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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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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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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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 ...
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“An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience.” — Al Pacino As actors we spend a lot of time thinking about auditions, and that’s probably okay. After all, the audition is our version of a job interview! But problems can ...
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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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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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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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This is the class that will prepare you to Audition and Work in TV Sitcoms! On your last class you get to showcase your talent in front of 2 legit Talent Agents including CLICK HERE REGISTER NOW THIS CLASS SELLS ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Actors spend a whole lot of time stuffing their minds with questions. We question how our characters think. We question our own ability. And, we question our choice to embark on a career path that has no pre-paved trail or ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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On Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards revealed this year’s winners at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Now in its 23rd year, the ceremony recognized the best performances in both motion pictures and television. Check out the complete list of ...
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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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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 ...
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A character’s sexual development has become more and more complicated over the years. Back in the day it was easy to define a character’s sexuality as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or straight. In today’s world, there are multiple levels of ...
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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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As artists in a demanding, competitive field, successful actors are constantly pushing themselves. There’s always the next class, the next audition, the next performance to prepare for. But one place where many actors fail to keep on top of the ...
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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 ...
Acting Confidence

Confidence is a tricky beast, even for famously confident people like actors. You can be having a great day, then one little thing can shake your confidence and it’s completely shot, never to be found again. A common tale among ...
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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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“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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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 ...
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As actors we have a relatively fun job. We get to dress up, play pretend, use our imaginations, and generally speaking, we get to hang out with fun, engaging, outgoing and artistic people. That’s the good part of the challenge. ...
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and the award goes to… 2010 = A ton of work booked by NYCastings members!! An outstanding number of NYC actors got the chance to submit for reputable work through NYCastings in 2010 and to celebrate the many successes – ...
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You’ve got to know “when to put your hand on the table and when to discard it,” says Talent Agent Peter Coe, about the entertainment industry.” Know when to say what you are feeling and thinking, how to recognize body ...
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Unless you’ve been camouflaging yourself in an underground bunker for the past seven years (I’m looking at you Kimmy Schmidt), Breaking Bad has definitely been high on your radar. Growing into somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, it’s only natural that ...
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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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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 ...
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“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 key to staying confident, or at least trying to, is to do something for someone else, be of service to someone else.” NYC-based actress Cassandra Freeman is a powerful triple threat.  From starring roles in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” ...
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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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When we talk about the tools actors need in order to secure auditions, the first thing most people think about is headshots. And of course, having a quality headshot is vital–as is getting the latest casting alerts and submitting your ...
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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 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 ...
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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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Whoot! NYCastings!!! It’s time to celebrate doubly loud because our Top Booker of 2012 has once again snagged the coveted title with a total of 168 booked days of work and earnings of $20,305 through NYCastings jobs only. Yes indeed, ...
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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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Hello my name is James and this will be a quick story. I have only been with NYCastings for two months now, and it did not take long for the jobs to start coming in. So far I have done ...
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As we head full force into award season, celebrities are whittling down their waist lines AND their short list of who to thank during acceptance speeches – because every moment and word counts when actors present themselves. If an actor ...
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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, ...
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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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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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Ask any actor who has attended an open audition lately: the acting business is crowded. Every day more and more starry-eyed dreamers leave behind their small town successes and head for Hollywood or New York, seeking to parley their star ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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We all know the world has gone digital, there’s no getting around it. No matter how much we might like to escape the clutches of the Zuckerbergs of modern life, we seem to be firmly in their grasp. But hey, ...
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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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Much like the commitment required to truly be a performer, running Gotham City is no easy undertaking. However, Zabryna Guevara manages to complete both tasks with ease. Actors seeking jobs on TV, Film and Theatre can find inspiration in her ...
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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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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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You did it! You found the perfect casting notice, you submitted for the role, and now it’s time for you to head into the casting office for an audition. So, you fill your folder with headshots and resumes, you prepare your sides, ...
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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 ...
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As actors we spend a lot of time discussing–and let’s face, it worrying about–monologue auditions. Surely the hardest part of our jobs is walking into a room, facing down a table full of strangers–who are literally there to judge us!–and ...
