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Learn about the acting business from the volume of stories and articles below. Learn about the Business side of Acting, Acting Techniques, how Casting Directors work, what Agents are interested, how to make your Acting Resume, Headshots, how to dress for Auditions and so much more. Enjoy!

Audition Moods - I Hate Myself, I Love Myself

Your audition begins the moment you wake up, not when you step into the audition room. Don’t lie. There are things that you hate about yourself and things that you love about yourself. Depending on your mood, on any given ...
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Attention all actors seeking representation – When it comes to landing a manager or agent, you must be ready and willing to put in some serious effort! Managers and agents want to work with talent who fully commit to their ...
6waystoboostyourcareer

In a way, the long process of sifting through talent can be viewed as a luxury the America’s Got Talent team holds. From mind-blowing performances to some acts that leave you in a whirlwind of confusion, the number one TV ...
Healthly living for Actors

We refer to our bodies as our instruments and this is an instructive way to think about how we as actors must commit to caring for ourselves if we want to succeed. If you play a violin or a saxophone, ...
Acting Books

Probably for as long as acting has existed, there has been a common trope regarding how dumb actors are. The dizzy blond, the vacuous pretty boy–there are jokes about these stereotypes dating back to Shakespeare’s time and likely beyond. And ...
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Amanda Schull is mainly recognized for her recurring and noteworthy television stints on shows like One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars and Suits. She’s also credited as the sweet Jody Sawyer in the 2000 film Center Stage, which showcases her ...
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In all but the very luckiest cases, to make a go of being a working actor means hitting audition after audition. And the process of throwing yourself out there with abandon means that now and then you will almost certainly ...
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Which are you? A nervous newcomer, a seasoned actor or somewhere in between? Agents and Casting Directors can tell right away which one you are before you even speak. Heck, they can tell even before they read your resume! Here’s ...
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From the inside, out, Angela Mickey knows the art of acting. She studied drama at NYU and went through the auditioning process before shifting roles to work at Liz Lewis Casting as their receptionist. Swiftly, Angela built a career at ...
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Directors Brad and Todd Barnes help actors break into themselves Acting, when it’s good, seems to be about self revelation, says New York based writer/director Brad Barnes who co-helmed the movie Homewrecker alongside his brother Todd Barnes. Homewrecker marks the ...
Auditions for Casting Directors

Let’s face it, acting is a strange, unnatural job. Think about it: pretending to experience the life events and emotions of other people for the entertainment of an audience is just…really weird when you get right down to it. And ...
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As the creator of countless hit movies… From St Elmo’s Fire, to Lost Boys, A Time to Kill, and Phantom of the Opera – acclaimed director Joel Schumacher knows how to create stories that spark emotion and ignite audiences. For ...
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Casting Director Erica Palgon helps open your eyes and mind Actors need to be real, aware and awake, says Casting Director Erica Palgon. They should be awake to their surroundings and not live in a bubble. Known as an actor’s ...
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You finally hear those three little words: You booked it! That’s right. You have your next acting gig before you and the character you have been chosen to perceive is completely dependent on you to give it life. Before you ...
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Taking the leap from an audition on to a film set can sometimes feel like Indiana Jones diving into the snake pit. But do not fear. Just… “Think of being on the set as a continuation as the audition process” ...
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Audition boosting advice from the CDs of Paladino Casting Ready, set go… From head to toe, it’s time to get your energy flowing because action and determination will lead to success in entertainment. You have to be persistent, says Kristen ...
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Bess Fifer is the Casting Associate for Netflix’s series Daredevil as well as other well known entertainment productions such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Bess has several new projects underway. Twitter: @bessinthecity , #daredevilnetflix , @netflix Bess Fifer ...
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“Acting” is a curious career choice that tends to lay out a lengthy path filled with yearning and uncertainty. However, the payoff for following your dream, clearly has the power to be huge. Abhi Sinha has made a successful career ...
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Reinventing the term “Casting Couch” – Skype now brings auditions directly to your living room! That’s right! The free online service that lets you video chat with your friends across countries is now being used by entertainment casting companies. The ...
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As an actor living in NYC, times can get pretty tough. You’ve made it to the city of your dreams, and, still, no matter how many auditions you get or roles you book, you are susceptible to feeling like your ...
Memorizing lines

If you’ve been around the acting business for any length of time, you probably have that one friend who can memorize lines seemingly without any effort at all. Hand them a Shakespeare script on Tuesday, they’re off-book by Friday–and they ...
sendtherightmessage

Across all mediums – Film, TV, Print, Online, Green Screen – artists strive to create an unforgettable experience that audiences will relate to. For that to happen… you’ve got to honestly convey the story’s message. “The message is most important ...
Boy with Mohawk

Should I dye and/or change my kid’s hair? This is a very tricky question with multiple layers, especially when you have a child in the business. Here are the scenarios I’ll be talking about: The production wants to dye and/or ...
actors on social media

