Acting Career Blog Posts

An aspiring actress at home recording a self tape.
Sep 25, 2023

How to Create the Best Self Tapes Without Breaking the Bank (or Your Patience)

Self tapes, amirite? If you’ve had an audition since the turn of the decade, you know what I’m talking about and, most likely, you have an opinion about them. If you’ve been auditioning since the turn of the century (like… Read More

A blonde woman at a coffee shop watching an entertaining video on her laptop.
Aug 30, 2023

Building a Professional Acting Reel on a Budget

Have you ever pictured yourself playing a leading role or ever wondered how those on-screen personalities snagged their first big break? Here’s a hint: It wasn’t all about good looks or raw talent. Having spent years working on productions both… Read More

Camera view of a movie being filmed, actor in frame for a dramatic scene.
Aug 28, 2023

The Practical Guide for Every Film Actor’s Journey

Breaking into the film industry is a dream shared by countless aspiring actors, but it’s a path known to be as competitive as it is alluring. The world of acting is an intricate web of auditions, networking and creative pursuits… Read More

An acting class being guided by their instructor.
Aug 15, 2023

Audition Etiquette Tips That Every Actor Needs

Stepping onto the stage or in front of a camera, aspiring actors carry their talents, demeanor, attitude and professionalism. In the world of acting, where opportunities are often hard-fought and highly competitive, the significance of audition etiquette cannot be overstated…. Read More

A female voice actor reading a script on a table from her home studio.
Aug 14, 2023

How to Build a DIY Voiceover Studio on a Budget 

For beginning actors, a home voiceover setup is a crucial tool. Many voiceover jobs require actors to record and submit their own vocals, especially for freelancers.    People often ask, “How much should I spend on recording equipment for my… Read More

Young woman smiling and drinking tea in an office.
Jul 24, 2023

Understanding and Mastering the Business Side of Acting

As an aspiring performer, have you ever found yourself so engrossed in the world of acting that you forget about the business side of things? We’ve all been there. But here’s the thing: understanding the business side of acting is… Read More

An African actress getting her headshots taken by a photographer.
Jul 19, 2023

Acting Headshot Tips and Acting Resume Tips

Lights up on…you! Your path to success—your hero’s journey—is just getting started, and it’s about to be a wild one. But whether you’re an experienced or new actor, the difference between getting your dream role or being another face in… Read More

An acting teacher training his students in a room with black cutrains.
Jul 10, 2023

The Importance of Acting Training and Education

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you no longer need actor training. Even if you have some natural talent and a decent resume, it is important to keep in mind that refining your skills helps push your… Read More

An actress in front of a camera auditioning for a role.
Jul 5, 2023

How To Prepare for an Audition

Audition preparation is a vital and indispensable aspect of the performing arts world, serving as a crucial stepping stone for aspiring actors, musicians, dancers and artists of all kinds. With diligent and thorough preparation, performers can truly showcase their talents,… Read More

A group of diverse choir members singing.
Jun 26, 2023

What’s Your Vocal Range and Voice Type?

Casting professionals will often search for singers whose vocal range and voice type suit a particular role. Clearly indicating these fantastic skills on your resume is integral to landing that perfect job. All the musical terminology can be confusing, and… Read More

A nervous actress on an audition surrounded by lights, cameras and a mic.
Jun 20, 2023

5 Tricks to Manage Audition Nerves

When Dallas Buyers Club casting director Allison Estril was asked if casting directors can see past an actor’s nerves in the audition room, she recalled her own acting experiences. “This is a very good question. When I started out, I… Read More

"This Is Us" actors Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore at a red carpet event.
May 9, 2023

Actors on Trusting Their Scene Partners

When it comes to trusting a scene partner, there are different levels of certitude. “Trust” can mean simply relying on that person to show up on time, be physically safe with props, and respect your personal boundaries. Beyond that, however,… Read More

A casting director in a black shirt telling a diverse group of actors which ones can go and a which ones can stay.
May 8, 2023

Advice from Casting Veteran John Frank Levey

Four-time Emmy Award-winning casting director John Frank Levey has had a hand in the success of many of Hollywood’s celebrated talents, such as George Clooney, Allison Janney and Anthony Edwards. With 35 years of experience casting iconic television shows, Levey’s… Read More

Denzel Washington in a black tuxedo holding his Oscar trophy for an incredible acting performance.
May 1, 2023

Actors on Dealing with Failure

“Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.” —Montgomery Clift The Museum of Failure, which launched in Sweden, features a large assortment of products and services that flopped in the marketplace, such… Read More

Actor in a nice suit filming a car commercial.
Apr 18, 2023

How to Land and Nail Commercial Auditions

Commercials are a great way for actors to get their SAG-AFTRA card, earn health insurance and many actors support themselves by doing only commercials. They can be lucrative and fun and a way to make connections with casting and hone… Read More