Monday, December 5, 2011

Acting is a Tough Business

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“Acting is a tough business, and you need to be in good shape mentally and physically.”

Juliette Binoche - French actress, artist and dancer.

Acting is a tough business as Juliette says. As actors our hours can be long and our efforts can be strenuous. Like many artists  in the act of our creative efforts we often don’t notice how we are treating ourselves and our bodies. We focus on practically everything but that.

We, like others often take our health for granted. It’s just there and then sometimes it’s suddenly gone. This attitude is common and fraught with peril for our futures as actors.

Let’s look at some basics of good physical health in this post. As you go through the list think about where you are with each of these basic categories.  What are you doing right? What’s missing? What can you improve on?

Some of the information we are using today comes from Thanks!

Do my habits really affect my health?
Yes, very much so. All of the major causes of death (such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and injury) can be prevented in part by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Don't smoke or use tobacco.
Smoking and using tobacco are very dangerous habits. Smoking causes 440,000 deaths in the United States every year. More preventable illnesses (such as emphysema, mouth, throat and lung cancer, and heart disease) are caused by tobacco use than by anything else. The sooner you quit, the better.

Limit how much alcohol you drink.
This means no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. One drink is equal to 1 can of beer (12 ounces), a 4-ounce glass of wine or a jigger (1 ounce) of liquor.
Too much alcohol can damage the liver and contribute to some cancers, such as throat and liver cancer. Alcohol also contributes to deaths from car wrecks, murders and suicides.

Eat healthy.
A healthy diet has many health benefits. Heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and damage to your arteries can be linked to what you eat. By making healthier food choices, you can also lower your cholesterol and lose weight.

Lose weight if you're overweight.
Many Americans are overweight. Carrying too much weight increases your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, gallbladder disease and arthritis in the weight-bearing joints (such as the spine, hips or knees). A high-fiber, low-fat diet and regular exercise can help you lose weight and keep it off.

Exercise can help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression. It can also help prevent colon cancer, stroke and back injury. You'll feel better and keep your weight under control if you exercise regularly. Try to exercise for 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 6 times a week, but remember that any amount of exercise is better than none.

Don't forget... We offer our Healthy Actor Meetup and the TASA Actors Support Group

The next meeting is: 

December 11th, 2011 - 4 PM to 6PM

TASA Studio 
2924 Knight Street Building 4 Suite # 411
Shreveport,  LA  71105

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks

Thanks to all our friends at TASA!

Nature XXVII, Autumn

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town. 

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on. 

~Emily Dickinson 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

An ounce of prevention....

Actors -I have been avoiding chiming in about this but must finally speak. There is a lot of manipulation and abuse out there.  I  strongly encourage you to talk with new and professional actors for referrals about their coach / teacher. Additionally, I publish video testimonials from many of my actors so that folks hear from my students first hand. I would also tell new actors to check out exactly where teachers got their training. I worked hard for the privilege of calling myself a coach and teacher.  While I have been an actress since my childhood, and have credits in theater, film, radio and television, I have also trained to teach acting. I teach because it is my PASSION and I CAN versus many who "teach " as a fallback because they aren't working as an actor.  This, I believe, is where so much damage is done to aspiring actors. Then toss in a few  agents who think they know what acting is and you add another level of confusion and misinformation. We have a handful of good teachers and some wonderful agents and CD's in the state. Do your research.   - TASA Studio, Mary Thoma

Monday, April 11, 2011


Kudos to THE RAT PACK for an entertaining and educational workshop on the basic skills of unarmed combat! We had a dozen men and women who learned to fall with grace, throw a punch, take a slap and more!  A great Saturday morning at the Studio!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The prize isn't " out there"...

Kevin Spacey on success.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011



TASA Studio JUMP START ACTING CAMPS offer a chance to get a jump-start on breaking into the film business right here at home!   Students leave our ACTING CAMP with the information and tools necessary to get a JUMP START into the business: web-proofs and a printed headshot/ photographer release, resume, a DVD copy of your performance, acting and audition classes and much more!
ACTING CAMP will be taught by TASA STUDIO director and SAG Actress Mary Thoma and TASA STUDIO staff.  Joining Ms. Thoma will be headshot photographer, Michael Boyd and BAM Casting Director, Tara Duncil.   A Parent ”Q and A"about the business and a review of student work will be held on the final day of camp for the student camps.
Registration is limited to the first 18 students who register with a 25% down payment to hold your spot.   
CAMP 1   STUDENT           June 13-17                          Ages 7- 17 years         10-5 pm
CAMP 2   STUDENT           June 20 -24                         Ages 7- 17 years         10-5 pm
CAMP 3   ADULT               July 25-29                         Ages 18 + years        10- 5 pm
Fee for the one week ACTING CAMP is $ 499. REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  TWO WEEKS prior to camp. For more information or to register, contact TASA Studio Director, Mary Thoma at 318.465.5374 or email