Casting Frontier Blog

Mar 19, 2018

‘Tomb Raider’ Star Alicia Vikander’s Training Video

Tomb Raider actress Alicia Vikander grew up watching action and adventure movies and always wondered what it would be like to act in such rigorous plotlines. Well, now she knows! Playing the iconic character Lara Croft has given her the… Read More

Mar 17, 2018

Actor Tips to Manage Disappointments

Have you ever had your acting hopes and expectations crumble due to disappointment? Maybe you didn’t land a desired role, or after being cast, you were informed you were being replaced? Indeed, an actor’s journey is naturally full of disappointments,… Read More

Mar 16, 2018

Commercial Acting— Training is Essential

  Use what you know. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. —Michael Shurtleff, playwright, casting director, and author Maybe your friends tell you, “You’re so attractive, you should be in commercials!” Or perhaps you’ve been approached at the mall… Read More

Mar 15, 2018

Finding the Character’s Dramatic Need in Their Life & In The Journey of the Script

When I began to study screenwriting with Syd Field, one of the major principles that he taught me was Dramatic Need and it really struck a chord with me. Below is a discussion of how now, years later, I teach… Read More

Mar 12, 2018

Naomi McDougall Jones: An Actress Who Writes and Produces Her Own Movie Roles

In this TEDx event, actress Naomi McDougall Jones describes her disenchantment with Hollywood after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York at the age of 21. Instead of being called in for auditions for layered and… Read More

Mar 10, 2018

Insights from Acting Coach Larry Moss

For almost 40 years, Larry Moss has directed numerous theater productions and coached countless thespians for stage and screen. The legendary acting coach worked with Helen Hunt on her Oscar-winning As Good As It Gets role; Hilary Swank in her Academy… Read More

Mar 5, 2018

Sam Rockwell Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

Character actor Sam Rockwell has joked about being known as “That guy from that movie.” Some recognize him as “That guy from ‘Moon,” or “from Galaxy ‘Quest,’” or “from ‘Iron Man 2,’” or “The Green Mile.” But that will change… Read More

Mar 2, 2018

Casting Director Bonnie Timmerman on Looking Deeper

Casting director/producer Bonnie Timmermann has an understated manner about her, but she’s certainly a powerhouse. Throughout her forty-year career, she’s cast about 100 films including Heat, Black Hawk Down, Armageddon, Amadeus, Glengarry Glen Ross, Carlito’s Way, Trading Places–and the list… Read More

Feb 26, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence Dropped Out of Middle School to Pursue Acting

This weekend, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence described how she dropped out of school when she was a teenager to pursue an acting career. She sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes and shared her thought process as a middle… Read More

Feb 24, 2018

Will Smith Launches His Own YouTube Channel

Will Smith is now a YouTube vlogger, and since mid-December, he’s raked in over 700,000 subscribers. The megastar launched the channel so viewers can watch him as he showcases his playful sense of humor, ventures to exotic lands, and gains… Read More

Feb 19, 2018

Actors’ Varying Degrees of Preparation

Once actors learn the craft of acting, there’s an endless array of ways to prepare for each of their roles. Some dedicate every hour and pour every possible resource into their prep. Kristen Stewart hired an equestrian and overcame her… Read More

Feb 17, 2018

‘Black Panther’ Chadwick Boseman Makes Cinematic History

Cinematic history is being made this weekend with the release of Black Panther, a film that marks the first time that a major studio greenlit a black superhero movie directed by an African-American director and featuring a mostly black cast…. Read More

Feb 16, 2018

Product Identity and Your Brand

A successful career in the arts and especially in the performing arts is difficult to think about as a product. After all, a human being is involved. The preparation necessary to become an actor is specific and requires an… Read More

Feb 12, 2018

Jenna Fischer Reflects on the Trait That Led to Her Career as a Working Actor

Jenna Fischer is best known for playing Pam Beesly on the popular NBC sitcom The Office, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Well, she recently authored her first book entitled The Actor’s Life: A Survival… Read More

Feb 10, 2018

‘Maze Runner’ Audition Tapes of the Lead Cast

Maze Runner: The Death Cure was rated number-one at the North American box-office during its opening weekend. In fact, all of the films in the Maze Runner trilogy opened at number-one. The lead actors in the teen dystopian science-fiction action films… Read More

New Year's Resolution
Feb 6, 2018

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

February has already arrived and for many actors, the New Year and New Year’s Resolutions go hand in hand. Starry eyed hopefuls will imagine networking more, plan to nail every audition, and decide to look into that commercial class they have… Read More