Category Archives: Career Advice

What’s Holding You Back? 5 Common Actor Roadblocks and How to Deal

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Sometimes, we play by the rules, put in the work, and can still look around and feel like something is ​just missing.​ If your acting career feels inexplicably dead in the water, don’t panic. It’s not permanent. The important thing is to take the time to figure out what it is that might be holding […]

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Halloween Edition: 6 Spooky Side Gigs to Keep You Working This Fall

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Welcome, ghouls and ghosties, to this year’s Cast It Talent: Halloween Edition! It’s that time of year when actors and non-actors alike throw on their spookiest costume and step into the world of play-pretend for a night. Or several. Or all season. (I’m not here to limit your Halloween hijinks).    For actors, the Halloween […]

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When to Cut Toxic People Out of Your Acting Career

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Collaboration is an enormous factor in any acting career. Actors must be able to work with artists of all personalities, training backgrounds and approaches. That can lead to actors, especially those who are young and/or new to the field, feeling obligated to include and oblige those in our careers that don’t constitute a healthy or […]

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5 Things to Remember When Choosing an Agent

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Whether you’re agent-shopping for the first time or looking to transition somewhere new, finding the right representation can feel like playing pin the tail on the donkey. On rollerskates. And it’s a live donkey.   But finding proper representation is a crucial step to setting your acting career up for success. So here are some […]

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When to Butt Heads and How to Live with It

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Seeing as acting is ultimately a highly collaborative venture, it is important to maintain good working partnerships. No one likes a diva, or working with someone who sucks all the time and energy up with their personal concerns, rather than working for the good of the whole. But there are times (especially with non-union work) […]

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5 Mantras Every Actor Needs

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A career in acting is filled with the kind of soul-crushing frustrations, insecurities, disappointments, and hardships that will make you want to burn down your life, move to Canada and join the maple syrup mafia. (Don’t do this but do look it up. It is fascinating and alarming).    If you’re in it for the […]

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Make it Sparkle: Why Talent isn’t Enough in the Audition Room and What to Do About it

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It’s a hard truth of the acting business that talent will only get you so far. Unfortunately, talent is only one of many, many factors that play into the casting decisions. Some of them you can control, some you can’t. But today we’re focusing on that elusive quality that makes you pop once you get […]

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How to Avoid Going Stale

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There are many reasons an actor might start to feel “stale” in a role. Long runs, repetitive days on set, lack of feedback, or good old-fashioned insecurity are just a few of the many common triggers. It’s a horrible feeling. You suddenly feel disconnected with the character, the audience, yourself. If left unchecked, staleness can […]

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How to Nail a “Bit Part” and Why You Should Care

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Bit part, walk-on role, day player…we have so many ways to describe our briefer experiences on stage and film. Yet they are often afforded less brain space and respect than the meatier roles we encounter. Today I’m here to champion the “bit part” and spread my enthusiasm far and wide. There is just as much […]

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Learning to Mourn: An Actor’s Salvation

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I remember the first time I had a professional project shut down. It was a bucket list role for me. It was with a theatre for whom I had worked many times before. When I got the email that the rights had been pulled, and the project was unceremoniously cancelled without ever seeing the light […]

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