These days, social media is everywhere you look. From the president’s multiple daily tweets to your grandma’s endless Instagram photos of her favorite cat, it seems like everyone is constantly on social networks these days. With all the time we ...
Acting Success

Often actors just starting out have one burning question that surpasses all the others: what does it really take to succeed? Of course, everybody has a different definition of success. For some it means money, fame and glamour on Clooney ...
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Breaking into this business is not an easy feat. Between the required training, the headshot expenses, and the necessary flexibility, balancing out everything you need to put yourself in the best light is not easy. And that’s exactly why many ...
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Young performers have a great range in ages. Those who are considered minors (under the age of 18) have Work Day Rules which regulate their working hours, set hours and school hours. Often times, a production will hire someone who ...
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Roars of laughter, as loud as a reeling roller coaster, fill the theatre as Joan Rivers discusses her life during the Tribeca Film Festival. With each question at this Q&A, Joan can not help but make a side splitting response, ...
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“Writing is easy. Living is hard,” states the tagline of a musical drama in post-production called HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG, written and directed by Gary King. In this movie, the main character struggles with the harsh ...
Acting on Camera

Jumping into acting as a career choice is like stepping off a cliff, and at the bottom is a murky pool filled with black water and populated with mysterious swirling creatures that you can’t quite make out. In other words, ...
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Comical insight from Cheryl Hines, director of Serious Moonlight From broken zippers to keeping Timothy Hutton’s pants pulled down to the same level around his ankles… at every turn something’s going on, as a director you are in the trenches ...
Book the job

The feeling is familiar to even the most successful actor: that one audition you were so stoked about, the one where you were so sure you had nailed the perfect audition for the perfect role for you–and you didn’t get ...
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“I knew that if I wanted to be all I could be, I would have to go to the U.S. It took three years to get the accent right.” –Idris Elba If you’re like me, tuning in to watch “The ...
Make your own work

Actors probably more than any other profession go through peaks and valleys when it comes to working. That’s just the nature of the business. Even the most bankable Hollywood stars have fallow periods where there just aren’t so many jobs ...
Make Casting Directors Remember you

In our quest to be a successful, recognized, possibly award winning actor, we always have to be aware of what the people who are hiring us,  i.e. casting directors, are looking for.  At first thought this can seem extremely difficult. ...
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So you’re meeting an agent… Palms are sweating. Hopes are high. You want to make the best impression! Take a deep breath, sit back, and read this advice from agent Heather Finn of Frontier Booking International.   Heather handles on-camera commercials, ...
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Actor Joanne Baron shares her first hand knowledge of video auditioning Like a shooting star, Joanne Baron often finds herself traveling a great distance for acting gigs. Yet no matter where she lands, Joanne has to keep up with the ...
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Award Winning Writer * Producer * Partner… If these accolades appeal to you as an artist, then get ready to mentally devour every word of advice from the award winning partners of Choice Films and Choice Theatricals… Summer Crockett Moore and TonyGlazer ...
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School is never out… whether it be for summer, fall or winter… for actors who must always be prepared to spring into auditions! Learning, “How to Audition Success fully for Both Traditional and New Media” takes constant re-assessment. Luckily, actors ...
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What do you get when you cross the dorkiest actor alive with one of the most prominent Casting Directors in NYC? Don’t think too hard because there’s no answer. Ahem. Let’s talk about commercials! You’ve seen DAVID BANKS on the ...
Acting on Camera

As actors we deal with a lot of pressures that people in the ordinary working world don’t have to worry about. For instance, if you work in a cubicle you can kind of lay low and hide out if you’re ...
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Start spreading the news… “There has never been a better time to make and produce independent films in New York and elsewhere,” says Steven Beer, a counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors and producers. Steven Beer shared these inspiring words ...
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NYCastings.com presents “Q an A” (Question an Actor) where Robert Peterpaul ( America’s Got Talent, Access Hollywood) sits down to gain valuable insight from today’s most acclaimed performers. Tune in and let us help you succeed in your career. Episode ...
1 Great Tip to become a Better Actor

Here is 1 great Tip to becoming a Better and more Successful Actor. Many people think the only way to become a better Actor is to take classes constantly, which is a great way to learn from a seasoned professional, get ...
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Over 40? Over 50? Over the grind of corporate life with a desire to finally pursue your dream of becoming an actor? As long as you’re ready to fully commit, a late start doesn’t matter. You simply need the ability ...
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If only it were a straight and narrow path, says Erica who has placed actors in TV, Film, and Theatre for over ten years. Currently casting for Army Wives, as well as several prestigious theatres, Erica believes that many actors still ...
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Hey young actors! If you’ve had a hard upbringing, tough times, or any kind of daily grind – don’t think that makes you just another Lifetime Channel story line. In fact, your rough road may be exactly the path that helps you succeed as you ...
stunts

When you waltz into the audition room, are you thinking about nailing the part or are you thinking that you may be asked to do physical stunt work? Exactly. Where is the line drawn between an actor performing his or ...
3Kids

