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Surrendering is Not Giving Up

Actors – you know how it works when you’re working in theater; you audition, you are cast, start rehearsals, then tech, then dress, then opening night! After learning lines, blocking, cues, and choreography, you’ve trained your body, mind and spirit to know your character inside and out. At a certain point, usually just before opening night, you […]


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BREATH: the Antidote for Fear and the Technique for Focus

Whether you are approaching a public speaking engagement, an important athletic moment, or an artistic performance of any kind, your BREATH–the flow of oxygen to your brain and body–will determine your ability to concentrate, function and excel.  Believe it or not, the first thing inexperienced performers of any kind forget to do is BREATHE.  That […]


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Feedback series featuring the quirky MELINA CHADBOURNE

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The best self-tapers get the gig! Self-taping is more important than it has ever been before. Don’t blow your opportunity – the quality of your self-tape could be the difference between booking the role and being passed over. We want Cast It Talent members of all acting levels to be synonymous throughout the industry with […]


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Your Acting Career: Tips for Staying (Mostly) Sane When You’re in This for the Long Haul – Part 1

1. Understand that your career is a marathon, not a sprint Too many actors move out to Los Angeles or New York City with the idea that they’ll give themselves 6 months, or 1 year, or 5 years, etc, to “make it” in their performing career. I like to blame the media for perpetuating this […]


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5 Ways Your Acting Career Can Make a Difference


Hey, all. It’s time to get back to our roots. Take a second and really remember why it was you decided to devote yourself to this grueling career. If it was the prospect of fame and fortune, I wish you good luck, but must advise that this article will not help you on that front. […]


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VIDEO – How To Execute A Commercial Copy Successfully by Mae Ross

1. Energy. You are hired because they love your energy. So pace yourself when working so you can keep your energy pumping. Commercials are most always shot in one day. Make sure you get enough rest and eat before and during the shoot. Commercial are “happy-lands- ville.” Got a problem? Commercial products will solve all your problems; hair is […]


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Don’t Think Twice – Casting Review

“Your twenties are about hope. Your thirties are about how dumb it was to hope.” There’s a window between the quarter-life crisis and the mid-life crisis that I like to call the 30-something career crisis. This is defined as the moment in your life where you have decided what you are being pulled towards but […]


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5 Ways to Follow Up: How to Keep in Touch with Agents and Casting Directors


It’s a delicate balancing act. You want to be proactive in your career, but you don’t want to harass industry professionals until they find you off-putting. So let’s break down some ways to appropriately reach out to those agents and casting directors whose attention you so desperately want to catch.The trick, of course, is to […]


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Q&A with David Lee Strasberg and Actor Kevin Doonan

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In our new weekly series, Cast It Talent is proud to bring you the wisdom and work of the great Lee Strasberg as shared by his son, David Strasberg, Creative Director and CEO of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. David Lee Strasberg answers Actor Kevin Doonan’s questions on this week’s Masterclass! Lee Strasberg was […]


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You Can’t Relate to Your Character… Now What?


“What if I can’t relate to my character?” To be honest, it surprises me how little consideration I generally give this question. For me at least, and I think for many of the actors I talk to, we are so driven by habit, training, and necessity to find something in every character to which we can relate, […]


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