Roles within the Industry 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

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

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 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

Jan 3, 2022

Actors on Directors’ Notes

If a film or TV show is excellent in all aspects — great script, fantastic sets and costumes, breathtaking lighting and music — but the performances are subpar, the production will only go so far. The quality of acting is… Read More

Mar 16, 2021

Casting Director Spotlight: Lori Lewis of FreeSpirit Casting

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Casting Frontier spoke with the influential casting director, Lori Lewis on her profession, mantras to live by, what she would like to achieve in this new ‘age’ of virtual auditions, and much more. Keep reading… Read More

Feb 1, 2021

Audition Advice from Broadway Casting Director Tara Rubin

When casting director Tara Rubin speaks about her work with actors, her love and respect for performers is clear to see. During her college years, Rubin herself majored in acting at Boston University. “It was pretty clear after the first… Read More

Jan 12, 2021

Casting Director Shares Self-Tape Advice When Recording at Home

Actors have been putting themselves on tape for years, but I still see many issues as I look through my self-tape submissions. Let’s take a look at some of the more common errors. Backdrop I get that you may have… Read More

Nov 14, 2020

Christopher Nolan Is Confounded by Complaints About His Sound Mixing

Is dialogue important in film? Well, duh. Of course dialogue is important in the expository and conversational medium of storytelling. However, if you listen to the great and celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan, apparently it’s not too important. Christopher has had… Read More

Nov 8, 2020

Casting Directors Discuss What They Love About Their Jobs

Casting directors invest so much of their heart and soul in the pursuit of finding the best-fitting talent for the projects that come their way. They’re keen observers and love to work with people—lots of people for that matter. Although… Read More

Photo curtesy of: David Rapaport
Oct 21, 2020

Secrets of a Casting Director: Meet David Rapaport of ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Riverdale,’ ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’

Today we get a sneak peak into the life of casting director David Rapaport and what he looks for during auditions. You’ll recognize David as one of the most sought out CD’s in the industry, having worked on such major… Read More

Jun 26, 2020

Directors Discuss What It’s Like to Work with Joaquin Phoenix

It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the duplicitous, peevish Roman emperor Commodus in Ridley Scott’s revenge epic Gladiator. At twenty-four years old, the blossoming actor… Read More