Acting School – Learn Everything about Show Business

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!

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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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As actors, we’re always interested in stretching the limits. There’s no end as to how a character can be played. We have an idea in our head, but the director might have a totally different idea. Creating your character is ...
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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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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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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 ...
Audition Pressure

“Insanity laughs, under pressure we’re cracking…” – “Under Pressure” – Queen/David Bowie Being under pressure does sometimes feel like madness is cracking us into little tiny pieces. The sense of being out of control of a situation, and even out ...
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 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, ...
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, ...
Great Headshots

In an unseasonably warm Autumn in New York, one can only imagine fashionistas peering shrewishly up at the beaming sun, still wearing last summer’s shorts and t-shirts, frustrated in their desires to switch to that smart new fall sweater that’s ...
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There is no debating – Actor Nate Parker is rising to the top of his game, landing major roles by giving each character a true heart and soul. The trick to creating a character is work, time, hours. Literally hours, ...
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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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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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When Should You Hire an Entertainment Lawyer? A Chat with Alesha M. Dominique, Attorney-at-Law, of MSK. When you decided to become an actor, did you think about the consequences of negotiating and signing contracts? Did you realize that you could be ...
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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 ...
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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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Every Great American Story needs a Great American Hero who the world will cheer for. So what does it take for your story to launch from an idea into a riveting tale that audiences will relate to?  It simply has ...
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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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Need your acting resume printed out fast? NYCastings has an app for that! NYCastings.com organizes your profile information into a PDF format so you can print it from anywhere. To best use this tool, here’s a quick overview on how ...
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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 ...
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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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Declaring war on anxiety… Herman Chavez launched a tactic called “The Mental Game of Auditioning” – aimed at empowering actors and relieving that self-destructive fear of auditioning. Through a strategy that targets an actor’s psyche, the sides and the business ...
Actor's Budget

As actors we’ve all heard the clichés about starving artists. And especially if you’e planning or have already made the move to a city like New York or L.A. where the rents are clearly still Too Damn High, and especially ...
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Actors can try for years to land a decent role, and even when they do, it’s no guarantee of success. Those who manage to make it big often say the same thing: they were in the right place at the ...
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You can fall in love with the voice-over craft, says Casting Director Lisa Fischoff who heads up Broadcasters, a division of Howard Schwartz Recording. Lisa notices a person’s voice before anything else. She has many years of casting experience, worked ...
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Acting is of course performing in such a way as to mimic genuine human emotional life, and one of those emotions is sadness. But despite the huge, diverse and rich tapestry of human emotions, many actors are hung up on ...
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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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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 ...
Actor Day Jobs

As an actor who worked in restaurants and bars on and off for decades, I am intimately familiar with the cliché of the “struggling actor trying to make it” by waiting tables. But there’s good reason it’s such a common ...
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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 ...
Actor Dialects

There’s nothing quite like a really well done dialect. It’s amazing from time to time to see certain actors on talk shows and realize what they really sound like in their native accent. Hugh Dancy from the series Hannibal, Idris ...
How to get a talent agent

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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Meet Charlie Winfield he  is a premiere agent at Funnyface Today, one of the pioneer commercial print agencies in NY. His clients have booked major commercial print ads and TV commercials, including: Gap, Limited Too, Parents Magazine, French Toast, Target, Talbots, ...
Acting in Hollywood

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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By Katie Northlich – Actor, Writer, Acting Coach, NYCastings Improv Coach I stand there in the small, airless audition room, just having slated my name and agency, waiting.  The Director and Casting Director are talking quietly, shuffling papers amongst themselves.  A ...
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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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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 ...
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My definition of bliss? Watching Michael C. Hall perform in, well… anything! As an actor, he has a way of conveying many layers with a subtle yet dynamic energy. And in his latest film, The Trouble with Bliss, Michael once ...
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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 ...
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Agents: the guys and gals whose sole purpose is to get you in the room for the roles you deserve. It’s the one relationship every actor craves in this business. You want a teammate, a colleague, and someone who fights and cares ...
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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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Meeting a Talent Agent for the first time can feel momentous, as if you should genuflect or feel devoutly grateful but, “We are all just pieces of a puzzle,” shares Bloc’s Legit Talent Agent Jim Daly. “When that show finally ...
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Thank you NYCastings for being such a great source of auditions in NYC. I wanted to share some recent booking successes with you! In the past few months I have booked a network promo video for Music Choice TV, booked ...
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What’s love got to do with it? When it comes to acting – the answer is EVERYTHING. An actor must expose their heart; be vulnerable (often uncomfortably so) to the most volatile of elements. They allow themselves to be overtaken ...
Audition Inspiration