Pharrell Williams has everyone singing about being HAPPY – yet that’s not always the case when you take an honest look at the heart of young actors. It’s tough out there! And you face a ton of rejection! That’s why Kate Mueth made it her ...
stand up women

Of course! When Whoopi Goldberg told NYCastings that it takes some serious balls to succeed in comedy, we instantly gawked at – I mean – we wanted to learn more about gals who thrive at stand-up. Quite swiftly, our eyes ...
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Everyone can use a little change. Especially when it’s for the better! So go ahead and get ready to make a difference in the way you approach auditions, with these 5 deep insights from Anthony Pichette – a casting director ...
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You’ll recognize Adina Porter from the CW’s The 100, HBO’s True Blood and HBO’s The Newsroom. Soon you’ll see her on the new show Underground. Adina Porter is a master at transformation. She’s barely recognizable from role to role. Even if ...
childwranglers

The experience of children on set, whether it’s for print, film or TV, can be very overwhelming for the children, parents / guardians and crew. Child wranglers, also known as baby wranglers, are there to help bring a happy and ...
acting imagination

As fallible human beings, it’s easy for actors to fall into the trap of the green-eyed monster of envy. You’ll see an actor you know who has comparable skills and a comparable look to your own, yet who nonetheless seems ...
Acting on film set

When an actor comes to study with me for an audition the first thing we do is “kill the plan.” Somewhere in their preparation they’ve had what I call, the “performance fantasy.” Instead of imagining the world of the character, ...
Monologues

We talk a lot about auditioning and the challenges actors face in going out for “job interviews” on a weekly or daily basis. And most actors would probably agree that the one aspect of the audition that is probably the ...
TONY awards

Dear Evan Hansen led the pack last night with a total of six Tony wins, including Best Musical. Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Featured ...
Actors Monologue

If you read these pages regularly, you are likely to be a working actor on some level, or striving to be. But whether you are fresh out of school and trying to book your very first roles as an extra, in ...
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What a season! The 2017 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning by Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson. The Great Comet leads the pack with a total of 12 nominations, followed by Hello, Dolly! with 10, and Dear Evan Hansen ...
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Hi, I just wanted to thank NYCastings for all the work and experience I have gotten through their site. I am 15 years old and having a blast with all the acting jobs that I have landed from you’re listings! ...
Commercial Auditioning

If you’ve spent any time in acting classes, at a university level theater program, or even if you just learned acting by doing, one thing we can all probably agree on is that commercial auditions are weird. Any audition is ...
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All kinds of people — scary, grieving, naive, curious people — have once again invaded New York City for The Tribeca Film Festival. Which means it is the ideal time to chat about characters; the art of building real and ...
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Voice-Over Terms Glossary ADR: Automated Dialogue Replacement in a film. A process where actors replace dialogue in a film or video. Ad lib: A spontaneous spoken addition or alteration to a written script. Accent: Pronunciation common to a certain group of people. ...
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It happened! After submitting to countless projects on NYCastings.com, you finally got called in for an audition. You’re excited to have your chance to go in and show the casting director what you can do. However, another wave of emotion ...
Leading Male Actor

When it comes to acting there are few buzzwords more overused yet more vaguely understood than “presence.” You could call it star power, or “the x-factor.” You could say that presence applies to an actor who has “it,” an indefinable ...
Theatre

Curious about where your favorite 2017 Tony nominated actor went to college? Look no further. It is clear to see these actors and actresses received an incredible education and exceptional training. Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen– Columbia University Laura Dreyfuss, ...
Social Media for Actors

Social media in just a few short years has become so ubiquitous that it’s simply an accepted reality of our day-to-day lives. For some of us, it’s more like our minute-to-minute lives. Think about this for a second: Facebook has ...
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Imagine a professional athlete who only went out on the field on game days. No matter how great he or she was as a player, the training, practice, and support one needs to compete at that level is simply not ...
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What a HUGE dilemma… Do you join a union as soon as possible or when you have to? Joining a union has many upsides – higher paying gigs, union protection and that much needed health insurance! Yet, joining also means ...
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Talent Agent Caroline Raedeker-Freitas Runs the Top Agency in San Diego, and She Has Some Advice for Budding Actors: Turn Left at L.A. if You Want to Book More Work When actors think about moving to Southern California to pursue ...
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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo Reveals the Origin of Opportunity Grab hold of your acting chops and get ready to travel to the ultimate break through dimension. In parts 1-4 of this story (link), Henry shared his theory on being unique, ...

