Casting Actors Cast
75K Downloads Celebration

75K Downloads Celebration

June 30, 2022

75K Downloads Celebration

Air Date:  June 30, 2022

 

On today's episode of Casting Actors Cast, we're going to look back and find out the reasons why we now have 75,000 downloads of the podcast. Come on, it's a celebration. And you’re invited to listen to Casting Actors Cast.

Breathing Matters

Breathing Matters

June 23, 2022

Breathing Matters

Air Date:  June 23, 2022

 

One of the easiest ways actors can feel in control is to concentrate on breathing. When was the last time you thought about your breath? OK not your breath but your breathing! That's the subject of today's podcast. Breathing matters. On this episode of casting, actors cast.

 

Catch A Catchphrase

Catch A Catchphrase

June 16, 2022

I don't know about you, but I love when I hear myself saying catch phrases. You know, those little statements or sayings that can get you through the day. For example, here's one. You can start your day over at any time. That has actually helped me a lot of late because when stuff happens, sometimes I need a fresh start. Let's take a look at some additional guidepost statements that can help you with both your acting and your acting career. On this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

 

Does Your Headshot Still Matter?

Does Your Headshot Still Matter?

June 9, 2022

Given the current environment and the new technology actors are required to know like Zoom and self-tape, you might be wondering if the need for a headshot still matters. After all, we can see what you look like in a slate or in a Zoom meeting, why do you need to go through the trouble and expense for new headshots? What can they possibly be used for? Listen up people, I have the answer to that question plus some really valuable tips on ways you can use your headshot as the best marketing tool in your tool kit! Answers to that and the mailbag on this episode of Casting Actors Cast! The podcast and video for actors…from a casting director!

It’s Never About You

It’s Never About You

June 2, 2022

It’s Never About You!

Air Date:  June 2, 2022

 

Did the title of this episode shock you? Are you thinking that this is just another guy needing to vent? There are multiple ways to approach a statement like this. Suffice it to say that hearing the phrase, “It’s Never About You” is actually helpful. There is something useful when we can shift our attention to what is happening beyond our control. There are many times when actors appreciate the focus and attention they command. Equally important are those times when knowing you are not the center of it all can actually be a relief. Let’s talk about it. On this episode of Casting Actors Cast!

Questions And Answers

Questions And Answers

May 26, 2022

Questions and answers

Air Date:  May 26, 2022

 

The success of this podcast is due to the comments, feedback and letters from listeners. There have been a flurry of actors reaching out to either comment or ask a question or even share their successes! Ok. It may seem like an ego massage, but let’s face it, we could all use some positive strokes. This episode of Casting Actors Cast is all about communication to and for each other. Questions and answers. Coming right up!

What Happens to Your Submissions?

What Happens to Your Submissions?

May 19, 2022

What Happens to Your Submission?

Air Date:  May 19, 2022

 

It’s a typical comment that actors have. After all, actors take the time and work hard on their self-submit videos when they submit for a project only to never hear or receive any feedback whatsoever. It’s as if their audition goes into the data universe never to be heard from again. What happens to your submission? I will break it down for you in an effort to remove unhealthy speculation about your audition efforts going forward. Happening on this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

The Fix for YOUR Auditions

The Fix for YOUR Auditions

May 12, 2022

The Fix for Your Auditions

Air Date:  May 12, 2022

 

I can't tell you how many times I find myself yelling at my computer screen while watching self-submit videos. Your self-tapes have so many issues in them that it sometimes is impossible for me to give you a fair evaluation about your acting. So today, we're going to call the episode, “The fix for Your Auditions”. Hopefully after this episode, you're going to get not only excellent results, but you're going to say to yourself, wow, the fix is in.

Networking Conundrum

Networking Conundrum

May 5, 2022

Networking Conundrum

Air Date:  May 5, 2022

 

Possibly one of the most common questions out there is, “How do I stay in touch with an agent/manager/casting director without turning them off?” or, putting it another way, “I don’t want to be obnoxious and am afraid I will turn the agent/casting director off, how do I network the right way?”

