Joanna Colbert and Annie Burgstede Present TRUST: What Makes an Actor Get the Part?

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 5.35.28 PMJoanna Colbert began her career as an assistant to Juliet Taylor in New York City where she worked on a number of Woody Allen films. In 1994, under the mentorship of Taylor, Colbert conducted a nationwide search which resulted in the casting of Kirsten Dunst in her role in Neil Jordan’s Interview with a Vampire. Colbert then went on to Universal Pictures as Manager of Casting and then Senior VP of Casting. In 2001 she formed Joanna Colbert Casting. In all, Colbert has been involved in casting more than 50 films including The Good Girl, No Strings Attached, Warm Bodies, Hollywoodland, The Wackness, Cedar Rapids, Must Love Dogs, and the Step-Up franchise. Colbert is one of the producers of the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated, HBO documentary, Casting By. In 2010, she formed the casting and production company, Filmsocial. Colbert is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, as well as the California Institute of the Arts Dance program.

Annie Burgstede is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. Her screenplay Monumental is set to shoot this fall starring Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, and AnnaSophia Robb. Annie has two pilots in development at major studios. Along with her television writing her short film, Hes the Best, has competed in several festivals, and her feature Kill My Daddy, along with her co-written graphic novel, My Blood Wants Your Blood, has been optioned by Walk Like A Duck Productions. Prior to writing Annie worked as an actress. She’s known for her roles on Days of Our Lives and Smallville. Along with starring in several award winning independent films, Annie made guest and recurring appearances in other television series including: CSI, Without a Trace, Rizzoli & Isles, Everwood, Cold Case, All of Us, Charmed, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.


Time after time people ask us, “what makes an actor get the part?” What is that indescribable je ne sais quoi that the “it” person has? There is one thing that sets these individuals apart from the pack and it is TRUST. It is someone who walks into the room trusting themselves – trusting their choices, trusting they are enough, and trusting that they deserve to be there. But don’t be fooled, trust isn’t an easy thing.  Trust is earned.  Trust is developed.  Trust is a daily practice. Building trust takes consistency, tenacity, and persistence.

For so many actors that trust is broken because they are not prioritizing and organizing their schedule to support their dream and they are not transforming obstacles into opportunities. They have lost touch with their intuition and the reason why they started acting in the first place.

Imagine if your dream was to win the gold medal in the Olympics for swimming one day. Imagine the kind of tenacity, perseverance, training, and dedication it would take to make that dream come true. On top of swimming you would likely be doing other activities that support your swimming – weight lifting, yoga, mental training.  You’d need ample rest to be able to do your best every day. There is never a world in which you’d jump into the pool 15 minutes before the Olympics for a quick warm up and expect to win when others have been in the water day in and day out.

The swimmers who are in the pool every day whip through the water with a level of grace that looks nearly effortless and that makes them win. Actors need to have that same level of effortless grace to be ready for the race we call an audition and this only comes from working that acting muscle everyday like an athlete.

When we say working on acting everyday, actors often become defensive that there isn’t enough time in the day but there is, we promise you. It takes prioritizing what is important, connecting with the reasons why you chose this career in the first place, and making time for it. We know many of you work part time jobs – but don’t forget you have those to support your dreams.  So, make time for your dreams. Look at your calendar and see where you are giving your time.  We bet you’ll see some spaces that you could trade out for your craft. It means; picking up sides and putting them on tape with a roommate and watching it back to see where you can improve, getting into class, rehearsing with friends, exploring your emotional world, auditioning whenever you can, joining a theatre, doing a daily meditation, working on student films, doing one line in your friend’s indie movie, shooting that short you’ve been talking about – being an actor every day. Because if you are an actor every day you will have the strength to serve up something unique, authentic, and original that will make those who witness your work feel your joy. We will feel your connection to your craft and ultimately we will trust you.

If you like what you’ve read and will be in Los Angeles on September 27, you could attend Annie and Joanna’s workshop.


FILMSOCIAL’s Joanna Colbert & Annie B. present…


To Register: email

When: Sunday, September 27th, 2015, 1-5pm

Where: Lyric Hyperion Theatre 2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cost: $215 (materials included)


“Everyone has a unique quality to bring to the screen” – Marion Dougherty


Audition Technique

  • The DOs and DON’Ts in the audition room
  • ’LESS is MORE’; how to master your audition and book more jobs by doing less in the audition room
  • ACTING vs. AUDITIONING; learning the difference between the performance and the audition
  • How to tap into your UNIQUE and AUTHENTIC self and bring you into the audition
  • How not to play the emotion of the scene and other ways of STANDING OUT in your audition
  • How to make a self-tape audition SHINE.

Secrets to Booking

  • Know who YOU are in the Marketplace vs. “Branding”
  • How to MANIFEST the career you want; using tools like meditation and visualization to attract the right opportunities
  • Create GOALS that are obtainable and assist you on your way to your overall DREAM
  • How to DECIDE to have the career you want and envision for yourself
  • Time management tools and techniques to work SMARTER not harder
  • How to CREATE opportunities for yourself to be seen with or without representation
  • How to PRIORITIZE and ORGANIZE your career
  • How to TRANSFORM obstacles into opportunities


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