In The Business, we tend to use the word “cast” to refer to anactor being offered a role—Ideally the role, the one you’ve been dreaming about and waiting for since you first started acting. But there’s a second definition as well, one generally embraced by an industry that might seem to have nothing in common with entertainment: fishing.
Any good fisherman will tell you that the success of a good cast, besides depending on timing and skill, requires the right bait. In the simplest terms, this might just mean something shiny, but really, it’s about being whatever you need to be to attract the right attention. Whether you’re looking to attract the attention of a casting agent or big fish, you need to send out the right messages—In the case of the casting agent, that message needs to read .ACTOR as strongly and definitively as possible.
Which is why Cast
Reviews are the bogeymen of the acting biz. Objects of both desire and dread, they hover in the shadows, singing a siren’s promise of approval, or else waiting to ambush the unwary actor with briskly-typed derision.
If you act professionally long enough, you will accumulate both “good” and “bad” reviews. I put these words in quotation marks because “good” and “bad” are judgmental terms. Since we as actors have no control over what critics write, I would like to start off by examining the one aspect of reviews every actor does control: his or her attitude toward them.
A positive review can do great things for an actor. It can serve as a token of affirmation in a sea of ambiguity. It can lift one’s spirits and or boost motivation. The danger, of course, lies in the potential for ego-inflation. Remember, a good review is nice, but
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Actors Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week. This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting related topics, including: acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, and anything related to the entertainment industry. We add to that, a big focus on
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Producer and Entrepreneur Mark E. Sackett Talks Dynamic Networking on this week’s Actors Anonymous Podcast. Tune in to listen to the latest Actors Anonymous Podcast, sponsored by Cast It Talent.
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This week we hear successful Actor and Coach Adam Lazarre-White’s Take on Acting and the Industry:how can you get to where he is today? Adam has been teaching acting in Hollywood for well more than a decade. Before that and still today, he is a successful actor, working in projects that range from important Theatre productions to Major Hollywood feature films.
Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week. This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, or anything related to the entertainment industry. A big focus on the business of acting as
Non gender-specific casting is not a new convention in theatre by any means. Certainly there was a time when all roles were traditionally played by men–end of story. These days men and women swap in and out of each other’s roles primarily for artistic purposes. Non-traditional casting can be exciting and thought-provoking for an audience, but what
does that mean for you as an actor? Aside from getting to play a part normally off the table (actors’ catnip), how does one honor the text and deliver a compelling performance in a role that was written for someone else? Let’s figure it out:
** Note: while this article refers primarily to a gender binary that is unfortunately largely assumed a given in traditional theatre and film, these strategies can be applied to any non-traditional casting!**
Step 1: Ask “Why?” “Why” is almost always the first and most repeated question when
Being ‘general’ in your work is death to the Actor
No one remembers the generic actor. Be personal in your work; being general is DEATH to the Actor! Perhaps the most important internal work an actor can do, to build upon the imaginative, creative work one must do to create a profoundly moving performance for an audience to witness, is to attach his or her self – his or her own real life – in a deeply PERSONAL way – to the events, circumstances and dialogue of their character. As I wrote about in the article SPECIFICS, being general in your work is death to the actor. This is in regard to the specificity of something that has an effect on a given scene, like a Physical State. How drunk are you? How many drinks? Four? Or nine?? What type of liquor have you been drinking? How long
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Outside, winter creeps apace, chilly winds heralding a glorious season of hibernation. It’s that sluggish time of year when we can stop exercising, grow lumberjack beards, and/or safely wear jeans over unshaven legs, content in an external, sub-zero justification of self-neglect. But one noble industry is pumping away, determined to keep America—nay, the world, steamy and self-consciously alert. These heroes never sleep. They are the masterminds that work year-round to bring you Bond girls, most Kate Winslet films (sorry, Kate, much respect) and Hugh Jackman’s naked backside (Not sorry. Thank you, Days of Future Past). That’s right! For actors, there is no off-season, not when nudity is so frequently used to provoke, reveal, and, of course, sell.
If you plan to pursue a serious career as an actor, you will most likely be confronted with some variation of the following sign-in sheet question: “Are you comfortable with