Acting School – Learn Everything about Show Business

Acting School: 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 create your Acting Resume, Headshots, how to dress for Auditions and so much more. Enjoy!

Communication

I was talking with a casting director the other day who was relating war stories from the olden times, back when she was just breaking in to the business. This is only a couple of decades ago give or take, ...
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! ...
Booking the Job

As every seasoned actor knows, there’s nothing like learning by doing. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to learn how to do: you can read all the books in the world, you can take all the classes, you can watch ...
NYCastings Dialects

As stressful as auditioning is in general, there are few things cause actors to freak out more than finding out they have to employ a dialect in an audition. Even if the audition itself doesn’t call for an accent, knowing ...
2019-golden-globes-winners-list

Golden Globes 2019: The full list of film and television nominees follows with winners indicated in bold with an asterisk.  … Movies … Best Motion Picture – Drama “Black Panther” “BlackKklansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER “If Beale Street Could Talk” “A ...
sagawards

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 ...
bettie davis copy

One thing is for certain, putting on a one person show takes a triple layer of tough skin and enough hootspa to outlast the Energizer bunny. It ain’t the right road for a vapor thin spirit and neither is the ...
film set young male lead

Ask anyone who acts: there is no better job in the world. Nowhere else do you get paid money to connect with the deepest, most intimate parts of yourself and express them in the safest way possible – via other ...
pr

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. ...
Oscars-NYCastings

Another epic night of victories and tragic losses. Here is the complete winners list. What did you think? Add you comments below! … Best actor: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) – WINNER! Christian Bale (Vice) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) Bradley Cooper ...
daramarksarc

Like magic, successful writers pull off a third act in their stories that creates a lasting impression on their audience. So how do you get to that level of writing greatness? You weave in a very organic, period of Grace. ...
choosetoproduce

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 ...
Introverted Actor

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 ...
James hughs

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 ...
earnextramoney

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 ...
The Sound of Music live Broadcast

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

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 ...
Producing for Broadway

We spend a lot of time talking about–and let’s be honest, stressing about–monologue auditions. It makes sense that our focus would be there of course; after all, generally speaking the monologue audition is the first step. It’s the initial test ...
Hamilton dance

I was in New York City one day during the height of the Hamilton Revolution. I’d never seen anything like it. As I approached the Richard Rodgers Theatre, I was met with hundreds (and I mean HUNDREDS) of adoring fans ...
actors on film set airplane

In this 90 minute call via phone or Skype, we will address what your talents are, where you’re at right now, and how to get you working.  The very first steps you take when starting a show business career are crucial, because in an instant, ...
kevinklinesetsstage

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 ...
inthebestlisght copy

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 ...
Filmset-dolly

Casting Directors & Content Creators For the last 18 years, NYCastings has been a staple in the New York Production Community helping our Content Creators in Casting Talent on hundreds of Films, TV shows, Theatre, Commercials & Print productions a month. We ...
higherground

Attention talented actors… If you want to get work and keep working then you must conduct yourself like a business, says personal manager Ingrid French of Ingrid French Management. Sometimes very talented and creative individuals can forget that this is ...
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 ...
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 ...
school guide copy

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. ...
SAGAFTRA_logo

What a HUGE dilemma… Do you join a union as soon as possible or when you have to? Joining a union has many upsides – higher paying gigs, union protection and that much needed health insurance! Yet, joining also means ...
socialmedia-NYCastings

It’s a mad, mad, mad digital world out there, and we’re all caught up in it to some degree. No matter how badly we might like to escape from the constant pull of the digital screen demanding our attention, it’s ...
Man older lead actor

When I teach my acting classes, I generally get two types of people thinking about signing up: young kids and teens, and older folks. And it’s interesting: knowing what we as adults know about how tough it is to be ...
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 ...
TheKicksBellaPic1

Schooling is a huge discussion when you have young performers in show business. In today’s world, there are many different options: public, private, home school and on set schooling. Did you know that, for theater, requirements for on set tutors vary by ...
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; ...
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 – ...
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 ...
Learn your Lines

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 ...
Audition worries

It’s sometimes hard to believe, but in acting, as in life, we are often our own worst enemy. But how could that be possible? Why on earth would we not want ourselves to succeed? It’s our success after all… The ...
leaves of grass

