“The Skeleton Twins” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** The Skeleton Twins is a prototypical indie film in all the best ways. Having made a critical splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the movie is a dark comedy about two estranged siblings who happen to share similar suicidal tendencies. Bill Hader plays “Milo”, a gay struggling actor, while Kristen Wiig …

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10-Point Audition Prep: Part II

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This post is the Part 2 continuation of the previous article “10-Point Audition Prep: Part I“. I recently saw a great actor speak about the “gift of transparency”.  Essentially, he spoke of a talent that some actors possess more than others:  the ability to be seen and felt, when you are “doing very little”.  Acting …

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“The Maze Runner” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Movies adapted from young adult novels have become quite a common staple in Hollywood culture. Unfortunately, because of this oversaturation of the genre, these films tend to be looked upon with mixed critical attention. With the exception of The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises, the last string of young adult book to …

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Attention Actors: Use Social Media to Your Advantage!

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In March of 2012, I wrote a blog for Cast It Talent about using social media to your advantage. I felt it was important to do a Part Two of this entry, mainly because I just recently cast a pilot for a major network that was looking for me to find new comedy-talent. My days …

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How to Survive Your First Industrial/Commercial Shoot (And All the Rest of Them, Too)

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There was a time, back in the foolish blush of my youth, when I dismissed even the thought of booking a commercial as “selling out,” a desperate prostitution of morals better left to the Scrooge MacDucks of the vapid celebrity world. I was an artist, by Jove! I would lower myself no further than the …

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Marvel Studios kicked off the summer blockbuster season (albeit a little early) with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so it’s only fitting that the Disney-owned studio closes the season with another powerhouse hit in Guardians of the Galaxy. Although Marvel has had an incredible track record with its film franchises over the …

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10-Point Audition Prep: Part I

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I have covered in earlier blogs how to do quick prep for auditions.  However, when you have time, a more detailed preparation will serve you best, of course. Here is Part I of a quick “10-Point Prep” outline that will serve you in all auditions, for all kinds of material, played in any “tone” or …

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