October 14, 2021
Actor Video Review-YIQINGZHAO
Jeffrey evaluates another self-submit video audition. This time it is actress YIQINGZHAO with a comic scene. By continuing to perfect your self-taping from a technical and from n acting point of view, you are setting yourself up for success. The more you are comfortable in this environment, the better the overall effect. That means your confidence will grow and that means you will find more frequent success with your acting submissions! Here are some items discussed with today’s submission:
- Holding a paper or card slate? Does this work?
- How is the sound?
- How does the reader’s voice compare to yours?
- Camera Frame is important
- Is your slate friendly? Don’t miss an opportunity to show more of you.
- Is your clothing distracting?
- Prior action (beat) might be helpful
- Do you use gear changes? (pitch pace pause)
- You did not exit fully off screen…GREAT!
- Are you re-acting to the other character in the scene?
- Is there a better exit beat?
Let me know what you think! Join in the fun at castingactorscast.com or email Jeffrey at mailto:email@example.com
October 7, 2021
The Cost Factor
Everything has a cost factor. Every choice, decision, contribution, or process will always come with some measure of payment. It can be time, energy, or actual material payments but it will always need to be paid. For actors, the cost factor can be difficult to calculate. Our desire for creative success often comes with unanticipated costs. On today’s episode; the cost factor. Things you can do to avoid those decisions that ask more of you than you can spare.
September 30, 2021
Breaking Down a Breakdown
I've seen this happen a lot. Many times, actors will see a job listing and get so excited because they think it is perfect for them. The question becomes, is it really right for you? Does the breakdown itself hold keys for discovering whether you are right for the gig? Let's take a look at a breakdown and not have a breakdown. In this episode of casting actors cast, I will show you exactly how to know when you are right for the right acting job.
September 23, 2021
Making the Most Out of Every Opportunity
This episode is all about how we process our daily lives and how we can look at the bigger picture to maintain our career objectives. Making the most out of every opportunity a great rule of thumb. Jeffrey shares his most recent experience with a college class of young actors in training and how they missed the boat when an opportunity presented itself. Learn how you can have the healthiest perspective and ability to make space for your acting career despite everything you are dealing with. All in this episode of casting actors cast.
September 16, 2021
I get this question all the time. It is especially prevalent with actors’ equity association (AEA) as well as SAG-AFTRA, The performers union for film, television, and recorded media. There are many variables for an actor to consider when joining the union. Not only about it being a good decision for your career, but is it the right time for you to join? To be sure, it is an investment. It is a financial burden but that preclude her from finding non-union meaningful full employment. Let's take a look at the pros and cons that you need to consider when pursuing your dreams as an actor or actress.
September 9, 2021
In this episode, Jeffrey will provide a comprehensive evaluation of actress, Kristy Koczur's audition as Renfield from Count Dracula. Both technical and acting elements will be critiqued by Jeffrey, providing you with important information to consider for your own submissions. C'mon in and join the growing community of actors who love to learn and grow! Find out more at www.castingactorscast.com or the YouTube channel so you can watch all the episodes!
September 2, 2021
Off The Top of My Head
This episode is a bit of a departure from past shows. Jeffrey takes off his casting hat to talk a little more personally about what we’ve going through. With COVID variants and concerns about the future, it’s no wonder that we question our choices. Not only that but trying to figure out how to hold on to an acting career is truly frustrating. Jeff offers some advice and positive encouragement about where we are now and what we can do about our future acting plans. Finally, Jeff talks about his own struggles with a personal family matter that proves we are all on a similar journey. Please consider sharing this episode and, perhaps, write a review, show support to this growing community of actors!
August 26, 2021
Feeling Nervous? Everything You Need to Know
Some call it stage fright. Some call it the jitters. Some actors are incapacitated because of their nervousness while others are resolved to live with their anxiety or discomfort. In this episode, we're going to talk about what causes nervousness and offer solutions so that you can be your best acting self. All happening right now.
This is Casting Actors Cast, the podcast and video for actors from a casting director.
August 19, 2021
Agent or Manager? What’s The Big Deal?
