Headshots: 10 Tips for the Eight By Ten

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Throughout your acting career, you will get many, many sets of headshots. They will change with your age, your haircuts, your city and your evolving type. Headshots are often the first and last impressions casting directors have of you, so it is of paramount importance to have a good one. Unfortunately, sorting through all the …

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Important Showcase Update

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The Cast It Talent team has been so excited about the response to the Cast It Talent Showcase. We have seen some really stupendous work, and have been proud to share your talents with our panel. We do think, however, that there is room for improvement in the current set-up. In order to best take …

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“Begin Again” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Although Begin Again isn’t a direct sequel to the film Once, it very much feels like its appropriate spiritual successor as it contains many of the elements people loved from the former film while casting a wider, more commercial net to please moviegoers of all demographics. Written and directed by John Carney, …

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Discovery: An Acting Fundamental

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Perhaps the most important concept for anyone to understand about acting in a deeply felt, enlightening, truthful, and artful manner is DISCOVERY.  Both in an instinctive, “impulse-oriented” way, and in an intellectual, analytical “story-oriented” way, DISCOVERY can be the most revealing and artistic part of our work.   When “breaking down” a script, you MUST make …

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The Art of Good Listening (And Why It Gets You Hired)

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There is a reason we call them “scene partners.” Every scene is (or should be) a fully functioning partnership. It all boils down to one thing: listening. Good listening will make a scene worth watching, bad listening is a death knell. It is insidiously easy for actors to get so involved in our own acting …

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Tips for a Successful Musical Theatre Audition: Part II

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In Part I of this topic, we covered some ideas about how to maximize your chances of success in a musical theatre audition. Today, we’re going to pick up where we left off and share even more tips. Let’s get to it! 5. Know how to choose a song. Sometimes, an audition notice will specify …

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“This is Where I Leave You” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** On the surface, This is Where I Leave You has all the elements of a solid and quirky independent film. The story is a comedy centered around good old fashioned family drama, and is supported by an all-star ensemble of actors. The film oozes with indie flavor after watching the trailer, and …

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