The Greenhouse Journal

Oct 18 2021

The Art of Rewriting

“I write s••••• first drafts.” I got this advice from my friend whose novels get reviewed in The New York Times. I urge you to incorporate his insight into following a writing process that both takes the sting out of rewriting and does wonders for combatting writer’s block.  Begin by ...
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Eight Essential Story Points for Screenwriters

Today at The Greenhouse, Marianne talks through the eight story points that make for compelling stories!
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Breathing & Vocal Exercises for Actors

Exercises for the Voiceover Actor Last month, I talked about exercise, the importance of vocal warm-ups, and more. ...
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Dealing With Rejection

Welcome to the Rejection Zone! It’s terrible to be in it, but congratulate yourself for having the talent ...
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Robin Williams

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~ Robin Williams, actor & ...
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Unsung Heroes on a Film Set (And What They Do)

By Carley Kormanis. Any good filmmaker knows that a film cannot happen without a solid team. Producers, directors, ...
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Accepting Criticism

“That’s just your opinion.”  I shook my head. How would a student who got this angry over a ...
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Vocal Training & Vocal Health

How to keep your voice healthy when you depend on it for a living. Last month we talked ...
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Discipline & The Creative Professional

Every creative person has mentors who were instrumental in his or her creative career. People who laid the ...
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The Art of the Scream in Voiceover

One of the questions I’m often asked in voiceover is, “If I have to ‘yell’ or ‘scream’ or ...
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The Art of StoryTelling in Voiceover

"We want real people, not actors." It's something we hear almost every time we audition, particularly in the ...
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The Future of Voiceover

The Future of Voiceover
We’re in the transition of re-opening from the pandemic shutdown, but what does this mean in the world ...
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Tom Hanks

[T]he actual work requires the same discipline and passion as any job you love doing, be it as ...
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Making Strong Choices as a Voiceover Actor

Strong Man
In previous columns, I’ve written a lot about the logistics of doing voiceover. From ways to get the ...
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Creating A Rich World With Sound

Sound Waves
One of the things that distinguishes the voiceover world from on-camera or stage acting is that you create ...
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ARTISTS, LIFT EACH OTHER UP

I’m a little late with my Journal contribution this month because I – along with Shun Lee Fong ...
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DETAILS TO MAKE YOUR VOICEOVER AUDITION STAND OUT

This month, I want to take things to the next level. As in all acting, it’s helpful to ...
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Get to Know the Producer: Ralph Winter

If you’re a fan of the first four films in the X-Men series, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, or the Fantastic ...
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Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers Quote
No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we are called to be… repairers of ...
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What Do You Know?

Write What You Know
Writers love to give each other advice. (Hello.) Unfortunately, that advice too often sounds, especially on social media, ...
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Setting Up A Home Voiceover Studio

As discussed in previous segments in the past few months, in the current market, a home studio is ...
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Career Advice from Actress Nancy Stafford

You may know Nancy Stafford from her work as Michelle Thomas on Matlock, or perhaps you’ve seen the “Queen of Christmas” ...
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What kind of voiceover Jobs are Out there? – Part Two

Last month in this column, we focused on voiceover categories that are more agent-driven. This month, we’ll focus ...
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Auld Lang Syne

Time has been more elastic than usual during the pandemic. While some months seemed interminable, others have rushed ...
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What kind of voiceover Jobs are Out there? – Part one

I’m often asked, “What kind of voiceovers are there?” We probably all know a bit more about voiceovers ...
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WHY AM I WRITING?

How often have you looked at the words on your computer screen – or worse, just the cursor ...
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The Three Thirds of Generating Good Ideas

You've experienced it: The Battle for Good, Original Ideas – which usually don't present themselves easily. Whether going at ...
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James Cameron

There are many talented people who haven't fulfilled their dreams because they overthought it, or they were too ...
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HOW CAN I WRITE WHEN THE WORLD IS BURNING?

