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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Being an actor is tough! It’s not just memorizing lines and learning technique. It’s a business that thrives on relationships, image and public appearances. There hopefully comes a point when you’re ready to take that next leap in you career. ...
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Do you hold onto your script when you audition?  While it might appear to be a nitpicky thing to talk about, holding the script while auditioning is actually a component of a larger and quite vital question: how to be ...
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Show business can be scary. Show business can be harsh. Show business can be rewarding. Let’s skip the “Do you have what it takes to be an actor” and go right to “Do you have what it takes to go ...
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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 2: Broadway’s Matthew James Thomas (Spiderman: Turn Off the ...
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Tabrett Bethell is best known for her role as Cara on the TV series Legend of the Seeker. She started out as a sidekick and quickly became a fan favorite which resulted in her being upgraded to a series regular. ...
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 ...
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We, as humans, tend to overthink situations. An audition is a situation. No matter where you are in your career, going on an audition gets your blood pumping and the adrenaline just doesn’t stop. You’re so excited you have trouble ...
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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, ...
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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As actors, we learn that we must overcome any uncomfortable situations. As a matter of fact, sometimes feeling uncomfortable makes us do our job better. So what’s it like being a Motion Capture actor and putting on a skin tight ...
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“Acting” is a curious career choice that tends to lay out a lengthy path filled with yearning and uncertainty. However, the payoff for following your dream, clearly has the power to be huge. Abhi Sinha has made a successful career ...
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“If you think you don’t need a refresher acting class, you’re dead wrong.” I was torn between titles for this article, so I decided to stick with my original thought which was “If I Can Tell You’re Acting, Then You’re ...
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The Actor Headshot: A necessary — and sometimes painful — first step towards having a serious acting career. As much as we actors love to be in front of the camera, there’s something about going to a headshot session that makes actors ...
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“When I did plays in high school and college, I never remember memorizing my lines…Before I had blocking, it was just text on a page. Once it became embodied, it was much easier.” –Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) As actors we ...
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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, ...
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 ...
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Can you imagine a work of art with no creator? Of course not! Colors do not randomly leap on to canvas paper – just as actors do not randomly show up on film sets. Yet when it comes to the ...
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We all wish we could get inside the head of a Casting Director. Perhaps there’s some magical little spell that will give us the guidance to win an audition with the Director / Producer. Casting Directors are on OUR side, ...
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As many other actors, I wasn’t always getting paid to act.  One of my numerous jobs was that of a door to door sales person. It was at PI Advertising where I learned the 8 steps to success.   Some ...
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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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Hour Glass… Curvaceous… Zaftig women can make over $200,000 in the plus sized modeling business. That’s a whole lot of dough – so to get started, here’s what you need to know… A plus size model, in the past, was ...
commercial actors

A 30 year veteran of Commercial Casting, Barry Shapiro is the owner of the legendary Herman & Lipson Casting. He has cast THOUSANDS of commercials from the top brands worldwide like: GOOGLE, TACO BELL, McDONALDS, NFL, REVLON, MILLER BEER, VOLKSWAGEN & BAYER.  … Every ...
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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” ...
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. ...
Memorizing lines

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

New York, or L.A.? It’s the perennial question asked by up-and-coming performers of all stripes, as well as people working in the myriad of other jobs associated with the entertainment business. Do you prefer sunshine and glamour, and don’t mind ...
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Hey young actors! If you’ve had a hard upbringing, tough times, or any kind of daily grind – don’t think that makes you just another Lifetime Channel story line. In fact, your rough road may be exactly the path that helps you succeed as you ...
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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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Need your acting resume printed out fast? NYCastings has an app for that! NYCastings.com organizes your profile information into a PDF format so you can print it from anywhere. To best use this tool, here’s a quick overview on how ...
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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 ...
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From the inside, out, Angela Mickey knows the art of acting. She studied drama at NYU and went through the auditioning process before shifting roles to work at Liz Lewis Casting as their receptionist. Swiftly, Angela built a career at ...
Kids Acting Class

