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The Truth About Pilot Season

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It’s that time of year again – pilot season. The time when dozens upon dozens of pilots get the greenlight and immediately begin casting. In true traditional fashion, the big networks (NBC, CW, ABC, CBS, and Fox) all order their pilots at around the same time which results in Hollywood being thrown into chaotic turmoil. […]

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10 Tips on Filming Your Own Audition

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Let’s be honest. Unless you have a professional studio in your apartment and all your friends are cinematographers, self-taped auditions are the uncontested worst. They difficult to film, almost never look as intended, and generally only serve to highlight the ungainly and poorly lit shanty you generously call your home. At least that is how […]

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5 Steps to Selecting the Perfect Headshot

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Ah, the eternal subject of the headshot . . . as an actor, your headshot is arguably the most important tool in your arsenal: It is your calling card. It is often the thing that catches the casting director’s attention and gets you in the door. It is the thing by which they remember you […]

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“Imitation Game” Casting Review

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Benedict Cumberbatch is arguably the actor of our generation and has played more iconic roles these past few years than most actors have played in a lifetime. He’s played the incomparable Sherlock Holmes, the iconic Star Trek villain Khan, the dreadful dragon Smaug, and is gearing up to play the comic book superhero Doctor Strange […]

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How to Write an Acting Cover Letter

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Are you trying to convince someone to hire you? Of course you are! You’re an actor! You have essentially entered into a tacit contract to continue begging people to hire you on a daily-to-bi-weekly basis for the remainder of your existence. As per this agreement, you will have to get creative about the methods used […]

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How to Pass Like a Pro: Part II

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In Part I, we discussed the general use of passing and how it’s commonly used to turn down projects or certain steps of the casting process. However, the uses of passing doesn’t end there, and knowing when to strategically pass can literally alter the trajectory of your career–for better or worse.  Advanced Passing Mechanics When […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Meet and Greets

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If you are searching for an agent, meet and greets and open calls are necessary evils we must all learn to love. Perhaps some of you out there thrive on the adrenaline rush of wedging yourself into a fluorescent-lit room full of hundreds of edgy actors sweating out their crippling insecurities. Maybe the broken air […]

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How to Pass Like a Pro: Part I

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Typically, whenever you hear about someone like Angelina Jolie “passing” on a big studio film you think, “Yeah, she’s Angelia Jolie, she can do whatever project she wants to do. It’s not like she needs the money.” Yes, for those types of actors, that is often the case. A-list actors tend to have the luxury […]

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How to Improve Your Networking Skills

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“But I just want to act,” your inner artist voice laments. “I’m not good at networking. It feels fake. I’m socially awkward. I break out in hives when I have to have a spontaneous conversation with another human, that’s why I chose a job where the conversations were all written out for me.” TOO BAD, […]

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Corresponding with Casting Directors: A Guide to Email Etiquette

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The wonderful and dearly-departed Gary David Goldberg, creator of Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge and Spin City, had a terrific saying: “that’s two emails”. What he meant by this is that people have a tendency to cloak a favor request as a thank-you note. For example, if “Bob” would like to ask “Jane” to use her […]

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