To be sure, every actor wants to be though of in great terms with industry folks. But sometimes it’s really hard to figure out the best way to do it. We will answer this question and offer up some helpful insights into those pesky networking conundrums! On this episode of Casting Actors Cast, The podcast for actors from a casting director.

Dealing with Competition

Dealing with Competition

April 28, 2022

Dealing with Competition

Air Date:  April 28, 2022

 

Competition. It can feel awful. Working very hard to do the best work you can, say, with an audition scene, and suddenly this queasy feeling takes over. Your inner voice is saying, “I bet someone else will do this better”. Or “there are probably so many other talented people up for this, I am sure I won’t get it!” In that split second moment, you’ve become sad, defeated, or worse. What’s crazy is that you have not even auditioned yet! You’ve allowed imagined competition to ruin your process. Although you think this is real, intellectually, you know it is nothing but self-sabotage. The only competition you need to deal with is with yourself. That’s why you need this podcast. This is really going to help. This is Casting Actors Cast!

College Showcases-The Truth

College Showcases-The Truth

April 21, 2022

College Showcases-The Truth

Air Date:  April 21, 2022

Our Casting office receives hundreds of invitations to college showcases every spring. It seems that every university that has a theatre curriculum decides to give their students the opportunity to perform for New York, LA, Chicago agents, managers, and casting directors. These use to be live on stage which, because of covid, went virtual. Well, it looks like the live versions of an actor’s coming out party, are coming back. The question is, are they really useful? Can they make a difference in an actor’s career? Let’s have a truthful conversation about the college showcase, on this episode of Casting Actors Cast!

 

What’s Happening With Regional Theatres?

What’s Happening With Regional Theatres?

April 14, 2022

What’s Happening With Regional Theatres

Air Date:  April 14, 2022

 

Because of Covid, regional theatres have had to re-tool and reinvent their business model. Statistics tell us that a 30% drop in revenue (or more) is not uncommon. Some theatres have had to close their doors altogether while others resorted to “online” readings and performances to maintain their relationships to their subscribers. It is not all bad news, however. Non-profit theatres are making a comeback. Slowly but surely, new projects are in the works for these theatres. How will this affect you? What are the ways you can take advantage of this shift? What’s Happening with Regional Theatres? You’ll find out on this episode of Casting Actors Cast!

MFA-Meditations for Actors; A Review

MFA-Meditations for Actors; A Review

April 7, 2022

MFA -MEDITATIONS FOR ACTORS-App review

Air Date:  April 7, 2022

 

There are a ton of products and services meant to support actors. Classes, websites even podcasts. Each one has its place, but because there are so many choices and each one costing you time, how do you decide what’s best for you? Its enough to make you crazy. This episode sets out to save you, not only time, but restore your sanity and keep you actor ready. It’s an app called MFA, Meditations for Actors and we’re going to find out if it is right for you. On this episode of Casting Actors Cast!

Stop Performing Start Conversing

Stop Performing Start Conversing

March 31, 2022

Air Date: 3/31/2022

Stop Performing Start Conversing!

 

After watching countless auditions on zoom and on self-tape, I've come to the realization that most actors are giving a performance. What I mean is, many times, I want to say to the actor, “it is not a performance, it’s a conversation. Just talk”. I guess the question you might have now is, just how do you do that? In this episode of casting actors cast, I will breakdown the process so you can stop performing and start conversing with your acting.

 

Best Business Advice For Your Acting Career!

Best Business Advice For Your Acting Career!

March 24, 2022

Air Date: 3/24/2022

Best Business Advice for Your Acting Career!

Actors are always handed advice from other people who have nothing to do with being an actor. You have probably heard everything from how to be rich and famous to how to prepare rice and beans when times are tough. Take it from me, you have heard advice that can amount to an actual hill of beans! There are, however, some useful tips that might help. Advice that I have heard that makes sense which made the actor’s journey easier to navigate. Check out this episode of Casting Actors Cast and get the best advice for your acting business career.

