Interview: Casting Director Alexa Fogel on ‘Black Bird’ and What Makes a Good Audition

“It’s really just paying attention to the material and doing it justice and being truthful in that way. There’s no trick. That is the trick.” — Alexa Fogel If you watched Black Bird, the excellent new limited series on Apple+, then you no doubt noticed the terrific cast that populated the show. If you haven’t … Read more

What Casting Director Robert Sterne Looks for in Actors

Photo credit: Fred Duval / Casting director Robert Sterne is one of the United Kingdom’s top casting directors. He works closely with Nina Gold, his casting partner in the acclaimed series “The Crown.” Stern’s many awards include five Emmys — three for casting “Game of Thrones” (2015, 2016, 2019) and two for “The Crown” … Read more

Emmy-Winning Casting Director Ellen Lewis on Casting

Photo credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Casting director Ellen Lewis is responsible for casting a steady stream of iconic films throughout her legendary career. The Chicago native won Emmy Awards for her work on “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Angels in America,” and she frequently casts talent for films by Martin Scorsese and Mike … Read more

What Makes a Great Director?

Of all the many disciplines in the creative arts, the role of director is one of the most alluring and mysterious. Directing is about maintaining a creative vision. Directing is telling actors where to stand. Arguably, directing is also about making frames with your fingers on a film set and pointing the camera, wearing riding … Read more

Audition Tips From Casting Director Lucy Bevan

Photo credit: Eugene Powers / Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan boasts a long and impressive casting resume, which includes “The Batman,” “Belfast,” “Cruella,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “Jungle Book,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Based in London, Bevan selects talent for British independent films, theater, and television, as well as American studio films. Her early work … Read more

Casting Director Carmen Cuba Discusses ‘Stranger Things’ Auditions

Photo credit: Tsuni-USA / Addicted fans have been watching “Stranger Things” for five seasons, absorbing all the creepy happenings occurring in the fictitious town of Hawkins in the 1980s. “Stranger Things” was Netflix’s first original series, and there was no certainty it would turn into the hit it has become. But with each passing … Read more

Amy Hubbard on the Work of a Casting Director

Photo Credit: LightField Studios / Award-winning London-based casting director Amy Hubbard, best known for her work on “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” the Showtime series “Homeland,” and the History Channel’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” considers herself to be part of a casting dynasty. After all, she’s the fourth in her family to … Read more

Tips for Unrepresented Actors from Casting Director Paul Weber

Photo Credit: GaudiLab / Paul Weber is a Los Angeles-based casting director who has cast over 75 features and shows over the past 20 years in the industry. He’s worked with many networks and studios, and most prominently, served as executive in-house head of television casting for MGM Studios. His work includes the “Stargate” … Read more

Casting Director and Acting Coach Paul Weber on Stronger Auditions

Photo Credit: JKstock / Casting veteran Paul Weber has two decades’ worth of experience in the industry, and he shared valuable audit advice during a “Livestream AMA.” The Los Angeles-based casting director started out as an actor and toured with the California Shakespeare Festival before being mentored by casting director Michael Shurtleff, a major … Read more

Interview: ‘Severance’ Casting Director Rachel Tenner on Finding Actors, How to Have a Memorable Audition and More!

“I always say that it’s great if an actor just comes in with a choice, you know? Just something really specific.” – Casting Director Rachel Tenner on Auditioning When actor/directors like George Clooney and Ben Stiller keep calling you back to cast their projects, you are definitely doing something right. From FX’s Fargoto Clooney’s The … Read more