Odds are you’ve heard of an agent before. They’re the people who hold the key. They get you into the rooms for the casting directors that will book you in your next big role. And the rest is history. But, what’s a ...
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 A refreshing light beams through a production when Allison Janney is involved. The Ohio native has created a remarkable career touting performances on Broadway, memorable television appearances (i.e. The West Wing) and noteworthy roles in over 50 films. With her ...
Brennan Nicholas

Brennan Nicholas has been acting for over 7 years. He recently landed a role with History Makers Productions for their Emmy Award Winning series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. He’s done a PSA for Red Nose Day and was the Kiddie ...
kidontvseries

What’s it like when your child lands a starring or recurring role on a TV series? Lives change. The decision to just pick up and move across the country or even out of the country is not a decision that ...
memorizing lines made easy

  Brain Freeze! That’s what it feels like when I first look at an intimidating stack of sides that I must memorize. And since many actors feel the same way, I’ve asked the cast members of TWO MANY MOMS (including myself!) to lend ...
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You THINK you’ve heard this story… Page 5: A writer decides to create a screenplay about “what she knows.” Page 15: A friend offers up inspiring advice that gets this writer going. Page 30: The point of no return – ...
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Beards, tattoos, lots of hair or thinning hair, the clothes you wear. You may not know the names of these two actors but you’ve certainly seen their faces. When you talk to your friends about them, you say, You know, ...
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Tell all at The Moth StorySLAM in NYC Living in the limelight… the universal dream… For those who wish to be seen, you can step in front of a packed audience and share your real life stories at The Moth ...
Ride

I did find being the lead of the show I had much less downtime than everyone else. I almost wish I’d had the chance to do more, take more goofy selfies and hang out with everyone. – Kendra Leigh Timmins. ...
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Performers seeking authentic advice should search no further than the honest guidance of Heather Matarazzo. The New York raised actress has remained in the spotlight ever since her lead role in the coming of age film,Welcome to the Dollhouse. This ...
Audition Monologue

Let’s face it, the monologue audition is a stressful, nerve-wracking thing. There’s no shame in admitting this; the vast majority of actors would probably agree that it is the worst part of the business, somewhere between getting a root canal ...
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As actors we all have our personal strengths. Like a baseball power hitter, we all have our wheelhouse–in other words our favorite type of role to play: that sweet spot where we’re confident we can hit it out of the ...
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Thank you NYCastings! We LOVE your site! Leila Jean Davis booked the Lead and just completed the shoot for the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’. We had the pleasure of working with the awesome team at Mayfair Pictures. Another Great experience. We ...
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Looming in front of you, that giant white poster board holds the copy for your commercial audition. The magical words you’ll need to convey with both accuracy and honesty. Don’t worry! Renowned commercial casting director – Joan Lynn – breaks ...
awards

The winners at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards are noted with an asterisk (*): Best motion picture, drama “Mad Max: Fury Road” “Carol” * “The Revenant” “Room” “Spotlight” Best motion picture, musical or comedy “Joy” “Spy” “The Big Short” * ...
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“Oh, brave new world, that has such people in it!”  –William Shakespeare, “The Tempest” Imagine for a second an actor from Shakespeare’s troupe transported forward in time to today. If this poor, confused actor from the Middle Ages survived the ...
Finding an Acting Class

When you think about it, our calling is all about learning. With every project, we learn new lines, and we learn new characters, and through them we learn new ways people deal with their emotions. What’s more, we should all ...
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So, you live in Small Town, USA and want to make it to the Big City. How do you do it? There are numerous steps and options. But let’s start with voice lessons, acting class, dance class, auditioning, networking, and ...
singer-girl

“I want to be on Broadway!” How many of you have ever said something along those lines? And how many of you are really doing what it takes to make it? It is easy to attend a Broadway performance and ...
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“If you think you don’t need a refresher acting class, you’re dead wrong.” I was torn between titles for this article, so I decided to stick with my original thought which was “If I Can Tell You’re Acting, Then You’re ...
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Jason George and Chandra Wilson in Grey’s Anatomy Photo by Mitch Haaseth / ABC Jason George has been in show business since the late 1990’s. This explains why he’s such a seasoned actor. But even with a resume taller than ...
AnnMarie Brown

Booked! AnnaMarie age 8 with Wilhelmina Kids NY featured as a model/actress is one to watch. NYCastings has given AnnaMarie a huge opportunity to Book in the Entertainment Industry. She has been involved in a few Independent Films/ Major Films ...
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Heh. I’m dryly laughing at myself because I have never been at a loss for words…until now. I mean really, when have you ever seen me not be able to write a proper intro? AARON GINSBURG, the Supervising Producer and ...
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Strickman-Ripps, Inc. Casting + Research shares how to get REAL acting gigs Countless companies rely on testimonials, market research, and man-on-the-street interviews to help sell their products and services. This demand for engaging people means another opportunity for actors to ...
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Here we will describe the many types of modeling you will find in the modeling industry. Some models only fit into one category, while another model may fit into multiple. With that in mind, here are the modeling categories at ...
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Schooling is a huge discussion when you have young performers in show business. In today’s world, there are many different options: public, private, home school and on set schooling. Did you know that, for theater, requirements for on set tutors vary by ...
On-camera audition

Much of what actors encounter on sites like NYCastings–aside from the tremendous opportunity to sign up to receive hundreds of audition notifications every week in your inbox–has to do with auditioning. There are a million articles on preparing for the ...
Jennifer Sabour

