Casting Opportunities for Villains

September 30, 2012

“Playing bad guys is more fun; you can get away with more, and you can say anything.” – Denzel Washington

Have you ever wanted to play the villain? You know, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Man in the Black Hat, Lizzie Borden, the Headless Horseman, or the Phantom of the Opera? Well, do it! The fall season gives you, aspiring actor, plenty of opportunities to get your spook on. There are hayrides and haunted houses and mazes and zombie walks and any number of dark, ghoulish, gothic adventures you might explore. Local theatre and community groups need volunteers every year to scare the bejeezus out of giggling children and skittish adults. How about getting your acting class buddies together to enact one of Shakespeare’s scary scenes; he’s got plenty of them, and you can’t go wrong this time of year with Macbeth! Or wouldn’t it be fun to read one of Edgar Allan Poe’s spine-tingling stories at a coffee shop or your local library? The public is hoping you will transform just another typical eventless Halloween into a truly memorable, enthralling occasion!

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen, you’re an actor, and you need training; you need to act. The Halloween season gives license to explore the dark side without seeming too creepy, because everyone’s doing it! You won’t look so weird entering a venue in a black cape and fedora, as it’s the time of the season when these things occur—and are indeed welcome.

The ancient Roman playwright Terence wrote, “I am a man, nothing human is foreign to me.” So, get in touch with your dark side; we all have one, and it will come in handy when you’re up against Anthony Hopkins for your next role!

Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs


Fewer Casting Calls Leading to Summertime Blues?

June 24, 2012

“Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do, there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” –The Who

So, what are your plans for the summer? River rafting in Colorado? Touristing in Milan? Spending days by a friend’s pool baking to that perfect bronze hue? Traditional wisdom suggests the dog days are a slow time in the industry, so might as well kick back and enjoy the sun and surf, right? Well, that’s all well and good for those who aspire to an endless summer, but for those worthy few willing to sacrifice to succeed, it’s wise to keep busy!

Theatre is a great way to hone your craft and add to your experience during the summer months. Summer Stock holds a rich tradition in this country; producing organizations are always looking for new faces and new energy to ensure their productions stand out (AKA “star vehicles”). That’s your queue to step in! Enter stage left…or right…just go and get involved! Summer Stock normally puts up a number of shows in a short period of time, so there is plenty of opportunity if you’re willing to brave the heat, the bugs, the pollen, not to mention the lack of remuneration! But always remember, you are taking valuable steps and making your bones. Every production you complete is a step toward your dream. Overnight fame usually takes many years of preparation.

Countless successful actors have participated in summer stock. Denzel Washington is one such actor who performed in summer stock theater early in his career. Soon thereafter, he was starring as the grapes in the Fruit of the Loom commercials–and the rest of his distinguished career is history!

Big time studio producers and directors have been known to summer in the Hamptons or St. Tropez; that’s precisely why independent filmmakers typically use the summer months to produce their brooding masterworks. Budding auteurs have to pay the rent during busy periods, working as PA’s, PM’s, best boys, graphic artists, etc. So when the vacation season hits, they finally have the opportunity to bring life to their mind-bending creations. So be on the lookout for all manner of independent film–low-budget, micro-budget, no budget at all! It doesn’t matter. As long as you can grow and shine, it will be a magical summer.