Casting Frontier is proud to announce our YouTube channel will now feature content designed to empower talent by providing valuable insider knowledge. The channel will publish weekly video tips, tricks, best practices, interviews with industry professionals and more. And for starters, we’re excited to share the first episode of our nine-week industry-insider video series Bring It with Action Casting’s James Levine along with actor and session director Charles Carpenter. The duo provides insights and guidance for actors who are just starting out in the business as well as for those who’ve been auditioning for years.

Determined to help actors cut through the mystery associated with the casting process, Levine authored an enlightening book entitled Bring It, along with Carpenter and Jim Martyka, which will be released in the near future. In it, Levine shares helpful audition information from the vantage point of a casting director as it relates to commercial, film and television acting.

The book’s chapters correspond to the Bring It YouTube series, covering a wide array of topics including type, the importance of improv, handling nerves, and even 101 questions actors can’t ask a casting director in the audition room. “Our goal is to try to demystify and answer some of those questions so you have the answers before you get in the audition room,” Levine says.

JAMES LEVINE is an inventive and imaginative entertainment industry professional serving as writer, director, producer and casting director. He is the owner of Action Content and Action Casting. After 20 years of experience as a successful actor, Levine began a career in casting. As a casting director for over 25 years, he has cast commercials and theatrical projects for notable clients such as Apple, Microsoft, Chase, Capital One, Sears, Disney, The Voice, and Comedy Central, to name a few. Levine built his business by finding innovative solutions to the most difficult casting challenges and has become a leader in the industry. He has a keen eye for direction and is a resourceful producer who embraces the challenges of problem-solving and embraces the collaborative creative process that is essential to every project.  He has written numerous screenplays and pilots for television. James is currently in development with NNN Live, a news satire which he created, directed and is producing in association with Propagate Content. Levine has also directed commercials for Southwest Airlines and HP. An alumnus of Emerson College in Boston, he studied theatre in Europe, graduating with degrees in Communications and Theatre. In Los Angeles, he studied and performed Improv Comedy with The Second City. Utilizing his experience both in front of and behind the camera, Levine has taught classes in LA and internationally with Stella Adler Academy and TVI Studios. He is a member of the Commercial Casting Director Association (CCDA).

CHARLES D. CARPENTER has been a storyteller for over 25 years. Having joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1994, he has gone on to have recurring roles in such shows as Brooklyn 9-9, Animal Kingdom, Bones, General Hospital and Port Charles, along with multiple roles on various other television shows and movies. He also has over 100 national commercials to his credit. Charles has his hand in the casting world, having amassed 18 years of experience as a session director for both commercial and theatrical castings. Charles’s storytelling is not limited to the screen. He has thus far written three novels in the Shield of Destiny Series (shieldofdestiny.com) and is currently working on the fourth. His love of acting has also led him to become an educator. He taught improv and scene study for several years under the watchful eye of Ernie Lively and currently teaches his own on-camera scene study and audition technique class (shaansharma.com).

JIM MARTYKA is an award-winning freelance journalist and writer living in Los Angeles. He has worked on over a dozen published works (and many more in production) as an author, co-author, ghostwriter and/or editor, including the very successful autobiography of Hall of Fame football player Willie Davis called Closing the Gap and the best-selling The Eight Characters of Comedy by renowned acting coach Scott Sedita. He is also the co-founder of the LA-based theatre company Theatre Unleashed and the production company Hold For Plane Pictures, as well as an actor, musician, playwright, and screenwriter.

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