Despite being relatively new to NYCastings, I received an audition for a supporting role for an upcoming feature film. After the audition, I received a callback from the Castings Team and was asked to audition for the film’s leading actress! ...
earnmorecallbacks

Are you ready to rock? Of course you are! And NYCastings wants to help you achieve great success – that’s why we’re sharing behind the scenes tips on how to earn more commercial callbacks. These insights from freelance casting director ...
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Performing Acting Monologues can be nerve ­wracking. For a time span of 1-­3 minutes it’s all eyes on you. You need to create the character, the scene, and the circumstance all without the help of another actor. And, oftentimes, if you’re performing ...
making your own movie

It is an undeniable truth that acting as a career is very much a hit or miss proposition. That’s why your mom tried to discourage you from choosing the path you’re on: not out of any maliciousness or desire to ...
minorstomajors

…And The Winner Of Majors and Minors Season One Is… MICHAEL WOODARD These words catapulted NYCastings member Michael Woodward from a 14-year old church singer to an internationally known talent with an RCA Records deal. His “spark” won the hearts ...
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Like magic, successful writers pull off a third act in their stories that creates a lasting impression on their audience. So how do you get to that level of writing greatness? You weave in a very organic, period of Grace. ...
Hugh Jackman

A few years ago the brilliant “Key and Peele” sketch comedy show featured a hilarious parody of “Les Mis” that had even fans of the musical rolling in the aisles. To give you some idea, it currently has some 8 ...
the river on broadway

NYCastings.com presents “Q an A” (Question an Actor) where Robert Peterpaul (TMZ, Access Hollywood) sits down to gain valuable insight from acclaimed actors to help you succeed in your career. Episode 1: Actress, Laura Donnelly graciously joins us for the premiere ...
Michael Caine

“The theatre is an operation with the scalpel, I think movie acting is an operation with the laser.” Michael Caine teaches in this documentary the art of movie acting to five young actors, who perform scenes from “Alfie”, “Deathtrap” and ...
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Acting is hard. Not to sound whiny, but it really can’t be said enough: no matter what normal humans may think about the supposedly cushy life of the actor, the vast majority of us are not passing our days hanging ...
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Casting over 30 projects a year, Jamibeth Margolis knows what it takes to build a note worthy career. I love working with actors and knowing actors, says Jamibeth. I love the creative process of working with writes, directors, producers and ...
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What’s The Difference Between On-Camera Acting & Stage Acting? When you decided that you wanted to be an actor, odds are you pictured yourself in one specific medium over another. You saw yourself dominating the Broadway stage. You saw yourself ...
Actors on Acting

From Film4  – Various famous actors and actresses tell us what inspires and drives them when taking on new roles. Actors: Keira Knightley Tom Hanks Anne Hathaway Ben Stiller Judi Dench Michael Fassbender Natalie Portman Leonardo DiCaprio Saoirse Ronan Andrew ...
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Working odd jobs, booking gigs and racking up so many necessary expenses… actors have a lot to figure out come tax season – so NYCastings is here to help you. For example, did you know that you can deduct your ...
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I am definitely not the expert on how to juggle everything, says Anna Fishbeyn with a laugh, as we sit down at a Starbucks in New York City to speak about her challenges and triumphs as a mom, artist and ...
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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… For certain – you can! You can keep chugging up this mountain called YOUR ACTING DREAM… no matter how high it seems. Of course, it helps to get ...
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Auditioning has a great deal to do with the art of social networking. Everything in an audition sends a message and builds a profile in the mind of the casting director. The more you know, the larger potential you have ...
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In a time of discretion, regulations and racial tension, Hugh M. Hefner built an empire without borders or boundaries. Some may call him a genius. Others, a gluttonous instigator. Either way, Hugh Hefner is undoubtedly – a mastermind of self-invention. ...
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We live in a digital age, there’s no getting around it. Virtually everything is available on demand at the touch of a button, and that includes castings and auditions. This is great news for the busy actor–how much easier it ...
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Phone interviews can be a harrowing process. As an interviewer you anxiously wait on the line, hoping for a pleasant and worthwhile interaction with the talent (and, of course, good reception). With a cheery “Hey, Robert!” almost immediately those preliminary ...
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Beyond the Main Street of Sundance booms countless lounges with food, drink and swag for celebrities. Every day festival attendees loom outside hoping to snap a pic as they gawk at the likes of Liv Tyler, Kate Bosworth and William ...
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Recently I posted a list of things most actors probably wish they had known when they were just getting started. But as the list developed I realized I was really going to need to list more than five. There are ...
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When your young performer gets an audition for a TV show with lots of buzz, it’s time to close your eyes, take a deep gulp and maybe even meditate. You want them to go on the audition, but at the ...
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The history of acting is an ancient and proud one. The earliest recorded instance of a person relating words to an audience as a character dates back to Thespis, who performed in 532 B.C. in ancient Greece. And despite actors ...
secrets of a casting director

