As many of you know, Casting Networks recently partnered with 20th Century Fox TV and Theatrical to be their exclusive software platform for the casting process. We have been working as quickly as we can to make the transition as efficient as possible for everyone involved. The onboarding process has been a big undertaking, and we really appreciate your patience through this time.
We are aware of the TV and Theatrical actor community’s concerns about having to join and pay for yet another service. While much of the information that has been circulated is inaccurate, we are working as quickly as possible to make Casting Networks’ free offering for repped actors much more robust. Effective immediately, we will:
- Offer an additional free photo for new profiles (2 total)
- Offer free media hosting to upload video reels and clips during this transition
- If you have an existing casting networks profile, we are able to copy your resume, media and photos to any new profile, free of charge if it is on the same platform
In the first half of 2018, we will introduce a permanent new free offering that will be the best free offering on the market. This is our promise to you. read more
I received a call from a talent manager a few days ago. She had some concerns about a job a new talent she took on, booked direct. It was in the commercial realm and she hoped I could offer insight. To make a long story short, all signs point to the whole thing being a giant scam. Please don’t confuse the label “scam” with a job that has low pay or excessive usage. Those aren’t scams, those are less than desirable terms on otherwise legitimate jobs. The scam term tends to be overused. In this case, it seems the “job” was an actual scam to siphon money from eager and unsuspecting actors in a fairly believable way. Certainly believable for anyone booking their first few jobs. It took 2 professionals some time and talk to figure it all out! How is an actor supposed to navigate this stuff without becoming a victim of fraud or making annoying to disastrous mistakes?
Commercial actors should never do it alone.
The sun is the special guest at every talk show right now! Spreading its warmth and encouraging fewer clothes and pool parties! And of course, we all want to join this sunshine party feeling confident and comfortable in our skin. After all, we wait half the year in anticipation of the summer season!
With BBQ’s, cooling cocktails, way later nights and the excuse, “I’m on vacay baby!” … read more
The one thing you should not focus on is booking the job. What you should focus on is being present.
If you are not present there are many hidden, not-so-obvious opportunities that will be missed. Many of these opportunities need time to germinate, take their course and circle back to you unexpectedly, sometimes taking twists and turns with the booking being the by-product.
For the past couple of months, I have been based in Sydney instead my usual base in LA. Spending time in Sydney has largely been a peaceful and happy time for me, time spent in a vastly different environment to LA around my family and old friends has allowed me the break that I needed. Whilst excited to fly back to LA in a few days, I am glad to have had time to reflect on my life and happiness itself, what it means to be happy and what needs to be done to become a happier person.
Actors should show us something unique, which is what you will get with the scenes presented in Monologues for Teens. I highly, and unequivocally, recommend this book.
Tom Logan – FeatureFilm/Television/Commercial Director
QUESTIONS: Actors are constantly asking, what scenes should I show to a director?
ACTORS: Well, I found the answer!
In a world where the news screams more bad than good, where teenagers should not have to be exposed to bullying or any type of harassment, and where eye contact and listening is a fallen art, Mike Kimmel restores hope in his latest book, Monologues for Teens, reminding us there really is more good than bad in this world.
Commercial actors should never flounder when it’s slow in the industry.
There are times when it’s busy in the commercial industry and there are times when it’s… not. While I preach things are always changing in commercials, there are some things that remain constant-ish. There are times of the year when it’s unbearably busy and times when it slows. You can count on it to a certain extent. We, my friends, are making our way through one of the slow times. We are heading into summer and it’s slow-ish… the good news is it will pick up soon with back to school, football, all the holiday and superbowl ads. Auditions are coming soon, but what do you do so you stop climbing the walls now? read more
Bali Padda. Photo Credit Kathy Luu
Storytelling has been fundamental to humanity since the beginning of time. In fact, the first printed story dates as far back as 700 B.C when the epic of Gilgamesh, was created and began to spread from Mesopotamia to other parts of Europe and Asia. The story was carved on stone pillars, and quickly spread around for all to see.
Every narrative paves the way to an emotional experience based on the information being communicated. Communication is the key in this ever-changing world, and now, perhaps more than ever it is crucial for every single one of us to give voice to our plot. No matter our race, colour, religion or sexual preference we must all unite, so that the anthology of humanity can continue to grow truthfully, and without prejudice. read more
Haven’t you heard…green is the new black? I’m so excited because I’m sharing my secret fave healthiest drink on earth! Sounds like an exaggeration, but this bad boy is the highest antioxidant drink by 100x more than it’s competing superfoods. All performers and creatives should be savoring a cup of this magical drink because the benefits are worthy of an Oscar speech!
So what the heck is it you ask? Matcha Tea!! read more
Being an actor is a magical journey where every audition, and every meeting showers our existence with the hope we need to execute our dreams. And then, the magic is suddenly gone. Everything in this industry comes in waves. Regardless of ones success it is without a doubt, a roller coaster ride. However, it is during the downtimes when we must maintain a killer work ethic, strategize and above all believe. It is the ability to believe that becomes the ultimate artistry of the wizard and where the true magic resides.
Originally from Brisbane, Australian Daniel Feuerriegel first gained global recognition whilst playing Agron for three seasons on the acclaimed international TV Series Spartacus: War of the Damned, upon completion he landed in LA and hit the ground running, letting each step be dictated by his humble beginnings and warrior persistence.read more
While doing some research for a recent business lunch, I came across a great article written by my dining companion to-be on his lessons learned from leading a successful startup from zero to amazing (my words, not his).
As I read, it struck me that being a professional actor is a lot like leading a startup—and that the lessons from one might be applicable towards the other. Thus, as is my wont, I decided to shamelessly poach any of his applicable secrets for success to share with you. (Full disclosure: I’m totally telling him I did this after the fact, along with sending a link.)
1. Research the existing market for viability (and your niche) read more