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

Tips to Build a Complex Character

Photo credit: Triff / People are complicated. At any given moment, they can feel both intense love and hatred toward someone—they can feel easy and confident one minute, and consumed with self-doubt the next; courageous, yet terrified in response to a threat. The complexity of the inner life is exactly what actors seek to … Read more

Ten Tips for Touring Actors

So, you’ve just been cast in a touring production! Congratulations! However, with great distances comes great responsibility… and some sacrifices too. We’ve compiled a list of touring survival tips for you to use to as you make your way to wherever you’re going. Now, we didn’t want to just give you a generic list of … Read more

Natalie Portman’s Acting Tips for Aspiring Actors

Photo credit: Denis Makarenko / Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is among the group of actors who never attended a traditional drama school. Rather, she learned the craft through over two decades’ worth of hands-on experience, and she’s passed along several of the lessons and techniques that have served her so well during past interviews. … Read more

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

Photo credit: True Touch Lifestyle / 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

9 Audition Tips from Michael Shurtleff

Photo credit: LightField Studios / Michael Shurtleff was a major force in casting on Broadway shows during the 1960s and 70s. His casting work includes “Chicago” and “Becket,” as well as the films “The Graduate” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Shurtleff’s instruction on auditioning has been instrumental in launching hundreds of successful actors. In turn, … Read more

Tips From Acting Coach Suzanne Shepherd

Photo credit: Elnur / Renowned New York City acting teacher and coach Suzanne Shepherd studied with Sanford Meisner, and her former students include Gregory Hines, Christopher Meloni, Helen Slater, Joan Allen, and Bebe Neuwirth. Shepherd is also a working actress herself, and has appeared in an impressive list of productions such as “The Sopranos,” … 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

4 Tips for Playing Villains

Photo Credit: Eugene Partyzan / Some actors in cinematic history portraying such spine-chilling villains, it can be hard to separate the actor from the character. How do they do it? As Leonardo DiCaprio once said, “Don’t think for a moment that I’m really like any of the characters I’ve played. I’m not. That’s why … Read more

6 Tips for Demo Reels

Photo Credit: Fabrizio Maffei / Most performers — drama school graduates and seasoned acting veterans alike — have demo reels to promote themselves to industry professionals. Reels showcase your unique personality, look, and brand. They also document your best on-camera performances to date and display your professionalism. During a SAG-AFTRA Interview, casting professionals Darya … Read more