Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 3pm ET / 12pm PT

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In today's free virtual seminar Minding the Edge, Lori and Carl will present potent strategies for coping with the volatility of an acting career and how to maintain a positive mental approach to the business. Plus they'll share information, ideas and exercises from their book MINDING THE EDGE.  You'll definitely leave feeling proactive with tools to cultivate a positive mental approach to achieving fulfillment and success in your own acting career.

Carl Menninger and Lori Hammel are the authors of Minding the Edge: Strategies for a Fulfilling Successful Career as an Actor (Waveland Press) and contributing authors to Acting for the Stage (Focal Press).

Carl is a writer and director and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre at American University in Washington, DC. He is also the Associate Artistic Director at Windy City Playhouse in Chicago. Recently, he was the recipient of a Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for directing The Boys in the Band.  He was also nominated for a Jeff Award as writer/creator of the immersive hit Southern Gothic and won a Chicago Theatre Award for the same show. 

Lori Hammel is an award-winning actress who has performed on Broadway and off Broadway, and in national tours, feature films, TV and national commercials. She lives and works in New York City.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Minding the Edge presents potent strategies beyond what is taught in acting school for "making it" in the entertainment industry. Written for readers embarking on an acting career, this practical, down-to-earth guide highlights the importance of running your business as an actor while committing to the craft of acting. The principle "If you seek fulfillment, success will come" is foundational to the authors' sensible and sensitive advice on how to create a plan to cope with the volatility of an acting career. A series of interactive exercises and discussion questions motivate readers to explore personal feelings, understand present circumstances while preparing for future ones, and maintain a positive mental approach to the business. Quotations from professional actors, writers, directors, and others in the field, as well as anecdotes from the authors' own lives, reinforce essential concepts in the book, inspire readers to be proactive, and cultivate a positive mental approach to achieving fulfillment and success.

Please follow the procedures listed below:

  • Arrive at least 10 MINUTES before your event is slated to start. Your host will give important information about the event at this time.

  • Instructions and the ZOOM link for access to this online event will be emailed to you in advance. If you have not received the link by 12pm (EST) the day-of the event, please reach out to at least one hour PRIOR to the start of class.

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Wednesday, March 10, 20213:00 pm

The following disclaimer is provided specifically at the request of and in accordance with SAG/AFTRA: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent or casting director.