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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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 ...
Branding for the Actor: Making An Impact Before You Even Walk In The Door

If we actors can learn anything at all from having watched Jon Hamm play Don Draper all those years on “Mad Men,” it’s the importance of having a high tolerance for alcohol. Wait, that’s not it…Well, that’s one lesson, sure.  ...
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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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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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The feeling is familiar to even the most successful actor: that one audition you were so stoked about, the one where you were so sure you had nailed the perfect audition for the perfect role for you–and you didn’t get ...
Surviving Show Business - Jeff Fisher

On this episode of Surviving Show Business with Aaron Seals we talk to Jeff Fisher. Jeff is best known as showrunner/director with experience on shows like “Keeping Up With The Kardashains,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Simple Life” and ...
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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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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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Embrace your curves, and have fun with it shares Lindsey and Kate E. who work with Anthony Higgins at MSA Models. NYCastings spoke with Anthony Higgins, Director of MSA Models, in Part One of this story. To get the full ...
Acting Business

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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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 ...
Self-Taped Auditions - NYCastings Direct Submit Group

Here is a fast breakdown of how an Audition occurs when an NYCastings Talent Direct Submits to a Casting Notice…   A. Our Talent, (Amber Waves) DirectSubmits to a NYCastings Casting Notice.   B. The Casting Director sees the Talent’s complete ...
Acting Auditions in Atlanta

If anyone knows about the various markets in the U.S. for actors and casting, it would have to be Cathy Reinking. A veteran of television casting in L.A. from way back, including work on shows like “Frasier,” “Arrested Development,” and ...
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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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New York City is the perfect location for aspiring actors. It’s the Mecca of theatre, has lots of TV and Film productions, and countless expert acting instructors. Unfortunately, it also comes complete with a multitude of expenses. This is why, ...
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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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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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“I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don’t want.” – Stanley Kubrick As actors, we naturally spend a lot of time thinking about and preparing for auditions, as that is the most stressful ...
Audition Moods - I Hate Myself, I Love Myself

Your audition begins the moment you wake up, not when you step into the audition room. Don’t lie. There are things that you hate about yourself and things that you love about yourself. Depending on your mood, on any given ...
Getting casting again and again

We’re all aware of the great collaborations that seem to crop up again and again when it comes to acting, directing, and creating in general: Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. ...
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Daisy Winters – Dealing with Tragedy on Set A Tragic Moment Defines the Release of Indie Film Daisy Winters with Producer JANE BADLER & Actress CARRIE PRESTON Watch the Daisy Winters Trailer Daisy Winters stars Carrie Preston (True Blood), Iwan ...
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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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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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When you waltz into the audition room, are you thinking about nailing the part or are you thinking that you may be asked to do physical stunt work? Exactly. Where is the line drawn between an actor performing his or ...
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“When I did plays in high school and college, I never remember memorizing my lines…Before I had blocking, it was just text on a page. Once it became embodied, it was much easier.” –Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) As actors we ...
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The winners at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards are noted with an asterisk (*): Best motion picture, drama “Mad Max: Fury Road” “Carol” * “The Revenant” “Room” “Spotlight” Best motion picture, musical or comedy “Joy” “Spy” “The Big Short” * ...
Shakespeare App

A Conversation With Actor and App Developer Ron Severdia    If anyone might have legit reasons to get frustrated with the modern world’s total enchantment with cell phones, it’s actors. For starters, how about when someone’s phone rings in the ...
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Here’s an opportunity to work with a top bi-coastal Casting Director, Harley Kaplan for 4 weeks. Harley specializes in Independent and Feature Films, and is currently casting for 5 films that are all in pre-production right now. … Harley’s class is for all ...
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THE END… of an audition often fills an actor’s head with thirteen conversations about one thing – Will they chose me for that role? Of course, you want the part! But worrying about every detail will only spin you into ...
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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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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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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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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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Acting is hard. Not to sound whiny, but it really can’t be said enough: no matter what normal humans may think about the supposedly cushy life of the actor, the vast majority of us are not passing our days hanging ...
Monologues

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

Acting coach Joseph Pearlman speaks with a tremendous positive energy and enthusiasm that’s downright infectious. But it’s the information he imparts to the actors he’s working with that’s the real gift he offers. Pearlman’s message is all about empowerment: helping ...
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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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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 ...
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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It is an undeniable truth that acting as a career is very much a hit or miss proposition. That’s why your mom tried to discourage you from choosing the path you’re on: not out of any maliciousness or desire to ...
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Have you ever watched some actor in a minor role on a television show–or even in a lead role–and thought, “Hey I could do that.” If you’re reading these pages, the answer is probably yes. Most working actors–whether we spend ...
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Roars of laughter, as loud as a reeling roller coaster, fill the theatre as Joan Rivers discusses her life during the Tribeca Film Festival. With each question at this Q&A, Joan can not help but make a side splitting response, ...
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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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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, ...
Audition Do and Don'ts

