how your actions are impacting the lives of veterans and their families.

    Email us at [email protected] or post on social media. Include #100ActsofHonor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn posts, from both your individual and chapter accounts. Show us, and our fellow Americans, how important it is to stand up for veterans.

    Updated on: December 21, 2009 / 12:10 PM / MoneyWatch

    Tell the truth: Which public figure or leader did you get mad at this week? Who did you rant and rave about to your spouse and anyone who would listen?

    • A morally and ethically-bereft CEO who made millions in bonuses while the company tanked and shareholders went broke?
    • Politicians who say anything to get elected, then flip-flop? Who wouldn’t know fiscal responsibility if it jumped up and screamed “China owns us!”
    • Tiger Woods for letting all his followers down by cheating on his wife?
    • Big-ticket lawyers who get rich on class-action lawsuits or by representing terrorists?
    • Actors who hang out with dictators and endorse quick fix diets and homeopathic cures that are supposed to heal things that aren’t even wrong with us?

    I could go on and on. Are you nodding your head yet? Well, I’ve got news for you. All those people will start acting like responsible adults when you do. That’s right, you, me, and all our fellow consumers and voters. Let me explain how this works. I guarantee it will be educational, so bear with me, okay?

    When you’re born, your brain is 100 percent ego, preservation of “self” being the only thing that really matters. Then you discover these super beings called mom and dad who are really in charge. So you learn to manipulate them into taking care of you. Those who get good at that have strong survival skills, are possibly of higher intelligence, and may end up a bit on the narcissistic side.

    But somewhere along the line, usually in your teens, you realize that those super beings are nothing of the kind. They are, in fact, ordinary humans. So you become judgmental, act out for a few years until you discover that you’re human too, and develop a little empathy. When you start to realize that the entire world doesn’t revolve around you, you’re well on the road to adulthood.

    In my estimation, that process happens the way it’s supposed to oh, maybe 25 percent of the time. The rest of us, well, we look like adults, sometimes even dress and act like adults, but we’ve still got perhaps a bit much of the narcissistic – child – ego thing going on. It doesn’t make us bad people, although our spouses and employees might sometimes disagree.

    Anyway, one aspect of being something of a child in an adult body is that we still, in much the same way we did with ourselves and our parents, hoist people up on pedestals. But we don’t just do it because we need to believe in super beings to take care of us. We also do it so, when these super beings inevitably act like humans and fall off the pedestals we put them on, we get to feel like we’re better than them. Ergo, that makes us super. Get it?

    Now, I’m not saying we should cry for business and political leaders who make all the rules and the money. And I’m not saying we shouldn’t hold them accountable when they screw up. Far from it. But we also need to hold ourselves accountable by not putting ordinary humans on pedestals.

    Look, the sooner we realize that our leaders are a reflection of ourselves, the sooner we realize that “they are us,” the sooner we develop some empathy for them, the sooner we start acting like responsible adults, the sooner they will too — and not a moment sooner.

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    The stand-up has previously faced criticism for his jokes about transgender people.

    An attacker ‘lunged at’ Dave Chappelle and sent the comedian ‘flying in the air’ during an event at the Hollywood Bowl, according to a witness.(Netflix/PA)

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    Dave Chappelle has reportedly been attacked during an event at the Hollywood Bowl.

    T he 48-year-old comedian was performing at the Los Angeles venue on Tuesday night as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival when a man rushed on to the stage, according to US media.

    Actor Jamie Foxx joined Chappelle and helped apprehend the alleged attacker before the performance continued, reports said.

    Video posted on social media appeared to show a man with a badly injured arm being put in an ambulance.

    Chappelle has previously faced a backlash over comments about transgender people in his Netflix comedy special, The Closer.

    The comedian said “gender is a fact” and shared his backing for JK Rowling, who has also attracted criticism for her remarks about the concept of biological sex.

    Netflix employees were said to have reacted with anger to his comments and reportedly organised a walkout over the streaming giant’s decision to air the special.

    The incident follows Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars over a joke the comic made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

    It prompted members of the comedy community, including Jack Whitehall and Kathy Griffin, to voice their fears that performers are no longer safe on stage.

    NCIS LA agent Sam Hanna faces an uphill battle with his father Raymond when he makes the difficult decision to move in together.

    NCIS: Los Angeles sneak peak revealed

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    The long-running CBS drama will reach its milestone 300th episode at the end of this week, and it’s shaping up as one of the most powerful entries in the NCIS series yet. After learning his father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, NCIS: Los Angeles agent Sam Hanna (played by LL Cool J) will move out of his houseboat to look after him, though he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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    The latest promos for the next episode of NCIS: LA have teased a strained relationship between Sam and his father, Raymond (Richard Gant).

    Sam has made the difficult decision to move out of his houseboat and share a home with his father to take care of him as his condition worsens.

    This is the first time NCIS fans will have met Raymond, and the recent sneak peek has confirmed their relationship is just as tense as his absence suggests.

    In the new promo, Sam comes into Raymond’s room and remarks: “Too much house for one person.”

    NCIS LA season 13: Sam Hanna faces tough challenge with father Raymond in first-look (Image: CBS)

    NCIS LA returns for episode 300 this Sunday (Image: CBS)

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    Raymond retorts: “Yeah. That coming from a man who lives on a boat.”

