New Article: Coaching Actors: A Fine Job


For the Coaching Commons, a website that promotes content on the world of coaching.

Here’s the tease:

Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene on ABC’s Roseanne, was 13 when the sitcom debuted in 1988 and 22 when it ended. With 20-plus years of acting experience, one might imagine that Gilbert, who has worked steadily since Roseanne, would have her technique down pat. Like many actors, however, she yearned for a challenge.

One night, watching VH1’s Confessions of a Teen Idol, a reality-TV show aimed at reviving the careers of faded celebrities, she noticed former Baywatch star Michael Chokachi studying with acting coach Howard Fine.

“No matter how successful or unsuccessful, actors face blocks of time when they’re not working,” Gilbert explains. “Each time you audition or are offered something, it’s like you’re learning all over again. I’ve worked with different coaches, never found one I loved. With Howard, I thought, here is a challenge I’m ready for.

Fine was also ready for Gilbert.