auditions

Tricia Helfer in Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica actor Tricia Helfer played the unforgettable incarnations of character Number Six. Currently, Tricia is in two back-to-back shows which premiered at the same time: Shudder Network’s Creepshow and Syfy’s Van Helsing. Just like Number Six, Tricia follows, and leads, with ...
Actors Pay and Vetting

There’s an old truism regarding computers and data: garbage in, garbage out. If your data is flawed, you’re going to end up with flawed results. That should seem obvious, right? But what should also seem obvious but often isn’t discovered ...
Acting Success - The Need for Speed

“Take all the time you need, and just go ahead and start whenever you’re ready.” As actors we’ve all heard some version of this sentence as we’re getting ready to read audition sides, rehearse something, or perform in a scene. ...
Film Set Terms

Here is a great list of acting terms and Entertainment industry terms which you will hear often on film sets, in theatre productions and in recording studios.   Above the Line – A budgetary term for movies and TV. The line ...
Improv Class

As dedicated actors, we all know the importance of constantly challenging ourselves. We try new things, delve into art forms we haven’t previously explored, and of course we’re always on the lookout for new classes to take. And while no ...
ActorsShowcase

Actors, Don’t let anyone fool you: the actor’s life is a gloriously enjoyable one. We get to collaborate with creative, energetic, passionate people of all stripes every day. (Did I mention beautiful, charming and funny also?) We get to play ...
NewtoActing-NYCastings

Newer actors face a terrible dilemma that’s familiar to anyone who has ever searched for a job just out of school in this era of late capitalism. It can be summed up like this imaginary job ad: “Entry level positions ...
Actors Looks

Most of us actors get in the game and stick with it because we love what we do. (If you’re not in it for the love of acting, you might want to rethink your career choice!) We spend countless hours ...
Fear and Loathing at Auditions

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”  – Hunter S. Thompson Do you guys ever have that dream where you’re pushed out onto a stage or in front of a camera, given assurances that everything will be ...
Self-Taped Auditions - NYCastings Direct Submit Group

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

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

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

We’re all aware of the great collaborations that seem to crop up again and again when it comes to acting, directing, and creating in general: Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. ...
Actor Choices

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  –J.K.Rowling “Making Choices” sounds like one of those dreadful performance/educational improv groups we used to have to sit through in high school. Do these things ...
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 ...
Self Auditions

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. ...
Auditions-Headshots

There are a few workplace norms that are seen as old-fashioned, relics from another era. Suits and ties on men are rapidly giving way to a casual Friday look that begins on Monday and lasts all week. And if you ...
AuditionMyths

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