Industry Topics Blog Posts

Diverse group of actors applauding a peer at a workshop.
Oct 30, 2023

The Role of a Talent Manager in the Acting Industry

What’s the Point of Having a Talent Manager? In today’s fiercely competitive entertainment and creative industries, having a talent manager by your side can be the defining factor between obscurity and success. Now is a great time to start investing… Read More

Boy and girl kayakers rowing on a lake and smiling.
Oct 10, 2023

Here Are Some Amazing Activities That 5 Casting Directors Do in Their Free Time

Everybody needs a hobby. And no matter what side of the entertainment industry you’re on, we’ve all got a favorite pastime that helps us recenter at the end of the day. Our sister site Casting Networks asked casting directors how… Read More

An actress on set reading over her lines while having a cup of coffee.
Sep 26, 2023

An Essential Guide to Navigating the Casting Process

If you’re an aspiring actor, you know that navigating the casting process can be tricky. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ll walk you through the steps involved in casting calls, auditions and working with casting directors. We’ll also… Read More

A casting director at his desk, script in hand, working late.
Sep 6, 2023

The Role of a Casting Director

Some think of casting directors as gatekeepers, granting or preventing actors from getting auditions, callbacks or even the role itself. That view can add a lot of pressure to auditions and is enough to make anyone anxious (which isn’t exactly… Read More

A casting director walking into a room of actors rehearsing.
Aug 18, 2023

Emmy-Nominated Casting Directors Cast Themselves in Their Biopics

As a casting director, finding the perfect actor for the part can sometimes be a daunting task. That being said, when a casting director knows they’ve done their job well, the industry takes notice, and the award nominations start rolling… Read More

Aug 9, 2023

The Actor’s Guide to Navigating and Championing Diversity

When it comes to the evolution of culture, the world of entertainment and Hollywood are often at the forefront. This remains true when it comes to diversity and inclusion. In fact, a powerful paradigm shift is taking place. These aren’t… Read More

A very nervous actor experiencing stage fright peeking behind the curtain.
Aug 3, 2023

Overcoming Stage Fright: Unlocking Your Full Potential as an Actor

Whether it’s accepting an award, giving a toast at a wedding or simply telling a story to a group of strangers, many people have experienced the emotional upheaval that accompanies being the center of attention. Stage fright is frequently present… Read More

A happy Asian actress meeting with casting directors smiling and shaking hands.
Jul 28, 2023

Four Casting Directors Share Audition Advice and Audition Mistakes Actors Should Avoid

Whether you’re in the room or submitting a self tape from home, the audition process can be stressful. And although you’re making sure you hit your mark and deliver a strong performance, there’s a chance you’ve made a mistake without… Read More

Talent agent Milton Perea at an awards show with a friend.
Jul 25, 2023

The Role of a Talent Agent in an Actor’s Career

Everyone loves a great rags-to-riches story. There’s a reason why movies that feature protagonists who overcome impossible odds, like Rocky and The Devil Wears Prada, have captured the hearts of so many. But if we’re being honest, most of the… Read More

A diverse group of actors waiting to audition. Two are high-fiveing.
Jul 24, 2023

Casting Directors Share the Moment They Knew They Belonged in Casting

Many casting directors found their way into the entertainment industry through unconventional means. Others knew that this was what they wanted to do from a very young age. At some point, they all felt a connection to show business and… Read More

Krysten Ritter, who had a negative acting school experience.
Jul 12, 2023

Krysten Ritter and Gillian Jacobs’ Negative Acting School Experiences

As actors dedicate themselves to studying the craft of acting, it’s important to note that not all classes are the best match for everyone. What may feel like a supportive learning environment for some aspiring actors may feel like just… Read More

A bearded casting director calling over an actor from the bench.
Jun 21, 2023

Casting Directors Discuss How Talent is Selected

In television and film casting, the decision of selecting an actor for a role typically rests with the production team, which includes the director, casting director, the producers and executive producers. While the casting process can be complex and involve… Read More

Actors on stage performing a play. One recites a monologues, others sit in silence.
Jun 13, 2023

The Actor’s Job: Shining a Light on the Human Spirit

Every person has a story, and despite knowing this, there are moments when we may feel alone in our struggles as we navigate through our daily lives. But when we go to the theater, turn on the TV or watch… Read More

Actress Lupita Nyong'o smiling and striking a pose on the red carpet.
Jun 6, 2023

The Power of the Actor’s Giving Frame of Mind

Acting requires a deep emotional investment from the actor, which emerges from a profound commitment to the craft, plus collaboration with others to achieve a creative vision. It is a form of artistic expression that goes beyond rational calculations and… Read More

Twilight Actor Taylor Lautner in a suit and tie at an event smiling.
Jun 5, 2023

Should Actors Read Social Media Comments About Themselves?

Twilight star Taylor Lautner recently had a rude awakening when he checked his social media after an outing and saw a number of negative comments about him “not aging well.” In response, the actor posted a video where he said,… Read More