December 1, 2022
Brake for Scripts
Air Date: December 1, 2022
I had a hard time coming up with a juicy title for what might be perceived as a boring subject for today’s show. After all, when you hear the term, “Script Analysis” you might feel like a throwback to a mundane intellectual college lecture. What I want to chat with you about is anything but. The ways you read and study a script for an audition or booking can have a significant impact on the results you are hoping for. In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, I’ll apply the brakes and give you some tips on breaking down a script!
November 24, 2022
Giving Thanks for Your Questions
Air Date: November 24, 2022
If you are a regular listener to Casting Actors Cast, you know that occasionally, I answer your questions. Since it’s a national holiday here in the U.S. known as Thanksgiving, I will show my thanks by answering your questions and hopefully, with any luck, we’ll discover what it means to talk turkey, address dressing and gobble up whatever is left over. Oh, yeah. This is Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a hungry casting director.
November 17, 2022
Organizations Worth Knowing
Air Date: November 17, 2022
In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, we’ll talk about some very cool resources that you should be aware of. Staying current with what’s happening in the arts community and with tools that can help actors, is a great way to feel connected. Let’s put the power of information to good work on this episode of Casting Actors Cast
November 10, 2022
Just Show Up
Air Date: November 10, 2022
Why do we do it? Really? Why do we subject ourselves to the loud debate going on in our heads over every decision when it comes to our acting careers. We make decisions every day. Maybe hundreds of times. Yet, when it comes to our acting careers, we spend an inordinate amount of time evaluation every option to the point of exhaustion. What do I mean? Take the questions actors have about finding agents. Who is the best one for you? Are they interested in working with me? How should I approach them? What if it doesn’t work out? When will I make the connection? And the voices in our head go on and on…And it’s not just about agents. It seems to happen to just about every aspect of our acting careers. The fear of making a mistake is more painful than the decision. My answer? Just show up! Today’s episode is all about keeping it simple and just showing up.
November 3, 2022
Air Date: November 3, 2022
Lately, I’ve been thinking that there is very little to celebrate. I’m not sure if it’s the post Covid world, political upheaval, change of seasons or just my cranky pants inner kid showing up to kick my ass. I usually consider myself an optimistic, energetic, “let’s do it”, kind of guy so I am not speaking about mental health issues, like depression, but, rather, a sense that finding joy in everyday things seems burdensome. Not easy. It got me to thinking. Maybe actors have an ability that others don’t have to find joy within themselves. As creatives, actors can “create” a joyful response that others might not experience. Your superpower is today’s topic in this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
October 27, 2022
Where are the Acting Jobs?
Air Date: October 27, 2022
I am sure you’ve askes this question at some point. You’ve looked at Backstage, Actors Access and other online job sites, only to become discouraged and frustrated at the prospects for gainful employment. If you have an agent and they are not sending you out on auditions then your might be asking yourself, “now what!”. Although there is no magic answer to help you, I think it a good idea to, perhaps, add some insight regarding the frustration you feel when asking, “Where Are the Acting Jobs!”. I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach ant this is Casting Actors Cast!
October 20, 2022
Air Date: October 20, 2022
Many actors like to use beats in their work. Beats are the mini pauses, breaths, or silent holds which are used for a variety of reasons. Even directors like the use of the beat when working with actors to draw attention to any given moment. There are, however, issues surrounding the beat that can negatively influence the actors’ choices. Today, we’ll look at beats…not the vegetable but the healthy acting tool actors like to consume…see what I did just there? This is another episode of Casting Actors Cast to devour! OK, I’ll stop now!
October 13, 2022
After thousands of auditions, I can say, with confidence, that there are thousands of talented actors. Each one brings their own brand of technique, personality and interpretation to every role that are seeking to play. Here’s the thing. Many time I am missing one important ingredient to make the best audition impression. It’s the mood of the piece. How does the mood or emotional conditioning affect your performance? Let check out this often-overlooked performance element called Acting in the Mood? This is Casting Actors Cast.
October 6, 2022
Are you an actor who has been away for a while? Are you thinking of jumping back in? Are you fearful that the profession has changed. Perhaps changed too much for you to make a go of it? Never fear. Today’s episode is all about checking your fear at the door and jumping back into the acting talent pool. If you are contemplating getting back into acting, this episode will help you overcome those fears and turn them into an acting re-boot return to acting! This is Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director!
