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Bringing Your A-Game to the Cold Read- NYCastings

As actors we spend a lot of time obsessing about auditions – with good reason, of course. We are in the only profession that I know of that requires workers to go to job interview after job interview for much ...
Stand-Up Comedy Can Fuel Your Acting Career

So an actor walks into a comedy club… That’s it, there’s no joke here, just a thought: when was the last time you deliberately took yourself out of your comfort zone as a performer? Like, REALLY out there?  Most of ...
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 ...
KidsinActing-shy

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 ...
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 ...
DirectorsonActors

“I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don’t want.” – Stanley Kubrick As actors, we naturally spend a lot of time thinking about and preparing for auditions, as that is the most stressful ...
Avoid Boring Auditions

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

“There’s nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity.” –Elizabeth Moss If you’ve ever gotten to meet a truly great actor just after they have performed a role on stage, you ...
Focus on Film and TV Auditions

As challenging as it can sometimes be to make a living by acting, you have to admit this is a great time to be in the business. There are more channels, more web-based television and film production, more online opportunities, ...
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 ...
Hugh Jackman

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

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

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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Body Language

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 ...
Leading Male Actor

When it comes to acting there are few buzzwords more overused yet more vaguely understood than “presence.” You could call it star power, or “the x-factor.” You could say that presence applies to an actor who has “it,” an indefinable ...
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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 ...
Audition room

Acting is hard. Not to sound whiny, but it really can’t be said enough: no matter what normal humans may think about the supposedly cushy life of the actor, the vast majority of us are not passing our days hanging ...