We all wish we could get inside the head of a Casting Director. Perhaps there’s some magical little spell that will give us the guidance to win an audition with the Director / Producer. Casting Directors are on OUR side, ...
submit like an agent

Actors always want to know – How do I get an acting agent? They believe that they NEED an agent in order to be successful. That they can’t get ahead without someone to represent them. Indeed, agents do a ton ...
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Being an actor is one of the most exciting journeys anyone can ever choose to embark upon. At the same time, it can be one of the most frustrating. Like a quarter flipped into the air waiting to hit the ...
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Acting is acting some say, no matter the medium. And there is some truth in that; we all come at it from different directions and we all have our own unique backgrounds. Some started in theater, some started off on ...
Auditions

There’s a trite saying about writing that unimaginative professors like to trot out when they’ve run out of original thoughts: “Writers write,” is what they say, generally with a smug, knowing look. Although this is a meaningless phrase disguised as ...
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The results are in and the NYCastings Top Booker of 2015 is Actress/Model, Holly Glasser! Holly’s Bookings came in at $36,227! Her Books were made in Films, TV Shows, Commercials, Print jobs & Live events. Watch the video Interview and ...
Shakespeare App

A Conversation With Actor and App Developer Ron Severdia    If anyone might have legit reasons to get frustrated with the modern world’s total enchantment with cell phones, it’s actors. For starters, how about when someone’s phone rings in the ...
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Times have changed – expectations are raised, which means that it takes a lot of work to land roles in film and TV these days. Scripts need to be memorized. Characters need to be fully developed. And, walls need to ...
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This is casting director Steve Stancato’s of Palladino Casting one night intensive.  Come prepared with a one minute monologue.  After a group Q & A each actor will meet with Steve one on one and perform their monologue and get ...
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“You have this dream,” you want to host a show… “But you can’t go to Barnes and Noble and learn how to be a successful host,” says casting director and lifestyle expert Jamie Carroll who casts for HGTV, FOOD NETWORK, ...
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Many parents have asked me on numerous occasions if their child should join the unions: Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, now merged as one and respectively called SAG-AFTRA. There are many factors that determine ...
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Everyone knows that Hollywood is the mecca when it comes to a career in the entertainment business. That’s why 50,000 people moved to Los Angeles in the last year, many in hopes of being discovered and making it big in ...
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When you’re a young actor just starting out and you hear veterans of the business chatting about this or that awesome-sounding audition they were sent on by their agent, it can sometimes hit you with a twinge of jealousy: why ...
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Unless you’re putting on Titanic, the production you’re a part of should not feel like a fast sinking ship. Unfortunately, more often than not, at some point in every actor’s career there exists a project that you just wish the ...
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Over the course of a couple of decades in casting in L.A., Dea Vise has seen a lot of things–including some things that would curl your hair, as the saying goes. But Vise says if she had to distill one ...
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Every actor is aware of the union or non union dynamic that is always at the forefront of every performer’s career. But one option that flies under the radar most of the time is the Financial Core Status, or also ...
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Do you know the difference between an Agent and a Manager? Do you need both? And how do they work together? To help clear up any confusion, NYCastings sought advice from Eric Faber of Faber Talent. We also scored insight ...
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Pisay Pao (pAh-SAY poW) plays Casandra in the SyFy Network’s HIT show Z Nation! (www.syfy.com/znation) now in it’s 2nd season, which premiers September 11 at 10/9c. She’s trying to survive in a Zombie Apocalypse on TV and survive a hectic shooting schedule in real ...
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Commercial work has to be one of the least predictable markets in the acting world. While, yes, acting in a commercial often entails directly pitching a product to the camera or dramatically eating a fork full of pasta, it can ...
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Since signing up with NYCastings last month my acting career has skyrocketed! I have a minimum of 4 auditions a week and i’ve been booking projects left and right. Recently I worked on a feature film where I not only ...
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Casting Director Tony Pichette speaks scientifically about the casting process How often do you meet a casting director who majored in Theatre and minored in Chemistry? Not too frequently! That is why I had to ask Casting Director Tony Pichette ...
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If your interest is in feature and indie films, this is a class you don’t want to miss! This top NY feature film Casting Director has worked on Features out of New York and LA for many years and is ...
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Tabrett Bethell is best known for her role as Cara on the TV series Legend of the Seeker. She started out as a sidekick and quickly became a fan favorite which resulted in her being upgraded to a series regular. ...
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Let’s be honest, when a good part comes along who doesn’t want it? says Casting Director Adrienne Stern who has placed countless actors into dream rolls. Adrienne helps actors move from point A… to point indie so NYCastings asked for ...
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Ballsy indeed, Whoopi Goldberg kicked off her acting career by choosing a stage name based on the popular whoopee cushion gag toy! Over the years, her strong choices have helped her win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and a Tony. And, ...
Finding Your Motivation