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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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 ...
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“You have this dream,” you want to host a show… “But you can’t go to Barnes and Noble and learn how to be a successful host,” says casting director and lifestyle expert Jamie Carroll who casts for HGTV, FOOD NETWORK, ...
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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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
Theater Program

We’re deep into the snowy depths of the holiday season, so graduation is a long way off for most theater students. But for those who are planning to walk up to that stage and receive their degree in 2018, keep ...
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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 ...
Audition Monologue

Let’s face it, the monologue audition is a stressful, nerve-wracking thing. There’s no shame in admitting this; the vast majority of actors would probably agree that it is the worst part of the business, somewhere between getting a root canal ...
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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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We all know her as the infamous voice behind Apple’s directions, weather forecasts, and restaurant tips; the all-knowing assistant who answers our most challenging and mundane questions. Yet the actual female force behind Apple’s Siri – Susan Bennett – didn’t ...
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Casting Director Erica Palgon helps open your eyes and mind Actors need to be real, aware and awake, says Casting Director Erica Palgon. They should be awake to their surroundings and not live in a bubble. Known as an actor’s ...
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Some people strive to be different. We all had that one friend in school: they make a great effort to buck current trends, they go out of their way to dress aggressively weird, they pretend not to know anything about ...
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NYCastings.com presents “Q an A” (Question an Actor) where Robert Peterpaul ( America’s Got Talent, Access Hollywood) sits down to gain valuable insight from today’s most acclaimed performers. Tune in and let us help you succeed in your career. Episode ...
It's Easy To Get Started In Acting – But There Are Some Things You Should Know

So you want you want to get started as an actor. First of all, congratulations! You are about to embark on joining a proud, mad, very exclusive club. The good news is it’s easy to get started in acting – ...
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“I remember that Jack Lemmon, who is one of my favorite actors of all time, says that the day he stops being nervous is the day he should leave the business.” –Kim Basinger Let’s be honest: acting is a very ...
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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what does it take to be that image of health, happiness and a life well lived – that you see in the pages of a magazine? Deliciousness! “Warm, friendly, approachable” ...
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How does it feel to interview two of the most incredible young performers in two of the hottest Broadway shows? Find out here. The Broadway experience is one that many theater kids dream about. There’s lots of excitement, fun and ...
NYCastings - The Right Place at the Right Time

We’ve all been brought up on the stories of the huge celebrity who is “discovered” in some random, unlikely place and suddenly catapulted to fame. In the old days, she was a waitress in a midwest coffee shop who happened ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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What do you get when you cross the dorkiest actor alive with one of the most prominent Casting Directors in NYC? Don’t think too hard because there’s no answer. Ahem. Let’s talk about commercials! You’ve seen DAVID BANKS on the ...
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“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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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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NATURE vs. NURTURE… When it comes to that age old debate…  both nature and nurture are equally impactful for actors looking to reach their highest artistic level. “Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous,” shares ...
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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 ...
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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Performing Acting Monologues can be nerve ­wracking. For a time span of 1-­3 minutes it’s all eyes on you. You need to create the character, the scene, and the circumstance all without the help of another actor. And, oftentimes, if you’re performing ...
Voiceover Work

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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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 ...
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So you’ve been cast in your dream job, and you’ve got an entire script to digest. First, congrats on breaking all the legs! But if you’re like most actors, that elation wears off pretty quickly. It’s almost immediately replaced by ...
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A cheery voice chimed through the phone when I picked up: “Hi Robert, It’s Laura Bell Bundy!” Her words immediately beamed a ray of sunshine into the room, melting the blizzard like conditions of the east coast from my mind. ...
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Ready to make 2014 a game changing year for your acting career? Well then check out this truth packed advice from the cast and director of COLD IN JULY, which premiered at Sundance 2014. COLD IN JULY tells the story ...
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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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Have you ever been to an audition or a job and you walk out not sure what just happened? Or something just doesn’t feel right? Here are five tips on how to avoid that awful feeling: 1. Always read and re-read ...
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For part two of our Top Ten Tips from NYCastings Top Booker – Lauren Francesca – we delve into the importance of marketing and networking. When it comes to marketing yourself, Lauren believes it comes down to common sense. “One ...
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Thank you NYCastings for being such a great source of auditions in NYC. I wanted to share some recent booking successes with you! In the past few months I have booked a network promo video for Music Choice TV, booked ...
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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 ...
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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Pen in hand, you are about to sign a contract for your latest acting gig as so many questions pop into your head…  Is this contract worded fairly? How will my image be used, exactly? Should I really sign away ...
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Endless digital ink has been spilled about auditioning and the travails of the working actor as he or she pursues a career in this tough, demanding business. You quickly learn you need to develop a thick skin in order to ...
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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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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! ...
playing the Villain

