Pre-Beat the System: Craft Your “Moment Before”

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In past posts, we’ve touched briefly on the importance of crafting your pre-beat, or “moment before” in an audition or scene. But what exactly does that entail? A pre-beat refers to what happens to your character right before he opens his mouth to speak. If you’re auditioning with a monologue, the piece is taken out …

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Dylan Prince is Chosen as the Top Performer in the August Showcase

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We are thrilled to announce that Dylan Prince of New York, NY, has been selected as the Top Performer in the August Edition of our Monthly Showcase. To recognize his efforts, Mr. Prince will receive $500, as well as feedback on his performance from our panel of noted casting professionals. We also want to congratulate …

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6 Memorization Hacks for the Actor

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Perhaps one of the most tedious tasks for actors–universally across the globe, and since the moment when the very first actor endeavored to take a scripted work and translate it into a performance onstage–is learning lines. Granted, some people have a natural knack for memorization, and will certainly have an easier time than those for …

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“Snowpiercer” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** If you haven’t heard of or seen Snowpiercer yet, I recommend you stop reading now and check out this film! Helmed by Korean director Joon-ho Bong, this action drama has already been touted as one of the summer’s breakout hits, with word-of-mouth and positive reviews from the critics driving audiences to see …

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Logistical Tips for Better Auditions

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Every audition is different.  Different person, different room, different material.  One of the most important things for auditioning is to be CONFIDENT AND FLEXIBLE. An audition is like any other job interview.  Be professional.  Be on time.  Be polite.  BE PREPARED.  The most common complaint from casting directors about actors is that they are not …

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BREATH: the Antidote for Fear and the Technique for Focus

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Whether you are approaching a public speaking engagement, an important athletic moment, or an artistic performance of any kind, your BREATH–the flow of oxygen to your brain and body–will determine your ability to concentrate, function and excel.  Believe it or not, the first thing inexperienced performers of any kind forget to do is BREATHE.  That …

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10 Tips on “Playing Crazy”

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Everyone loves to play a crazy. From Hamlet to Hannibal, Lady Macbeth to Blanche DuBois, some of the meatiest, most iconic roles in theatre and cinematic history have been a few Crayolas shy of a box. Actors love to play them, audiences love to watch them, and the Hollywood Foreign Press likes to celebrate them …

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