At the New York premier of Leaves of Grass With remarkable ease, Edward Norton transforms into each new character, giving so many layered performances worthy of a double take. Yet in his latest movie, Edward will literally make you take ...
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 ...
dup bros

As a writer/director team, Jay and Mark Duplass create smart, witty, relationship driven films for audiences that want to laugh, cry, grimace and applaud – all at the same time. They start by writing a tight script, building a unique,  ...
artios-awards-csa

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 ...
NYCastings-ActingCareer

As an actor, it’s important to have an acting coach to assist you with keeping the focus on your career, helping you prep lines for auditions and educate you on acting styles and techniques. As is with any job, you ...
RB8jIlUJ

“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 ...
bewhoyouarecopy

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, ...
filmsetsurvival copy

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” ...
OnCamersActing

When newer actors get work on films or television shows, there is sometimes a bit of a learning curve when it comes to delivering for the camera, especially doing multiple takes of the same scene. There are so many factors ...
megan hilty

“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 ...
getfunnyfast

  If you want to succeed in the comedy biz you need to “get as funny as you can as fast as you can,” says Andy Engel, New Talent Director Comix.  Andy Engel has over eighteen years of experience producing ...
helpmehelpyou

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 ...
tv sitcom set

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 ...
Photo: Vince Trupsin

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 ...
Commercial Auditioning

If you’ve spent any time in acting classes, at a university level theater program, or even if you just learned acting by doing, one thing we can all probably agree on is that commercial auditions are weird. Any audition is ...
TONY awards

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

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 ...
ActorsRejection

We all know the feeling. Every actor who has ever set foot on stage or stood in front of a camera, no matter how big a star they are, no matter how talented they are, every single one of us ...
janney button down

 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 ...
daddy longlegs copy

The cast and crew of Daddy Longlegs confess their movie making methods. With an unprecedented way of casting and filmmaking, the crew of Daddy Longlegs set out to create a fairytale style story based on events from the directors’ lives. ...
unlikleygirl

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 ...
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 ...
3Kids

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

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

The animated films and television shows have taken over our lives. When was the last time you saw a movie without animation? (If your answer is “last week”, then I still give you permission to read this article.) More and ...
AuditionMyths

“I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem.” –George Clooney If there’s one thing the internet of actors isn’t lacking, it’s ...
hugh hefner copy

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. ...
memorizing lines made easy

  Brain Freeze! That’s what it feels like when I first look at an intimidating stack of sides that I must memorize. And since many actors feel the same way, I’ve asked the cast members of TWO MANY MOMS (including myself!) to lend ...
into the woods

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 ...
NYCastings New Years Resolutions

“I made a resolution to floss, and I did it! 12:01, January 1st, bam! Blood everywhere.” – Michael Scott (Steve Carell), “The Office,” Episode 7.13 Well, it’s that time of year again, when everybody takes a moment to assess our ...
showyourcharacters copy

Hey NYCastings members! Yes, I’m talking to you. If there is one thing that actors still struggle with… it’s headshots! Actors carry around headshots that are outdated, that don’t actually look like them, or that convey only one emotional level ...
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 ...
shutterstock_271659953

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 ...
Choose an Acting Agent

I can remember when I first moved to Los Angeles about seven years ago and all I could think about was getting an agent. Let’s just say the excitement trumped the actual result.  Amidst all of the joy behind signing ...
Boy with Mohawk

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

“I’d love to be a diva. But I’d then have to send so many apology notes for my abhorrent behavior.” –Amy Adams We talk all the time about what we are striving toward as actors and performers, how to present ...
RitaPowers-NYCastings

This crazy Business of Show that we all know and love is a lot of things. But if there’s one thing we’re not short of, it’s people who lie right to your face. There’s acting in a role – pretending ...
Photo By KingPTD

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 ...
Avoid Boring Auditions

“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.” – Ray Bradbury It’s difficult to explain to one’s non-actor friends just what a weird tight-wire act we ...
pete-coe

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 ...
Glenn Scarpelli

GLENN SCARPELLI has been a staple in show business for 40+ years. He is one of the people you can say has continued to build an entertainment career over a macro period of time. … And with time comes revivals. ...
getacuecopy