Casting Director Donna McKenna 1 night intensive January 31st 6:30pm, the intensive is between 1.5 – 2 hours long, at Ripley Grier studio 520 8th Avenue. What you’ll learn in this film and television acting intensive: Donna will select sides ...
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It’s a Saturday afternoon, and I decided to join a workshop with Casting Director Brette Goldstein. There are many CD’s in town, but I chose Brette after doing my research because, on her website, she says, “a casting relationship with me is ...
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It’s not AS complicated as you’d think, and totally worth it! All the world’s a stage… yet what does it take to get your act Off-Broadway? The answer can be as simple as “writing your own stuff” +  finding “a ...
5 hot ways to spark on-screen chemistry

Looking to heat up your acting career? You can! By learning how to spark on-screen acting chemistry in every scene, you’ll help ensure that all eyes stay on you from your very first audition to your movie’s premier. And when ...
Controlling the Audition

We all love acting. And with good reason: performing can be a beautiful, moving, profound experience of connection with one’s fellow performers and an audience. Of course, in order to get to the performance part of it, you usually have ...
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If you go out to see theater on a regular basis–and you really should, not only to support theater in general as well as your friends’ shows, but also to contribute to your ongoing education as an actor–you’ve probably seen ...
The Understudy

There isn’t an actor out there who doesn’t want to perform. That’s why we got into this game: we love to create characters, we cherish the connection with an audience, we adore making people laugh and cry–and face it, we ...
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Way before The West Wing, Emmy Award winning actor Richard Schiff actually “did odd jobs in New York City.” He shared his story with NYCastings at The Creative Coalition event at Sundance… “I drove a cab in New York and ...
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Gal power packs a one-two punch of honesty and hilarity whirled into an artistic performance that you can’t take your eyes off of in a show called “Entrance with charge – two girls smoke a cigarette in only 30 seconds!” ...
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Oftentimes there is confusion about working on Broadway vs. Regional vs. Community theater. There are so many factors that come into play (pun intended, haha. Ok so I need a new joke, whatever). Back on track. There are pay scale ...
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Casting Associate Philip Huffman helps actors drum up street cred… Oohh, New York. It’s a place where three Law & Order episodics film and countless actors strive to add that signature sound to their reel. It’s like a New York ...
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Comfort Zone Alert! On set of his latest movie, Cyrus, John C. Reilly found that a lot of days were very uncomfortable. Whoa! That sounds like an atypical admission from an actor, yet John has a very good reason to ...
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ACTING STAGE TERMS GLOSSARY Common Theater Terms Auditions: Readings before a director to determine casting of a play. Call Backs: An additional audition for the final actors being considered. Similar to semifinals in sports. Clear the Stage: A direction given ...
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You are no doubt reading this right now on your phone, tablet or computer, so you know as well as anyone that the world is truly wired. We are all interconnected in so many ways it’s difficult to fathom. On ...
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Ever think, “I MUST become a successful, working actor or I’ll die!” Well… taking a class at the renowned T. Schreiber Studio in New York City will help you ignite that passion, not just for acting but for every character. ...
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When it comes to auditions, we’ve all heard the skipping record telling us that “we have to calm our nerves,” “be natural,” and “not be appear as if we NEED to book the role.” But these sound bites of advice ...

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  If you want to succeed in the comedy biz you need to “get as funny as you can as fast as you can,” says Andy Engel, New Talent Director Comix.  Andy Engel has over eighteen years of experience producing ...
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Truths from the set of his latest movie Between myth and reality, Colin Farrell has learned to live with the many reputations that precede him. We all, as human beings, probably do a good job of misrepresenting ourselves a lot ...
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Auditions are often called the toughest job interview in the world, and with good reason. You’ve got a little more than a minute to make an impression and show the casting team that not only do you have the acting ...
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Sandra Palmeri breaks through – and – breaks down barriers. HEAR YE – Get ready to believe that it’s never too late to go after your dreams…. because this year’s Top Booker for NYCastings has only 3 years of acting ...
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Remember when you were just getting your start in acting? For some of you maybe that isn’t so long ago. But for some of us, that was several lifetimes ago. It’s hard to remember the optimistic, shiny bright-scrubbed faces we had ...
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When you move to Los Angeles, as an actor, one of the first things on your mind is getting that top notch agent or manager. But for most, unless you have been referred over, you’ve got to bring something to ...
Finding Your Motivation

