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
This month we were fortunate enough to talk with casting director Claire Bleasdale straight after a short film she cast, Cowboy Dave, won a highly coveted BAFTA. Claire is a very experienced casting director who has worked in many facets of the industry from acting – so many casting directors seem to start there – through to extras and crew casting, until more recently working as a casting director in London and up north. We asked Claire all about it, eager to find out more about the BAFTA winning short, what she has planned next, and tips for actors contacting casting directors.
Ch-ch-ch-changes! The self tape requests have just made their way to commercials, folks. Well, that’s not exactly true. The first time I was asked to gather a few self tapes for a job was about 5 years ago. It was for a SAG job. Production had added a completely “new role” after the job had been cast, talent had their wardrobe fitting, and they were on day one of the shoot. Instead of booking from headshot/resume/reel or hold an additional casting session (which we didn’t really have time for) they asked that I have 5 or so actors put themselves on tape. Nothing crazy, just with their phone, no fancy camera or lights necessary. It was a new request to me… but it certainly made sense. And the requests and the circumstances have continued to evolve and roll in from there. read more
A “world premiere” always sounds really special and exciting. And it is! But truthfully when you take a seat at a world premiere of a play, you should know what you are getting into. Even when it’s an established award-winning playwright it can be a toss up as to its success, and if it’s a relatively unknown playwright, it’s just plain risky viewing. And exciting. Don’t forget exciting. You could be a witness to brilliance, or more often an intriguing show that still needs some work. read more
That’s it! You’ve decided to upgrade your fridge and pantry products to A-list stars. Those items filled with artificial sugar, hydrogenated oil and garbage have been retired to well, the garbage.
I’ve got 5 EASY swaps to say, “That’s a wrap!” to the junky food and to get new, nutritious stuff in!
The quick cheat sheet or table read if you will:
Mithila Gupta is an Indian-born, Aussie-bred screenwriter that is quickly emerging as one of our best new talents. Her devotion to creating honest, culturally diverse characters in the landscape of Australian film and television, one that has largely been dominated by older, white males has ensured she is not only in demand for her fiery ideas, talents and spirit but that she also a breath of fresh air. read more
To agent or to no agent… and which agent? Those are the questions! Sometimes I feel like you can find an opinion to match what you think/want to hear on any aspect of the industry. I always go with the study that confirms that I’ll live longer for drinking a glass of wine a day, so I get it. All you’ll be getting here is my opinion, but let’s face it, that’s par for the course in this column. And (drumroll, please) my answer to the agent or not to agent and which one question(s) is:
it depends. Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
Commercial actors should never be confused about commercial representation. read more
Once again we welcome the Casting Directors Association (CDA) awards with open arms. It’s a wonderful time every year where casting directors are acknowledged for their incredible efforts in all things castings…something we believe should happen more!
This year the Casting Directors Association awards will take place on May 3rd, and the gala evening will be hosted by comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi. Sitting on the panel of judges this year are Claire Beale (Global Editor in Chief for Campaign); Steve Davies (Chief Executive of APA); Simon Evans (Theatre Director); Robert Glenister (Actor); Andy Levine (Head of Production at Stink Film); Tom Oxley (Photographer); Christine Payne (General Secretary of Equity).
Here we take a look at a few of the nominees and their brilliant work. read more
I’m going to start out with ways to calm your nerves that you have all heard before. One element that can get rid of your jitters, and can calm your nerves is certainly knowing your technique. In addition, understanding the venue you are working in, including who the players are. In addition understanding the selection process and the booking process will also give you more of a comfort level, and certainly we can add getting familiar with the casting community…. And let’s not forget being good at improv.
Alison McGirr attends the 7th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel | Ceremony at The Star on December 6, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
Success stories are a source of inspiration. They give us hope and clarity when we need them the most. As actors our lives can change in an instant, one minute we are working long nights behind a bar, the next we are working long nights on set. To the outside world it can look like it all happened over night however, years of preparation, rejection and sacrifice have steered us in the direction of our dreams.
Alison McGirr aka our former Breathe Move React Vlogger and one of my dearest friends recently had her life change “over night’ when the famed Australian director Bruce Beresford personally called her to let he know that she would be playing one of the leads in his next film Ladies in Black alongside Rachael Taylor, Angourie Rice and Julia Ormond. Filmed in and around Sydney at the end of 2017, Alison landed the role from one self tape and the film which, will be distributed by Sony Pictures Worldwide will be released circa late 2018. read more
Whoever labeled us performer folk as starving artists is about to be proven dead wrong today. Yes the paycheck for a background actor might not afford a seat at a high class restaurant, but spent intelligently, that cutie who said only whispers in the diner is about to dine right tonight. Having the knowledge of how to buy tasty, healthy food that will stretch longer than all the sequels of Fast and the Furious movies will leave both your tummy and wallet full.
When working with clients, I love sharing all types of nutritious foods, especially the ones that can be bought for cheap but are wealthy in nutrients.
No need to drain your account to fill your plate, Health Coach Jill has got you covered!