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 ...
o-WOMEN-AT-WORK-facebook

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, ...
resumerescue

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 ...
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, ...
topbookers2014-616

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
jerseyboys

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 ...
3waystobringacharactertolife

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 ...
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 ...
Audition room

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 ...
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 ...
audition2

Show business can be scary. Show business can be harsh. Show business can be rewarding. Let’s skip the “Do you have what it takes to be an actor” and go right to “Do you have what it takes to go ...
essentialactingelements

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 ...
Photo Credit: Nogen Beck

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 ...
theatre-techbs

ACTING STAGE TERMS GLOSSARY Common Theater Terms Auditions: Readings before a director to determine casting of a play. Call Backs: An additional audition for the final actors being considered. Similar to semifinals in sports. Clear the Stage: A direction given ...
whiplash film

As actors we are very lucky–for a lot of reasons. One, the job is fun! We literally get to play every time we audition, rehearse or perform. Not many people can say that about their jobs. Another reason we should ...
the casting process explained

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

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. ...
orphanblack_thumbnail_01_web1

When your young performer gets an audition for a TV show with lots of buzz, it’s time to close your eyes, take a deep gulp and maybe even meditate. You want them to go on the audition, but at the ...
Brennan Nicholas

Brennan Nicholas has been acting for over 7 years. He recently landed a role with History Makers Productions for their Emmy Award Winning series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. He’s done a PSA for Red Nose Day and was the Kiddie ...
transformyourstory-pt2

Every Great American Story needs a Great American Hero who the world will cheer for. So what does it take for your story to launch from an idea into a riveting tale that audiences will relate to?  It simply has ...
Controlling the Audition

We all love acting. And with good reason: performing can be a beautiful, moving, profound experience of connection with one’s fellow performers and an audience. Of course, in order to get to the performance part of it, you usually have ...
backtoschoolcopy

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 ...
scare-01

For actors, nothing can be more terrifying than walking into that audition room. Going in front of the people who could give you your next job is nerve-racking. But, unfortunately, it’s something we all must do. Because, like they say, practice makes ...
kids - actng class

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 ...
6waystoboostyourcareer

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

Nominations for the 2017 Outer Critics Circle were announced yesterday by Danny Burstein and Jane Krakowski. Leading the pack is the new musical, Anastasia, with a total of 13 nominations. Hello, Dolly! is next in line with 10 nominations, including ...
shutterstock_192063251

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 ...
john reily

Comfort Zone Alert! On set of his latest movie, Cyrus, John C. Reilly found that a lot of days were very uncomfortable. Whoa! That sounds like an atypical admission from an actor, yet John has a very good reason to ...
Finding an Acting Class

When you think about it, our calling is all about learning. With every project, we learn new lines, and we learn new characters, and through them we learn new ways people deal with their emotions. What’s more, we should all ...
acting bliss copy

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 ...
elizabethshue

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 ...
shutterstock_100381940

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 ...
sundance-515

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 ...
raul castillo

With an impressive career spanning across film, television and theatre mediums, Raúl Castillo is simply just getting started. The industry is abuzz with big expectations from the CAA represented actor and playwright. Raúl can currently be seen playing the fan favorite character “e;Ritchie” ...
filmmakersconnection

Friendly – Helpful – Inspirational For actors looking for a place to connect with key industry people, The Filmmaker’s Connection is so much more than your typical networking event. It helps actors, producers and directors form teams, produce films and ...
Why Producers Should Pay Their Actors

If there’s one thing everyone in the world has in common it’s money. Not that we all have it, but rather that we all need it. Whether you’re a single mother of two working three jobs or you’re an overextended ...
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 ...
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 ...
actorswhosing

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 ...
TransgenderActor

Let’s face it, it’s a traumatic time to be alive. With threats of the Cold War with Russia starting up again, a sagging economy, and a lack of good-paying jobs even as rents continue to increase, it’s tough out there ...
shortcuttofilmsuccess copy

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 ...
NYCasting Acting Classes - Which Should You Choose

“I’ll always be there because I’m a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I’ve any talent is beside the point.” – Michael Caine Does everyone remember when they booked their first paying gig? It’s truly an amazing feeling –  whether ...
directors-notice-copy

