Casting Process and Casting Call Dos and Don’ts – Film Riot

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This is a great video for anyone who is new to casting or just plain needs some fundamental help with the task. There is nothing worse than a casting director with an attitude. Remember, you are dealing with people and people deserve to be treated with respect.
On the other hand, please make absolutely sure that the talent is coachable as well as capable of pulling off the role they are auditioning for. A bad actor or bad choice of actor can spoil your film.

My little tip:

Sometimes, I will ask an actor to do something ridiculous that makes them feel silly or stupid. If they do it and take it in stride, they are more likely to have the kind of personality to take things in stride on set.

Enjoy, and I’d love to hear your comments below. Make sure to follow on Facebook!

CAN YOU FEEL THE VIBE – Talent Advice – The Successful Talent Blog

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Commercial Print Instructor, Scott Powers makes us think past the skills in the casting room. The following is some talent advice for casting calls and auditions.

Just as you give off a vibe to everyone around you and it effects how they interact with you, so does an audition or an office give off a vibe.  Learning how to instantly and effortlessly adjust your approach to what you are taking in can make a difference in getting a job or being passed over.

In the waiting area at an audition:

Always be pleasant and nice, no matter what you’re facing.  Some waiting areas can be chaotic, others are more organized; the casting assistant snarly or semi-pleasant or non-responsive.  Rise above the fray.  Remember the rule that your audition begins when you walk through that door.  Sometimes a pleasant smile to the frazzled person behind the desk can work wonders.  Never send out the put-out look if there’s a wait or the temperature’s too warm or the water coolerdoesn’t have cups or no one offered to take your coat.  We always say come in looking like six million bucks (even if your today’s net worth is six cents).  It always works, and always to your advantage.

In the audition room:

This can run the gamut from laid back friendly, with only the casting director or even just the assistant to a room of 15 people, including the client — none of whom may look especially warm and barely acknowledge your presence.  Sometimes the room can be so thick with tension you can cut it with a knife.  Well, it can happen on a set, too.  Know when to be more friendly, when to just do your job, but always be pleasant with a “can-do” attitude – just different shadings of it.

Your job is to do your professional best, no matter what you face.

And remember, don’t extend your hand to shake hands unless they extend their hand first.  I actually saw a casting director with an industrial size of Purell on her table, facing the actor, to deal with this situation.  Don’t you be the one to make her use it.

When walking into an audition, whats your vibe? Are you leaving behind a good impression?
Scott Powers talent advisor

JUST TWO LITTLE WORDS – The Successful Talent: Tips For The Actor & Model

THANK YOU

 

Commercial Print Instructor, Scott Powers provides information that just may help advance your career.

How ridiculous. What’s that got to do with their success? A lot more than you think. There are many elements that go into the making of a successful career and a career profile and this is an unusually important one. It’s always part of a successful actor‘s career. 

They learned a long time ago that hiring is subjective. How competitive it is, how many clones of themselves there are out there. How to get the upper hand? Shave points in their favor? In a business notorious for the “me, me, me” syndrome by too many less than courteous individuals, they turned it around: choosing to focus on how to help the person who can hire them or represent them and show appreciation back. They didn’t HAVE to be called in, after all, and they have never lost sight of that. 

That’s why they find ways of thanking those who are in a position to hire them or represent them. In person during an audition or interview – Thank You! Or, Thanks for giving me this opportunity! and then again in a postcard and/or email after that audition or interview. You would be amazed how a little appreciation goes a long way. You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. 

There may also come a day when you might need a favor from one of “them.” If someone’s been consistently appreciative, “they” will be far more willing to do that much-needed favor. “They” may be less inclined to do something like that for a taker.

Lesson to be learned: two words pack a big wallop in this business: Thank You. Find a way to use them as often as possible. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results that start coming your way. 

Leave the boatload of excuses, attitude, bitterness, meanness, self-entitlement, revengefulness and other manifestations of negativity outside the door. “They” have their own set of problems, “they” don’t need or want yours. Why do you think therapists were invented? They get paid to listen to peoples’ problems and tales of woe, all wrapped up in a thunder cloud of negativity, for a price. 

PS: What’s the companion to “Thank You?” “Be nice.” So simple. Be nice to those who can hire or represent you. 

PPS: What’s the companion to the companion? We heard this from an actor we recently booked on a movie: “Thank you for the work.” Those words cut through all the day’s clutter. A beam of white light. So sweet. We stopped to appreciate what we just heard. And we’ll hire him again. 

Too often you don’t know who can help you or who can hurt you. There is not one actor out there who cannot be replaced. We see this in action every day. Make “them” want to hire you, to be part of their universe. We track actors’ successes (or failures) and these principles are always in their successes, or missing in their failures. 

You have the choice.  We all write our own books. Your book should be on the Best Seller list, not on the remainder pile. And, you can do it. And as a parting little secret, there are more “industry people” out there who are behind you — rooting for you and want you to succeed — than you would ever know. Now go knock it out of the park.

These two words can open up endless opportunities and most importantly create a domino effect on society.

What have you experienced after saying the words “Thank you”?

26 REASONS WHY YOU DIDN’T GET THE PART – The Successful Talent

Melinda Eisnaugle The Avenue Model & Talent

The Avenue’s own Susan Miller and David Ditmore shared this article from Backstage Experts writer Amy Jo Berman.  Read below for more on a seasoned professional’s insight into what you are lacking.

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Yes, I’m writing about why you DIDN’T get the part. Yes, even though your audition was amazing and you were totally on your game and you lit up the room with creative acting genius, you still might not get the part. I know, I know…you’re probably thinking, but Amy, you are always so positive. Why are you talking about something negative?