“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain, And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” –William Shakespeare, “Richard III” For a certain breed of actor, one ...
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Actors can try for years to land a decent role, and even when they do, it’s no guarantee of success. Those who manage to make it big often say the same thing: they were in the right place at the ...
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You finally hear those three little words: You booked it! That’s right. You have your next acting gig before you and the character you have been chosen to perceive is completely dependent on you to give it life. Before you ...
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Oftentimes there is confusion about working on Broadway vs. Regional vs. Community theater. There are so many factors that come into play (pun intended, haha. Ok so I need a new joke, whatever). Back on track. There are pay scale ...
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What a season! The 2017 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning by Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson. The Great Comet leads the pack with a total of 12 nominations, followed by Hello, Dolly! with 10, and Dear Evan Hansen ...
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Audition boosting advice from the CDs of Paladino Casting Ready, set go… From head to toe, it’s time to get your energy flowing because action and determination will lead to success in entertainment. You have to be persistent, says Kristen ...
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2011 is the… Year of Perseverance! says agent Craig Holzberg, founder of Avalon Artists Group. Everyday is a new opportunity and it is about seizing the moment – not worrying about what happened in the past or being freaked out ...
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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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As independent entrepreneurs marketing the product that is ourselves, it can be tough for actors to manage that most elusive of commodities: time. We’re busier than most civilians, and we’re also more challenged on the time front, if you think ...
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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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New York City is the perfect location for aspiring actors. It’s the Mecca of theatre, has lots of TV and Film productions, and countless expert acting instructors. Unfortunately, it also comes complete with a multitude of expenses. This is why, ...
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Reinventing the term “Casting Couch” – Skype now brings auditions directly to your living room! That’s right! The free online service that lets you video chat with your friends across countries is now being used by entertainment casting companies. The ...
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Final Ballots Distributed Today, Voting Closes January 8th  Los Angeles, CA – January 3, 2017 – The Casting Society of America (CSA) is pleased to announce nominations for its 32ndAnnual Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting in Feature Film Categories. Nominations for Television, Theatre, Short ...
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Heh. I’m dryly laughing at myself because I have never been at a loss for words…until now. I mean really, when have you ever seen me not be able to write a proper intro? AARON GINSBURG, the Supervising Producer and ...
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You’ve got to know “when to put your hand on the table and when to discard it,” says Talent Agent Peter Coe, about the entertainment industry.” Know when to say what you are feeling and thinking, how to recognize body ...
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A character’s sexual development has become more and more complicated over the years. Back in the day it was easy to define a character’s sexuality as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or straight. In today’s world, there are multiple levels of ...
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You may recognize Ray Iannicelli from the recently released Bill Murray film called St. Vincent. This week, Ray shares the big screen with Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx in the highly anticipated remake of the classic, ANNIE coming to ...
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It’s not AS complicated as you’d think, and totally worth it! All the world’s a stage… yet what does it take to get your act Off-Broadway? The answer can be as simple as “writing your own stuff” +  finding “a ...
Acting Natural

