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Dec 2, 2019

Anticipate ‘Action.’ Don’t Anticipate ‘Cut.’ | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 30

In episode 30 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter advise actors to stand out in the audition room by “anticipating ‘Action,’ but not anticipating ‘Cut.’” For clarity, they demonstrate ways to… Read More

Nov 29, 2019

The Many Benefits of Maintaining a Grateful Spirit

Many folks enjoy a Thanksgiving tradition in which they go around the dinner table and ask each person to name one thing for which they are thankful. Doing so allows others to hear what’s most important to their loved ones… Read More

Nov 24, 2019

How to Play Well with Other Actors | ‘Bring it!’ Episode 29

In episode 29 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter emphasize an essential skill for actors: Knowing how to play well with others.  You never know who your next scene partner will… Read More

Nov 23, 2019

Best and Worst Questions to Ask During An Audition | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 28

  Like learning to avoid touching a stovetop because it’s hot, sometimes it helps to learn what not to do, so you can better understand what to do. In episode 28 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James… Read More

The Truth about Auditions from a Director and Casting Director
Nov 19, 2019

The Truth about Auditions from a Director and Casting Director

Here’s a candid conversation between the award-winning commercial, television, and independent film director Phil Hawkins and casting director Martin Gibbons who have worked together for years in the United Kingdom. Indeed, they’ve made over a hundred television commercials together and,… Read More

Behind the scenes of a camera and the director capturing a scene with an actor.
Nov 18, 2019

Rehearsing With Actors: How To Get The Best Performance

As a content director, you likely have a low budget and a very limited amount of time to get the performances you need from actors – and that means you need to make the most of what little rehearsal time… Read More

What to Say (and Not Say) to the Audition Session Director | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 27
Nov 9, 2019

What to Say (and Not Say) to the Audition Session Director | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 27

In episode 27 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter spell out what not to say to the session director during an audition. James defines a session director as “the camera operator-director… Read More

Nov 5, 2019

Dos and Don’ts at Auditions! | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 26

In episode 26 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter continue discussing ways to not eliminate yourself from getting a callback. Specifically, they share four things to avoid saying to the lobby assistant… Read More

Nov 3, 2019

Posture as an Integral Part of Acting

Is poor posture getting in the way of your acting? By strategically stretching and strengthening specific muscles, actors can improve their alignment, overall health, as well as their work as an actor. After all, a relaxed, strong, dynamic posture is… Read More

Oct 27, 2019

How to Get (and Not Get) Callbacks | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 25

In episode 25 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter show us three common ways actors sabotage their chances of getting a callback. After pinpointing the ill-fated moment when the audition takes… Read More

Oct 22, 2019

7 Things to Avoid During Audition Monologues

Audition monologues are an efficient way for casting directors to quickly become acquainted with actors, observe their type, assess their present level of skill, and learn what kinds of roles they most relate to. However, some monologue practices interfere with… Read More

Oct 20, 2019

Choosing an Audition Monologue

Selecting an audition monologue to represent who you are as an actor can be stressful. Having the freedom to choose any piece you want when there is so much material to consider can feel like a daunting task. In this… Read More

Oct 14, 2019

Mark W. Travis on Directing the Character Rather than the Actor

Director’s director Mark W. Travis is determined to facilitate authentic, moving characters at the center of honest, truthful stories. And he firmly believes one of the most effective ways to achieve this is for directors to direct characters rather than… Read More

Actor in New York
Oct 14, 2019

THE MOST POWERFUL THING ACTORS CAN DO

To call our profession Acting is a bit of a misnomer. In fact, the key to acting is not to act at all, but rather to be in a real moment. Being sounds simple enough, right? No problem. We do… Read More

Oct 5, 2019

Casting Director Jeff Gerrard – On Your Mark Studios | ‘The Curve’ Episode 25

On Casting Frontier’s 25th episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind interview casting director Jeff Gerrard from On Your Mark Studios. In addition to casting countless commercials, Gerrard’s credits include over 60 films including Jarhead: Law of Return, The Scorpion… Read More