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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Solving the mystery as to how to get an agent can often seem like the loftiest of challenges. Is there a secret passageway that you’re missing out on? Some underground recruitment center? Do agents have a form of special intelligence, ...
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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 ...
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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Neither rain, nor sleet, and certainly not snow.. Nothing can stop a dream from happening for those who are truly passionate – according to these 10 creative peeps that NYCastings met up with at the Sundance Film Festival where a ...
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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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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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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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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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Pen in hand, you are about to sign a contract for your latest acting gig as so many questions pop into your head…  Is this contract worded fairly? How will my image be used, exactly? Should I really sign away ...
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Imagination: The theatre provides a way for our technology-driven world to explore the creative mind. We are often taught to use our imaginations as children, yet we seem to forget this as adults. The theatre allows us to discover new ...
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Breaking news in 2009… Lauren Francesca won the NYCastings Top Booker of 2009 contest, with a grand total of $11,395 in earnings and more than 32 roles acquired through NYCastings in the year. Seriously – a fantastic accomplishment! And, no ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Hit the road actors! And don’t you worry about a thing, a thing, a thing, a thing. Because these 10 tips will help you prepare for all types of on-location gigs. First up… INSIGHT FROM ACTOR SUSAN SLOTOROFF – WHO ...
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YES! You read that right. We have 20 golden nuggets of advice that will help you rock your next film audition. These 20 simple yet vital points, are brought to you by renowned Casting Director – Donna McKenna. Donna McKenna, ...
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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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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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Shakespeare gets a bad rap and has for a long, long time. Nearly as many people hate the Bard of Avon as love him, and possibly more. There are a variety of reasons for this: complexity of the language as ...
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Victoria Cartagena made such an impact during the interview that I was totally thrown off guard. – ILANA Let’s talk about Victoria Cartagena, aka Vicki, who plays Detective Renee Montoya on FOX’s Gotham. When an actor takes a huge chunk ...
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Regarded by attendees as “influential,” “amazing exposure” and “a whole lot of fun” – Sundance 2012 is about to kick off in Park City, Utah and NYCastings has the pre-festival scoop for you! Starting with what it means to attend ...
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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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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 ...
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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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 ...
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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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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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So for those of you with some experience: do you remember your first time? No, not that, you perverts. I’m talking about the first time you walked into an audition room for a professional audition. High school and university auditions ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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For part two of our Top Ten Tips from NYCastings Top Booker – Lauren Francesca – we delve into the importance of marketing and networking. When it comes to marketing yourself, Lauren believes it comes down to common sense. “One ...
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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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“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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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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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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We, as humans, tend to overthink situations. An audition is a situation. No matter where you are in your career, going on an audition gets your blood pumping and the adrenaline just doesn’t stop. You’re so excited you have trouble ...
Biggest problem in getting the audition

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 ...
Veteran Actor on Set

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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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DILEMMA ONE: Oh no! You have to cancel your big audition tomorrow! Even bigger dilemma: What if it’s a callback? Or even BIGGER crazy thought: What if it’s a JOB? It goes something like this: At 4 pm you get ...
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It starts with a spark… a single acting gig that packs enough heat to ignite an entire career. In one instant, a child actor can go from unknown to exploding on the scene in commercials, films and print. Indeed, it’s ...
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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 ...
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As an actor, I’ve found creating a character to be an incredibly vital and, on occasion, challenging process. There is always that overwhelming desire to make your performance both believable and dynamic, while remaining true to the story. This seems ...
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Drilling through a monologue can often feel as nerve-racking as a trip to the dentist’s office. It can make your jaw bolt shut and mind race to do something, anything else! Yet there is another approach. A way to look ...
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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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You may recognize Ray Iannicelli from the recently released Bill Murray film called St. Vincent. This week, Ray shares the big screen with Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx in the highly anticipated remake of the classic, ANNIE coming to ...
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Have you ever been to an audition or a job and you walk out not sure what just happened? Or something just doesn’t feel right? Here are five tips on how to avoid that awful feeling: 1. Always read and re-read ...
