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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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 ...
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 ...
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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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Declaring war on anxiety… Herman Chavez launched a tactic called “The Mental Game of Auditioning” – aimed at empowering actors and relieving that self-destructive fear of auditioning. Through a strategy that targets an actor’s psyche, the sides and the business ...
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 ...
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The SAG Awards are taking place Sunday night, recognizing top performances in television and film. Kristen Bell is serving as the ceremony’s first-ever host, while presenters include Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, and Kelly Marie Tran. Morgan Freeman ...
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 ...
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In a way, the long process of sifting through talent can be viewed as a luxury the America’s Got Talent team holds. From mind-blowing performances to some acts that leave you in a whirlwind of confusion, the number one TV ...
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For part two of our Top Ten Tips from NYCastings Top Booker – Lauren Francesca – we delve into the importance of marketing and networking. When it comes to marketing yourself, Lauren believes it comes down to common sense. “One ...
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 ...
NYCastings - Acting as a Second Career

One of the best things about teaching acting classes is the sheer variety of people you get signing up. Of course you’ll get the 20- and 30-something people who have always been into acting, the ones who are just out ...
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 ...
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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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Moments of Truth from Don McKay and her acting career Secrets abound in Elisabeth Shue’s latest movie, Don McKay which tells the story of a McKay, a high school janitor (played by Thomas Haden Church), who flees his hometown after ...
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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 ...
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Sandra Palmeri breaks through – and – breaks down barriers. HEAR YE – Get ready to believe that it’s never too late to go after your dreams…. because this year’s Top Booker for NYCastings has only 3 years of acting ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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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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 ...
NYCastings - Long Term Acting Plan

A while back actor/comedian Patton Oswalt did a guest appearance on lefty comedic-political podcast Chapo Trap House. During a riff on embittered right-wing comedian/pundits whom Oswalt just doesn’t find that funny (think Fox News’ “Red State”): “What I love about ...
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As the creator of countless hit movies… From St Elmo’s Fire, to Lost Boys, A Time to Kill, and Phantom of the Opera – acclaimed director Joel Schumacher knows how to create stories that spark emotion and ignite audiences. For ...
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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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The animated films and television shows have taken over our lives. When was the last time you saw a movie without animation? (If your answer is “last week”, then I still give you permission to read this article.) More and ...
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This episode of Surviving Show Business is about Good Mental Health in Acting. Facing rejection, uncertainty, setting goals and helpful tips for high stress situations like auditions & agent meetings. The show also covers kids, Parents and families in show ...
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You’ll recognize Adina Porter from the CW’s The 100, HBO’s True Blood and HBO’s The Newsroom. Soon you’ll see her on the new show Underground. Adina Porter is a master at transformation. She’s barely recognizable from role to role. Even if ...
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How to get your SOAP voice heard with CD Mary Clay Boland Right now… you have the chance to speak up and forever hold a piece of acting history by getting on the set of soap in New York City. ...
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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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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 ...
Meredith Marciano

In this episode Aaron talks to Meredith Marciano of Amerifilm casting about her long career, what a Casting Director really does, stories from hit films and how Actors can find success working with Casting Directors.
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 ...
Casting Director Donna Morong

Casting Directors can certainly tell if you’re serious about acting. Your audition is one of the most important steps in your career. There are many layers of auditioning — there are in-person appointments and cattle calls, self-tapes and group auditions. ...
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If there’s one thing that becomes abundantly clear after you’ve been around the acting business for a while it’s that no two roads are identical. Everyone from MFAs to people who stumbled into the business after giving a best-man speech ...
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 ...
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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 ...
Actors booking out

As with any job, frustration is a big part of show business. Being an agent comes with many frustrations, but one of the most under-the-radar frustrations is when a client forgets to book out. Booking out is when you tell ...
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Ballsy indeed, Whoopi Goldberg kicked off her acting career by choosing a stage name based on the popular whoopee cushion gag toy! Over the years, her strong choices have helped her win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and a Tony. And, ...
What Agents Want

