What Directors Want From Actors

Photo credit: Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.com From a director’s point of view, how important is casting to a project percentage-wise? “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper and “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow agree: “One hundred percent.” “That’s number one. And everything else underneath,” says “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson. That’s a lot of … Read more

Casting Directors on Actor Reels

Photo credit: M-Production / Shutterstock.com Have you ever wondered how important it is for actors to have demo reels? And what exactly are casting directors are looking for when viewing them? While every casting director is unique and has a different work style, it can be helpful to hear them discuss best practices for reels. … Read more

Tips for Aspiring Actors from Casting Directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus

Photo credit: True Touch Lifestyle / Shutterstock.com What’s most important for aspiring talent to know before embarking on an acting career? Casting directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus share an assortment of insights about the business and the life choice to become an actor during an interview with the Producer’s Toolbox. The Philadelphia-based casting directors … Read more

The Advice Casting Directors Gave Actors Early in Their Careers

Penelope Cruz. Photo credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com Insights that others have about actors can be encouraging, or they can sting a bit as well. But those keen perceptions take on a greater significance when coming from those who hold the keys to an actor’s career. Here are eight A-listers who shared with Vanity Fair … Read more

Gender Euphoria, Episode 4: Training Cisgender Producers and Directors: It’s More than Remembering Pronouns

Nicolas Shannon Savard: Hello, and welcome to Gender Euphoria, the podcast, supported by HowlRound Theater Commons, a free and open platform for theatermakers worldwide. I’m your host, Nicolas Shannon Savard. My pronouns are they, them, and theirs. For today’s episode, I had the chance to chat with actor, advocate, solo performer Maybe Burke about her … Read more

Training Cisgender Producers and Directors: It’s More than Remembering Pronouns

Nicolas Shannon Savard: Hello, and welcome to Gender Euphoria, the podcast, supported by HowlRound Theater Commons, a free and open platform for theatermakers worldwide. I’m your host, Nicolas Shannon Savard. My pronouns are they, them, and theirs. For today’s episode, I had the chance to chat with actor, advocate, solo performer Maybe Burke about her … Read more

Interview: Casting Directors Corinne Clark and Jennifer Page on ‘Schmigadoon!’, Self-Tapes and Audition Advice

Schmigadoon!, the Apple+ series that began airing last summer, is so fun, lively and at times, full of craziness. With an incredible cast that featured Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron and Ariana DeBose and musical numbers that felt like it was straight out of an MGM musical, it … Read more

Things To Consider When Interacting With Casting Directors

Photo Credit: fizkes / Shutterstock.com Casting directors gravitate toward their job out of a genuine love and appreciation for actors, and they’re quick to assure performers that they’re rooting for their career success. Casting directors continually check in with actors’ digital profiles and performances to see how they’re progressing over time, and they make notes … Read more