Acting Career Blog Posts

Jul 20, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Casting Calls in 2022

The last two years have really shaken up the entertainment industry. 2020 changed everything from auditions to production itself. And 2021 saw a radical adaptation to the shift in the way actors search for work, audition, book jobs, and sometimes… Read More

Competing as an Actor
May 23, 2022

Competing as an Actor

It’s hard, if not impossible, to avoid competitive feelings when you’re an actor. When auditioning, you compete with a seemingly endless sea of thespians for the same role. In the not-so-long-ago “olden” days, you’d find yourself gathered in a waiting… Read More

Aaron Paul
May 17, 2022

4 Actors Who Had No Plan B

Sylvester Stallone once famously said, “Plan B. You’ve always got to have a Plan B.” This career approach certainly worked out well for the “Rocky” star, but not everybody follows that advice. In fact, some actors strongly oppose the idea… Read More

Tom Hanks
May 10, 2022

4 Actors on the Longevity of Their Careers

No two actors are alike, nor are their career paths. Robert Downey Jr.’s journey is very different from Morgan Freeman’s, which is very different from Meryl Streep’s. With so much variation, it becomes clear that there are a number of… Read More

Penelope Cruz
May 10, 2022

The Advice Casting Directors Gave Actors Early in Their Careers

Insights that others have about actors can be encouraging, or they can sting a bit as well. But those keen perceptions take on a greater significance when coming from those who hold the keys to an actor’s career. Here are… Read More

Apr 29, 2022

What Actor Inspired You to Become a Performer?

Can you remember the first time you were inspired to pursue a career in acting? Were you watching TV, a feature film in a velvet dark theater, or maybe it was a play? There is that exquisite moment in any… Read More

Apr 22, 2022

4 Exercises for Active Listening

“The Kids Are All Right” star Annette Bening shared a personal story with a group of theater students about her difficulty with listening early on in her training. An acting instructor had critiqued her performance with a scene partner, telling… Read More

Apr 22, 2022

Working as a Background Actor

An aspiring actor might consider working as a background actor, also known as an extra, to gain valuable on-set experience, meet new people and to receive a paycheck. But what should one expect while doing background work?   Looking for… Read More

Apr 14, 2022

6 Actors’ Motivational Quotes

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” —Denzel Washington While working toward a goal, it can be helpful to hear inspirational advice from others who’ve gone before us. Words of wisdom from the… Read More

Apr 7, 2022

Audition Lessons from Working Actors

There is a saying: “The most valuable lessons aren’t taught. They’re experienced.” In a “Film Courage” series of interviews, several working actors recount lessons they learned from audition experiences at pivotal points in their lives. The performers include Chad Lindberg… Read More

Apr 7, 2022

Cate Blanchett on Acting

Cate Blanchett is set to be honored at the 47th Chaplin Award Gala later this month at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She will be celebrated for her work as an internationally acclaimed actor, producer, artistic director, and humanitarian.  The… Read More

Apr 4, 2022

Casting Director and Acting Coach Paul Weber on Stronger Auditions

Casting veteran Paul Weber has two decades’ worth of experience in the industry, and he shared valuable audition advice during a “Livestream AMA.” The Los Angeles-based casting director started out as an actor and toured with the California Shakespeare Festival before… Read More

Apr 4, 2022

Tips for Unrepresented Actors from Casting Director Paul Weber

Paul Weber is a Los Angeles-based casting director who has cast over 75 features and shows over the past 20 years in the industry. He’s worked with many networks and studios, and most prominently, served as executive in-house head of… Read More

Mar 29, 2022

Casting Director Mike Lush on How to Score a Spot on a Reality Show

Casting director Mike Lush recently shared valuable tips for talent aspiring to be cast in reality television shows. As a top casting director in the genre, Lush is always on the lookout for shining and remarkable personalities to be featured… Read More

Mar 29, 2022

Jobs Actors Had Before They Were Famous

Life experience is an invaluable resource for actors, as it informs and enriches their performances. And among those life experiences are the jobs that performers hold outside of acting. Here are seven actors and the ways they earned a living… Read More