Being an actor is kind of like being in a club. And the people who aren’t in the club are often really perplexed by what we do: “How do you memorize all those lines?” “Don’t you get nervous?” “Why don’t ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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“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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You saw the casting notice on NYCastings, you sent in your best headshot, and the rest is out of your hands. Until, suddenly, you get a late night call from casting saying that you’re needed on set — for one of your ...
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As we head full force into award season, celebrities are whittling down their waist lines AND their short list of who to thank during acceptance speeches – because every moment and word counts when actors present themselves. If an actor ...
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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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Being an actor is one of the most exciting journeys anyone can ever choose to embark upon. At the same time, it can be one of the most frustrating. Like a quarter flipped into the air waiting to hit the ...
Make a big splash at auditions

Auditions are often called the toughest job interview in the world, and with good reason. You’ve got a little more than a minute to make an impression and show the casting team that not only do you have the acting ...
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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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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As an actor living in NYC, times can get pretty tough. You’ve made it to the city of your dreams, and, still, no matter how many auditions you get or roles you book, you are susceptible to feeling like your ...
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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 ...
Surviving Show Business - Naomi Grossman

On this episode of Surviving Show Business, Emmy nominated actress Naomi Grossman, best known as ‘Pepper’ on American Horror Story, talks about being on a hit TV series, producing her own one-woman shows, starting out in acting and her new ...
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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” * ...
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Michael Campion is one of the stars of Netflix Uber-popular comedies Fuller House, currently streaming three seasons with the fourth season in production. You’ll recognize Michael as Jackson Fuller, the teen son of CJ Tanner played by Candace Cameron-Bure. Often ...
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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 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 ...
Union or Non Union

One of the most important decisions you will ever make as an actor is whether or not to join the SAG-AFTRA Union. Now at first glance, this seems like the most viable option for any actor with experience and credits. ...
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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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6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career helps connect everyone. Get ready to feel footloose and have your dreams come true because 6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career just rolled into town spreading simple yet strategic moves. Educational and ...
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Performers seeking authentic advice should search no further than the honest guidance of Heather Matarazzo. The New York raised actress has remained in the spotlight ever since her lead role in the coming of age film,Welcome to the Dollhouse. This ...
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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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“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 ...

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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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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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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Breaking news in 2009… Lauren Francesca won the NYCastings Top Booker of 2009 contest, with a grand total of $11,395 in earnings and more than 32 roles acquired through NYCastings in the year. Seriously – a fantastic accomplishment! And, no ...
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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, ...
The Passage

Child actor Saniyya Sidney has a heavy message to deliver. Working non-stop, she still has time to share her thoughts on how Hollywood can be more diverse so roles are more inclusive. You’ll recognize Saniyya from the Oscar nominated films ...
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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You can fall in love with the voice-over craft, says Casting Director Lisa Fischoff who heads up Broadcasters, a division of Howard Schwartz Recording. Lisa notices a person’s voice before anything else. She has many years of casting experience, worked ...
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, ...
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At The New York Horror Film Festival, I had killer conversations with several directors and got to speak face to face with a man who played Jason Voorhees! Straight from their twisted minds, I got secret advice on how actors ...
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Heléne Yorke – I moved to the city with $3k my father lent me and about five boxes of things. I had two roommates, no furniture, and was routinely stretching $20 as far as I could. Actress Heléne Yorke is ...
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It isn’t easy being green! Yet every aspiring actor has to begin somewhere – so how do you start trekking down that windy road to Hollywood without coming across as many road blocks? The answer is as easy as 1…2…3! ...
Finding Your Motivation

“When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’” –Alfred Hitchcock There are lots of old jokes about stupid ...
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Shining with energy, passion and an empowering purpose – legendary acting coach, actress and writer Susan Batson knows how to turn any actor into a golden character. It’s an eclectic process. It’s like a science, shares Susan Batson. Basically and ...
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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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 ...
Michael Caine

“The theatre is an operation with the scalpel, I think movie acting is an operation with the laser.” Michael Caine teaches in this documentary the art of movie acting to five young actors, who perform scenes from “Alfie”, “Deathtrap” and ...
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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 ...
AnnMarie Brown

