“I listen to music of the time and I only deal with family and friends that are on the film” – Octavia Spencer
Browsing: Actor Tips
“I really think about acting in two different parts. There’s convincing and not convincing acting.” – Tom Hardy
“When I suddenly feel like I can’t find my footing, I listen to a song or look at a photograph or read an essay, and reconnect with what I felt the essence of the character was.” – Greta Gerwig
Ritter speaks about her relationship with Ballentine, how her support helped her survive in LA and how it has made her a better actress.
Mahershala Ali: Our Job is “to consistently put ourselves in a position where we’re uncomfortable and going beyond our comfort zone”
Ali points out that having anxiety or fear about a role shows that he’s getting close to finding his character.
“What would I do if I was in the circumstances of that man, that woman, that child, that android?” – Tom Hanks
Casting Director David Rubin: “The most important thing for an actor to bring to the table is themselves”
“And so many actors get preoccupied with what they think the filmmaker is looking for. And, frankly, what we’re looking for is them.” – Casting Director David Rubin
“It’s important to understand the who, what, where, why of the character before you meet him” – Benedict Cumberbatch
Hayley Atwell’s Best Career Advice: “I’d say the main thing is: show up. Show up and be professional”
Atwell reflects on her career and recounts why she wanted to become an actress since she was a child and what was the best career advice she ever received.
“You’re playing someone that everybody in the world has seen before. It’s a little different than playing a fictitious character.” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
These are Birbiglia’s tips for any actor — or anyone in any creative field — on how they can grow their careers in small — but successful — ways.
“He had been auditioning for me for ten years. I had never hired him for anything” – Casting Director Jeff Greenberg on Modern Family Star, Eric Stonestreet
‘UnREAL’ Casting Director Barbara Fiorentino: “Having that ability to weave comedy into drama is so specific, and a lot of people can’t do it”
“I kind of had a bee in my bonnet about air space being taken up by real people when there are wonderful actors out there who needed jobs” – Casting Director Barbara Fiorentino
McDonald recently shared some acting advice in a piece for Lincoln Center (a venue that McDonald is extremely familiar with)
“Create the part for yourself, so you can exercise that muscle, so you can be ready to go in that room” – Aja Naomi King
Frankel talks about developing the cast of the series and why authenticity was more important than a well-known actor
“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
Casting Directors Sherry Thomas & Gohar Gazazyan Discuss Casting ‘Gotham’, Self-Taped Auditions and More
“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.”
‘The Good Wife’ Casting Director Mark Saks on What He Looks For in Auditions and Mistakes Young Actors Make
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
‘X-Files’ Casting Director Rick Millikan: “What you’re ultimately looking for is that person who brings a real quality to the character”
“I look for somebody who brings a real quality to that character, something within their own person projected out on to the screen.” – Casting Director Rick Millikan