In last week's episode with questions and answers, several questions revolved around getting an agent or manager or none of the above. Now, I’ve done many podios on how to get a representative but not with these questions; Do you need an agent? Do you need a manager? Do you need a representative at all? What’s the big deal? we'll dive into this important subject and by the end of today's episode you will be able to decide the best choice for your career in this is episode of Casting Actors Cast.
August 12, 2021
The title says it all. This episode is all about your latest questions and comments over the past several weeks. Questions about trends, tips (not what you think) and getting started on the business from a 17 year old in Jamaca! Plus a bonus segment featuring Itune reviews for Jeff!
C'mon in...the water is fine!
August 5, 2021
Actors Who Watch Themselves Act
There is an insidious self-sabotage trait I see taking place with actors. Many
talented folks don’t even know they’re doing it. What’s worse, is that when they
are informed about this habitual activity, frustration abounds as it becomes
seemingly impossible to fix. Help your acting become fresh, spontaneous, and full
of possibilities. What am I talking about? I’m talking about your third eye. Why do
you watch yourself act is the question? In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, we
are going to explain what it really is and how to fix it!
July 29, 2021
5 Tips to Nail your Next Audition
Whenever I teach an audition workshop, I usually start the session by asking, “What are your issues with your audition?” The answers are as varied as the actors I teach. They range from, “I get nervous” to, “I just want to book the job.” It's no wonder that many actors find auditions nerve wracking, uncomfortable, and sometimes just a waste of time. Having been an actor and now as a casting director, I can share some thoughts about your next audition. I often see the same behavior taking place now as it did when I was acting. Let's look at the five tips I have for nailing your next audition.
July 22, 2021
Our need for approval is so powerful that if it is not there, we become unworthy. We have lost our sense of value and self-worth by giving power to those outside sources of influence. It’s time we acknowledge our value and appreciate who we are. After all, we are all we have, and our talent depends on a positive connection to our grounded emotional vocabulary. In this episode we will try to find our way out of this common actor trait called undervalued and underappreciated.
July 15, 2021
Patrick Harvey-Self Tape Evaluation
In this episode, Jeffrey looks at the video submission of actor, Patrick Harvey. Both technical and acting work will be evaluated. So many auditions are being conducted this way that it is a good thing for actors to see and experience the kind of work being submitted. It is also a great way to find out if an actors submission measures up. The podio finishes up with Jeffrey sharing his first “in person” auditions happening this week with some thoughts about how to make smart decisions about your in person auditions!
July 8, 2021
“Can you help me find an agent?”, is a question I get quite often. Many times, an actor has decided that getting someone to represent them is a priority for their business plan. For others it is a frightening proposition. After all, the talent sometimes believes that with an agent, their career will take off. I think it's best to answer the question with another question or even better, a series of questions, On this episode of Casting Actors Cast.
Is your acting in the best possible shape?
- Be 100% sure you are actor ready
Do you have the right credits for your current brand?
- Define your interest with the focus you place on your marketing
Does your picture and resume reflect your Energy and personality?
- materials you are marketing can go a long way toward representation
Have you continued training and growing your professional contacts?
- Continuing education, Investing in yourself as a professional, is impressive for an agent or manager who might be looking.
Are you available for auditions? Callbacks? Bookings?
- Agents and managers need to know that you are ready, willing, and able to take on those opportunities you are seen for.
Have you researched the representation that is right for you?
- Having a strategy with good research just makes sense.
Now that you have answered these questions, we can spend a moment on how agents find actors. there are four ways this usually happens. First the referral. A recommendation from a casting director, director, actor who is currently working with the agent, are usually the best way a meeting happens. Second, a showcase or performance that an agent sees can often lead to a meeting as well. The last and least effective method is an actor reaching out without some kind of logical connection. That does not mean you should not try it. It just means to keep it in perspective. Answering these questions and understanding the goal of representation will ultimately lead to a result that can advance your career and keep you working. -Jeffrey Dreisbach
July 1, 2021
Your Acting Investment
Many actors are surprised when I tell them that they are the CEO of their company. It is as if they have spent most of their creative life working on their talent with little time spent on their business plan. A business plan is something every professional should have to keep their vision clear. I don't mean literal vision; I mean seeing their career journey as a process and growth opportunity. So, let's take a moment and look at being a responsible CEO. Let's look at ten actor investment strategies that can affect your investment for the better on this episode of Casting Actors Cast
- Picture, resume and postcard-Are they new, ready, and interesting?