The Greenhouse is pleased to welcome veteran writer and showrunner Sheryl Anderson to the Journal! Sheryl is also ...
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First Steps to being a Voice-Over Talent

The Greenhouse is pleased to welcome veteran voice-over actor and coach Kathy Grable to the Journal! Starting with ...
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Developing Your Type and Creating Your Niche: An Interview with Mark Atteberry

Acting
Mark Atteberry is an actor with a number of big film credits to his name, such as David ...
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Chadwick Boseman

The number one rule of acting is "do not seek approval from the audience." People don't realize that. ...
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The Game-Changing Power of Super Story: An Interview with Houston Howard

As creators, it’s important to realize that the way audiences interact with media, brands, and entertainment has changed. ...
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Michael Rooker & His Advice for Actors

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Michael Rooker – ...
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Michael Rooker & His Love/Hate Relationship With Auditioning

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Michael Rooker – ...
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MAKING YOUR MARK AS A VOICEOVER ACTOR: AN INTERVIEW WITH KATHY GRABLE

Voiceover is one of the few areas of the industry that has not been put on pause by ...
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Meryl Streep

Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask ...
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Get to know Shun Lee, President & Creative Director of The Greenhouse

Perhaps you’re an alumnus of The Greenhouse and have participated in one of the Creative Lab courses or ...
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Lou Diamond Phillips & Diversity in Casting

Lou Diamond Phillips and Diversity in Casting
We recently had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Lou Diamond Phillips to The Greenhouse Studio. This talented and ...
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Film Festivals 101

Film Festivals 101
Today, Phillip talks through all the ins and outs of submitting your film to festivals both nationally and ...
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10 Common Mistakes in Screenplays

Today at The Greenhouse, Katie and John talk through ten common mistakes that writers make when writing their ...
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Hugh Jackman

Fail as fast as you can, keep going, and then... fearlessness. And that's when creativity starts getting really ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Michael Rooker and The Walking Dead

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Michael Rooker – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Michael Rooker & How the Actor Finds His Character

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Michael Rooker – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Michael Rooker on The Actor & Director Relationship

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down Michael Rooker – the ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Michael Rooker on Actor & Writer Collaboration

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down Michael Rooker – a ...
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The Greenhouse Studio, with special guest Star Trek producer Rod Roddenberry

Here are some great shots of The Greenhouse Studio in June 2018, with host and actor Shun Lee ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Erik Kritzer on How to Get A-List Stars Attached to Your Film Project

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Erik Kritzer – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Erik Kritzer on Talents Agents & Managers

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Erik Kritzer – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Erik Kritzer on Strategies for Getting That Big Break

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Erik Kritzer – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Erik Kritzer on The Actor-Manager Relationship

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Erik Kritzer – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Erik Kritzer on What It Takes To Make It In Hollywood

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Erik Kritzer – ...
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The Greenhouse Studio, with special guest Talent Manager Erik Kritzer & musical guest December Fades

Here are some great shots of The Greenhouse Studio in August 2017, with host and actor Shun Lee ...
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Production Roles On Set

The Greenhouse Web Series exists as a resource for creative professionals both in and out of the entertainment ...
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How To Write Coverage

The Greenhouse Web Series exists as a resource for creative professionals both in and out of the entertainment ...
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The Greenhouse Studio, with special guest, Emmy Award-winning producer Harry Friedman

Here are some great shots of The Greenhouse Studio in March 2017, with host and actor Shun Lee ...
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Spotlight Workshops: The 10 Things You Must Do To Move Your Hollywood Career Forward

Here are some great shots of our most recent class in The Spotlight Workshops: The 10 Things You ...
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The Greenhouse Studio, with special guest Paul Ozzimo & musical guest Rie Sinclair

Here are some great shots of The Greenhouse Studio in October 2016, with host and actor Shun Lee ...
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Spotlight Workshops: Powerful Visual Storytelling w/ John Over

Here are some great shots from The Spotlight Workshops: Powerful Visual Storytelling at CBS Studio Center, taught by ...
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The Greenhouse Studio, with special guest Charles Baker of Breaking Bad – August 2016