“When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’” –Alfred Hitchcock There are lots of old jokes about stupid ...
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The 89th Academy Awards were held Sunday.  Here is a complete list of nominees. (Winners are indicated in bold.) BEST PICTURE “Arrival” “Fences” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “Hidden Figures” “La La Land” “Lion” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” ...
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For the last 17 years, NYCastings has been a staple in the New York Production Community helping our clients in Casting Talent & Crew on hundreds of productions a month. We are now open in LA, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Boston, Tennessee, & Philadelphia ...
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Friendly – Helpful – Inspirational For actors looking for a place to connect with key industry people, The Filmmaker’s Connection is so much more than your typical networking event. It helps actors, producers and directors form teams, produce films and ...
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One of the most important decisions you will ever make as an actor is whether or not to join the SAG-AFTRA Union. Now at first glance, this seems like the most viable option for any actor with experience and credits. ...
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If Barbara McNamara Casting was a fashion label, it might be called Rock and Rescue’, because Barbara approaches casting with a hard-core passion and caring attitude. Oh and… she handles all of the background for 30 Rock and Rescue Me. ...
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2011 is the… Year of Perseverance! says agent Craig Holzberg, founder of Avalon Artists Group. Everyday is a new opportunity and it is about seizing the moment – not worrying about what happened in the past or being freaked out ...
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Whether you are a main character, background, or even a waiter at a restaurant, everyone gets noticed says director Oren Moverman. He sees that everyone’s different and has a wise point of view on how actors can stand out in ...
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Writers grab a pen and take note… A focused emotional journey is vital for your story whether you are writing a script, a play or the next Great American Novel’ – and you CAN achieve this forward momentum through The ...
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There is a piece of Broadway missing right now that can be defined in one word – Orfeh. There’s just no one else like the veteran performer who brings boundless energy complimented with powerhouse vocals to every production she’s in. ...
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Come From Away: Schonfeld Theatre- Opened 3/12/17 A musical based on the true story of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001. Thirty eight international planes were sent to Gander and the city welcomed them with open arms. It doesn’t seem ...
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I repeat, I repeat… If you want to score more acting jobs – book the company, not just the gig. As an actor, you know the work that goes into getting auditions. Every day, you pour your soul into training, ...
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Ready to explode on the indie film scene? To strut down some film festival red carpets? And finally get those locked doors to burst open? Well get your inner dreamer ready for intense inspiration because actress/producer Summer Crockett Moore recently ...
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Being a young performer in blockbuster mega-movie or hit television series can be very challenging. There are so many things to think about — family, friends, school, after school activities, pets  the list goes on and on. It takes a ...
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The Actor Headshot: A necessary — and sometimes painful — first step towards having a serious acting career. As much as we actors love to be in front of the camera, there’s something about going to a headshot session that makes actors ...
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We love this great compilation video of some of the best Acting Scenes ever captured! You might as well learn from the best! Take notes and enjoy the show. This video was created by: sitiosanguinem and is the first of several ...
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“If this is what you are called to do then you must do it.” Victor Verhaeghe is a multifaceted, seasoned actor and writer, having been in NYC for upward of 30 years.  His career has spanned over many different artistic ...
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Show business can be scary. Show business can be harsh. Show business can be rewarding. Let’s skip the “Do you have what it takes to be an actor” and go right to “Do you have what it takes to go ...
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I’ve gone on countless auditions through NYCastings and just booked the lead in the upcoming Indie Feature Film “The Unwanted”. I look forward to shooting this film & booking more work! Thanks NY Castings! Read Hundreds Of Success Stories Here
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I was in New York City one day during the height of the Hamilton Revolution. I’d never seen anything like it. As I approached the Richard Rodgers Theatre, I was met with hundreds (and I mean HUNDREDS) of adoring fans ...
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NYCastings.com presents “Q an A” (Question an Actor) where Robert Peterpaul (TMZ, Access Hollywood) sits down to gain valuable insight from acclaimed actors to help you succeed in your career. Episode 2: Broadway’s Matthew James Thomas (Spiderman: Turn Off the ...
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Stacy Gallo helps you book commercial work Commercial casting is definitely like the lottery because a lot of it is being in the right place at the right time, says Independent, Commercial Casting Director Stacy Gallo. For over ten years, ...
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Hi guys and girls, I came in for an audition for DreamCasters through NYCastings for “Brutal Bolors” directed by Mike Conroy. It was an indie feature film and got cast in the awesome supporting role of Videl. It turned out to ...
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All the world’s a stage… And “actors used to be called players,” shares Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner, Kevin Kline, who still feels a part of that classic era. Kevin Kline trained at New York’s Juilliard and knows ...
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“Acting is all about…” As you go through your life as an actor, there are so many things you come to find out acting is “all about.” Every instructor, coach, director, agent, manager, and even advice columnist will at some ...
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Ever wish that you could spend money and have it boomerang right back to you? Sure, it sounds like a dream but NYCastings.com helps turn that dream into a reality. By offering so many sweet extras listings, members tend to make ...
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NYCastings.com proudly presents “Q an A” (Question an Actor) where Robert Peterpaul (America’s Got Talent, Access Hollywood) sits down to gain valuable insight from today’s most acclaimed performers. Tune in and let us help you succeed in your career. Episode ...
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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what does it take to be that image of health, happiness and a life well lived – that you see in the pages of a magazine? Deliciousness! “Warm, friendly, approachable” ...
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We’ve collected lots of acting quotes over the years, but these are the best. Every time we read them we become inspired and focused, and fall in love with the craft all over again. May they do the same for ...
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At The New York Horror Film Festival, I had killer conversations with several directors and got to speak face to face with a man who played Jason Voorhees! Straight from their twisted minds, I got secret advice on how actors ...
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