Let’s be honest, just among us actors for a moment. We like it when civilians say things like, “Oh acting must be so hard! How do you remember all those words? How do you get up there in front of ...
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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“Now what I have worked out is that it would actually be physically impossible to be perfect for everyone. Everyone has a distinct idea in their head of what each character is like. So I’ve kind of had to lower ...
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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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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 ...
Acting in Los Angeles

New York, or L.A.? It’s the perennial question asked by up-and-coming performers of all stripes, as well as people working in the myriad of other jobs associated with the entertainment business. Do you prefer sunshine and glamour, and don’t mind ...
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To hell with 15min of fame! For those hoping to build and maintain an acting career, here are 6 tips to help you achieve this kind of longevity – from the legendary Penn & Teller and acclaimed Director Adam Rifkin. ...
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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 ...

Career building Acting Advice from Betsy Capes of Capes Coaching Auditions, call backs, booking gigs… will all come if you build a commitment to the acting business. Talent is only half the equation, says Betsy Capes of Capes Coaching.That’s why ...
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Endless digital ink has been spilled about auditioning and the travails of the working actor as he or she pursues a career in this tough, demanding business. You quickly learn you need to develop a thick skin in order to ...
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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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So you’ve been cast in your dream job, and you’ve got an entire script to digest. First, congrats on breaking all the legs! But if you’re like most actors, that elation wears off pretty quickly. It’s almost immediately replaced by ...
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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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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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6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career helps connect everyone. Get ready to feel footloose and have your dreams come true because 6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career just rolled into town spreading simple yet strategic moves. Educational and ...
Finding Your Motivation

Casting Director Donna McKenna 1 night intensive May 15th 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 ...
Voiceover-ADR

A career in voiceovers is perhaps one of the most exciting career choices for a performer. Even though the voice actor goes through the same ups and downs of every performer, there are specific, unforgettable moments in a voiceover career ...
Best Acting Scenes of All Time

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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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 ...
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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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There is a great deal of mystery that goes into the process of acting, a great deal of unknowable connection and subjective emotions and hard-to-explain technique that can often be seen, but which are difficult to quantify. All this, as ...
The Sound of Music live Broadcast

Over the past few months, almost every major network as announced plans for a live musical broadcast. ABC will air The Little Mermaid in October, A Christmas Story can be seen on Fox in December, followed by Rent, which was ...
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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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” ...
playing the Villain

“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain, And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” –William Shakespeare, “Richard III” For a certain breed of actor, one ...
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“Your child should be a model! Your kid should be on television!” your neighbors, family, friends and babysitters shout to you. It all sounds so fun and so easy! Then you realize it’s not so easy. But it could be ...
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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No need to wonder if an agent looks closely at your resume. They do! Of course they do. Because beyond seeing you perform, agents rely on your resume to tell a story about your passions, experience, and professionalism – past ...
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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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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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Laura Prepon is most remembered for her role as the spunky Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the FOX sitcom That ’70s Show. The chance to star on such a successful series is seemingly a once in a lifetime ...
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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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We all know her as the infamous voice behind Apple’s directions, weather forecasts, and restaurant tips; the all-knowing assistant who answers our most challenging and mundane questions. Yet the actual female force behind Apple’s Siri – Susan Bennett – didn’t ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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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How can Social Networking benefit you as an actor? With the explosion of Facebook and Twitter over the past few years, it’s no wonder celebrities have opted to use these platforms as a way to communicate directly with the public. ...
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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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Hour Glass… Curvaceous… Zaftig women can make over $200,000 in the plus sized modeling business. That’s a whole lot of dough – so to get started, here’s what you need to know… A plus size model, in the past, was ...
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Hey! Im Janel Koloski and 2015 has already been a great year for me so far due to NYCastings. I have booked 6 jobs so far and am shooting a print ad Thursday from an NYCasting booking. I tell all ...
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Final Ballots Distributed Today, Voting Closes January 8th  Los Angeles, CA – January 3, 2017 – The Casting Society of America (CSA) is pleased to announce nominations for its 32ndAnnual Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting in Feature Film Categories. Nominations for Television, Theatre, Short ...
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Earning a role on Broadway, or being cast in a major feature film are seemingly implausible dreams to the majority of actors plunking along the New York City audition scene. For Lilla Crawford, these feats are simply credits on her ...
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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 ...
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Lately there’s been an influx of Broadway actors coming to television and screen actors going to Broadway.  Think NBC’s Smash, FOX’s Glee and Matthew Broderick. So just what is it about these entertainers that make us want more?  They’re double ...
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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. ...
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 ...
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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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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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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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As an actor, your headshot may be your calling card. However, it’s your reel that can really make or break your chances before you even walk into the audition room. Because a reel can do something that your resume of ...
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Last article we found out how actresses handled same-sex scenes. Now it’s the guy’s turn! Gale Harold of Queer as Folk, Freddie Smith of Days of Our Lives and Dan Feuerriegel of Spartacus weigh in on what was once the ...
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Oftentimes, making a name for yourself in the film and television market means taking on the festival circuit. With everything from short films to features to web series’ being honored in the form of both local and international film festivals, ...
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Palms clammy. Heart teetering between full throttle and panic stopping. Brain cells firing off conflicting thought patterns of “Will I be good enough?” and “I’ve totally got this!” In other words – auditions. They can be terrifying and exhilarating! As ...
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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 ...
Focus on Film and TV Auditions

