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Aerial view of the Griffith Observatory on Mount Hollywood and the Hollywood Sign seen in the distance, California, USA.
Feb 25, 2020

The Best Places for Actors to Live In LA

At Casting Frontier, our mission is to help actors everywhere advance their acting careers by connecting them to online casting calls and auditions through our intuitive casting platform. Applying for auditions and castings online is a great way to build… Read More

Feb 24, 2020

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative

Can a desire for too much attention hurt an actor’s creativity? Joseph Gordon-Levitt believes it can. He should know; he lived through it. In his TED Talk “How craving attention makes you less creative,” the 39-year-old actor shares with refreshing… Read More

Feb 17, 2020

4 Tips to Stand Out in Auditions When You’re New

Wendy Alane Wright is a former talent agent and talent manager in Hollywood. She currently works as an acting career coach and is the author of several books that offer step-by-step guidelines for aspiring actors. Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager—How… Read More

Feb 2, 2020

Veteran Voice Coaches on Ways to Train Your Voice for Animated Characters

Who hasn’t ever yearned to voice animated characters? It’s got to be one of the most fun jobs in all the world. But how does one go about training for voice work? Enter Rudy Gaskins and Joan Baker. They are voice-acting… Read More

Jan 20, 2020

5 Instagram Tips for Actors

With all the emphasis on actors needing to have a social media presence these days to promote their brand, inform others about their current projects, and to increase connections, sometimes it can feel like an overwhelming task to get started…. Read More

Jan 5, 2020

Award-winning director David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film in a Masterclass

For actors who find themselves waiting to land penetrating roles in projects they love, sometimes the answer is to take matters into their own hands and create their own projects. But the idea of filmmaking can be overwhelming as it… Read More

Dec 27, 2019

Specific Versus Philosophical Actor Goals for the New Year

The year 2020 upon us, and it’s time for actors to contemplate setting New Year’s resolutions. Besides the standard aspirations to manage one’s money better or maintain healthier daily habits, when it comes to actors specifically wishing to advance their… Read More

Dec 22, 2019

6 Things to Do the Night Before an Audition

It’s easy for actors to think they’re ready for an audition after they’ve learned the lines, worked on their character and made creative choices. While this kind of prep is the heart and soul of an actor, there’s plenty more to… Read More

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