Booked! AnnaMarie age 8 with Wilhelmina Kids NY featured as a model/actress is one to watch. NYCastings has given AnnaMarie a huge opportunity to Book in the Entertainment Industry. She has been involved in a few Independent Films/ Major Films ...
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When it comes to auditions, we’ve all heard the skipping record telling us that “we have to calm our nerves,” “be natural,” and “not be appear as if we NEED to book the role.” But these sound bites of advice ...
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Comfort Zone Alert! On set of his latest movie, Cyrus, John C. Reilly found that a lot of days were very uncomfortable. Whoa! That sounds like an atypical admission from an actor, yet John has a very good reason to ...
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The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations and winners.    The full list of nominees and winners follows: Motion Picture Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale, “Vice” Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born” ...
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 ...
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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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“If this is what you are called to do then you must do it.” Victor Verhaeghe is a multifaceted, seasoned actor and writer, having been in NYC for upward of 30 years.  His career has spanned over many different artistic ...
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We’ve collected lots of acting quotes over the years, but these are the best. Every time we read them we become inspired and focused, and fall in love with the craft all over again. May they do the same for ...
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Hello! And welcome to Revamp Your Hosting Reel. I’m your writer, Kelly Calabrese. Today, I’ll be revealing all the nitty-gritty details about what agents look for in hosting reels with insight from our expert – agent, Mark Turner. As part ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
Surviving Show Business w/ Ken Lazer

In this episode of Surviving Show Business we talk to Ken Lazer, of Ken Lazer Casting – covering things like how actors can stand out, how to have a killer audition, SAG-AFTRA, Non-Union or SAG-AFTRA Fi-Core, how the casting process ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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It’s not easy being a teenager, but imagine being a teenager who works in show business? How do these young performers handle school and friends while working on sets of popular TV shows and films? The following six actors have ...
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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 ...
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 ...
Controlling the Audition

We all love acting. And with good reason: performing can be a beautiful, moving, profound experience of connection with one’s fellow performers and an audience. Of course, in order to get to the performance part of it, you usually have ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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Which are you? A nervous newcomer, a seasoned actor or somewhere in between? Agents and Casting Directors can tell right away which one you are before you even speak. Heck, they can tell even before they read your resume! Here’s ...
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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 ...
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There is no debating – Actor Nate Parker is rising to the top of his game, landing major roles by giving each character a true heart and soul. The trick to creating a character is work, time, hours. Literally hours, ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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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  Brain Freeze! That’s what it feels like when I first look at an intimidating stack of sides that I must memorize. And since many actors feel the same way, I’ve asked the cast members of TWO MANY MOMS (including myself!) to lend ...
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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 ...
Reaching Out To An Agent Or Casting Director

As we all know, the acting business is jam-packed with a whole lot of actors who are all trying to book a tiny amount of available roles. In such a crowded field, getting yourself noticed and marketing yourself is a ...
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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 ...
5 hot ways to spark on-screen chemistry

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

It’s autumn in New York, and naturally a young actor’s fancy turns to thoughts of…new headshots. Or at least it should. If you have even a vague sense that it might possibly, maybe, perhaps be nearly time for new headshots, ...
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Gal power packs a one-two punch of honesty and hilarity whirled into an artistic performance that you can’t take your eyes off of in a show called “Entrance with charge – two girls smoke a cigarette in only 30 seconds!” ...
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Many parents have asked me on numerous occasions if their child should join the unions: Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, now merged as one and respectively called SAG-AFTRA. There are many factors that determine ...
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As an actor, your headshot may be your calling card. However, it’s your reel that can really make or break your chances before you even walk into the audition room. Because a reel can do something that your resume of ...
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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 ...
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Reinventing the term “Casting Couch” – Skype now brings auditions directly to your living room! That’s right! The free online service that lets you video chat with your friends across countries is now being used by entertainment casting companies. The ...
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, ...
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Hit the road actors! And don’t you worry about a thing, a thing, a thing, a thing. Because these 10 tips will help you prepare for all types of on-location gigs. First up… INSIGHT FROM ACTOR SUSAN SLOTOROFF – WHO ...
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Ask yourself… Do you want, need, hope that a casting director will see your work? An agent? A manager? “With Reel Services, a casting director can be looking at you, within moments,” shares Angelita Ali – Senior Editor/ Producer/Camerawoman for ...
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All kinds of people — scary, grieving, naive, curious people — have once again invaded New York City for The Tribeca Film Festival. Which means it is the ideal time to chat about characters; the art of building real and ...
OnFilm Set

