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The Victor Cruz Acting Studio

The Victor Cruz Acting Studio

By Victor Cruz
Be inspired by acting tips and interviews from the industry's most humble voices who will share what it takes to be the very best within yourself as an actor, how to survive the industry, and how to be successful. The Victor Cruz Acting Studio is a new york city based drama school that offers acting classes, private coaching and self-tape services.
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The Victor Cruz Acting Studio

Episode 22: Casting Director Elaine Del Valle
Victor Cruz sits down with award-winning actor, writer, producer, director and casting director Elaine Del Valle. Also the creator of the popular one woman show Brownsville Bred, now a book, available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble and your local library.   Get it on amazon now at:   Watch the trailer for her new film Princess Cut, premiering at the Miami Film Festival on March 7th:   Follow Elaine Del Valle: Instagram : @elainedelvalledirector & @amigapictures Follow us on Facebook: @ Del Valle Productions & Casting   The Victor Cruz Acting Studio provides Self-Tape Audition services for actors. The studio is conveniently located in the Times Square area of NYC.   The Victor Cruz Acting Studio is a NYC based drama school that offers Self-Tape services for actors, acting classes, workshops, and private coaching.  Victor Cruz was raised in the heart of the South Bronx and at the tender age of 16, performed stand-up comedy for the very first time in the West Village. He studied in the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase College and the day before he graduated, he landed his first TV role on HBO’s The Sopranos. From then on, he has appeared in over 50 TV Shows, Films and Commercials. Victor runs his own acting studio in Times Square, the Victor Cruz Acting Studio and is a faculty member at HB Studio. He continues his lessons and sharpening his tools as an actor under the tutelage of his Spiritual Teacher and Master, Guru Enlightment. Some of his TV & Film Credits Include: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), The Good Cop (Netflix), and West Side Story (2020) Directed by Steven Spielberg.      #brownsvillebred #princesscut #casting #castingdirectors #VictorCruzActingCoach #ActingClasses #NYCActingStudio #VictorCruzActor #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actingclasses #actingschool #actingclassesnyc #actingschoolsnearme #nycactingclassesforadults #actingclass #acting #selftapestudiosnearme #auditiontapes #selftape #actinglessons #actingschools #adultactingschools #actingauditions #howtobecomeanactor #actingschoolsnyc #beginneractingclass #intermediateactingclass #podcast #victorcruzactingstudiopodcast #VictorCruzActingCoach #ActingClasses #NYCActingStudio #VictorCruzActor
March 03, 2020
Episode 21: 5 Key Ingredients For A Successful Self-Tape Audition
Whether you’re going to a studio that can produce your self-tape or you plan on doing the tape yourself, there are certain key things you should be thinking of:   #1. Be prepared. If you’ve been given the script days in advance or at least a day in advance, please read the material, study it, and prepare. There is nothing that reads more unprofessional than an actor who is not prepared. It’s a waste of your time, a  waste of time for the person reading with you, and does not leave a good impression amongst casting directors. The idea is not to try and book THIS job, but instead, leave an impression that will keep you in the room for the rest of your life for ALL JOBS, or at least the ones you’re right for.   #2. Show up for yourself at least 15 minutes early. If you do this, you will not be stressed out, you will have a moment in which to breathe and really get into the zone. This same rule applies across the board, even in life. Show up for yourself!   #3. Rehearsal is homework. Keep it this way, this way you don’t spend time trying to figure out how you’re going to execute the scene during your self-tape session. Come prepared and ready to play. Use the time you’ve booked or set aside to try different options that will bring you closer to the success of the scene or scenes.   #4. Be OFF-BOOK! Actors who have properly prepared and have made a choice, walk into the room with little or no doubt, confident (not Ego & Pride) and leave strong impressions with casting directors. This is the same energy you should walk in with when you do your self-tape at a studio or on your own.  Your the casting director for the next few minutes to however much time you spend on the self-tape. So just like them, root for yourself and expect the very best!   #5. TRUST. The most important ingredient for a successful self-tape. Trust that you have what it takes. That it’s in your DNA. That it lives in your spirit. This way, if you’ve prepared and you TRUST, nothing but the very best will show up.    As a side note, when you do your Slate*, make sure to take full control of this moment. Don’t shy away. It’s the one line that isn’t in the script and, it belongs to YOU. It’s truly your moment to shine and show “Who” and “What You Are!”.   *Slate: When you state your name at an audition. For some auditions, this can sometimes be followed by stating the following items: Character Name, Height, Agency, Location of where an actor resides and/or does an actor have a valid Passport. Any other items depending on the project can be added to this list. This is usually stated very clearly in the breakdown or by the casting director in the room.  This program was provided by the Victor Cruz Acting Studio. A New York City based drama school that offers Self-Tape Audition Services, Private Coaching, Acting Classes and so much more.   #selftape #auditiontapes #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #VictorCruzActingCoach #ActingClasses #NYCActingStudio #VictorCruzActor #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actingclasses #actingschool #actingclassesnyc #actingschoolsnearme #nycactingclassesforadults #actingclass #acting #selftapestudiosnearme #auditiontapes #actinglessons #actingschools #adultactingschools #actingauditions #howtobecomeanactor #actingschoolsnyc #beginneractingclass #intermediateactingclass #podcast #victorcruzactingstudiopodcast #ingredients #successfulselftapeaudition #beprepared #showupforyourself #rehearsalishomework #beoffbook #offbook #castingdirectors #trust #slate
February 24, 2020
Episode 20: The Comedians Of Acting
"The Comedians Of Acting" | The Victor Cruz Acting Studio VCAS Podcast | Episode 20 In this 20th episode, Victor Cruz sits down with his good actor/comedian friends Gil Tucker and Laz Vic. They cover topics such as: The ingredients that make up a joke, dealing with audiences and auditions fearlessly and the dangers of seeking approval from crowds and casting directors. There are a lot of laughs as these three comedic-thespians sit back and look at their humbled beginnings and where they are headed next! Enjoy, watch it more than once and share with your friends! #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actor #actorslife #actinglife #comedy #standupcomedy #actors #selftapeauditions #actingschoolsnearme #podcast #victorcruzactingstudiopodcast #giltucker #blackspectrumtheater #yonkerscomedyclub #laughter #beginneractingclass #intermediateactingclass #oncameraclass #selftapelife #selftapes
February 11, 2020
Episode 19: Casting Director Stephanie Holbrook
In this episode, Victor Cruz sits down with Award-Winning Casting Director Stephanie Holbrook (Servant, The Happening) of Holbrook Casting at his studio in New York City. They cover topics such as, the do's and don'ts in the audition room, what is expected of an actor, and the ingredients of what makes a great audition. The Victor Cruz Acting Studio is a New York City Based Drama School that specializes in Self-Tape Audition Services for Actors, Private Coaching, Acting Classes, Music and Dance Classes. For more information on the school, log on to #Stephanieholbrook #holbrookcasting #thehappening #servant #appletv #thekindergartenteacher #madelinesmadeline #artiosawards #actors #actor #actorslife #actress #acting #film #hollywood #love #movies #movie #theatre #cinema #bollywood #music #director #tv #comedy #actorlife #victorcruzactingstudio #selftape #selftapelife #selftapeauditions
January 28, 2020
Episode 18: Mario Polit
The Victor Cruz Acting Studio Presents: Ep 17: Mario Polit (from The Deuce and Hustlers) Victor Cruz sits down with his good friend Mario Polit and cover his life as an actor & his life as a FDNY Lieutenant Firefighter for over 20+ years. Learn more and connect further with Mario by logging onto his website and be sure to check him out in the new film starring Jennifer Lopez, HUSTLERS! #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actingclasses #actingschool #actingclassesnyc #actingschoolsnearme #nycactingclassesforadults #actingclass #acting #selftapestudiosnearme #auditiontapes #selftape #actinglessons #actingschools #adultactingschools #actingauditions #howtobecomeanactor #actingschoolsnyc #beginneractingclass #intermediateactingclass #podcast #victorcruzactingstudiopodcast
January 14, 2020
Episode 17: Emotional Awareness w/ Psychotherapist Amy Edelstein, LCSW