As challenging as it can sometimes be to make a living by acting, you have to admit this is a great time to be in the business. There are more channels, more web-based television and film production, more online opportunities, ...
Theatre Audience

As actors we are lucky in so many ways. We get to play for a living, we get be creative, and we get to hang out with fun, vivacious people. And of course, we get to revel in the adrenaline ...
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Check out this frighteningly helpful interview below where host Kelly Calabrese interviews actor Adam Fakier about his NYCastings submission, audition and resume tips – as well as his recent bookings including: a supporting role in the feature film “Off Season” (a ...
Theater Program

We’re deep into the snowy depths of the holiday season, so graduation is a long way off for most theater students. But for those who are planning to walk up to that stage and receive their degree in 2018, keep ...
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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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Commercial Agent Carole Ingber shares her upbeat view on the industry. Feeling swell… Our conversation with Commercial Agent Carole Ingber went so swimmingly that we just kept on chatting away with her. Hence… we present Part 2 of our interview! ...
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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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All the world may be a stage, but aspiring actors still need to put in some serious effort if they wish to begin pounding the pavement to Broadway or Hollywood and be successful. For starters, new actors need to commit ...
Talent Agents

When coming to LA to be an actor, the first thing you need to do is get an agent. The trouble most new talent run into is that most agents want experience, and getting experience without an agent very difficult. ...
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So, congratulations are in order! You got past the first audition and you’ve been selected to return for the callback. This is of course great news, as you are past the first hurdle in the long and winding road of ...
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The animated films and television shows have taken over our lives. When was the last time you saw a movie without animation? (If your answer is “last week”, then I still give you permission to read this article.) More and ...
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A reader is essentially an assistant. Someone who solely exists to aid the Casting Director in whatever they need throughout an audition process. You bring in the talent, you setup their mic (if the audition is being taped) and, obviously, ...
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Give an apple to a teacher and they may favor you, but when it comes to buttering up directors, they just want to see the attentive, reliable, and polished fruits of your labor. Here are 10 ways to get on ...
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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, ...
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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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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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I always like to remind singers that in order to optimize your warm-up routine, you must warm-up your entire body. Your body is your instrument, and the way you treat it has an impact on your breath, tone, and technique. ...
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. ...
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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How does it feel to interview two of the most incredible young performers in two of the hottest Broadway shows? Find out here. The Broadway experience is one that many theater kids dream about. There’s lots of excitement, fun and ...
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Some people strive to be different. We all had that one friend in school: they make a great effort to buck current trends, they go out of their way to dress aggressively weird, they pretend not to know anything about ...
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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Moments of Truth from Don McKay and her acting career Secrets abound in Elisabeth Shue’s latest movie, Don McKay which tells the story of a McKay, a high school janitor (played by Thomas Haden Church), who flees his hometown after ...
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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 ...
Fi-core

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 ...
from the bronx to the box office in 7 steps