By Katie Northlich It is no secret that being on a film or television set for an actor is, well, pretty magical. An actor has so many close calls, so many hours training, so many auditions and callbacks until suddenly: ...
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Award Winning Writer * Producer * Partner… If these accolades appeal to you as an artist, then get ready to mentally devour every word of advice from the award winning partners of Choice Films and Choice Theatricals… Summer Crockett Moore and TonyGlazer ...
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School is never out… whether it be for summer, fall or winter… for actors who must always be prepared to spring into auditions! Learning, “How to Audition Success fully for Both Traditional and New Media” takes constant re-assessment. Luckily, actors ...
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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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Unless you’re on the fourth planet of the star Sirius, you’ve probably heard all about diversity in film and television – especially in the past couple of years. She made a comment to me once about how this business is such ...
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We’re deep into the snowy depths of the holiday season, so graduation is a long way off for most theater students. But for those who are planning to walk up to that stage and receive their degree in 2018, keep ...
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Technology is king, let’s face it. And barring some massive disaster that launches us all into some Mad Max-type post-apocalyptic dystopia in which we can’t access our Instagram accounts (my GOD, think of the CHILDREN!) tech is here to stay. ...
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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo reveals the Origin of Opportunity. Break out roles require strong actors and Talent Manager Henry Ravelo believes that uniqueness plays an essential role in landing jobs. He described how to make the most of your attributes ...
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If you read these pages regularly, you are likely to be a working actor on some level, or striving to be. But whether you are fresh out of school and trying to book your very first roles as an extra, in ...
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There are a lot of great reasons to love the actor’s life – even aside from the simple fact that we get to play other people: our job is to play! Who else can say that? But beyond that, the ...
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Most anyone who had the opportunity to learn something about acting when they were a kid would agree: there is no experience in the world that can match it. For helping a youngster gain confidence, meet new friends, learn valuable ...
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Drilling through a monologue can often feel as nerve-racking as a trip to the dentist’s office. It can make your jaw bolt shut and mind race to do something, anything else! Yet there is another approach. A way to look ...
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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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What’s love got to do with it? When it comes to acting – the answer is EVERYTHING. An actor must expose their heart; be vulnerable (often uncomfortably so) to the most volatile of elements. They allow themselves to be overtaken ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Ask any actor who has attended an open audition lately: the acting business is crowded. Every day more and more starry-eyed dreamers leave behind their small town successes and head for Hollywood or New York, seeking to parley their star ...
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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)… ...
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ACTING STAGE TERMS GLOSSARY Common Theater Terms Auditions: Readings before a director to determine casting of a play. Call Backs: An additional audition for the final actors being considered. Similar to semifinals in sports. Clear the Stage: A direction given ...
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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 ...
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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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As actors we are very lucky–for a lot of reasons. One, the job is fun! We literally get to play every time we audition, rehearse or perform. Not many people can say that about their jobs. Another reason we should ...
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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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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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With social media such a dominant part of everyone’s lives these days, it’s amazing that there are still actors who shy away from jumping into the game with both feet. Not that there aren’t valid reasons for a certain caution ...
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If Barbara McNamara Casting was a fashion label, it might be called Rock and Rescue’, because Barbara approaches casting with a hard-core passion and caring attitude. Oh and… she handles all of the background for 30 Rock and Rescue Me. ...
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“Oh, brave new world, that has such people in it!”  –William Shakespeare, “The Tempest” Imagine for a second an actor from Shakespeare’s troupe transported forward in time to today. If this poor, confused actor from the Middle Ages survived the ...
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Jumping into acting as a career choice is like stepping off a cliff, and at the bottom is a murky pool filled with black water and populated with mysterious swirling creatures that you can’t quite make out. In other words, ...
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So, you live in Small Town, USA and want to make it to the Big City. How do you do it? There are numerous steps and options. But let’s start with voice lessons, acting class, dance class, auditioning, networking, and ...