Preparation To Performance

Preparation To Performance

March 17, 2022

Air Date: 3/17/2022

Preparation to Performance

Most of the time, we can strike the right balance between being prepared which then leads to a strong performance. Then, there are those times when we don't feel prepared, and that usually affects our performance in a “not so good” way. That is an awful feeling.  It's no easy feat to embrace how we approach the work, and then, how we should perform it. Sound confusing?  In this episode, let's look at the ways we can prepare ourselves for the audition which then becomes an accomplished performance. Preparation to performance on this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

Top 3 Self-Tape Mistakes

Top 3 Self-Tape Mistakes

March 11, 2022

Air Date: 3/17/2022

Top 3 Self-tape mistakes made by Actors

Did you know that there are three universally common mistakes made by actors when they submit their auditions on Self-tape? Based on hundreds and hundreds of auditions, Jeffrey can spot the issues in a matter of seconds. Are you one of the culprits? Can you make your auditions better using these simple fixes? Don’t miss this critically important “Podio” that can help you take your work to the next level. It’s called, Casting Actors Cast, the podcast and video for actors.

Actor Training = Investment Dividends

Actor Training = Investment Dividends

March 3, 2022

Air Date: 3/3/2022

Actor Training=Investment Dividends

It goes without saying that investing in your acting by taking acting classes is a smart strategy. It keeps you sharp and committed to your goals in a rewarding way. There is a assumption about classes that need to be addressed. When you sign up for an acting, scene study or camera class, you might want to consider the implications. You could lose credibility and diminish your opportunities in a significant way. Let’s explore the investment dividends and potential losses when you invest in your acting training, in this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

Talent Pool Questions-Deep Dive Answers

Talent Pool Questions-Deep Dive Answers

February 25, 2022

Air Date: 3/10/2022

Talent Pool Questions, Deep Dive Answers

It’s always fun to hear smart questions and comments from actors. It really represents a genuine interest in knowing more or sharing a common experience. Many times, answers to actor questions seem to make sense, while others can leave the questioner more confused or with multiple follow ups, which can be frustrating. In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, will take a deep dive with some email from the talent pool and let’s just hope we come up for air! C’mon…that was good!

10 Ways to Make Money Acting!

10 Ways to Make Money Acting!

February 24, 2022

Air Date: 2/24/2022

10 Ways to Make Money Acting!

Using your training and professional background as an actor for gigs other than on screen or stage might be something you’ve never thought about. After all, you are an actor and actors need to act! I get it. But what about those times when you might not have a ton of auditions or roles lined up for the near term? Keeping yourself sharp and “Actor Ready” is vitally important during those leaner times. What kind of side hustles make the most sense for you? I’ve got 10 ways to make money using your acting background in this episode of Casting Actors Cast!

Gear Changes in Your Acting

Gear Changes in Your Acting

February 17, 2022

Air Date: 2/17/2022

Gear Changes in your acting

When you drive a stick shift car (do we still have those?), there is a sequence that has to be completed when you go from 1st gear to second. Push the clutch down, shift the stick, release the clutch, and add gas simultaneously. There is a similar process that is often overlooked when you are acting. Let’s talk about the gear changes you can use when playing a part. Weather it’s for an audition for film and tv or stage, gear changes can really drive the character…see what I did just there? Find out more on this episode of Casting Actors Cast!

You Got A Callback, Now What?

You Got A Callback, Now What?

February 10, 2022

Air Date: 2/10/2022

You Got a Callback, Now What?

It is really exciting when you get an audition appointment as an actor. It validates you in many ways; acknowledgement about your talent for one. Next, the excitement grows when you get the callback! It can represent a potential booking, advancement of your career, an opportunity to perform. What could be better! Sometimes, however, the callback can be terrifying. As you get closer to your callback, you put yourself under even more pressure to succeed. Yikes! Finding a professional approach to the callback is the answer. Casting Actors Cast to the rescue. This is the episode you’ve been asking for….

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

February 3, 2022

Air Date: 2/3/2022

The Elephant in the Room

We have shared hundreds of podios (podcast videos) on how to have a successful acting career. We’ve talked about acting techniques, business practices, creative mindsets, even how to self-tape your auditions. Yet, there is an elephant in the room. Something large and imposing that needs to be dealt with. Just like an elephant, it’s not scary but rather it’s very existence can influence an affect us in big ways we never thought possible. How’s that for a tease? Please find out what the elephant in the room is all about, on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors.

What’s My Motivation?

What’s My Motivation?