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 ...
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A lot of times when we talk about acting we can easily get caught up in discussing the challenges and stress of the business end of it: auditions, agents, headshots, etc. And granted, it isn’t an easy career path for ...
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…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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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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There was a time when the only option for memorizing lines was highlighting your character’s sides in a hard-copy script, then slogging through it a line at a time. Rinse and repeat. Eventually, by sheer force of will, you somehow ...
Audition Callbacks

There’s nothing like that feeling when you walk out of an audition feeling great, knowing in your bones that you killed it. You remembered the lines, you were funny and charming with the casting team, they laughed at your stupid ...
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From Spain, photographer/director Wilhelm Scholz has traveled the world producing imagery for advertising and editorial clients in countries such as New Zealand, Greece, The United Arab Emirates, China, Peru, and more. His keen eye for capturing the essence of a ...
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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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Too often I’m confronted with people who ask about the well being of young performers. Questions such as “How are they able to socially adjust if they’re always pretending to be someone else?” and “How do they have time to ...
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1 Night Intensive With Avenue B Talent Manager Ben Padua 6:30pm April 24th Come prepared with a one minute monologue. After a group Q & A each actor will meet with Ben one on one and perform their monologue and ...
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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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo Reveals the Origin of Opportunity To stand out in the acting universe, Talent Manager Henry Ravelo suggests shining like a star… creating a light force that draws people toward you. Key Element #3 to the Big ...
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 ...
Stage Fright

“We’re actors! We’re the opposite of people!” — Tom Stoppard, “Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Let’s be honest: acting is fun. There is a tremendous joy we as performers get to experience that mere mortals are denied. That’s the excitement, ...
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The 2017 Drama Desk Award nominations were announced today at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Javier Muñoz of Hamilton and Laura Benanti of She Loves Me. The awards ceremony will be held on June 4th at New York’s Town Hall, hosted by ...
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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As a single mom of an 8-month-old girl, independent casting director Neely Gurman has just a quick moment to chat via phone from her Woodland Hills home as her daughter takes a rare nap. “She’s hyper,” Gurman said. “She works ...
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Imagine the horror… An actor finally grabs hold of a role that’s to die for, only to watch it torn away because of a mistake that could have been avoided. Did the actor mean what they said? Where they sorry ...
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As actors we are very lucky–for a lot of reasons. One, the job is fun! We literally get to play every time we audition, rehearse or perform. Not many people can say that about their jobs. Another reason we should ...
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You saw the casting notice on NYCastings, you sent in your best headshot, and the rest is out of your hands. Until, suddenly, you get a late night call from casting saying that you’re needed on set — for one of your ...
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Shining with energy, passion and an empowering purpose – legendary acting coach, actress and writer Susan Batson knows how to turn any actor into a golden character. It’s an eclectic process. It’s like a science, shares Susan Batson. Basically and ...
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Leaping into nearly every artistic medium, dancers abound on Broadway, TV, reality shows, films, music videos, tours, commercials, award shows, and so much more. There are boundless ways to make a living as a dancer, and an exciting array of ...
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I submitted myself through nycastings.com for a voice-over on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and booked the job, where I played former President Gorbachaev. Because Jon Stewart liked my voice-over in English with a Russian accent, the producer of ...
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For actors, nothing can be more terrifying than walking into that audition room. Going in front of the people who could give you your next job is nerve-racking. But, unfortunately, it’s something we all must do. Because, like they say, practice makes ...
Kevin Ploth