Here are some great shots of The Greenhouse Studio, with host and actor Shun Lee and our special ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Felicia Linsky on The Power of Hollywood Makeup

Actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Felicia Linsky, a Emmy-winning hair and makeup artist whOhas worked ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Felicia Linsky on Getting IntOhair & Makeup in Hollywood

Actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Felicia Linsky, a Emmy-winning hair and makeup artist whOhas worked ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on The Most Important Thing

Actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Emmy Award-winning, animation director John Over (Animaniacs, Pinky and The ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on Solitude & Collaboration

Actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Emmy Award-winning, animation director John Over (Animaniacs, Pinky and The ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on a Banned Tiny Toons Episode

Actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Emmy Award-winning, animation director John Over (Animaniacs, Pinky and The ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on The Power of Media

Actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Emmy Award-winning, animation director John Over (Animaniacs, Pinky and The ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on The Species of The Animaniacs

Emmy Award-winning animation director John Over (Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain, Tiny Toons Adventures) talks with actor & ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on Reading The World

Emmy Award-winning animation director John Over (Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain, Tiny Toons Adventures) talks with actor & ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on Creative Collaboration

In this clip from The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Emmy Award-winning, animation ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: John Over on Getting Started in Animation

In this clip from The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with Emmy Award-winning, animation ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Jen Lilley on Agents & Managers

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with actress Jen Lilley ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Jen Lilley on Women in Film

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with actress Jen Lilley ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Jen Lilley on Preparing for Auditions

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with actress Jen Lilley ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Jen Lilley on Finding Your Own Voice

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with actress Jen Lilley ...
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The Greenhouse Studio: Jen Lilley on Balancing Art & Business

In this clip of The Greenhouse Studio, actor and host Shun Lee sits down with actress Jen Lilley ...
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Painting With Toddlers

I’ve been spending a good portion of my time with an adorable two year old named Viola. She’s ...
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Who Are the “Big Six” Studios?

The Greenhouse Web Series exists as a resource for creative professionals both in and out of the entertainment ...
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The World of Television Ratings

The Greenhouse Web Series exists as a resource for creative professionals both in and out of the entertainment ...
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Review: Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle soars high even amidst a by-the-numbers plot that can be derived from any of the ...
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The History of Sequels In Film

The Greenhouse Web Series exists as a resource for creative professionals both in and out of the entertainment ...
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Wait For It…

Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object we’re waiting for. N ow, before ...
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The Month of Too Much Pink

Oh, February. The month of too much pink. First off, I’d like to start by confessing to you ...
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New Year – No Fear

The following article was written in January 2016. Fear. How is it that one word can be so ...
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Interview: Cortney Matz

This week, Becky Murdoch got to talk to the multi-talented Cortney Matz about the importance of music and ...
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The Three Stages of Production

The Greenhouse Web Series exists as a resource for creative professionals both in and out of the entertainment ...
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Interview: Sarah Abel

This week at The Greenhouse Journal, we get tOhear from Sarah Abel. Sarah is a longtime member of ...
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Interview: José & Katie Pimental

José and Katie are married and live in Beverly Hills. José is a musician, while Katie is a ...
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Interview: Becky Murdoch

Here is an opportunity to get to know Becky Murdoch, who is The Greenhouse's Director of The Greenlight ...
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Interview with Shun Lee Fong (part 2)

This week Becky Murdoch continues talking with Shun Lee, actor, writer, and President & Creative Director of The ...
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Interview with Shun Lee Fong (part 1)

This week we had the opportunity to talk with Shun Lee, actor, writer, and President & Creative Director ...
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Interview: Lisa Rodriguez

This week we've had the opportunity to interview Lisa Rodriguez. As you'll see, Lisa works in various aspects ...
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Interview: Logan Huggins

We wanted to give all of you a chance to get to know some of the leadership team ...
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Introduction to The Greenlight Exchange

My name is Becky Murdoch, and I’m the Director for The Greenlight Exchange, one of the programs here ...
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Welcome to The Greenhouse Journal!

There is nothing like the smell of freshly cut grass. Yes, we've all heard that before, but take ...
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