Actor Jeff Clarke is joining the conversation on Cue To Cue today! How I know Jeff to be is a pretty approachable and open guy. When I first met him I thought here is someone who is easy to talk to kind of easy going and open. The more I get to know him the more I feel that although that is a part of who he is, there is an immense amount of passion that drives him in everything he does. He cares deeply.
Today was no exception. Even though we laughed A LOT Jeff brings some powerful truths to this episode. Moments that are profound and will make you think and some tangible tips you can apply right away in your next audition!
In this episode:
- What he recommends for actors when they are asked to do something outside of their comfort zone.
- How important in the arts is an important form of expression and how cutting from arts education can leave youth with no outlet for creative expression at a time when they need it.
- Why he has come to view teaching acting as an invaluable experience that informs and enriches his own work as an actor and why he resisted it for the longest time.
- Why it is important to engage with the reader during an audition
- How playing Howard Dawes in Mad Men was one of his most transformative and revealing experiences to date.
Jeff Clarke: How To Get Out Of Your Way And Tell Great Stories
A little about Jeff:
Jeff Clarke is a working actor and teacher. He received his BFA in Performance with Distinction from Concordia University, and completed his MFA in Performance from York University. He regularly appears on popular American TV series such as Titans, Suits, 12 Monkeys, Fargo, The Expanse, Monday Mornings, Rizzoli & Isles, Up All Night. Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty and more. Jeff also completed a 5-episode arc as Howard Dawes on Mad Men. He has appeared in over 20 m.o.w.'s for CBS, Lifetime, A&E, Hallmark, and Disney, as well as more than 70 national commercials in Canada and the U.S. combined. Feature films include Chicago, Clear Blue, Coconut Hero, Downsizing and the upcoming Seven In Heaven. Jeff has taught extensively in LA and Toronto, running workshops on audition technique, commercial acting, and on-camera scene study.
He is currently based in Toronto with his wife and son.
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