“Auditions are like a blind date for the casting director and the actor. The audition starts the minute you walk in the room" - Casting Director Bernie Telsey
"We look for somebody who can elevate the material, which is very important when you’re looking at so many actors for a specific role."
Goreshter recently recalled that her audition for the 'Shameless' was by far her worst ever.
Mark Saks, the casting director for 'The Good Wife', speaks about what he looks for in actors he casts for the show and mistakes he frequently sees at auditions, especially those made by young actors
Belasco and Lilienfield speak about the details behind casting decisions and also share anecdotes about casting the two series they are nominated for
Some top agents of young talent speak about how social media has revolutionized the way they discover new talent
"It doesn’t have to be Broadway. It can be some little old dive theater in East Village or in Brooklyn" - Louie Casting Director Gayle Keller on finding actors
Would you pay $149 to attend a half-day way workshop with Debra Zane, the casting director of Twilight, Ocean’s Eleven, The Hunger Games, and American Beauty? Many actors would gladly attend the scheduled workshop at the University of Calgary on September 19. However, before you sign up, there’s just one hitch — Zane has no knowledge of the workshop. In fact, she probably has no plans to be in Canada anytime soon. According to CBC News, the recently-advertised workshop is a complete scam. Neither Zane nor the Actors Training Ground, the organization listed on the flyer, were aware of the ... Read more
Few casting directors are widely recognized for their efforts in shaping the direction of the television series or movies that they work on.
“As an actor, you have competition and not just a couple people, hundreds. So, you better be damn true to who you are and what you can play” – Breakdown Services Gary Marsh Actors Access, Eco Cast and Showfax are just a few of the businesses under the umbrella of Gary Marsh‘s Breakdown Services. And if you’re an actor, it’s a safe bet you’ve used one, if not all of them at some point in your career. Gary started out as an actor, so he knows what it’s like to be pounding the pavement and that’s been a lot ... Read more
To make it in Hollywood, you’d be mistaken for thinking that talent would be the main quality needed to secure you that leading role. Of course, we all know that other factors are taken into consideration too, such as looks, a great agent and, it would now seem, your social media presence. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine now playing an integral part of our everyday lives, an actor’s online following is becoming a major factor in deciding who lands a part. “There is no question that today if you have good numbers on social media, you have become a ... Read more
While the South by Southwest Festival is known for its many film premieres, like many film festivals SXSW’s programming also includes industry panels. For actors, perhaps the most notable panel was one featuring casting directors describing what goes into making their decisions, from money paid to talent through the positives and negatives of discovering new talent on the Internet. The panel featured four prominent casting directors — Christian Kaplan from Fox, Joseph Middleton from Paramount, Paul Weber from Weber Casting, and Randi Hiller from Disney. Surprisingly, Middleton told an indie filmmaker in the audience who was working on a film ... Read more
"Focus, don’t stretch yourself too thin, and be realistic about the roles you are right for" - Casting Director Jen Rudin
“There are so many cooks involved now in decisions and it can dilute the creative process” – Casting Director Ellen Lewis on the new realities of casting Ellen Lewis is not a name familiar to even the most dedicated moviegoers, but chances are at least a few projects she has worked on are among your favorite films or televisions shows. Lewis has worked in casting since 1982, and has worked closely with Martin Scorsese with casting ever since 1989’s New York Stories. Movies and television shows she has cast have gone on to win Oscars and Emmys, so even ... Read more
"Even if I know the character well, I pre-read fifty people or at least a great deal of people, sometimes even for a one line role" - Casting Director Robert Ulrich
Geoffrey Soffer talks about his transition to talent mangement/producing, discovering new talent and what to avoid when doing a self tape audition
There are tons of articles out there for actors learn effective ways to crack into the entertainment business, but other jobs in the industry are a well-kept secret. Now, two casting directors are offering their advice to learn their trade. Paul Schnee and Kerry Barden, who cast the James Brown biopic Get On Up, give some insider tricks to the casting business. Barden advised that it is important to understand actors. “Most of the people in my office started from acting so we have a good idea of what actors are going through,” he said. The duo had to cast ... Read more
The Walking Dead has changed things up a bit this season. The cast finally has the needed diversity it was missing from the first four seasons. Casting director Sharon Bialy shared her thoughts on the hit zombie show. Bialy dished about what goes on behind the scenes, “Everybody reads on The Walking Dead. This way the writers can see what they bring to the audition and start to think about how they want to write for that character later on, ’cause they’ve already heard the voice in their head and how they handle the language. It really illuminates the role ... Read more
A recent “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit offered up some surprisingly good advice for actors. An anonymous former intern at a talent agency and producer’s office gave some insight on pilot season and how an agency works during that time. A participant in the chat asked, “When you were at the agency were they taking on new talent? If so how did they usually find them? What got the agents excited about actors?” “Izzypepper”, the former intern’s Reddit moniker, revealed that the agency was not looking for new talent during pilot season, but they were “aggressively shopping” their current roster during ... Read more
Orange Is the New Black and Girls are award-winning shows and they have two important things in common: neither show was built around a particularly big acting name, and both of the shows were cast by Jen Euston. Euston has worked in casting since working as a casting assistant on Law & Order in 1997 and has cast film and television projects throughout her career. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Euston spoke about why she prefers not to cast stars and why she thinks there should be an Oscar category for Best Casting. Euston confesses that she prefers to work ... Read more