Sunday, October 29, 2017

2017 Online Acting School Closed for the Year

The online school is closed for the year, but will be back in 2018!

Feel free to leave comments about what you'd like to see in the 2018 free online acting class.

Thank you to everyone who took the class in 2017.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Acting Contest - Share a Link to YouTube Video

For this contest, share a link to a video you made performing a Freedrama script from or The title of the video must have the author (D. M. Larson or Shiela Larson) and the description of the video must have a link back to the script. For example, if you made a video of the monologue "Blood Type" then have the link:
Post your link in the YouTube comments at and the best videos will win prizes including small cash awards and a chance to be an actor on our YouTube channel.
Do NOT include the text of the script in your video or description. Post your questions in the comments below or email Thank you!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Contest Winners from April 2017

The winners of the Super Short Mini-Monologue contest are:

Shivam Dubey

Olivia Hankle

The winner of the Headshot Contest is:

Melissa Geddes

Thank you to everyone who entered. A new contest is coming soon!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Free Help for Actors and Acting Contests with Cash Prizes


LESSON 1 - Why do you want to be an actor?


Deadline April 1, 2017


Super Short Mini Monologues


Homemade Headshot Contest

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5 Tips for Acting from Todd Bruno of Film Riot

Film Riot has a lot of great filmmaking tips which I watch on a regular basis and they had an acting video I wanted to share with you featuring one of their actors named Todd Bruno.

Todd says that the overall goal of an actor is to help the director get the shot they want. How do you do that? Check out the tips below:

  1. Know your lines!
  2. Manage time on set - always prepare during scene/set changes (socializing should not be the focus).
  3. Fill every scene (awesome examples in video). Think how can you make your one line count. You can add meaning behind doing nothing which will improve your screen time. A line can be performed many different ways by putting different thoughts behind what you're doing.
  4. Help with continuity. This will make sure you keep your scene in the movie. Keep track of props, when you drink, eat, etc. Don’t mess with makeup, hair or props during the filming of a scene.
  5. Translate what a director tells you. If the director wants you to be angry think of something that makes you angry to have it come across. Don't pretend to be angry or force it. Feel it. Find the honesty or truth in your performance by connecting to real emotions.

Check out this video for details, examples and even more tips:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Starting out in Acting - Tips from Professional Actors

There is a lot of wonderful advice for new actors in the video below. Here are some highlights of my favorite comments:

David Furr (Broadway actor) says to do good work and be kind because then people will want to work with you again.

Zachary Levi (TV and Broadway star) suggests finding a great acting class or workshop that gets you in front of people in the industry with high profile showcases with real casting directors.

Jeff Daniels (Hollywood and Broadway Star) has three tips:
  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Find people who believe in you - build a team one person at a time
  3. Be in the right place at the right time AND be able to deliver!

Check out this video now:

Also check out our Free Online Acting School for new actors:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Today's Moment of Crazy Acting Exercise

Here is a random exercise to try for fun called "Today's Moment of Crazy." For this exercise, go totally crazy over something very ordinary.

I was inspired by our turkey hotdogs expiring on January 20, 2017 which happens to be the presidential inauguration day.

Make a video of your crazy and post the links below or email them to me via Google Drive and I might feature them on our YouTube channel. I'd love to see your results.

Or join in one of our contests below:

Actors! Enter for a chance to win $50 with three different contests.