First, it’s not negative to understand why you didn’t get a job because it will free your mind of all that monkey-mind chatter that happens when you find out you didn’t get it. Second, and this is the important part so pay attention, it doesn’t matter. By the end of this article, I hope you understand that.

Since this is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive and the one that hangs you up the most and twists you into knots as an actor and a creative being, let’s get into it.

Based on my years and years of experience as a casting director in film and television, these are some of the reasons you didn’t get the part.

 

 

 

1. You’re too tall.

2. You’re too short.

3. You’re too pretty.

4. You’re not pretty enough.

5. You’re too fat.

6. You’re too thin.

7. You’re too blonde.

8. You’re not blonde enough.

9. You’re too old.

10. You’re too young.

11. You’re too serious.

12. You’re too funny.

13. You look too much like the lead.

14. You don’t look enough like the lead.

15. You’re taller than the lead.

16. You’re shorter than the lead.

17. You remind the producer of his sister, and he hates his sister.

18. You are too ethnic.

19. You are not ethnic enough.

20. You were the first one to read that day.

21. You were the last one to read that day.

22. You’re more like the best friend than the lead.

23. You’re more of a lead than the best friend.

24. You’re too character-y.

25. You’re not character-y enough.

26. You look like the director’s wife and he had a fight with his wife right before he left the house this morning.

Okay, this is a small sample of the some of the reasons you didn’t get the part. Have you heard any of these after one of your non-bookings? Can you tell what the one common thread is among this small sampling of reasons?

None of these are within your control. NONE.

Yes, of course there are many other things that are within your control . . . but these are the ones that drive you crazy. Right?

What you must understand is that your only job in an audition is to do your best work. Everything else is not up to you. The role you are reading for is one piece of an entire jigsaw puzzle. It must fit with the rest of the puzzle or the puzzle won’t work. The casting director, producer, and director are fitting pieces of the puzzle together all day long. Your only job is to be the best “piece” you can be. Whether your edges fit in the slot for that piece is not up to you.

Just go to your audition. Do your best and let it go. If you’re good, they will remember you. And the next time you hear one of those things, remember these words, let a knowing smile creep over your face, and go enjoy your day!

Amy Jo Berman is former Vice President of Casting at HBO and for 14 years has overseen the casting of over 150 films, mini-series, and series. She is the founder of Audition Polish, a membership-based audition coaching program that has helped actors around the globe nail their auditions on the first take. Using her 18+ years of technical audition experience in the casting room, Amy has helped thousands of actors with her tele-classes, private coaching, workshops, and seminars. Amy loves staying in touch with actors on social media. Watch her video acting tips on Youtube, join her Tips On Acting community on Facebook and get her VIP event updates here.

HOW IMPORTANT IS SLEEP? – The Successful Talent

Melinda Eisnaugle The Avenue Model & Talent

“You are what you eat” is as true when you turn in at night as it is the rest of the day. The foods you choose may improve sleep quality and help prevent insomnia.

Research shows that sleep affects diet and weight. In particular, lack of sleep may wreak havoc with your eating habits, amp up your appetite, alter your metabolism, and increase your odds of becoming obese. Emerging evidence suggests that the reverse may also be true: Diet affects sleep. In particular, smart food choices may help you get a longer, sounder slumber.

What the Research Shows
In a 2012 article in Nutrition Research, scientists from the University of Helsinki concluded that a sleep-promoting diet should be balanced, varied, and rich in:

Fresh fruits
Vegetables
Whole grains
Lean proteins
This type of diet provides plenty of B vitamins and the amino acid tryptophan—two things the body needs to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep. To make the best use of tryptophan, the body also needs ample carbohydrates.

What It Means for You

So what does that mean for everyday food choices and eating habits? Recently, I chatted about this with Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RD, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Below are her tips on how to choose foods that boost serotonin levels and get your brain and body ready for a restful night’s sleep.

Q: Are all carbs created equal when it comes to sleep?

Amy Jamieson-Petonic: No, different types of carbs affect sleep differently. Choose complex carbohydrates—the type found in 100 percent whole grain breads and pastas, oatmeal, brown rice, and dried beans and peas. On the other, avoid simple carbohydrates—the type found in pastries and other sugary foods, white breads and pastas, and white rice. When you eat these foods, you get big spikes and dips in blood sugar, and that doesn’t promote healthy sleep.

Q: What are some good choices for a bedtime snack?

Jamieson-Petonic: I recommend pairing a little protein with a complex carbohydrate; for example, natural peanut butter on a few 100 percent whole grain crackers, low-fat cottage cheese with a few 100 percent whole grain pita chips, or a little turkey or chicken on a mini whole wheat roll. Remember: This is meant to be a snack, not a meal, so keep it small.

Q: Why does the size of a late-night snack matter?

Jamieson-Petonic: You don’t want to add too many calories, of course. In addition, you don’t want your body busy digesting a big meal while you’re trying to sleep. It’s best to finish your last full-sized meal of the day at least three hours before going to bed.

Q: Does warm milk, herbal tea, or an alcoholic nightcap help?

Jamieson-Petonic: Just like Mom said, the combination of protein and carbohydrates in milk may soothe you to sleep. There’s also some evidence that chamomile tea may combat insomnia. But drinking alcohol close to bedtime can backfire. Although alcohol may help you nod off initially, it may also wake you up in the middle of the night and keep you from feeling rested and refreshed in the morning.

Psychology Today’s Linda Wasmer Andrews writes “Minding the Body: The guide to health and happiness.” You can read the full article here.

Melinda Eisnaugle The Avenue Model & Talent
Melinda Eisnaugle The Avenue Model & Talent