We talk a lot about auditions and the stress of them–after all, auditions are our “job interviews,” and nobody likes job interviews. (Next time your non-actor friends and family suggest that you complain too much about auditions, ask them how ...
NYCastings Don't be a hot shot

Actors, cut it out right now.  .. I’m talking about your ego, of course. There’s no place in show business for arrogant actors.  .. While I admit having an ego is fun, it will be disruptive to your career. So ...
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 ...
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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So you’ve got a talented child with a budding aptitude for the stage and screen – first of all, congratulations! Your kid is one of a very, very lucky few who is embarking on a journey of a lifetime. It’s ...
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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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It happened! After submitting to countless projects on NYCastings.com, you finally got called in for an audition. You’re excited to have your chance to go in and show the casting director what you can do. However, another wave of emotion ...
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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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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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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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Ever wish you had super powers? The ability to spin a web and have casting directors captivated by your face and talent? Breaking news alert! YOU CAN become super… In the print universe, there are so many things people can ...
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25 years. That’s how long it took for Jamie McShane to feel like he’d finally made it as an actor. Now, these days you may recognize him from memorable stints on Sons of Anarchy, and Southland or his bits in high ...
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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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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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 ...
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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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Since signing up with NYCastings last month my acting career has skyrocketed! I have a minimum of 4 auditions a week and i’ve been booking projects left and right. Recently I worked on a feature film where I not only ...
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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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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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Recently I posted a list of things most actors probably wish they had known when they were just getting started. But as the list developed I realized I was really going to need to list more than five. There are ...
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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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All the world’s a stage… And “actors used to be called players,” shares Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner, Kevin Kline, who still feels a part of that classic era. Kevin Kline trained at New York’s Juilliard and knows ...
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Filmmaking insight from the creators of Breaking Upwards New York serves up countless opportunities for you to get your work seen, it’s just a matter of having the courage to put yourself out there and the drive and follow through, ...
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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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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, ...
Jennifer Sabour

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

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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Movie stars and glamour queens may grace the pages of magazines, but when it comes to commercial print work… “natural and approachable” people snap the real money shots. “There is a difference between what someone wants to see themselves as, ...
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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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Let’s face it, the world we live in is hyper-connected through social media. And barring disaster, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. There’s no avoiding it: from politics to social justice movements to finding lost children to selling your stuff ...
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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 ...
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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The experience of children on set, whether it’s for print, film or TV, can be very overwhelming for the children, parents / guardians and crew. Child wranglers, also known as baby wranglers, are there to help bring a happy and ...
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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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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 – ...
Theatre Production

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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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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“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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It’s hard to imagine in this social media-saturated world that there was a time before Facebook, before Twitter, even before MySpace. But that’s the ancient past of course. These days if you want to make a splash and grab some ...
Atlanta Acting Jobs

It’s springtime, when a young actor’s fancy used to turn to thoughts of pursuing a career on one of the coasts. For some it was the lure of the glamour of LA: the Hollywood hills, the waves crashing on broad ...
Killing it in your next audition

Let’s face facts: Being an actor is the best job in the world! Sure, there are challenges to the job, but even with all the hard work, auditions, late nights and early mornings on set, the classes, the memorization and ...
Filmset-dolly

For the last 18 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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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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Auditioning has a great deal to do with the art of social networking. Everything in an audition sends a message and builds a profile in the mind of the casting director. The more you know, the larger potential you have ...
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At The New York Horror Film Festival, I had killer conversations with several directors and got to speak face to face with a man who played Jason Voorhees! Straight from their twisted minds, I got secret advice on how actors ...
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, ...
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 ...
Meeting a Talent Agent

It’s a common cry among newer actors: “How do I get an agent?” But it’s also not all that uncommon among actors who have been around for a while. Sometimes you and your agent don’t see eye-to-eye on what sort ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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 ...
Actors Resume

As actors we spend a lot of time honing our skills. We spend countless hours working on scene study, memorizing new monologues, submitting for work and taking classes – and that’s as it should be. These are the talents we ...
Audition mistakes

“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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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 ...
Anthony TURK Surviving Show Business

In this episode of Surviving Show Business, Aaron Seals talks to Anthony Turk from TURK PR – A Celebrity Public Relations Company in Los Angeles. They talk about when actors and other talent should get a PR Agent and how ...
Audition blunders

“Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion. ” –Kate Reid  “Some actors I have met possess an intelligence that I can only dream of. It’s about character, it’s about behavior. They understand things about people that ...
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What’s The Difference Between On-Camera Acting & Stage Acting? When you decided that you wanted to be an actor, odds are you pictured yourself in one specific medium over another. You saw yourself dominating the Broadway stage. You saw yourself ...
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Have you ever stopped to consider just how many commercials are running on television and the internet at any given moment? When you really think about it, it is almost overwhelming to consider–we might need someone like Neil DeGrasse Tyson ...
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There are a few workplace norms that are seen as old-fashioned, relics from another era. Suits and ties on men are rapidly giving way to a casual Friday look that begins on Monday and lasts all week. And if you ...
LAURA-PREPON

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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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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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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Dance Terms Glossary Ballet adagio: A music term used for slow, sustained movements. The ‘adagio’ portion of ballet class may encompasses high développés above 90°, or partnering work. allegro: Rapid tempo movements, often includes jumping steps. Petit allegro includes smaller jumping steps. ...
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There are two topics that are talked about probably more than any other among actors trying to establish themselves. Auditions are one of them, mainly because that is the primary hoop we have to jump through in order to land ...
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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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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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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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 Actors are funny creatures.  Funny-haha? Sure. Quite often.  But let’s be real: some of us are also funny-peculiar.  Surely we all have that one actor friend who has a boatload of weird rituals and quirks that go way beyond avoiding ...
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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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Here we will describe the many types of modeling you will find in the modeling industry. Some models only fit into one category, while another model may fit into multiple. With that in mind, here are the modeling categories at ...
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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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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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First ask yourself why you want to put your kid in show biz. … Then ask your child if they want to be in show biz.  … If their response is, “I’m too shy” but you see a twinkle in ...
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As independent entrepreneurs marketing the product that is ourselves, it can be tough for actors to manage that most elusive of commodities: time. We’re busier than most civilians, and we’re also more challenged on the time front, if you think ...
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From wrestling alligators to casting “The Truman Show,” “Contact,” and “Birdcage,” Jacoby has seen it all As actors, we all know about the challenges we face when it comes to casting.  But have you ever really considered the challenges faced ...

Odds are you’ve heard of an agent before. They’re the people who hold the key. They get you into the rooms for the casting directors that will book you in your next big role. And the rest is history. But, what’s a ...
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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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Show business is full of colorful acting terminology. Here is a short list of Showbiz terms that an actor might want to be familiar with! A-LIST – Usually refers to top-tier actors/actresses who are paid upwards of $20 million per feature film; can also ...
The Understudy

There isn’t an actor out there who doesn’t want to perform. That’s why we got into this game: we love to create characters, we cherish the connection with an audience, we adore making people laugh and cry–and face it, we ...
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Good things come in 3’s – and so here’s some radiant news – for the last Top Ten Tips from NYCastings Top Booker of 2009… Lauren Francesca reveals her tips for nailing auditions. HER BIG SECRET WEAPON (drum roll please)… ...
Acting on Camera

As actors we deal with a lot of pressures that people in the ordinary working world don’t have to worry about. For instance, if you work in a cubicle you can kind of lay low and hide out if you’re ...
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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 ...
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 ...
motion capture

As actors, we learn that we must overcome any uncomfortable situations. As a matter of fact, sometimes feeling uncomfortable makes us do our job better. So what’s it like being a Motion Capture actor and putting on a skin tight ...
Ritual

The more you’re around this strange business of acting, the more you learn that far from being a unfathomable, inexplicable activity–a sort of alchemical event that takes place behind a curtain–there are actually nuts and bolts techniques to help us ...
LA Acting Auditions

Most of the time, casting directors have very specific areas they focus on: commercial, film, or television, for instance. Especially when it comes to voiceover versus on-camera work, most CDs do one or other — rarely both. But Terry Berland ...
bway

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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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 ...
SuccessinActing

They say it takes 21 days to create a habit – or to break one. If you want to start an exercise program, or quit eating added sugar, or wake up earlier, science and self-help gurus will tell you that ...
The Hustle

It’s All About the Hustle It’s getting harder and harder to survive in this world. No one is going to do your work for you. Acting is not limited to a certain age group. People are choosing to go into ...
9factsaboutcreatingyourownwork

No doubt! Creating your own work can catapult an acting career because it gives you a chance to express your voice and take control of how your talent is presented to the world. And now, it is easier than ever ...
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 ...
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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 ...
age-appropriate-headshots

“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; ...
shouldmykidjoinsag

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 ...
Mistakes models Make

Hearing the call of the catwalk? You gotta work – do your homework! Hi, I’m Trudi Tapscott and I’d love to explain to you some of the biggest mistakes models make in the beginning, when you’re first learning your job. ...
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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 ...

