acting business

Acting on film set

When an actor comes to study with me for an audition the first thing we do is “kill the plan.” Somewhere in their preparation they’ve had what I call, the “performance fantasy.” Instead of imagining the world of the character, ...
audition

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 ...
William Shakespeare. Portrait of William Shakespeare 1564-1616.

Shakespeare gets a bad rap and has for a long, long time. Nearly as many people hate the Bard of Avon as love him, and possibly more. There are a variety of reasons for this: complexity of the language as ...
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 ...
on-camera audition

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 ...
tv sitcom set

Have you ever watched some actor in a minor role on a television show–or even in a lead role–and thought, “Hey I could do that.” If you’re reading these pages, the answer is probably yes. Most working actors–whether we spend ...
Women stage screen

The history of acting is an ancient and proud one. The earliest recorded instance of a person relating words to an audience as a character dates back to Thespis, who performed in 532 B.C. in ancient Greece. And despite actors ...
actors on film set airplane

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine, but every actor you’ve ever heard of had to start somewhere. They all had their very first steps onto a stage, their very first rehearsal, their very first lines uttered. There was a point at ...
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 ...
indie film set

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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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 ...
1 Great Tip to become a Better Actor

Here is 1 great Tip to becoming a Better and more Successful Actor. Many people think the only way to become a better Actor is to take classes constantly, which is a great way to learn from a seasoned professional, get ...
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: ...
Auditioning

There’s no one clear way to become a successful actor. Aside from the fact that everyone defines success differently, it’s not like going to school, doing your fair share of unpaid work, and having an ever-growing list of IMDB credits ...
comm scene

Breaking into this business is not an easy feat. Between the required training, the headshot expenses, and the necessary flexibility, balancing out everything you need to put yourself in the best light is not easy. And that’s exactly why many ...
film script

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 ...
NYCastings-Actor-mistakes

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! ...
awards

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” * ...
reel2

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 ...
improv girl

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 ...