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A Column of Positive Observations for the Actor in Each of Us

It is my great hope that ACTING UP will assist you, the reader, in becoming a successful actor - be it for international, national or local film and television, Broadway, community theatre, or your own backyard production. Even if you're not interested in applying what skills you may learn here to a professional career in TV, film or for the stage, you will certainly learn to apply this theatrical knowledge to any form of employment that may hold your interest. I guarantee it - because, theatrical expertise can find a workable, profitable place in any field of endeavor.

But clearly, ACTING UP will be geared to helping the actor, novice or professional, attain and retain all the skills and confidence that is required to win those auditions, avoid common pitfalls, and pristinely perform in front of a camera or live audience. Bar none. This column will help the actor make winning choices, from an initial audition for a particular role, to a final performance on a long-standing TV series.

ACTING UP will assist the actor with fully participating in and understanding the artistic craft of acting, and all that it entails, with specific regard to: vocal poise, physical grace and movement, timing, personal interpretation, character and script study, story knowledge, and most importantly, performance likeability.

If even in some small measure, ACTING UP helps you to go on to ace that audition, win that role, and/or knock 'em dead with your performance - knowing full well, all the while, that the core of any good performance rests with an actor's solid preparation and total comprehension of the given character's existence - than this column has served its purpose.

That said, go out there and break a leg!

Herbie J Pilato was born to Frances Mary Turri and Pompeii Pilato in Rochester, New York, on Erie Street, in the historic High Falls District across from where now stands Frontier Field. He graduated with a B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College of Rochester, moved to Los Angeles, where he studied Television and Film at UCLA, and served his Internship in Television at NBC-TV in Burbank. As an actor, he's appeared on television shows such as "Highway to Heaven" and "The Golden Girls," as well as daytime serials like "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "General Hospital." As a director, Herbie J has guided live stage productions of Leonard Malfi's Birdbath, Christopher Frye's "A Phoenix Too Frequent," and "Little Shop of Horrors." Herbie J is also the author of a number of media tie-in books, including "The Bewitched Book," "The Kung Fu Book of Caine," "The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom," "Bewitched Forever," "The Bionic Book," "NBC & ME: My Life As A Page In A Book," and "Life Story - The Book of Life Goes On: TV's First And Best Family Show of Challenge." As a producer, he's worked on Bravo's hit five-part series, "The 100 Greatest TV Characters," TLC's "Behind the Fame" specials (about "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues"), A&E's "Biography "(for segments on Elizabeth Montgomery and Lee Majors), and the SyFy Channel's "Sciography" series (the latter for which he also directed). Herbie J has also served as a consultant and on-screen commentator for the classic TV DVD releases of "Bewitched," "Kung Fu" and "CHiPs" - as well as an Editor for numerous websites (including, and the family-oriented Also too, he's contributed to many magazines, including Starlog, Sci-Fi Entertainment, Sci-Fi Universe, Retro Vision, Classic TV and CinemaRetro. Herbie J presently has several films and TV shows in development, and is is the Founder and Executive Director of the Classic TV Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gap between positive popular TV and education. For more information, log on to or To contact Herbie J Pilato, email:


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