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 ...
Actors on aging

If there’s one thing that actors of all stripes worry about, it’s appearance. Let’s just be honest, kids. Yes, our talent is the most important thing, of course. But acting is a notoriously looks-oriented business. There are very few other ...
Book the job

The feeling is familiar to even the most successful actor: that one audition you were so stoked about, the one where you were so sure you had nailed the perfect audition for the perfect role for you–and you didn’t get ...
score film funds copy

“Writing is easy. Living is hard,” states the tagline of a musical drama in post-production called HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG, written and directed by Gary King. In this movie, the main character struggles with the harsh ...
SummerCrockettMoore-headshot-legit (1)

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 ...
actressesonlgbtq-616

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 ...
lbb_head

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. ...
NYCastingsSAG-AFTRA

For many actors the question of whether they want to join an actors’ union is a given: hell yes, I want to join! After all, that’s the dream, isn’t it? To be a true PROFESSIONAL actor, to make more money ...
just do it-adcopy

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 ...
Actors Monologue

If you read these pages regularly, you are likely to be a working actor on some level, or striving to be. But whether you are fresh out of school and trying to book your very first roles as an extra, in ...
do your own thing copy

“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, ...
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 ...
rocknrescue copy

If Barbara McNamara Casting was a fashion label, it might be called Rock and Rescue’, because Barbara approaches casting with a hard-core passion and caring attitude. Oh and… she handles all of the background for 30 Rock and Rescue Me. ...
know where you belong copy

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 ...
skype_auditions515 copy

Reinventing the term “Casting Couch” – Skype now brings auditions directly to your living room! That’s right! The free online service that lets you video chat with your friends across countries is now being used by entertainment casting companies. The ...
Interesting auditions

“Acting is all about…” As you go through your life as an actor, there are so many things you come to find out acting is “all about.” Every instructor, coach, director, agent, manager, and even advice columnist will at some ...
Talent Agents

When coming to LA to be an actor, the first thing you need to do is get an agent. The trouble most new talent run into is that most agents want experience, and getting experience without an agent very difficult. ...
JusticeScales1

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 ...
Acting Business

“I’ll always be there because I’m a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I’ve any talent is beside the point.”  –Michael Caine Many people fall into the trap of thinking of our favorite actors as almost super-human: we revere them ...
LA sunset

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 ...
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 ...
sandra-logos copy

Sandra Palmeri breaks through – and – breaks down barriers. HEAR YE – Get ready to believe that it’s never too late to go after your dreams…. because this year’s Top Booker for NYCastings has only 3 years of acting ...
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 ...
actors on film set airplane

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 ...
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 ...
NYCastings-ActorsEquityAssociation

To conclude our series on actor’s unions where we talk about the ins and outs of joining, or deciding not to join – or deciding to join but not really joining (i.e. fi-core) – let’s turn finally to AEA, the ...
lando copy

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 ...
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 ...
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 – ...
Photo Credit: Annie McEwain

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 ...
Casting Studio NYCastings what do Casting Directors look for

As actors, we have a tough row to hoe. Most people who don’t really understand acting think it’s easy: just step up there in front of the camera and say the words, mate, then sit back and enjoy your swimming ...
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 ...
choosetoproduce

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 ...
South Florida

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 ...
itsnevertolate

Over 40? Over 50? Over the grind of corporate life with a desire to finally pursue your dream of becoming an actor? As long as you’re ready to fully commit, a late start doesn’t matter. You simply need the ability ...
making your own movie

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

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 ...
Pooya

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 ...
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. ...
instagram to film success

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 ...
revampyourhostingcopy

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 ...
topbooker-2013-kimberlymagness

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, ...
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 ...
jackgoesboatingcopy

In his gently, soul rocking, directorial debut titled Jack Goes Boating, Philip Seymour Hoffman shares a story about the silence, strain, and sometimes magically secure sides of long-term relationships. It’s a gut movie, Philip Seymour Hoffman says about the film, ...
Heléne Yorke.
Photo by Paul Smith.