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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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Casting Director Kristian Sorge testifies about the audition process Capture this… Compelling, heart-pounding performances can happen every time you step into an audition room as long as you expose your true life story. Truth is, a lot of actors need ...
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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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The term body language is one that gets thrown around a lot in the context of acting. And while we all probably have a pretty good general idea of what the phrase means, perhaps it’s a good idea to take ...
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If you’ve ever participated in a talk-back after performing in a stage show, you’ve surely experienced this: you’re up there, seated on stage, sweaty, elated and still bathed in the glow of the post-performance high. You’re not only willing, you’re ...
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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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A cheery voice chimed through the phone when I picked up: “Hi Robert, It’s Laura Bell Bundy!” Her words immediately beamed a ray of sunshine into the room, melting the blizzard like conditions of the east coast from my mind. ...
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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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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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Sometimes it’s hard to imagine, but every actor you’ve ever heard of had to start somewhere. They all had their very first steps onto a stage, their very first rehearsal, their very first lines uttered. There was a point at ...
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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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“Just be nice.” Megan Hilty says when I inquire my signature question of the most valuable advice she has for aspiring performers. “e;Be nice to everyone you work with.” Readers should take heed from the triple threat whose extraordinary talent ...
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Being an actor is tough! It’s not just memorizing lines and learning technique. It’s a business that thrives on relationships, image and public appearances. There hopefully comes a point when you’re ready to take that next leap in you career. ...
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October 26th 6:30pm take the 1 night course with commercial print agent Charlie Winfield.  Charlie is a premiere agent at Funnyface Today, one of the pioneer commercial print agencies in NY. Book now for the early bird price of $59 ...
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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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Starting today! You can OWN every audition and performance by embracing the acting advice of these three working actors – on how to be 100% natural. Tip #1. Give yourself permission to rock it out! Advice by: JESSICA SHERR I win ...
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Go directly to Sundance! Boy, does that statement sound exciting. And, although it is NOT that simple to get into the acclaimed festival – in fact some have called getting in “a minor miracle” – creating a short film is ...
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“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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Filmmakers, “you never have to give up.” If you are passionate about a project and know what you want, “you can always get it,” says writer, director Juan Reinoso who is about to shoot a film called The Senator’s Daughter, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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It’s autumn in New York, and naturally a young actor’s fancy turns to thoughts of…new headshots. Or at least it should. If you have even a vague sense that it might possibly, maybe, perhaps be nearly time for new headshots, ...
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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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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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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo reveals the Origin of Opportunity. Bursting onto the acting scene can feel chaotic and random, but you do have control of what happens. You can create a long lasting career and Talent Manager Henry Ravelo shares ...
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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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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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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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Ready to make 2014 a game changing year for your acting career? Well then check out this truth packed advice from the cast and director of COLD IN JULY, which premiered at Sundance 2014. COLD IN JULY tells the story ...
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Why do some actors choose to be versatile as opposed to specializing in one specific form, such as comedy? There could be several different responses to the above question, however, in today’s world, there are so many tempting acting opportunities ...
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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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Well, it was a great year for NYCastings in 2014, and a Really Great Year for the two ladies that won the NYCastings’ Top Bookers Award! The Winners are: Ashley Blankenship- Award for ‘Most Money Earned’ with a total earnings ...
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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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Typically, the way we think of actors is as loud, outgoing, fully extroverted people. And of course there’s some truth to that–if you’ve ever been part of a big dinner with the cast of a musical, you know that getting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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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Hello! And welcome to Revamp Your Hosting Reel. I’m your writer, Kelly Calabrese. Today, I’ll be revealing all the nitty-gritty details about what agents look for in hosting reels with insight from our expert – agent, Mark Turner. As part ...
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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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Nowadays it seems we live in a fame-obsessed world. So often I hear people exclaim, “Wow, he’s really made it!” after learning of a job that will offer fame and fortune in return. While these jobs are, of course, something ...
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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 ...
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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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So you got the call. You’ve been selected from dozens of actors who auditioned to attend the callback. Congrats, first of all! Now the real work begins. Your excitement kicks in first: you think about how cool would it be if ...
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