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 ...
EXTRAS-thedarkknight

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 ...
strokesofguiness

Can you imagine a work of art with no creator? Of course not! Colors do not randomly leap on to canvas paper – just as actors do not randomly show up on film sets. Yet when it comes to the ...
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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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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 ...
Memorizing lines

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

“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 ...
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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 ...
Actor Choices

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  –J.K.Rowling “Making Choices” sounds like one of those dreadful performance/educational improv groups we used to have to sit through in high school. Do these things ...
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On a mission to clear up Union vs. Non-Union rumors… NYCastings tapped directly into the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and got them to reveal details about rules, leniencies, and those coveted three waivers… Q. Any expiration date to waivers? A. ...
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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 ...
Women stage screen

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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Strickman-Ripps, Inc. Casting + Research shares how to get REAL acting gigs Countless companies rely on testimonials, market research, and man-on-the-street interviews to help sell their products and services. This demand for engaging people means another opportunity for actors to ...
anxietyinActing

“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 ...
actors on social media

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

Keeping it real with casting directors Brooke Thomas and Mary Egan In a chic Hell’s Kitchen loft, I sat down with the dynamic duo known as Brooke and Mary within the commercial industry… to chat about their opinions as casting ...
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, ...
Photo exclusive to NYCastings

Dusan Brown played Young Simba in the North American Touring Company Production of the musical The Lion King and voices the character of AJ in Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines. Just how far are you and your family willing ...
supernatural

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 ...
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 ...
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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I liken performance to athletics, says casting director Judy Bowman. You have to trust that you’ve practiced enough. Trust your preparation, your technique, your experience, your instincts, and just do it. For nearly 18 years, Judy Bowman has been casting ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
keephollywoodknocking

Way before the Regal Beagle, legendary sitcom funnyman – Richard Kline – aka Larry from Three’s Company, began to build a regal career in the entertainment industry with an acting degree from Northwestern, major theatre credits and enough commercial work ...
Auditioning

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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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 ...
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 ...
Connor Keegan Dosch

Hi, I just wanted to thank NYCastings for all the work and experience I have gotten through their site. I am 15 years old and having a blast with all the acting jobs that I have landed from you’re listings! ...
minorstomajors

…And The Winner Of Majors and Minors Season One Is… MICHAEL WOODARD These words catapulted NYCastings member Michael Woodward from a 14-year old church singer to an internationally known talent with an RCA Records deal. His “spark” won the hearts ...
Zabryna Guevara

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 ...
Actors Improv

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 ...
Auditions

There’s a trite saying about writing that unimaginative professors like to trot out when they’ve run out of original thoughts: “Writers write,” is what they say, generally with a smug, knowing look. Although this is a meaningless phrase disguised as ...
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 ...
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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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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 A refreshing light beams through a production when Allison Janney is involved. The Ohio native has created a remarkable career touting performances on Broadway, memorable television appearances (i.e. The West Wing) and noteworthy roles in over 50 films. With her ...
Acting Auditions

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 ...
Photo Matt Crockett

Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, there is most likely an actress ascending above a theatre by way of bubble.Wicked has made a multitude of Glindas soar since the musical’s premiere over 12 years ago.  It’s only natural since ...
SurvivingShowBusiness

In this episode we ASK A TALENT AGENT about the acting business and explore things like: Getting Started, How Agents and Managers work with the Actor, SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, Agent Commissions and whats makes a Great Actor!    
areyouin

Get the skinny on commercial print work with agent Joe Thompson of Abrams Artists Go ahead and step on the sliding scale of the commercial print world. See how you measure up… do you have a marketable look? It’s all ...
tonyawards

What a season! The 2017 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning by Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson. The Great Comet leads the pack with a total of 12 nominations, followed by Hello, Dolly! with 10, and Dear Evan Hansen ...
Child Actors

“I can’t say I was unhappy as a child actor in films. I had a particularly wonderful time.” –Roddy McDowell  When speaking to adult actors, one of the most often repeated sentiments is to remind them that this is all ...
roadie

Dreams can take you on a magical journey, or they can take their toll on you. This truth takes center stage in a film called Roadie, co-written by brothers Michael and Gerald Cuesta. The film shot locally in New York ...
Cold Read Audition

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 ...
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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… For certain – you can! You can keep chugging up this mountain called YOUR ACTING DREAM… no matter how high it seems. Of course, it helps to get ...
orfeh

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. ...
Best Acting Scenes part 3

A second compilation of some of the best acting scenes and/or performances of all time compiled by: sitiosanguinem. List of actors/actresses: Michael Fassbender – Hunger Eric Bana – Chopper Tommy Lee Jones – JFK Rutger Hauer -Blade Runner Dustin Hoffman – ...
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