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 ...
NYCastings Getting Your Career Off The Ground

The whole world seems to be focused on Westeros right now as the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones gets rolling – as of this writing already one-sixth of the way over (arrrgghh!!). The epic fantasy’s tales of ancient ...
Michael Ironside in The Harrowing

Michael Ironside. When you hear that name, you either go into hiding or you go into shock. That’s proof right there that Michael Ironside is getting the job done by portraying characters that have a long lasting impact. You’ve seen ...
a-gameadvicefromsundance

Times have changed – expectations are raised, which means that it takes a lot of work to land roles in film and TV these days. Scripts need to be memorized. Characters need to be fully developed. And, walls need to ...
Success in Acting

Finally! After what seems like forever, (probably because it WAS forever), you land the juicy job that gets you noticed. Welcome to the land of frenzy, Actors! … Your life is about to change with this breakout role. Instead of ...
top booker ad robert

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 – ...
colin farrell copy

Truths from the set of his latest movie Between myth and reality, Colin Farrell has learned to live with the many reputations that precede him. We all, as human beings, probably do a good job of misrepresenting ourselves a lot ...
Acting Drought be like Matt and Ben

You ever have one of those acting hot streaks, where you can do no wrong? A period where you book everything you touch, even to the point where you’re turning down work? It’s nice, isn’t it. But of course, what ...
Auditions-Headshots

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 ...
Acting Classes

“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” – Sanford Meisner “Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” – Meryl Streep  Opening the door to a discussion ...
new-york

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 ...
Fi-core

Every actor is aware of the union or non union dynamic that is always at the forefront of every performer’s career. But one option that flies under the radar most of the time is the Financial Core Status, or also ...
tabrettbethell

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. ...
classic scene

We’ve collected lots of acting quotes over the years, but these are the best. Every time we read them we become inspired and focused, and fall in love with the craft all over again. May they do the same for ...
legit copy

If only it were a straight and narrow path, says Erica who has placed actors in TV, Film, and Theatre for over ten years. Currently casting for Army Wives, as well as several prestigious theatres, Erica believes that many actors still ...
ucb

52 hours of non-stop improv in New York City! Once again, improv mania took over New York as The Del Close Marathon celebrated its 12th anniversary this weekend. It kicked off at 6pm on Friday July 30th and went full ...
prettyfunny copy

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!” ...
Actor wellness

“You are a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made of stardust. What do you have to be afraid of?” –Reddit post This quote has been making the rounds on Reddit for a while now, and for some reason I fell ...
Actor Day Jobs

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

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 ...
taxadvice copy

Working odd jobs, booking gigs and racking up so many necessary expenses… actors have a lot to figure out come tax season – so NYCastings is here to help you. For example, did you know that you can deduct your ...
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, ...
just ducky-2

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! ...
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 ...
SanDiego

Talent Agent Caroline Raedeker-Freitas Runs the Top Agency in San Diego, and She Has Some Advice for Budding Actors: Turn Left at L.A. if You Want to Book More Work When actors think about moving to Southern California to pursue ...
Healthly living for Actors

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

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. ...
shutterstock_398230237

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. ...
film set bed

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 ...
hit_a_high_note copy

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Load More ...

Acting School – How To Get Started In Acting: An Overview Of Techniques, Tips And Everything You Need To Know To Get Your Career Underway – NY To LA

So you want to get started in acting. First of all, that’s fantastic, and don’t let anybody tell you different!

There are few professions that allow you to so fully exercise the entire range of your intellectual capacities while simultaneously prompting you to plumb the depths of human emotions.

But there are challenges, and there is a learning curve to Acting Success. It can take a while to really get your feet under you and get comfortable with what you need to do to really make an honest go of it as an actor. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this overview of several articles that can help you to avoid some common pitfalls, get your acting game up to a professional level right off the bat, and give you the confidence you need to get your career underway!