September 29, 2022
Do you remember this classic acting alas exercise? You are partnered up with another actor and they stand in front of you. Then, without warning they fall back into your outstretched arms whereupon you catch them, thus preventing them from hitting the ground. It is called the trust exercise. The idea is to rely on each other to build confidence in your partner. Well, today we need to talk about falling back, building trust and confidence! Happening in this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
September 22, 2022
Air Date: September 22, 2022
Have you ever heard someone say, “they have potential”? I remember a particular teacher say
that to me in high school. At first, I was thrilled that I had something to aspire to. Then, the
more I though about it, I realized that it was, in fact, an expression of disappointment from that
teacher. I was not measuring up. That word, “potential” is at once a statement of possibilities
and failure. Actors find it hard to understand the concept. It is a matter of knowing what you
are capable of and then judging if you have demonstrated those capabilities. Do you have
acting potential? Let’s get into it. On this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
September 15, 2022
Air Date: September 15, 2022
Jeffrey responds to questions and comments from the audience!
September 8, 2022
Mark from San Antonio writes:
"...I had the help of my acting coach to tape this, but I’d really love to get your critique of
this. In my opinion I think it would actually be a good topic for the podcast regarding
how best to tape an audition when it calls for lots of action in a scene beyond standard
dialogue like this scene called for. "
Check out my critique of this audition!
September 1, 2022
Hey, Hey, Hey, How’s Your Resume?
Air Date: September 1, 2022
I know, I know. I can’t’ help a corny rhyme or alliteration opportunity! The resumes I’ve seen most recently come under the category, I call, Lacking. It’s not that they are short on credits or that their content isn’t right. It is that the actors resume is not appealing. It doesn’t have enough personality or information to answer even the most basic questions that a Casting Director might have! C’mon people. It’s 2022. The Fall is almost here. New season, new opportunities, new outlook. How about a new resume? Find out if you can benefit from a re-vamped resume. Hey, Hey Hey, Jeff is talking resume…this is Casting Actors Cast-The podcast for Actors from a casting director.
August 25, 2022
So, You want to be an Actor?
Air Date: August 25, 2022
Occasionally, I receive an email or reply from the website form saying something like the following. “I want to be an actor because it is what I’ve always dreamed of.” Then, the writer of this letter adds, “but I do not know how to start and there are no opportunities where I’m from”. When I get this kind of correspondence, my first reaction is sadness for the author. Somehow, they feel stuck or uninspired to find a way to act on their dreams (pun intended). This episode is for everyone who has a dream but finds it hard to embrace the reality that acting as a profession takes hard work, determination, creativity, and support from others. Having the dream is great. Turning the dream into positive motivational steps is the best way to make the dream a reality. So, you want to be an actor? Find out how on this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
August 18, 2022
How Casting Watches Your Audition
Air Date: August 18, 2022
It happens all the time. An actor auditioning for a role (Zoom or in person) finished the scene and then looks to the casting director or director or the producer with an inquisitive look. That look is often hopeful or an expression of, “how was I?”. Sometimes the actor might even say, “…or something like that” in an effort to deflect the need for approval. It’s an uncomfortable moment for everyone. It got me to thinking about what actors think casting is thinking! I am going to tell you in this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
August 11, 2022
Plan, prepare, perform
Air Date: August 11, 2022
So, the dog days of summer are upon us. It’s had to get motivated much less excited about your acting career goals. I get it. Finding the best next career step is so much harder with temperatures hitting 100 degrees. Getting through the day is a challenge let alone thinking about what you have lined up for the fall, right? OK. Listen up. Now is the best time to plan. Now is the best time to prepare. There is no time like the present to perform. Find out how to do all three on this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
August 4, 2022
Special Encore presentation of Resilience!
July 28, 2022
Jeffrey answers your top 5 questions about being an actor in the special Encore presentation!
July 21, 2022
Stage a Comeback
Air Date: July 21, 2022
So, here’s a quote I heard from comedienne, Issa Rae: “Stop making excuses, you are the only one stopping you” I love this because it is exactly what I want to address on today’s podio, podcast video. Are you ready? Are you setting yourself up for acting success? Have you been procrastinating making career choices for yourself? In that case, it might be time to Stage a Comeback! What I mean is, get back to your acting because the stage is on a comeback! This is Casting Actors Cast!
July 14, 2022
On Set Etiquette
Air Date: July 14, 2022
So, I just got back from 2 days on a film set. It was on location at a county fairground in South Jersey and was it really fun. While there, it hit me. I wonder if actors know the best way to make the most of their on-set experiences. Are there things you can do to while shooting a tv or film to make the booking successful and even fun? We’ll find out on this episode of Casting Actors Cast!
July 7, 2022
Ham on a Role
Air Date: July 7, 2022
C’mon. Who doesn’t like a good pun? Ham on a R-O-L-E is the only way to talk about those times when you’ve been asked to play an outrageous character and you want to ham it up. Where does that name (ham) come from; I wonder? In any case, we’ll take a look at how to approach and play a personality that is over the top, outrageous and goofy on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director…
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.
June 23, 2022
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.