Welcome to the Actors' Lounge

The Actors' Lounge is an open mic showcase for actors, artists, musicians and anyone looking to showcase their talents on stage.

Currently, The Actors' Lounge is on hiatus for a few months as it prepares to revamp for 2012! Keep in touch with while we're working to bring back the Actors' Lounge, brighter and better than ever!

Thank you for supporting The Actors' Lounge

The Actors' Lounge is currently on hiatus as we prepare to relaunch over the next few months in 2012.

All of us at The Actors' Lounge would like to thank our colleagues, friends, the acting community and the Greenway Arts Alliance for their generous support of the Actors' Lounge over the years and invite you to keep in touch with us as we gear up to set the stage once again for a community of great talent and nights of great entertainment!


How to Feel Like an Artist in the Town That Makes Big Momma’s House 3 | Guest Post

The following is a post from creative and business mastermind Laura Simms, full bio at end.

Angelinos, can we agree? For all the lovable things about LA, it has a special way of sucking the magic out of acting.

Most LA actors fall in love with the arts in their hometown, move to LA to play bigger, and end up working in entertainment. The arts vs. entertainment: similar, but distinctly different.

Hustling in entertainment, there’s just so much to do. That feels like it has nothing to do. With art. It’s easy to loose your roots, sense of purpose, and passion when you’re driving to Burbank for auditions, workshopping in Studio City, taking class in Hollywood, sending postcards, having coffee with that girl from your power group, spiking imaginary beach balls in commercial auditions, all while being your Best Self! and showing up with the hairdo in your headshot (why did you let the MUA give you Texas curls?).

But you are an artist. And if you don’t feel like one, you gotta fix that. It’s better for your spirit, and your bottom line. When do you do your best work? When you can bring the goods with confidence, artist to artist.

Here’s my short list for reigniting your artist-spark:

  1. Do theatre. Do theatre that you care about. Not just that lame LA doing-a-play-to-showcase-for-something-else thing. Do work that matters to you in front of a live audience.
  2. Start your own middle finger project. You never get cast as the weird neighbor with 7 cats? Cast yourself. Do a webseries, film, sketch comedy, put on a reading. Create your own content.
  3. Change mediums. You gots to cross-train those creative muscles! Blog, paint, direct, write music. Do anything but perform.
  4. Get out of LA. Not forever. Or maybe forever. LA is not a good fit for everyone, and there’s no shame in that. But at least leave for a long weekend every now and then to recharge and get some perspective. You might be surprised at what you miss and what you can live without.
  5. See live performance. Not your friends’. You get more Facebook invites to see friends’ plays than Charlie Sheen gets *insert something trashy here.* Ditch your friends for a spell and see shows out of pleasure and curiosity.
  6. Do improv. Get on your feet & collaborate. You will fail and succeed so many times in a night. It’s a rush.
  7. Move your body. Dance, caopeira, contact improv, martial arts, clowning. Heck, Zumba will do. Your body is a coiled spring of strength, agility, and instinct. Test it.
  8. Stand for something. I’m a big believer that art is activism. Become an activist. Take a stand. Go to a rally or protest. Volunteer. Get involved. Say something with your actions.

Your sense of artistry and capability are worth investing in. How do you stay fired up?

Laura Simms helps creatives design the life & work they want at Create as Folk. Life coaching collides with creative career coaching. Pow! Strategy, momentum, results. Find her on twitter @laurasimms, and learn how to work one-on-one. Wanna check her actor cred?

Highlights from March's Actors' Lounge

In case you missed it, here are Justin Wade and Joshua Silverstein, hosts of The Actors' Lounge on stage.

And an unforgettably funny Joe Hernandez-Kolski's rendition of Charlie Sheen. "I'm not bipolar, I'm bi-winning," featuring Joshua Silverstein.

What Should I Do?

I'm not where I want to be with my career. What can I DO?!?!

I feel like this question comes up a lot, in large part because it's so hard to know what you can actually DO to move forward in your acting career. When I first moved to Los Angeles that was the most pressing question I had...what do I actually DO, on a daily basis, move forward towards my goals?

To the first part of the question above, there is a certain element of patience. Building a career in any field takes time, and it's quite likely that you'll never be where you want. Enjoy the journey and have faith that hard work, skill, and more hard work over time will pay off.

While that's all true, on some level it's a frustrating response. You ask what can I do? and people say "just be patient." Thanks, I'm sure that will get me a guest star next week. So here's the deal, there is a f&c*ton of things you can do. So much, in fact, you†could easily spend 314 hours per day actively pursuing your career. There is ALWAYS more to do.

With that in mind, I have crafted a list off the top of my head of things you can actually do in Los Angeles to help your career along.

Gigi, Almost American!

Congrats to Josh Gad, Ida Darvish and our folks at the Lost Nomads on their new web series Gigi: Lost American, now airing on Harry Shearer's My Damn Channel.com Full story Here! The newest, 10-episode comedy series premiered March 23. Josh Gad stars as Gigi, a lovable foreigner with dreams of fitting in as an "average American." This slapstick comedy series follows Gigi's adventures where he will let nothing – not his lack of street smarts, nor his incomprehensible grasp of the English language – stand in his way. Gad is a TV, film, and stage actor who stars in the upcoming Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Gad's credits also include Love and Other Drugs, 21 and Back to You, and his recurring role as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Here is an episode feautring our own Ida Darvish.

Actors Wanted

Would you like to be on stage and showcase your talents? Do you have a film you would like to share with us? Here's how you can.... Sign up for performers is at 7:30pm. Sign up with a prepared scene or monologue. There will be a limited number of slots for pieces, so come early to sign up.

Scenes with two people are limited to five minutes or less, with three or more people, six minutes or less. Monologues are limited to three minutes or less. In order to help keep an eye on the time, a 30 second grace period is allowed, then lights dim slowly to give the actors time to wrap it up

Thoughts on Agents and Managers by Ben Whitehair


I wish my agents dressed like this

Agents. Managers. Also known as "representation," "the Holy Grail," and "that thing that's keeping you from being famous." This is a HUGE topic that I haven't really written much about, partially because of the vast nature of the topic. However, one of my friends across the pond, Angela Pang, asked for my thoughts on the topic to put in an upcoming piece for her wonderful blog. Please indulge me in some thoughts around representation this week, before I move on to some more practical ways to actually go about securing them next week.

Check Out The Actors' Gym

We would like to thank the Center for The Cinematic Arts for showcasing their program "The Actors' Gym" at our May Lounge. Through education and execution, the program provides an opportunity for actors and entertainers to flex their artistic talent, providing production services and classes. More information about the Center for Cinematic Acts can be found here. You can also find more info by watching the film clip. 

What We Are?

A brief youtube video describing what we are, what we do and how we do it....The Actors' Lounge


Justin Wade and Joshua Silverstein performing at The Actors' Lounge - March 2011.

Greatest Hits

The trailer for Underbelly Blues showcased at The Actors' Lounge.