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The 89th Academy Awards were held Sunday.  Here is a complete list of nominees. (Winners are indicated in bold.) BEST PICTURE “Arrival” “Fences” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “Hidden Figures” “La La Land” “Lion” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” ...
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“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 ...
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As actors, we’re taught to hustle. We’re essentially freelancers or independent contractors, and as such we don’t have the luxury of kicking back in a cubicle, phoning it in and waiting for the next bimonthly paycheck. We always have to ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Directors Brad and Todd Barnes help actors break into themselves Acting, when it’s good, seems to be about self revelation, says New York based writer/director Brad Barnes who co-helmed the movie Homewrecker alongside his brother Todd Barnes. Homewrecker marks the ...
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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo Reveals the Origin of Opportunity Grab hold of your acting chops and get ready to travel to the ultimate break through dimension. In parts 1-4 of this story (link), Henry shared his theory on being unique, ...
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It starts with a spark… a single acting gig that packs enough heat to ignite an entire career. In one instant, a child actor can go from unknown to exploding on the scene in commercials, films and print. Indeed, it’s ...
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Regarded by attendees as “influential,” “amazing exposure” and “a whole lot of fun” – Sundance 2012 is about to kick off in Park City, Utah and NYCastings has the pre-festival scoop for you! Starting with what it means to attend ...
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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… For certain – you can! You can keep chugging up this mountain called YOUR ACTING DREAM… no matter how high it seems. Of course, it helps to get ...
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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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Probably for as long as acting has existed, there has been a common trope regarding how dumb actors are. The dizzy blond, the vacuous pretty boy–there are jokes about these stereotypes dating back to Shakespeare’s time and likely beyond. And ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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In our quest to be a successful, recognized, possibly award winning actor, we always have to be aware of what the people who are hiring us,  i.e. casting directors, are looking for.  At first thought this can seem extremely difficult. ...
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I always like to remind singers that in order to optimize your warm-up routine, you must warm-up your entire body. Your body is your instrument, and the way you treat it has an impact on your breath, tone, and technique. ...
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If only it were a straight and narrow path, says Erica who has placed actors in TV, Film, and Theatre for over ten years. Currently casting for Army Wives, as well as several prestigious theatres, Erica believes that many actors still ...
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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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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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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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Unless you’re putting on Titanic, the production you’re a part of should not feel like a fast sinking ship. Unfortunately, more often than not, at some point in every actor’s career there exists a project that you just wish the ...
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Truths from the set of his latest movie Between myth and reality, Colin Farrell has learned to live with the many reputations that precede him. We all, as human beings, probably do a good job of misrepresenting ourselves a lot ...
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For young actors, Hollywood can seem downright enchanting! But is it really all red carpets, skipping school, and movie magic? To get the real scoop on what it’s like to be a kid in the biz, NYCastings spoke with actors ...
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Kids have a natural affinity for acting; it exists in their play, in their wild imaginations as yet unburdened by the grumpy woes of adults, and in their lives in general, as they make their way in the world on ...
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Casting Associate Philip Huffman helps actors drum up street cred… Oohh, New York. It’s a place where three Law & Order episodics film and countless actors strive to add that signature sound to their reel. It’s like a New York ...
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Acting is acting some say, no matter the medium. And there is some truth in that; we all come at it from different directions and we all have our own unique backgrounds. Some started in theater, some started off on ...
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Thanks to NYCastings, booked two national commercials – AMF Bowlmore Lanes and Downey. Along with lead rolls in two Indi Feature Films. Gluteny & Words to Live BY.  NYCastings has helped me cast four short plays I have directed and three up coming ...
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“Now what I have worked out is that it would actually be physically impossible to be perfect for everyone. Everyone has a distinct idea in their head of what each character is like. So I’ve kind of had to lower ...
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“We’re actors! We’re the opposite of people!” — Tom Stoppard, “Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Let’s be honest: acting is fun. There is a tremendous joy we as performers get to experience that mere mortals are denied. That’s the excitement, ...
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Comical insight from Cheryl Hines, director of Serious Moonlight From broken zippers to keeping Timothy Hutton’s pants pulled down to the same level around his ankles… at every turn something’s going on, as a director you are in the trenches ...
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DILEMMA ONE: Oh no! You have to cancel your big audition tomorrow! Even bigger dilemma: What if it’s a callback? Or even BIGGER crazy thought: What if it’s a JOB? It goes something like this: At 4 pm you get ...
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“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain, And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” –William Shakespeare, “Richard III” For a certain breed of actor, one ...
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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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“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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We’ve all got to start somewhere. That’s the thing to keep in mind if you’re a newbie actor just getting started in this delightful and looney business. Everyone had their first audition, and everyone booked their first role somewhere along ...
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