Starting today! You can OWN every audition and performance by embracing the acting advice of these three working actors – on how to be 100% natural. Tip #1. Give yourself permission to rock it out! Advice by: JESSICA SHERR I win ...
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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. ...
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I was in New York City one day during the height of the Hamilton Revolution. I’d never seen anything like it. As I approached the Richard Rodgers Theatre, I was met with hundreds (and I mean HUNDREDS) of adoring fans ...
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For the last 18 years, NYCastings has been a staple in the New York Production Community helping our clients in Casting Talent & Crew on hundreds of productions a month. We are now open in LA, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Boston, Tennessee, & Philadelphia ...
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Come From Away: Schonfeld Theatre- Opened 3/12/17 A musical based on the true story of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001. Thirty eight international planes were sent to Gander and the city welcomed them with open arms. It doesn’t seem ...
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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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Why Improv? Say you have an audition that will change your career. You’ve rehearsed and you’re ready. Then your asked to perform it in different ways and you were only ready for  one.  Improv will give you the necessary tools needed for you ...
Kevin Ploth

Thanks to NYCastings, booked two national commercials – AMF Bowlmore Lanes and Downey. Along with lead rolls in two Indi Feature Films. Gluteny & Words to Live BY.  NYCastings has helped me cast four short plays I have directed and three up coming ...
Theatre Audience

As actors we are lucky in so many ways. We get to play for a living, we get be creative, and we get to hang out with fun, vivacious people. And of course, we get to revel in the adrenaline ...
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Imagine a professional athlete who only went out on the field on game days. No matter how great he or she was as a player, the training, practice, and support one needs to compete at that level is simply not ...
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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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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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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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Friendly – Helpful – Inspirational For actors looking for a place to connect with key industry people, The Filmmaker’s Connection is so much more than your typical networking event. It helps actors, producers and directors form teams, produce films and ...
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Beards, tattoos, lots of hair or thinning hair, the clothes you wear. You may not know the names of these two actors but you’ve certainly seen their faces. When you talk to your friends about them, you say, You know, ...
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Child performers have long been a part of scary film and television entertainment. Remember actress Linda Blair from the 1973 movie The Exorcist? How about Haley Joel Osment from 1999’s The Sixth Sense? Or Danny Lloyd, who played Jack Nicholson’s ...
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When you waltz into the audition room, are you thinking about nailing the part or are you thinking that you may be asked to do physical stunt work? Exactly. Where is the line drawn between an actor performing his or ...
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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” * ...
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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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo Reveals the Origin of Opportunity Even the brightest stars may one-day burn out. Just as many talented actors stop appearing in theatres, films and TV shows. An actor has to have a plan, a way to ...
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Every actor is aware of the union or non union dynamic that is always at the forefront of every performer’s career. But one option that flies under the radar most of the time is the Financial Core Status, or also ...
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THE END… of an audition often fills an actor’s head with thirteen conversations about one thing – Will they chose me for that role? Of course, you want the part! But worrying about every detail will only spin you into ...
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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, ...
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 ...
Online Actors Tools

When you stop for a second and think about how much time people spend online, it’s hard to believe that the internet has really only been in widespread commercial use for a  little over 20 years. Imagine if you were ...
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Casting Director Tony Pichette speaks scientifically about the casting process How often do you meet a casting director who majored in Theatre and minored in Chemistry? Not too frequently! That is why I had to ask Casting Director Tony Pichette ...
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Ever wish that you could spend money and have it boomerang right back to you? Sure, it sounds like a dream but NYCastings.com helps turn that dream into a reality. By offering so many sweet extras listings, members tend to make ...
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Casting over 30 projects a year, Jamibeth Margolis knows what it takes to build a note worthy career. I love working with actors and knowing actors, says Jamibeth. I love the creative process of working with writes, directors, producers and ...
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About to win the hearts of all actors reading this story, NY’s Writer/Director/Editor Keith Miller just won Slamdance’s Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature for his latest film – WELCOME TO PINE HILL. WELCOME TO PINE HILL began as a ...
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Give an apple to a teacher and they may favor you, but when it comes to buttering up directors, they just want to see the attentive, reliable, and polished fruits of your labor. Here are 10 ways to get on ...
Antonio Luchesi

After being with another casting service I decided to try NYCastings. Within the first week I had 5 auditions, 2 shorts and a future theatre job. Anytime I have had any problems uploading a photograph NYCastings would make sure the ...
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My definition of bliss? Watching Michael C. Hall perform in, well… anything! As an actor, he has a way of conveying many layers with a subtle yet dynamic energy. And in his latest film, The Trouble with Bliss, Michael once ...
Surviving Show Business - Jeff Fisher

