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Tara McGrath

McGrath started her career in entertainment mainly because she couldn't see a life where she wasn't surrounded and inspired by actors in some way or another. After graduating from SUNY Purchase's Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film with a degree in Screenwriting, she worked for a year at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York. Interning under their casting department with casting directors Carrie Gardner and Jim Carnahan, she assisted in casting such productions as Spring Awakening, American Idiot and Fox's hit show, Glee. From there she moved 3,000 miles to Los Angeles and for the last year has been working for a well-known boutique talent agency in West Hollywood. She has also worked as a reader and marketing assistant for the Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition and has worked on independent features as both producer's assistant and P.A.

Misconceptions About The Working Actor

Cast It Talent isn’t for actors who like to sit by the phone or wait in the soda fountain to be discovered.  Cast It Talent is for actors who recognize the value of the tools we provide and uses them to submit themselves, create their own projects, deliver a professional virtual package, and take their […]

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Acting in Comedy vs. Drama

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Throughout your career, you’re going to be faced with all sorts of projects to read for—short films, feature films, television, theatre, etc. Of course, under these types of mediums, there are genres that separate projects—and most of the time, the two main genres you will be faced with are comedy and drama. Of course, there […]

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Extras, Co-Stars, and Guest Stars: What’s What?

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So you’re just breaking into the “business” and you’re ready to get your name out there and audition for things. Right away you’re going to hear a lot of different terms thrown around, some of which may be new and unfamiliar to you. In the world of television, two of the most common terms you’ll […]

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From the Cast It Talent BLOG Vault – Misconceptions About The Working Actor

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Cast It Talent isn’t for actors who like to sit by the phone or wait in the soda fountain to be discovered.  Cast It Talent is for actors who recognize the value of the tools we provide and uses them to submit themselves, create their own projects, deliver a professional virtual package, and take their […]

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All About the Character Actor – In Celebration of the Evan Arnolds of the World

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For this week’s CIT Vault article we thought we’d revisit an article that debunks some of the negative connotations of the term “character actor.”  There are worse careers than making a living as an actor under the radar. “He’s a character actor,” you may hear one day while leaving your audition for the biggest pilot […]

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FBF – What Your Agent Does For You

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Many actors are unclear as to exactly what they can expect of their agents.  Let’s go back into the vault for a refresher. Getting an agent is the hard part, right? (see Doing the Impossible: Getting an Agent ) You spend ages sending your pictures and resumes to every agent listed, you ask casting directors, […]

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3 Ways to Beat Actor Burnout and Gain a Fresh Perspective

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Being a professional actor has a lot of pressure attached to it—you are consistently berated, rejected, and bossed around. It takes a lot of confidence and resilience to keep moving forward, and it’s unfortunately commonplace for there to be lulls and slow periods, as well as continuous rejections that leave you feeling dejected and uncertain […]

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The Actor’s Lament: Why Am I Not Booking Anything?

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One of the most frustrating things about being an actor is the dry spells—long stretches of time when you just don’t book anything. Dry spells are always stressful for actors: not only are you worrying about where your next paycheck is coming from, you also end up questioning your acting abilities and wonder if there’s […]

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The “Casting Couch”—Hollywood Legend, or Shameful Truth?

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It’s one of Hollywood’s most famous legends—and no, I’m not talking about Marilyn Monroe or James Dean. Unfortunately, one of Hollywood’s biggest legacies and reputations is one that’s a bit darker—the dreaded “casting couch”. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the “casting couch” legacy of Hollywood stems from the idea that success in Hollywood […]

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So You’ve Been “Dropped”: What it Means for Your Self Esteem and, More Importantly, Your Career

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“I’m sorry,” your agent says (but they don’t sound sorry at all!), “we’re going to have to drop you. It’s just not working out.” Being dropped sounds just as awful as it is—it means, simply, that your agent and/or manager has decided to “drop” you from their roster. This could be for many reasons: they’ve […]

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