All Posts By Lauren Lovett

An Intentional Year

by Monday, January 4, 2016

When I think of the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing that crystallizes every year at this time on the keen edges of ending and beginning years, something about it seems a bit...limp. I mean, seriously, how many times have we gone down this road, dutifully writing down three things we want to bring to our lives ...

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EP 06 – Russia and Fitzmaurice

by Thursday, December 31, 2015

In this episode Laura and I talk about the voice and how UNrelaxing acting is, as well as her time in Moscow in the 1990’s and how things have changed. Laura Flanagan is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice at the USC School Of Dramatic Arts. She began her professional acting career as a teenager in ...

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Fetishizing British Speech

by Monday, December 14, 2015

At the end of last week, The Huff Post did a blurb on some Brit actors from Downton Abbey doing a scene from the show in their best American accents while guesting on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch it here. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on D.A. forsakes her upper-class british articulations ...

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EP 04 – 3 Essentials an Actor Must Have

by Friday, December 11, 2015

  In this week’s ep, a great conversation with actor, teacher, Artistic Director, Rob Nagle about how a shy kid got bitten by the bohemian actor lifestyle and what 3 essentials actors must master in order to be successful artists. Bitterness “takes a powder”!   Rob Nagle is a proud member of the Antaeus Theatre Company and the ...

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Something I’ve Noticed About American Speech

by Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I was coaching two of my favorite Italian students last week and we discovered that to sound more American they had to use more breath while they were speaking -- more than they use normally for both Italian and English. The same thing happened earlier today with a student who hails from both Jamaica and ...

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Giving Thanks

by Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year here in the US when all of us are urged to take time to reflect on the people/places/things for which we are grateful. Some folks go home to eat turkey (or ToFurkey or TurDuckEn) at the family dinner table, and others sup with friends -- what one of my ...

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EP 02 – What Makes a Good Actor?

by Friday, November 20, 2015

Here in episode two, I talk with Don Williams, the Managing Artistic Director of the Art of Acting Studio in LA. We talk about what he looks for in a potential student or actor for the shows he directs, as well as theater vs. film and TV. Since 2002 Don has worked as Head of Acting, ...

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Exploring Your Voice

by Friday, November 13, 2015

When I thought about creating First Breath Speech - the website, blogs, videos and podcasts -- I knew I wanted to explore the voice and how we speak, and also how that integrates into other aspects of our lives. I’m interested in how our voices are affected by the way we live and what we ...

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