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Lauren Herrel

began her casting career as an intern for Sarah Finn Casting on films such as Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens, TRON: Legacy, and Faster. After her six month internship, she returned for her final semester of college, where she went on to become a casting director in Wilmington, NC on various independent films. She also spent over a year as a casting assistant with an independent casting director and acted in multiple films. She is currently working with Marcia Ross & Erin Toner Casting and also works as an actor and in production.

Six Steps to Success: Handling the Pressure of Auditions

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I have noticed in a lot of sessions lately that, when an actor gets nervous, they freeze up. This is of course a natural reaction for many. If you forget your lines or are overwhelmed because you feel out of your element, you often shut down and hit the panic button. The subsequent reactions can […]

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Inspiration for the Aggrieved Actor

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I recently scored an audition for a friend for a studio film. She did everything right: had her headshot and resume printed, highlighted her sides, prepared the scenes days ahead of time. She even had me run through the sides with her the night before so I could give her direction. This was her first […]

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Nondisclosure Agreements: What They Mean, and How They Impact Actors

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Today I want to talk about a little thing in this industry called a nondisclosure agreement and what it means for you, the actor. A nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, is also known as a confidentiality agreement, and secures just that—confidential information regarding a film or television show. It is a legal contract between you and […]

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Acting Demands All Types

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I was talking to a man on the sidewalk the other day. He was telling me about how he was restarting his acting career after a decade of bad decisions and worse investments. He was probably in his fifties, overweight, and had a grey scraggly beard. I told him to go for it. There is […]

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The Importance of Respect: Part II

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Last time, I talked about how important it is for your agent or manager to be mindful of representing your character and career in a positive manner. It is also obviously important for you, the actor, to use the same courtesy and respect, as well. Aside from the usual “show up on time,” “bring your […]

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The Importance of Respect: Part I

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This business is all about reputation (see Building Your Reputation). Your rep can make you or break you, and it is so important to represent yourself well. You always want to show respect to the people whom you are trying to convince to give you a job. In turn, you also want to make sure […]

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How to Handle a Last-Minute Audition

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Auditions can be tough. This is especially the case when you are notified of the audition right beforehand. It is common in this industry to get an audition the night before or even the day of and have to be in the casting office within a few hours. You are frantically preparing your lines, while worrying […]

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How to Handle a Bad Reader in Your Audition

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Picture this: it is your big audition with the deliciously emotional scene that every actor dreams of, and you have been preparing for weeks. You read through the sides a hundred times, practicing with your actor friend exactly how you are going to perform. You have deciphered every single moment in the sides and pre-planned […]

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Why join Cast It Talent?

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Cast It Talent has paved the way for progress, bringing the casting industry into the digital age. Actors should consider the incredible value in investing in their careers. It’s a simple formula: the more time and energy invested, the more success that results. Similarly,actors must consider their financial investment in their careers, and figure out […]

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Costumes in the Audition: To Dress, or Not To Dress?

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As a professional actor, there are certain rules that one must follow, such as bring your headshot and resume with you to every audition, arrive early, etc. There are some rules an actor may not be sure of, however, such as to dress in costume or not to dress in costume, and how far is […]

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