Victor Cruz and Psychotherapist Amy Edelstein, LCSW sit down and talk about the emotional wellness of actors and some of the mental health issues that they face.   For more information on Amy and her practice, visit: Amy Edelstein LCSW In-Home & In-Office Therapy P: 201.981.9318 W: A: 516 Bloomfield Ave, Suite 2, Montclair, NJ 07042 Other Resources 1. The Renfrew Center For Eating Disorders - NYC  38 East 32nd Street, 10th Floor, NYC 10016 1 - 800 - Renfrew 2. Maria Droste Counseling Services 171 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 Phone: (212) 889-4042 3. SUICIDE HOTLINE NUMBER 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) DISCLAIMER: The information on this episode of The Victor Cruz Acting Studio Podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available during this video or podcast is for general information purposes only. The Victor Cruz Acting Studio makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available during this interview. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this podcast with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE HEARD OR SEEN DURING THIS PODCAST..
January 07, 2020
SPECIAL EPISODE: 2020 | The Year Of Clarity
2020 The Year of Clarity | Victor Cruz Acting Studio | NYC As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, the year of clarity, I wish you the very best and continued blessings on your journey! I am extremely grateful to have wonderful people, friends and family who support, love, and teach me every day the lessons that push me into the next phase of my journey! I bow to you and am humbled. A special shout out to my lovely wife Liana Harper Cruz, my mom Minerva Medina Minaya, my Spiritual Teacher and Master Guru Enlightment, to all of my friends and family and to my good friend and brother Thom Jones. I mention you all with love in this video. TO MY FELLOW ACTORS OF ALL LEVELS, I encourage you to leave any questions, comments or concerns that you might have in regards to your journeys as actors or the business of acting. Your contributions here, will help me as I continue guiding those that I teach and you may have a question or concern that I can answer or offer some good options and references on. Thank you 2019 for all of your lovely blessings, I look forward to the New Year! Happy New Year! Learn more about The Victor Cruz Acting Studio, log onto: We have classes beginning 1/7/20 & 1/9/20. #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actingclasses #actingschool #actingclassesnyc #actingschoolsnearme #nycactingclassesforadults #actingclass #acting #selftapestudiosnearme #auditiontapes #selftape #actinglessons #actingschools #adultactingschools #actingauditions #howtobecomeanactor #actingschoolsnyc #beginneractingclass #intermediateactingclass #podcast #victorcruzactingstudiopodcast
December 30, 2019
Episode 16: Wind
In this episode, Award-Winning Actor, Comedian, Musician, and Content Creator Rick Wind Herrera takes us on the journey of his life as an artist, comedian, musician, podcaster and becoming a father. You can check him out as he interviews everyday people and makes them the celebrity on his podcast entitled The Wind Podcast. Available now: Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and much more! The Victor Cruz Acting Studio Podcast Episodes are available every Tuesday on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Youtube! Subscribe today! #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actingclasses #actingschool #actingclassesnyc #actingschoolsnearme #nycactingclassesforadults #actingclass #acting #selftapestudiosnearme #auditiontapes #selftape #actinglessons #actingschools #adultactingschools #actingauditions #howtobecomeanactor #actingschoolsnyc #podcast #thevictorcruzactingstudiopodcast #thewindpodcast
December 17, 2019
"ASS" The Play will kick off it's 2nd performance on January 25th for ONE NIGHT ONLY, at Teatro LATEA. Tickets are available here: Written by Jason Ram Bellido Directed by Guru Enlightment In this interview, Victor Cruz, Jason Ram Bellido, and Guru Enlightment talk about the process of the play and what audiences can look forward to this second time around. Tickets: The Victor Cruz Acting Studio Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and Youtube! #asstheplay #teatrolatea #eventbrite #podcast #victorcruzactingstudiopodcast #victorcruzactingstudio #victorcruzfilms #actingclasses #actingschool #actingclassesnyc #actingschoolsnearme #nycactingclassesforadults #actingclass #acting #selftapestudiosnearme #auditiontapes #selftape #actinglessons #actingschools #adultactingschools #actingauditions #howtobecomeanactor #actingschoolsnyc
December 16, 2019
Episode 15: Jason Ram Bellido
In this episode, Jason Ram Bellido (Spiritual Ram) shares a glimpse of his life, his comedy, influences, his family, and his play which goes up again in New York City January 2020. Special appearance by our Spiritual Teacher and Master Guru Enlightment. Enjoy this episode. Our podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes. Subscribe TODAY!!!
