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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

Improv
Sep 27, 2019

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Improv to Fuel Audition Success

Chances are, you’ve heard that it’s important to have improv on your resume. But why? You’re probably thinking “I’m a serious actor. I don’t do comedy. How can just making stuff up possibly help me when I have lines to… Read More

Sep 22, 2019

Bobbie Chance, Acting Teacher & Coach | ‘The Curve’ Episode 24

On Casting Frontier’s 24th episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind interview the legendary acting coach and teacher Bobbie Chance from Hollywood Actor’s Showcase. Since 1990, Bobbie has worked with many major stars the likes of Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff,… Read More

Sep 16, 2019

Why Well-Prepared Actors Forget Their Lines

You’ve heard horror stories—maybe you have some of your own—of dreaded moments on stage when your memory bank goes awol; even though you thoroughly learned the material, you can’t remember the next line even if your life depended on it…. Read More

Sep 14, 2019

Acting Survival Skills & Dealing with Rejection | ‘The Curve’ Episode 23

On Casting Frontier’s 23rd episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind discuss how to weather the storm of rejection and relentless competition inherent in the entertainment industry—as well as how to survive it all with a sense of wellbeing.   “In… Read More

Sep 1, 2019

Carol Lynn Sher, LA Director of Youth Print & Commercial at CESD | ‘The Curve’ Episode 21

On Casting Frontier’s 21st episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind interview the award-winning talent agent Carol Lynn Sher from the bicoastal agency CESD. Sher works with emerging young talent, helping them to book their first jobs in the entertainment… Read More

Aug 31, 2019

How do I open a scene strongly? | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 24

In episode 24 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, casting veteran James Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter share valuable advice on how to open a scene in a compelling and engaging manner. For starters, they do not suggest that… Read More

Aug 27, 2019

10 Tips to Book Commercials

Freddie Smith has auditioned over 500 times and booked 15 jobs as a result—and five of those jobs were national commercials. In turn, he’s created a video listing 10 tips to help talent book commercials. The Ohio native has been… Read More

Aug 26, 2019

What does ‘Bring It’ mean? | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 23

For years, casting veteran James Levine has greeted every auditioning actor with the words, “Bring it.” What exactly does that mean? In episode 23 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, Levine and session director/actor Charles Carpenter define the “Bring It”… Read More

Aug 25, 2019

Award-Winning Casting Director Michael Stonewall Beaudry | ‘The Curve’ Episode 20

On Casting Frontier’s 20th episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind interview the prolific casting director Michael Stonewall Beaudry from Blok M Casting. Beaudry’s casting work can be seen in many award-winning music videos such as Childish Gambino’s “This Is… Read More

Aug 19, 2019

Side Gigs on ‘The Curve’ Episode 19

How can aspiring and struggling actors make ends meet while pursuing the career of their dreams? On Casting Frontier’s 19th episode of The Curve, Burgandi and Govind brainstorm ways in which talent can support themselves or bring in supplemental income… Read More

Aug 17, 2019

What does ‘Cheating the Camera’ mean? | ‘Bring It!’ Episode 22

Hollywood magic is accomplished with a wide assortment of illusions, and actors have their fair share of tricks to contribute in order to create compelling scenes. In episode 22 of Casting Frontier’s Bring It! series, James Levine and session director/actor… Read More

Aug 13, 2019

Scott Sedita’s Rules of Comedy | pt. 1

A Three Part Series from sitcom guru coach Scott Sedita. Here are edited excerpts from his international bestselling book, “The Eight Characters of Comedy. A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing, 2nd Edition” about how the Rhythm of Comedy is… Read More