Audition Tips Blog Posts

The cast of Stranger Things posing in front of a backdrop for season 3.
Oct 2, 2023

From Stage to Screen: The Evolutionary Impact of Film and TV on Society

Film and television have often served as a powerful mirror to society, shaping perceptions and values, and often nudging us toward change. Besides its historical significance, understanding this powerful dynamic provides invaluable insight into your craft’s transformative potential. No matter… 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

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

Casting Insights From Superhero Casting Director Sarah Finn
Oct 26, 2022

Casting Insights From Superhero Casting Director Sarah Finn

Award-winning casting director Sarah Finn has cast over a hundred feature films in every genre. She’s most recognized for casting the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting in 2006 with “Iron Man.” In addition to a steady flow of superhero blockbusters… Read More

3 Tips from Acting Coach Howard Fine
Oct 19, 2022

3 Tips from Acting Coach Howard Fine

The highly sought-after acting coach Howard Fine is famous for his keen insights and practical approach to the craft of acting. Over the past three decades, the Los Angeles-based instructor has led a bounty of actors to international acclaim, including… Read More

What Directors Want From Actors
Aug 31, 2022

What Directors Want From Actors

From a director’s point of view, how important is casting to a project percentage-wise? “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper and “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow agree: “One hundred percent.” “That’s number one. And everything else underneath,” says “There Will… Read More

9 Audition Tips from Michael Shurtleff
Jun 1, 2022

9 Audition Tips from Michael Shurtleff

Michael Shurtleff was a major force in casting on Broadway shows during the 1960s and 70s. His casting work includes “Chicago” and “Becket,” as well as the films “The Graduate” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Shurtleff’s instruction on auditioning has been… 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

An actor wrapping up their self tape audition with a button.
Nov 12, 2021

Wrap Up Your Commercial Audition With a Button

How do you fill a potentially awkward moment in the audition room when you’ve run out of dialogue, but the camera is still rolling? It’s not the job of the actor to determine when the scene has ended, so it’s… Read More

Dacre Montgomery of 'Stranger Things' had one of the strangest self tape auditions for the role of Billy Hargrove, but it worked. Here's a breakdown of the self tape audition from an acting coach.
May 24, 2021

Acting Coach Breaks Down ‘Stranger Things’ Audition

Actors are repeatedly told to “follow all the instructions” for self-taped auditions. If the instructions say not to slate, for example, then do not slate—and vice-versa. On the other hand, performers are often urged to “take risks” and “stand out”… Read More

Feb 8, 2021

Timothée Chalamet on the Craft of Acting

Timothée Chalamet’s superstardom has grown with rapid speed and remarkable acclaim. At 25 years of age, the charismatic actor has garnered tremendous respect from his fellow thespians for his ease with the craft. He’s also gained an almost cultish admiration from… Read More

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Sep 9, 2020

Nail Your Zoom Audition: How to Wow Them Virtually

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good? Our industry is finally getting back to work after months of shut down. Productions of all types and sizes are up and running which means more castings are popping up every… Read More

'Almost' Family's' Victoria Cartagena, who's journey to booking better roles was a hard one.
Apr 16, 2020

Almost Family’s Victoria Cartagena On Her Journey to Booking Better Roles

  Why did it take actress Victoria Cartagena three years to land more substantial roles? As actors, we are always looking for that great character; one that we can really dig deep into and share with the world. Usually, just… Read More

Feb 14, 2020

How to Create a Great Self-Tape Audition

  *BING* Your phone buzzes. Incoming message: Audition notification! You start scrolling and see it’s not an in-person audition. You must submit a self-tape. Do self-tapes fill your stomach with dread? Are you intimidated by the self-taping process? Do cameras,… Read More