On this episode of Surviving Show Business with Aaron Seals we talk to Jeff Fisher. Jeff is best known as showrunner/director with experience on shows like “Keeping Up With The Kardashains,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Simple Life” and ...
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 ...
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As an actor, we never know what a Casting Director is thinking. We go in, do our audition, the CD says Thank you, next! and if we’re lucky, we’ll get feedback from our agent or manager. Casting is much more ...
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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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 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 ...
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Despite being relatively new to NYCastings, I received an audition for a supporting role for an upcoming feature film. After the audition, I received a callback from the Castings Team and was asked to audition for the film’s leading actress! ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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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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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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The results are in and the NYCastings Top Booker of 2015 is Actress/Model, Holly Glasser! Holly’s Bookings came in at $36,227! Her Books were made in Films, TV Shows, Commercials, Print jobs & Live events. Watch the video Interview and ...
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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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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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“Writing is easy. Living is hard,” states the tagline of a musical drama in post-production called HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG, written and directed by Gary King. In this movie, the main character struggles with the harsh ...
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The term body language is one that gets thrown around a lot in the context of acting. And while we all probably have a pretty good general idea of what the phrase means, perhaps it’s a good idea to take ...
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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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Thank you NYCastings! We LOVE your site! Leila Jean Davis booked the Lead and just completed the shoot for the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’. We had the pleasure of working with the awesome team at Mayfair Pictures. Another Great experience. We ...
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We live in a digital age, there’s no getting around it. Virtually everything is available on demand at the touch of a button, and that includes castings and auditions. This is great news for the busy actor–how much easier it ...
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You can fall in love with the voice-over craft, says Casting Director Lisa Fischoff who heads up Broadcasters, a division of Howard Schwartz Recording. Lisa notices a person’s voice before anything else. She has many years of casting experience, worked ...
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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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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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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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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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It would be hard not to love Kristin Chenoweth. Whether you know the Emmy and Tony Award winning actress/ singer from her critically acclaimed Broadway performances or her numerous television and movie roles, her charming presence is a rare and ...
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By Katie Northlich – Actor, Writer, Acting Coach, NYCastings Improv Coach I stand there in the small, airless audition room, just having slated my name and agency, waiting.  The Director and Casting Director are talking quietly, shuffling papers amongst themselves.  A ...
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Voice-Over Terms Glossary ADR: Automated Dialogue Replacement in a film. A process where actors replace dialogue in a film or video. Ad lib: A spontaneous spoken addition or alteration to a written script. Accent: Pronunciation common to a certain group of people. ...
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Actor Joanne Baron shares her first hand knowledge of video auditioning Like a shooting star, Joanne Baron often finds herself traveling a great distance for acting gigs. Yet no matter where she lands, Joanne has to keep up with the ...
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Every Great American Story needs a Great American Hero who the world will cheer for. So what does it take for your story to launch from an idea into a riveting tale that audiences will relate to?  It simply has ...
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A playful conversation with Casting Director, Producer, Consultant – Jodi Collins In New York there is something in the water that breeds a comedic sensibility, says Casting Director Jodi Collins who specializes in the funny business – aka… casting comedic ...
Social Media for Actors

Social media in just a few short years has become so ubiquitous that it’s simply an accepted reality of our day-to-day lives. For some of us, it’s more like our minute-to-minute lives. Think about this for a second: Facebook has ...
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Talent Manager Henry Ravelo reveals the Origin of Opportunity. Bursting onto the acting scene can feel chaotic and random, but you do have control of what happens. You can create a long lasting career and Talent Manager Henry Ravelo shares ...
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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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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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Phone interviews can be a harrowing process. As an interviewer you anxiously wait on the line, hoping for a pleasant and worthwhile interaction with the talent (and, of course, good reception). With a cheery “Hey, Robert!” almost immediately those preliminary ...
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Casting Director Kristian Sorge testifies about the audition process Capture this… Compelling, heart-pounding performances can happen every time you step into an audition room as long as you expose your true life story. Truth is, a lot of actors need ...
Men Taking Control