    At the start of season nine, Sam’s wife Michelle (Aunjanue Ellis) was murdered and his kids are away at boarding school.

    He decided to sell his home and buy a houseboat for himself, which he named in honour of Michelle.

    However, just a few years later, he’s forced to make another huge life-changing mood when he realises his father needs help taking care of himself.

    NCIS LA: Sam makes the tough decision to move in with his father (Image: CBS)

    NCIS LA: Guest star Richard Gant as Sam’s father Raymond (Image: CBS)

    “I don’t live on a boat anymore, Dad,” Sam tells him.

    Although Raymond agreed to the move, he can’t help but imagine what his own late wife would think about her son moving back in with his father.

    Raymond reminisces: “You know I can’t imagine what your mother would think.”

    Sam’s mother has sadly been presumed to be dead since the agent was introduced in NCIS: LA’s first season in 2013.

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    He now offers a touching insight into her character when he argues she would be supportive of their decision to sell his childhood home.

    “She would think it’s time to pass that house on to the next generation,” he argues.

    “The buyers have two kids, they’ll enjoy growing up there just like I did. Think she’d get a kick out of us living together. It would make her happy.”

    Raymond admits, “Yeah, I suppose” and their conversation comes to an awkward conclusion when Sam offers anything else his father might need.

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    Sam leaves him to his own devices for the time being, but viewers could see their emotional walls start to break down in the coming episodes.

    It’s not yet known how many episodes Raymond is set to appear in, but he could become a major part of Sam’s life outside the NCIS office in future seasons.

    Unfortunately, it might take them a little longer to get used to sharing the same house and start acting like father and son again.

    NCIS: Los Angeles season 13 continues Sundays on CBS in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

    “I was like, ‘I’m making a living as an actor.’ And I did it,” Hamm said.

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    Jon Hamm on being a ‘king of cameos’ and his journey to finding success as an actor

    Jon Hamm started his acting career like so many others: waiting tables while hoping for his big break.

    “I moved out to L.A. when I was 25, and I was like, ‘If I’m 30 and I’m still waiting tables, it’s time to move on to something else,'” Hamm said in an interview for ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers.”

    That, of course, didn’t happen.

    “I remember I turned 30 on the set of ‘We Were Soldiers.’ I was totally thrilled. I had a bunch of my friends fly down to come see me, and I was like, ‘I’m making a living as an actor.’ And I did it. I made it under the wire,” said Hamm.

    The Emmy award winner’s new film, “Tag,” is based on a group of a real-life friends who continue to play the game well into their adult years.

    “We met them,” Hamm said. “They came to set a couple times, and you can just tell they were just so geeked out about how this weird, little tradition that they have has been made into a film. It was so lovely.”

    Hamm made a name for himself playing Don Draper on the AMC hit “Mad Men.”

    “I’m fortunate enough to have kind of credibility on both sides of the aisle in that way. It’s one of those things where you tend to get pigeon-holed into the one thing you got famous for. And so for me that was Don Draper. So everyone was like, ‘OK, you’re the serious, brooding guy,'” Hamm said.

    But Hamm said an opportunity from Lorne Michaels to host “Saturday Night Live” allowed audiences to see him differently.

    “That kind of enabled most people to see much closer to who I really am,” Hamm said. “You know me off-camera. I’m kind of a goofball and I enjoy that part of it. But I’d like to get to do both.”

    Hamm has earned the unofficial title of “King of Cameos” with his appearances in movies and TV shows across all genres, like HBO’s “Barry” and the Netflix hit “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

    Download the “Popcorn With Peter Travers” podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Tunein, Google Play Music and Stitcher.

    Hamm also opened up about how his parents’ deaths inspired him to become a teacher before he got into acting.

    “Teachers mean the world to me. Losing your parents, you find other people to take their place, and teachers were a big part of that for me. I love school. I love learning. And I wanted to do something that would give back the experience that I had,” he said. “I didn’t have any money. I couldn’t build a wing on the school or anything. But I knew I could give my time and my experience, and that’s what I did. And it was wildly fulfilling.”

    Hamm played Don Draper for seven seasons and said he and his castmates “kind of moved on.”

    “Everyone’s done different projects and, you know, it was three years ago a least that we’ve finished it, and that’s enough time,” he said.

    But he did take some things from set: “I have Don’s chair from his living room, and I have a couple little things here and there.”

    Hamm has come a long way from his days as a struggling actor.

    “Mostly you pay off bills, and you pay of debts, and you buy nice things for the people in your life. And you’re able to buy a car that starts every time you turn the key, rather than every third time. And you can have a nicer place to live. And that’s really about what it is. It’s mostly just about upgrading stuff,” Hamm said.

    He continued, “I didn’t go crazy and buy some plane or anything nonsensical. Because I’m really not, that’s not my thing. I don’t love stuff. I have too much of it and it kind of just accumulates and gets in the way. So I’ve just kind of tried to definitely put some of it away for a rainy day and then try to make life more comfortable.”

    And he spends the majority of his free time away from the cameras.

    “I love being outside. That’s why I live in L.A. I can walk out and be in the park two minutes from my front door. And I like to play tennis. I play baseball with a couple of my friends,” he said. “I’ve got a bunch of good friends that I know, and we’ll go get dinner. We’ll do this, we’ll do that. But I just love being outside.”

    Watch the full interview with Jon Hamm and Peter Travers in the video above.