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Casting Directors on What’s Most Important About Self-Tapes
Nov 16, 2022

Casting Directors on What’s Most Important About Self-Tapes

In recent years, casting has largely transitioned from an in-person process to virtual. Actors, who were used to focusing on just the performance aspect of auditions (as well as battling traffic), quickly found themselves needing to be technicians. Suddenly, actors… Read More

Two actors learning how to use Castin Frontier's Agent finder tool.
Nov 2, 2022

How to Use Casting Frontier’s Agent and Talent Finder Tools

Whether you’re an actor looking for an agent or a talent representative seeking fresh faces for your roster, you can find it within Casting Frontier. When you click into your profiles, you’ll find our Agent Finder and Talent Finder tools…. Read More

Tips for Aspiring Actors from Casting Directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus
Jul 20, 2022

Tips for Aspiring Actors from Casting Directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus

What’s most important for aspiring talent to know before embarking on an acting career? Casting directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus share an assortment of insights about the business and the life choice to become an actor during an interview… Read More

Tips From Acting Coach Suzanne Shepherd
May 17, 2022

Tips From Acting Coach Suzanne Shepherd

Renowned New York City acting teacher and coach Suzanne Shepherd studied with Sanford Meisner, and her former students include Gregory Hines, Christopher Meloni, Helen Slater, Joan Allen, and Bebe Neuwirth. Shepherd is also a working actress herself, and has appeared… Read More

Mar 7, 2022

Audition Terms and Their Definitions

When new to acting, it can take some time before you understand the many industry terms that are thrown around. As much as possible, it’s helpful to learn the audition terminology before jumping in the game. Pretty soon, you’ll feel… Read More

Feb 28, 2022

4 Acting Exercises To Improve Your Acting Skills

The craft of acting requires thespians to have a command of physical, mental, facial, vocal, and emotional expression. To promote fresh and responsive performances, actors can warm up their minds and bodies with a wide assortment of games. These exercises… Read More

Feb 22, 2022

Read a 5-Year-Old’s Life Affirmations Before Your Next Audition

“Think about the donuts of your day.” –Clark Todebush The next time you’re feeling trepidation before a big audition, consider reflecting on the playful life advice for adults from a Michigan kindergartener, wise beyond his years. When Gwenyth Todebush was… Read More

Feb 22, 2022

4 Tips for Playing Villains

Some actors in cinematic history portray such spine-chilling villains, it can be hard to separate the actor from the character. How do they do it? As Leonardo DiCaprio once said, “Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any… Read More

Feb 7, 2022

Advice for Actors from Voice Casting Director Linda Lamontagne

Casting Society of America Artios Award-winning voice casting director Linda Lamontagne shared valuable tips for voice-acting submissions during an interview with “Variety.” Lamontagne is known for finding the voices for “Invincible,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “The Angry Birds… Read More

Feb 7, 2022

Tips for Slating

Slating at the beginning of a commercial audition seems like a simple enough task: you look at the camera in a personable manner and state your name. But there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes… Read More

Jan 31, 2022

The Benefits of Surrounding Yourself With Creative People

We’re all influenced by the people closest to us, so it’s wise to be intentional about who we surround ourselves with. First of all, it’s important to be in the company of folks who are rooting for you — individuals… Read More

Jan 31, 2022

6 Tips for Demo Reels

Most performers — drama school graduates and seasoned acting veterans alike — have demo reels to promote themselves to industry professionals. Reels showcase your unique personality, look, and brand. They also document your best on-camera performances to date and display… Read More

Jan 26, 2022

How to Make Your Self-Taped Auditions Stand Out

With the shift to online auditions in recent years, you’ve dedicated yourself to mastering the various aspects of the digital format — purchasing equipment, learning the technical know-how, and setting up a designated space at home. Making sure you can… Read More

Jan 26, 2022

What These Hollywood A-Listers Would Teach on Their First Day of Acting Class

“If you were teaching an acting class, on day one, how would you start out with the students? What would be your first lesson?” That was the question five prominent actors were asked during an Actor’s Roundtable with The Hollywood… Read More

Jan 14, 2022

The Power of Body Language in Acting

Albert Mehrabian is famous for his research on verbal and nonverbal cues, namely his findings known as the 7%-38%-55% rule. As a professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA, his research suggests that, generally speaking, body language accounts for a whopping… Read More