What did you bring to the audition that sets you apart? What did you do differently to everyone else who walked into the audition room that day?
2012 was a big year for Jennifer Lawrence. Not only did she have box office success with The Hunger Games, but she won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook. While many moviegoing audiences were already big fans, she won the hearts of Academy Awards show viewers when she handled her graceful fall up to the stage to accept her Oscar with aplomb. Now Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson is singing the 23-year-old’s praises, too. She harkens back to Lawrence’s audition for the role. She had to act out the scene where her character Katniss says ... Read more
As an actress working on one of TV’s hottest shows, Sophie Turner should feel great about the work she is doing. However, it’s tough for the 17-year-old to sit down and watch herself on Game of Thrones. In fact, it’s downright cringeworthy for the young star. She shared, “I really dislike watching myself on screen. I am very insecure about my acting. We are our own biggest critics. I have to sit in another room to my parents when they watch it.” Turner began shooting the HBO series when she was 13 years old in the role of Sansa Stark. ... Read more
When you are a successful actor, it’s hard for the public to imagine that there are many disappointments in your acting career. However, every actor has a bad day and remembers that role that slipped away from them. Nicholas Hoult admitted to Entertainment Weekly that scenario has happened to him many times. He told the entertainment magazine, “There are hundreds you audition for and give terrible auditions for. Sometimes I walk out and I’m like, ‘Wow, that was embarrassing.’” For every successful audition for movies like About A Boy, Warm Bodies and X-Men: First Class, he has also had his ... Read more
Many people do not know that Samuel L. Jackson had significant substance abuse problems that derailed his acting career for many years before his 1990s breakthrough.
The Tony-nominated actor is getting to show off his acting chops in a Los Angeles production of Red and on Starz’s series Boss. Groff feels “that the best way to learn is to work with people who are better than you.”
After learning from the best as a young actor - Jack Lemmon, Joseph Papp, Mike Nichols - Kevin Spacey is ready to give back.
Michael Fassbender is an actor who most people weren't aware of in 2010, but by the end of 2011 his name and his naked body were the talk of the town. He talks about his early experiences breaking into acting and how he has coped with his fame post-Shame.
Crowd-Sourced Casting? Thank you, no
Girls actress Allison Williams, who plays Marnie on the Judd Apatow freshman HBO series, says that she scored the role in what was her first audition in LA.
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Melanie Lynskey, despite being best known at the moment for her role on TV's Two and a Half Men, has amassed an impressive list of acting credits since first appearing in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures at 16.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn explained the origin of his stage name and how it’s gotten him more auditions than his given name ever did.
Take your career into your own hands and create what Dallas Travers calls, 'At Home Auditions.'
We all have those days when our confidence level isn't the best. Acting coach, Benson Simmonds is here to help!
It's hard to know which casting websites to trust. Erin Cronican gives you her Top 11 favorites, and gives some helpful tips to staying safe.
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