Every one of us who is a professional or aspiring actor has had those auditions where we just felt off. You can do everything perfectly in technical terms – rehearse, get a good night’s sleep, get there early and be ...
Make your own work

Actors probably more than any other profession go through peaks and valleys when it comes to working. That’s just the nature of the business. Even the most bankable Hollywood stars have fallow periods where there just aren’t so many jobs ...
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Attention all actors seeking representation – When it comes to landing a manager or agent, you must be ready and willing to put in some serious effort! Managers and agents want to work with talent who fully commit to their ...
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Amanda Schull is mainly recognized for her recurring and noteworthy television stints on shows like One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars and Suits. She’s also credited as the sweet Jody Sawyer in the 2000 film Center Stage, which showcases her ...
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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 ...
Directing Young Performers – With John David Coles

As a young performer, you’re going to be working with numerous Directors. Each Director has their own style so you’re going to have to learn how to adapt from one style to the next in order to share the Director’s ...
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On a mission to clear up Union vs. Non-Union rumors… NYCastings tapped directly into the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and got them to reveal details about rules, leniencies, and those coveted three waivers… Q. Any expiration date to waivers? A. ...
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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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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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Are you ready to rock? Of course you are! And NYCastings wants to help you achieve great success – that’s why we’re sharing behind the scenes tips on how to earn more commercial callbacks. These insights from freelance casting director ...
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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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In this episode of Surviving Show Business Aaron Seals interviews NY Playwright & Theatre Producer, Elise Milner. The interview covers writing plays, casting actors, marketing the show, making money and producing theatre as a career. Elise has produced over 250 ...
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Meeting a Talent Agent for the first time can feel momentous, as if you should genuflect or feel devoutly grateful but, “We are all just pieces of a puzzle,” shares Bloc’s Legit Talent Agent Jim Daly. “When that show finally ...
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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 ...
Acting Books

Probably for as long as acting has existed, there has been a common trope regarding how dumb actors are. The dizzy blond, the vacuous pretty boy–there are jokes about these stereotypes dating back to Shakespeare’s time and likely beyond. And ...
Acting Success

Often actors just starting out have one burning question that surpasses all the others: what does it really take to succeed? Of course, everybody has a different definition of success. For some it means money, fame and glamour on Clooney ...
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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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We all know the world has gone digital, there’s no getting around it. No matter how much we might like to escape the clutches of the Zuckerbergs of modern life, we seem to be firmly in their grasp. But hey, ...
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These days, social media is everywhere you look. From the president’s multiple daily tweets to your grandma’s endless Instagram photos of her favorite cat, it seems like everyone is constantly on social networks these days. With all the time we ...
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Start spreading the news… “There has never been a better time to make and produce independent films in New York and elsewhere,” says Steven Beer, a counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors and producers. Steven Beer shared these inspiring words ...
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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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NYCastings.com proudly presents “Q an A” (Question an Actor) where Robert Peterpaul (America’s Got Talent, Access Hollywood) sits down to gain valuable insight from today’s most acclaimed performers. Tune in and let us help you succeed in your career. Episode ...
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A lot of times when we talk about acting we can easily get caught up in discussing the challenges and stress of the business end of it: auditions, agents, headshots, etc. And granted, it isn’t an easy career path for ...
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Hey! Im Janel Koloski and 2015 has already been a great year for me so far due to NYCastings. I have booked 6 jobs so far and am shooting a print ad Thursday from an NYCasting booking. I tell all ...
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First ask yourself why you want to put your kid in show biz. … Then ask your child if they want to be in show biz.  … If their response is, “I’m too shy” but you see a twinkle in ...
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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 ...
Acting Auditions in Atlanta

If anyone knows about the various markets in the U.S. for actors and casting, it would have to be Cathy Reinking. A veteran of television casting in L.A. from way back, including work on shows like “Frasier,” “Arrested Development,” and ...
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Looming in front of you, that giant white poster board holds the copy for your commercial audition. The magical words you’ll need to convey with both accuracy and honesty. Don’t worry! Renowned commercial casting director – Joan Lynn – breaks ...
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“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 ...
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