Here’s a fun pilot season story from the old days: We were looking for a male love interest. It was a series regular role, not the lead but an important part of the ensemble. The creators fell in love with an actor who was younger than the role was written. We tested him and the […]
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Virtual Casting is a whole different ballgame. By now, y’all know how to use Zoom. You have a great self-tape set-up. You’ve studied audition technique and feel rooted in your acting abilities and experience. Put ALLLLLLLLLL of those things together, add a bit of on-the-fly-do-it-yourself IT work and you have Virtual Casting. Virtual Casting is […]
Hey Actors! When it comes to self-tapes, these are some of the more common issues we see, (and how you can avoid them!): #1: EYE LINE It’s easy to overthink where you should be looking when creating self-tapes of car scenes or working on a scene with multiple characters, but the easiest solution is to […]
Actors, I’d like to let you in on a little secret… it does NOT matter when you turn in your self-tape, as long as you get it in by the deadline. The reason is this: you will stand out simply by being connected in an honest, layered, human way. It will not matter where your […]
Hello actors, friends, dreamers, doers! As a very fun and different treat before the end of the year, my fantastic Mama and I have collaborated on something special for y’all: Check out our interview all about MOMtras! (CLICK HERE TO WATCH!) What’s a “MOMtra” you ask? It’s a highly-personalized mantra, meant to help you quell […]
Repeat after me: “Casting Directors and Actors are COLLABORATORS. (Not enemies.)” Recently, one of my Casting colleagues lamented that she wished actors knew how hard we work for them. It made me realize… there’s a whole mountain of activity we Casting Directors do that actors (and other industry folk) really aren’t privy to. NOTE: This […]
Let’s talk about rejection. [Insert sad trombone noise.] You all know that if you’re an artist, rejection is part of the gig. And even though you may be FULLY aware of that fact, every “no” from Casting can still feel personal. At best, rejection will (always) sting a little, and at worst, will feel utterly […]
As we head in to pilot season (aka the craziest time of year,) here are ten things for actors to remember: 1. Practice patience with appointments and sessions: Appointments or self-tape requests may not be flooding in yet. Stay calm and read this blog post. And please be patient with Casting when we run an […]
My Grandmother can easily be credited with kick-starting my Casting career. When I was 15 or 16 years old, we were watching a movie together and as the end credits rolled, I saw “Casting By Ronnie Yeskel.” I turned to my Grandma, “Are we related to Ronnie Yeskel?” (My Grandma’s sister married a Yeskel.) “Yep! […]