December 03, 2019
Episode 14: Guru Enlightment
In this Season 2 premiere of The Victor Cruz Acting Studio Podcast, Special Guest, Spiritual Teacher and Master Guru Enlightment talks about directing actors and doing your very best!
November 26, 2019
Episode 13: Royce Johnson
In this episode, Victor Cruz interviews friend Royce Johnson and star of "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones" and "The Punisher" as Detective Brett Mahoney. They talk about Royce's beginnings as an actor, breaking into the business and how he went from good cop to bad ass detective in the Marvel Universe.
February 05, 2019
Episode 12: The Callback
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about the importance of staying flexible and open during the callback at an audition.
January 28, 2019
Episode 11: "DON'T GIVE UP!"
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about not given up. To remember the time and years that you have sacrificed. To not take that for granted or forget. #victorcruzactingstudio #victoractor #actorvictor #intermediateactingclasses #intermediateactingclass #privatecoaching #nyc #dramaschool #actingclassesnyc
January 24, 2019
Episode 10: Pilot Season
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about Pilot Season and the anxieties and fears that show up during this four month period, from January to April, where networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and many more, cast actors for their new shows.
January 18, 2019
Episode 9: Working On Commercials
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about working on commercials.
January 18, 2019
Episode 8: The Starving Actor
In this episode Victor Cruz talks about the term the starving actor or artist and how you don't have to live by that term and suffer.
January 18, 2019
Episode 7: Take Control Of The Room
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about not letting fear steal the spotlight in the audition room.
January 18, 2019
Episode 6: Persistance
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about being persistant as an actor and not giving up on yourself.
January 18, 2019
Episode 5: Good Habits In The Audition Room
In this episode, Victor Cruz talks about good habits you should have when you go to an audition.
January 17, 2019
Episode 4: Bodega Bamz
In this episode, musical artist Bodega Bamz sits down with actor Victor Cruz and talks about his journey from El Barrio to Hollywood.
January 17, 2019
Episode 3: Cristian Vinces
Filmmaker Cristian Vinces shares his story on how he arrived at his journey as a filmmaker and gives us encouraging insight on how to approach making films today. The Victor Cruz Acting Studio is a New York City based drama school offerring Acting Classes, Private Coaching, and Self-Tape Services.
December 06, 2018
Episode 2: Guru Enlightment
Victor Cruz interviews his teacher and Master Guru Enlightment. They cover Who Guru Is, What She Does, Acting and How To Stay Encouraged and Inspired. Find out more about her teachings at
August 17, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction
Actor Victor Cruz welcomes his audience to the very first episode of his new show The Victor Cruz Acting Studio PODCAST. During this show you will hear acting tips and interviews with humble voices from the industry who are willing to share their life experience and wisdom with you, the listener.
August 08, 2018