1. Tools 

AuditionsAsk any talent agent and they’ll tell you that even if you’re the most talented actor in the world, one who can make women swoon and make men weep–or who can make men swoon and women weep, or both–none of that will matter without one thing. If you don’t come in with the right tools, no agent in the world can market your talents. “Tools” of course is a vague word that includes lots of ideas within a deceptively small amount of letters. But first and foremost we should talk about headshots. This is your calling card. This is the mini-you that stands in for the actual you on the desk of that potential agent or casting director. What you also hope it does is stand out from the pile of hundreds of other headshots these people sift through every day. To that end, it’s vital that you don’t handicap yourself by settling for an amateurish, cheap, or outdated headshot. No matter how talented you are, no matter how many credits you have, if your headshot looks like a photo your drunken fraternity brother took of you at a kegger, it is going in the trash. If it looks like you took a selfie and made that your headshot in order to save some money, it’s going in the trash. Perhaps worst of all is the one headshot mistake when it DOESN’T go in the trash right away: if they call you in to read based on what you look like in your headshot from the first Obama Administration, you’ve likely just gotten your hopes up for nothing. You’ve also wasted your time and theirs.

Check out this Headshot article for tips, and mistakes to avoid when shopping around for your next headshots.

2. Development

If you’re at the point where you’re seriously considering taking acting from an amateur sport to the professional arena, then very likely you’ve come from a university theater program. Or perhaps you’ve taken some classes in auditionyour community. Or maybe you started out participating in some community theater plays and/or musicals, as these are the most easily accessible avenues for budding actors to get their first chance at performing. But no matter how you came to get started with acting, as you begin to make the journey into making acting your career, it’s important to remember that learning never stops when you’re an actor. There is always some new skill you can absorb, some dialect you can brush up on, or some improvement you can make to something you already know how to do. You just cannot afford to rest on your laurels in an industry as competitive and crowded as acting is. If you want to be a pro in this game, you have to think of yourself as a student for life–and indeed, the best, most revered actors will tell you they continue to study their craft every day. So your next step to taking this thing to the next level is to get yourself in some classes! Get into a scene study class, or a movement class or a stage combat class. Even if you never plan to do improv, the skills you learn in an improv class have the potential to serve you in every single performance and audition you attend. But it’s vital that you choose the right class for you.

Five Things To Watch Out For When Auditing An Acting Class – And Five Ways To Know You’ve Found The One For You

3. Auditioning

Okay, you say. You’ve convinced me! I’ve got a solid, professional headshot, and I’ve signed up for a couple of classes and I’m working on my craft every day. When can I get out there and go audition? Whoa there! Slow down, little sailor! The audition is of course the job interview for the actor. No matter how awesome your headshot and your list of special skills is, if you can’t properly show them what you’ve got at the audition, you’ll never book a role like NYCastings Top Bookers do. And as well known as the auditioning process is from movies and television shows about acting, it’s still kind of mysterious. What goes on in that room anyway? If you’ve never auditioned, or if you haven’t auditioned all that Auditions 45much or ever been in a position where a director or casting director or teacher could give you feedback on your audition, it can be quite daunting. And you know how sometimes in life they say, “There are no wrong answers?” Well, I’m here to tell you that when it comes to auditioning, there are indeed several wrong answers. Several million, perhaps. No, the truth is, there are some common mistakes that even veteran actors make at auditions that can kill any chance you may have had to book the role. Fortunately, there are also some ways to fix your auditions so that you can give yourself the best shot possible.

Here are five This you should never do at an audition and five tips for how to spin your audition into casting gold.

4. Mistakes

We all make them, and we always will. There’s no avoiding it: to err indeed is human. having said that, however, there are ways we can prevent some mistakes, and lessen the impact of others. There’s no substitute for hard-earned experience of course. But let’s face it: if that weird neighbor kid down the road had learned not to run into the middle of a busy highway BEFORE he tried it, he would have been better off. That’s why we have teachers, mentors and coaches, and that’s why you’re reading this right now. So here are a couple of great resources on how to avoid some of the most common errors budding actors make.

Audition mistakesThe first lays out five of the most common bad habits even veteran actors catch themselves doing at auditions–are you one of them?–and also five tips to overcome them.

The second one is a great article by Hollywood screenwriting and voiceover icon Lisa Montalto and is specific to the mistakes rookie actors make when they come out to the coast to find their dreams.

Acting is indeed a noble profession that is almost universally appealing. However if you can arm yourself with some of this knowledge as you pursue your life as an actor, you’re going to make it a lot easier on yourself–and you’re likely to book more work as well! Here are some good videos on getting started in acting.

Get Started Now And Add Your Pictures To The NYCastings Database For Free!

Want To Get Our Emails Of Project Casting Now – Sign Up Here

0 comments

By