I always like to keep things in perspective when casting. A favorite phrase of mine: We aren’t curing cancer, we are casting a commercial. This is important for me, personally, to keep in mind because things can get stressful quickly in the world of commercials and sometimes it feels like the walls are caving in. As things move quicker and quicker and demands become more insane, actors will be increasingly finding themselves in the position to save the day.
The acting business is based on so many variables that you don’t have control over. The good news is there are many things you do have control over. I hesitate to share this list of errors because every item seems so obvious to me, but it’s happened too many times that I would be remiss not to share. Getting these things right can make a difference in being considered a trusted professional and, sometimes even getting or losing an audition.
- Attach a resume to your breakdown. Some people do not have a resume attached to their photo submissions. If there is no resume a casting director knows nothing about you. Casting directors are choosing people who they know something about to fulfill a role, even if it’s just a look. You cannot be considered without a resume. Someone who has a resume will be chosen over someone who does not. read more
Think back: do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become an actor?
For many, it was watching a mesmerizing performance onscreen or onstage, one that seemed to reach out and speak truth to them and them alone. If you’re like me, there was an electric moment you actually experienced onstage—one where the world both disappeared and was more “there” than ever, and you felt some kind of magic power flowing through you. For (too many) others, it was watching their favorite performer clutch a gold statue in front of millions, or seeing some trumped-up, impeccably art-directed version of their life in a publication or piece of video.
I recently received a gift and inscribed on the box was two powerful words,
This rang so true to me. Often we look externally for things, people or achievements to make us happy. When really, it all stems from the internal. What we already posses inside.
So how do we stay half glass full? It’s all in this video, “Top 5 Ways to Stay Happy!”
This month I wanna chat about Trailer Tension!
You’re on a job, a big job that you’ve dreamt of, and worked your butt off to get. You’ve done all your work, your prep, got your hair and make up done, you’re just waiting to get costumed, hanging in your trailer when ‘bang’ all of a sudden, you are completely paralyzed! Doubtful and terrified, wondering how the hell you got there, querying if the director (who up until now you thought was brilliant!) is insane because he cast you and now you’re sourcing the nearest escape route!
WHAT DO I DO??!!! My usual solution of throwing on the trainers, getting my heart pounding and endorphins flowing is not gonna work because I’m wanted on set in 30 minutes and the make up team are not gonna be happy if you sweat off the hour of hard work just because you’re nervous!
“Casting is the biggest job, because once you get down to it, it has to be an equal exchange. Casting has to be about so many things: Do they understand the character’s life? Do they understand the language, the environment, the relationships? Do they understand me when I ask a question or offer a direction? Are they intrigued by my offers or defensive towards them?”
– Faran Martin
During our time speaking with the many talented creatives like you who make up the Casting Networks world the same feedback emerges time and time again: Commitment. Collaboration. Community. Creativity.
From LA casting offices to West End costume departments, we hear praise and passion for artists who are “a joy to work with”, with “humility and kindness”, artists who are motivated, expansive, driven by curiosity and craft.
“I learned very quickly when I started directing that of course I was itching to find out about the characters from the inside, but I had to detach my ego from the process. I had to be as open as I wished the actors to be, and be curious about each person’s process.”
Faran Martin is driven by this commitment to curiosity, exploring cross-contextual play through her stage-work.
“It’s made me more aware as an actor of how exciting it is for a director when an actor is willing to be playful.”
QUESTIONS: I’ve noticed that you’ve done a few reeanctment shows. I’d love to get cast in one, any advice?
ACTORS: Reenactment shows are a wonderful way to build your resume and work with some of the most talented and kindest people in the business.
Blind spots are dangerous when driving. Newer cars come equipped with warning signals to make up for the fact that we don’t have eyes in the back of our head. Human blind spots can also be hazardous when it comes to steering yourself in the right direction. Human blind spots are aspects about yourself that you may not be aware of. For example, you may not be aware of your facial expression and how it affects others.
The Actor’s Gang is a Los Angeles treasure. The theatre has been around since 1981, specializing in original works and reinterpretations of the classics. They have a Prison Project that is currently in eleven California prisons and they can also be found in a few lucky Los Angeles public schools providing in-school immersion and after school programs. What is not to like? I couldn’t be more serious. The Actor’s Gang deserves your support, every opportunity you get.