Professional Development and Networking Blog Posts

A group of young people chatting at a networking event.
Oct 16, 2023

Networking Do’s and Don’ts — An Actor’s Guide to Networking

In entertainment, networking is foundational in creating a successful acting career. Surrounded by talented peers and in an industry where visibility is paramount, strategic connections are key. This article explores essential, budget-friendly networking do’s and don’ts for actors. Navigating the… 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

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

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

Meisner Instructor Jim Jarrett on Setbacks and Insecurities
Nov 2, 2022

Meisner Instructor Jim Jarrett on Setbacks and Insecurities

That which hinders your task is your task.” — Sanford Meisner Setbacks are part of acting and, indeed, a part of life. Just as there are times for advancement and celebration, there are moments of pause and reflection. Acting instructor… Read More

Casting Professionals Weigh in on What Makes a Successful Actor
Oct 12, 2022

Casting Professionals Weigh in on What Makes a Successful Actor

What are the qualities that make an actor more likely to succeed in the field? With their unique vantage points, experts in the industry have seen over the course of years the personal qualities that impact an actor’s ability to… Read More

Dec 3, 2021

Tips to Learn a New Skill More Quickly

Working a regular job, going on auditions, and being on set… it can be hard for actors to find time to learn new skills. But the importance of acquiring additional abilities can’t be underestimated, because each new skill an actor… Read More

Nov 19, 2021

6 Tips to Train the Outstanding Actor

What makes an actor outstanding in his or her abilities? Ken Rea with Guildhall School of Music & Drama has taught performers for over three decades, and he’s gained insights as to what approaches reap the greatest rewards. In his… Read More

Nov 12, 2021

8 Tips for Answering ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

You’ve prepared for your audition and are eager to perform as you enter the room, when out of the blue, casting asks you, “Tell me about yourself.” Don’t be caught off guard by this prompt; instead, be prepared to answer… Read More

Tips to Reignite Your Passion for Acting
Oct 18, 2021

Tips to Reignite Your Passion for Acting

The actor’s soul feeds on creativity, collaboration, and growth. When opportunities are hard to come by, even the most passionate of actors can feel stuck and discouraged. Knowing the entertainment industry is hit-and-miss and off-and-on, it’s important for performers to… Read More

Actor Boyd Holbrook, who was trained by Terry Knickerbocker, who shared how consistency always wins on his 'I Love Success' podcast.
Jun 1, 2021

Acting Coach Terry Knickerbocker on How Consistency Wins

Terry Knickerbocker, director of the two-year conservatory program Terry Knickerbocker Studio in Brooklyn as well as his online acting classes, bases his instruction on the Meisner Technique. He has coached Vice’s Sam Rockwell, Shameless actress Emmy Rossum, Narcos actor Boyd… Read More

An actress learnign how to be her own acting agent.
May 28, 2024

How to Be Your Own Acting Agent and Advocate for Yourself

Roles and job titles are always changing in the fast-paced entertainment business, especially for unrepresented actors. If you’ve ever found yourself in a new regional market with unrepresented talent, you might consider becoming own acting agent. Here’s how you can… Read More

A voice actor living in Los Angeles.
Apr 10, 2020

How to Be a Voice Actor in Los Angeles

Transitioning into voice acting can be an interesting experience if you have previously been a theater actor or worked on camera. Although it is very similar, there are some distinct differences to be aware of. At Casting Frontier, we want… Read More

An actress promoting herself.
May 15, 2024

How to Market Yourself as an Actor and Become a Self-Promotion Wizard

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from helping actors build their careers, it’s that auditioning on its own is never enough. Making it as an actor is a long and arduous process, and one of the most important parts is… Read More