January 27, 2022

Air Date: 1/27/2022

“What’s My Motivation?”

The story goes something like this. The actor, frustrated that they are not how a moment in a scene should be played, asks the director, “So what’s my motivation?”, to which, the director replies, “Your paycheck!”.  Making a decision about how to motivate yourself in an acting career is no different. If you decide to always question your choices, then you just might find yourself stuck with no forward movement. Sometimes the best choices are ones that do not require conditions attached but ones that just make sense for you in the moment. Motivation, in a scene or in your career, let’s find out how to make the best choices. All happening in this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

Self Tape Review! Richard Sacher

Self Tape Review! Richard Sacher

January 20, 2022

Air Date: 1/20/2022

Self-Tape Review: Richard Sacher

It’s time for another Self Tape evaluation! If you’ve been listening or watching the podios for any amount of time, you know that giving honest feedback about your video submissions is really making an impact. What’s even more exciting is when the actor writes back to say that their updated audition actually booked them a job! Sometimes making small technical adjustments or getting feedback with an acting note can make all the difference. Today, we will look at Mr. Richard Sacker’s audition video. Who knows, you might take away some nugget that will re-shape your auditions and get you into the next best thing! This is Casting Actors Cast, Insights for actors from a casting director!

You Ask, Jeffrey Answers

You Ask, Jeffrey Answers

January 13, 2022

Air Date: 1/13/2022

YOU ASK AND JEFFREY ANSWER’S

The success of these podcasts and video’s (or podios) is partly based on the questions you have asked. Either from direct contact or from classes, workshops or just from curious folks wanting to understand how it works. The other part of this podcast’s success story are the personal experiences that I have had in finding out what it is to be in the business of show. That said, whenever you ask a question, there is an overwhelming need to find you the answer. Today’s podcast/video is all about sharing the best answers for you. You ask, Jeffrey Answers on this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

Are YOU Open for Business?

Are YOU Open for Business?

January 6, 2022

Air Date: 1/6/2022

Open for Business

Everyone seems to have a “New Year’s” resolution. From podcasts to TV news shows, they are either reflecting on how awful last year was or pushing things to look forward to for next year. We usually decide that this is a way of putting to bed the past and finding hope for the future. This is also an opportunity to set goals for ourselves. It can be personal objectives like losing weight or being a kinder person or the goals can be the “business/career” declaration. “I will be more successful” can sometimes be heard from actors during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Are you one of those? Well, it is not a bad thing to set goals. It might be more productive, though, to reframe the resolution into a practical question. Here’s one. “Are You Open for Business?” Simple questions are sometimes worth investigating. Like on this episode of, Casting Actors Cast”

How To-Audition Reader!

How To-Audition Reader!

December 30, 2021

Air Date: 12/30/2021

How To: Audition Reader

If you’re like me, you’ve probably decided not to reflect over the past two years to assess your acting progress. There have been just too many sidelines and shifts, let alone think about how you are going to move your career forward. Jeff’s got a great idea that will help you with your auditions and take you from, “Am I Ready for what’s next? To “Alright, What’s Next”.  He’ll explain how being a reader for auditions can change your outlook and your career on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director.

Acting Career Warnings-5 Tips

Acting Career Warnings-5 Tips

December 23, 2021

Acting Career Warnings-5 Tips to Watch

A fan of Casting Actors Cast sent in a voice question to the website that got me thinking. There are some dangerous pitfalls and missteps in show business that can really damage a career. What’s worse, is that as new talent comes into the business the pattern is repeated. There is no intention to scare you in this episode, but rather, shine the light of awareness so you can navigate your career more effectively. This episode is all about the dangers, rip-offs, and bad choices that can happen to you, the actor, on this episode of Casting Actors Cast.

 

Flipping The Script

Flipping The Script

December 16, 2021

Flipping the Script

One technique that I love to use in class is asking the actor in a scene to play the other part. What usually happens is that the actor has no time to think about their choices and jumps in to accomplish the task. The result? The Scene comes alive, is truthful, real, and conversational. On this episode of Casting, Actors Cast. Let's flip the script and find out more about playing the other part whether It’s for acting or for your acting life. This is one episode you are not going to want to miss!

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