Thanks to NYCastings, booked two national commercials – AMF Bowlmore Lanes and Downey. Along with lead rolls in two Indi Feature Films. Gluteny & Words to Live BY.  NYCastings has helped me cast four short plays I have directed and three up coming ...
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There’s more to theatre than just someone enacting something on the stage. There are different kinds of theatre productions that cover different types of themes and styles. Whether you’re planning to start your own theatre project are looking to get ...
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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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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 ...
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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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It isn’t easy being green! Yet every aspiring actor has to begin somewhere – so how do you start trekking down that windy road to Hollywood without coming across as many road blocks? The answer is as easy as 1…2…3! ...
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“You are as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fears; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” – Samuel Ullman Age for actors can often be a touchy subject. We are by nature vain creatures; ...
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The film Jersey Boys has been a big stepping stone for these two New Jersey actors,  Renée Marino who plays Frankie Valli’s wife, Mary Delgado, and Johnny Cannizzaro who plays Nick DeVito. The journey Renée and Johnny have taken to ...
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Starving Artist – is not a term that should be taken literally, or taken advantage of. In the acting world, starving artists are those who are willing to forgo the stability of corporate paychecks, and certain material luxuries, in order ...
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The cast and crew of Daddy Longlegs confess their movie making methods. With an unprecedented way of casting and filmmaking, the crew of Daddy Longlegs set out to create a fairytale style story based on events from the directors’ lives. ...
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NATURE vs. NURTURE… When it comes to that age old debate…  both nature and nurture are equally impactful for actors looking to reach their highest artistic level. “Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous,” shares ...
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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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Launching a career takes a steady burst of momentum, and the best way to get to the top – is to learn how the acting biz is built from the ground up. To help NYCastings members learn what it takes ...
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Actors often wonder what it takes to land a role. Do directors always have a single type in mind? Or can someone a little different catch their eye by surprise? The answer depends on the film, of course. And on ...
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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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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, ...
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“It’s when there’s a genuine connection between people that makes On-Screen Chemistry pop.” You’ve seen it. You’ve loved it. But just how do they do it?! As a viewer, I get jazzed when there’s something magical about two actors portraying ...
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Heléne Yorke – I moved to the city with $3k my father lent me and about five boxes of things. I had two roommates, no furniture, and was routinely stretching $20 as far as I could. Actress Heléne Yorke is ...
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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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How to get your SOAP voice heard with CD Mary Clay Boland Right now… you have the chance to speak up and forever hold a piece of acting history by getting on the set of soap in New York City. ...
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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 ...
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There’s no one clear way to become a successful actor. Aside from the fact that everyone defines success differently, it’s not like going to school, doing your fair share of unpaid work, and having an ever-growing list of IMDB credits ...
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Watch the video interview below where ace reporter Kelly Calabrese interviews actress, Sandra Palmeri on her experience using NYCastings and booking projects such as the feature film “Alone” and several principle roles in commercials like: Jack LaLane Power Juicer, Hana ...
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Fall season premieres are anxiously awaited by television viewers, and make the ending of summer just a little bit easier. Those cliff hangers from May season finales always leave everyone wanting more, but did you know that filming has already ...
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You know that old saying ‘I was at the Right Place at the Right Time’? Well, the right place at the right time in Show Business is the Casting Room for the Audition. And the #1 reason why Actors or other types of ...
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“You are a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made of stardust. What do you have to be afraid of?” –Reddit post This quote has been making the rounds on Reddit for a while now, and for some reason I fell ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Powerful acting hooks your attention to a scene. Vulnerable acting lures your heart in. Yet powerfully vulnerable acting can make you react without warning – evoking laughter, tears, sighs, and gasps at each breathtaking moment. That’s how I felt while ...
JWharvey

Thanks to NYCastings, 2014 has been my most successful year yet! In addition to booking incredible, diverse material for my demo reel with short films & student films,I have gotten exposure–and a nice chunk of change–from print projects, NYCastings has ...
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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 ...
It's Easy To Get Started In Acting – But There Are Some Things You Should Know

So you want you want to get started as an actor. First of all, congratulations! You are about to embark on joining a proud, mad, very exclusive club. The good news is it’s easy to get started in acting – ...
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Take witness of a career on fire… With over 120 total bookings, and a total income of nearly $20,000, NYCastings member Kimberly Magness is one HOT star – shining and rising! By self-submitting through NYCastings, Kimberly landed major roles in ...
Golden globes 2018

The 75th Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday. Winners are indicated by an asterisk and the word WINNER. Movies Best Motion Picture – Drama “Call Me by Your Name” “Dunkirk” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ...
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 ...
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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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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WeRehearse Co-Founder and CEO Darren Darnborough on the Future of Auditioning With the abundance of rehearsal apps available to assist actors with learning lines these days, it’s almost quaint to imagine thespians from a bygone era memorizing by simply sitting ...
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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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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Have a burning desire to act in a pilot? To write a web series? Or create your own new form of new media? Steven Becker of Blue Carioca Entertainment knows what it takes to be successful, and has shared the ...
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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 ...
Union or Non Union

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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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 ...
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You’ve heard of “being in it to win it” + having “a dollar and a dream.” Well… if you want to become a successful web video creator – all it takes is a camera and a compelling idea! So get ...
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As actors, we rarely say to ourselves, Oh boy! I want to be an actor so I can sit in a make-up chair for endless hours and be turned into a monster! We instead think about getting proper representation, taking ...
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