Auditions Blog Posts

Killian McHugh, casting director & acting coach, on set.
Mar 21, 2019

Killian McHugh’s Guide To Acting Jobs & Commercial Auditions

For commercial casting director and acting coach Killian McHugh, teaching is not only a profession, but a calling. “I remember talking to a casting director about winning the Oscar,” he recalls. “I said something about if I won I’d never… Read More

Feb 18, 2019

Acceptance When Auditioning

A great audition requires you to be in complete command of yourself, your work, and the room. Accepting everything as it is in the present moment is key to having this kind of command. Acceptance is non-judgmental. You may not… Read More

Feb 15, 2019

Keep Leaping

Leap and the net will appear. You’ve heard this phrase if you’ve even considered pursuing a career in the arts. Teachers have been saying it for years. Actors, writers and dancers have been taping it to their mirrors since middle… Read More

Feb 12, 2019

Chris Hemsworth on Audition Nerves and Not Giving Up

The Avengers actor Chris Hemsworth has been described as the epitome of a man, movie star, and Hollywood hunk. But he seems to have a far more humble perception of himself. In a Men’s Health interview, the 35-year-old star opened… Read More

Feb 2, 2019

NBC’s ‘Bring the Funny’ Open Casting Now

Calling all aspiring comedians. NBC is currently casting for their new comedy competition show Bring the Funny. “We are looking for the best of the best from every comedy genre worldwide,” it says on the Bring The Funny website. That… Read More

Jan 28, 2019

Elizabeth Olsen on Why She Loves to Audition

For many actors, auditioning is an unpleasant but necessary part of the business; they tolerate the judgemental ambiance and hopefully master the art of auditioning in the quest of landing desirable jobs. And then there’s Elizabeth Olsen who simply loves… Read More

Oct 13, 2018

Embrace Mistakes

It probably seems that you have to be careful about every little decision you make with your acting career. Take the wrong class and you can derail your training. Sign with the wrong agent and you can waste years. Accept… Read More

Aug 14, 2018

Persevering Will Make You Lucky

Last week, I saw a former student of mine on a morning talk show. He studied and coached with me for a few years. I got him an agent and he began to audition. After many auditions, he booked a… Read More

Lisa Kudrow Describes Her Process of Finding Phoebe in ‘Friends’
Jul 22, 2018

Lisa Kudrow Describes Her Process of Finding Phoebe in ‘Friends’

While auditioning for a pilot, Lisa Kudrow was given a character whose life was full of tragedy and asked to play her in a comedic way. In this Archive of American Television interview, Kudrow describes how she found Phoebe Buffay,… Read More

Shay Mitchell Shares Her ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Audition Tape
Jul 17, 2018

Shay Mitchell Shares Her ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Audition Tape

Canadian actress, model, and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell brought her YouTube fans on a trip down memory lane, revisiting a very special audition tape–the one that earned her a starring role in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Shot in her… Read More

May 25, 2018

An Audition is Not a Test

An audition is your time to perform for the purpose of showing how you would do a part in a film, TV show, commercial, etc. It is a chance to show a sample of your creative work. While this is… Read More

book a role
May 17, 2018

A Guide on How to Book a Role

There is never enough time to be ready for an audition, especially when it’s the one you’ve been waiting for… the one you really want. When an audition comes, you usually have at most one day with the sides to… Read More

‘Maze Runner’ Audition Tapes of the Lead Cast
Feb 10, 2018

‘Maze Runner’ Audition Tapes of the Lead Cast

Maze Runner: The Death Cure was rated number-one at the North American box-office during its opening weekend. In fact, all of the films in the Maze Runner trilogy opened at number-one. The lead actors in the teen dystopian science-fiction action films… Read More

Jan 18, 2018

Persistence Pays

You read about it all the time: the actor who tells stories about what it took them to become an “overnight success.” They talk about auditioning for years, playing summer stock, auditioning, studying, auditioning, working as a waiter, paralegal or… Read More

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Jan 16, 2018

Conscious Auditioning (pt. 2)

Conscious in the Room This one would seem to be obvious—of course you’re going to be conscious in the room where you’re about to audition, that’s what you’re there for! But it’s sometimes harder than it sounds to remain totally… Read More