- The actor's wardrobe and shoes-Having a separate audition wardrobe is really smart. Having six or seven items that you only wear for auditions makes sense.
- Your cell phone
- Self-tape-recording equipment
- Classes and seminars
- Resource Materials-Make sure you set aside some funds for books, drop box, actors’ access and backstage.com or any other tangible assets that can grow your career
- Marketing-Website, blog, social media, flyers, postcards, and stationery
- Musical theatre expenses
- Transportation expenses
- Personal development
Have you heard the acronym, ROI? It stands for return on investment. It means that when you make an investment it should pay a dividend or at the very least improve the quality of the brand. As an actor, you can expect your ROI to include the following: Representation-finding an agent or manager that will help you with acting opportunities. Audition Increase-the number of auditions the number of callbacks and the number of bookings that grow are a good ROI. Industry Contacts and Growth-feeling like you are part of a community is extremely valuable for an acting career. Overall Industry Participation-expanding your circle to include new opportunities should happen. Investing in your acting is a plan, a strategy, a way for you to find structure in your creative life. It also assumes that you are pleased with the quality of your acting work. If not, then consider moving classes and workshops up the list as you evaluate your progress.
June 24, 2021
Asking and Answering Your Questions
Jeffrey takes on some interesting questions and comments by Casting actors Cast listeners; “My question to you, Jeffrey, is should I try to find representation with a local New York agent?”
“Stage actors are dying to be set free, please don’t dash our hopes.”
Find out the answers and more on this episode!
Please check out the website castingactorscast.com and the YouTube channel Casting Actors Cast. The podcast for actors from a casting Director. Here are some partial excerpts from the letters Jeffrey responds to.
“Central Artists in Los Angeles says they are bi-coastal but almost all my auditions/bookings came from Prestige here in New York. I'm very loyal but, as you have said in your podcasts, "it's business and not personal.' I know all is kind of in limbo production wise with the pandemic at the moment, but this is my career and I need the best team I can assemble behind me.”
“There's been a steady advance of "technology creep," imposing more and more technical demands on actors … stage actors are often suffocated by zoom auditions, having their inventive powers confined to a screen, unable to respond to the “room” fully in the moment, having to squint at a reader on a screen, unable to be fully physical, etc. And the production staff will get a limited understanding of the actor’s capabilities while creating those very limitations, and might regret hiring an actor who is only capable of a cramped video performance and not a more expansive live presentation.”
Find out Jeffrey’s answer in this episode!
June 17, 2021
Are You Unique Enough?
I know, I know. This is a weird question to ask. Truth is, I work with actors every day and find that there is a hesitancy to express their uniqueness. Really. It’s like there is something holding the talent back from the full expression of their personality. Now I have often said that it is your uniqueness that will book you that acting job. So then why are actors fearful of not showing who they really are when playing a role? Is playing a role supposed to be shown rather than felt? Is playing a role different than playing you? Let’s look into this important question and discover the answer to the question, “Are you Unique Enough?” on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, insights for actors from a casting director!
June 3, 2021
Acting Success Story’s
Everyday Actors are being seen for roles in movies, tv, theatre and new media. Self tape, Zoom and even live connections are being made through auditions, performances, and interviews. Perhaps you’ve even had your own journey with the opportunities that have been available over the past year. I think it’s time we recognized those actors who have found success and made an impact on this business we call acting. Let’s call this episode Acting Success Story’s in the hope of finding a common thread that you can identify with. After all, it’s important to celebrate those moments in all of our lives when the stars seem to align, and good things happen, and we realize why we do what we do. Acting success stories on this very special episode of Casting Actors Cast, insights for actors from a casting director.
May 27, 2021
3 Keys to confidence
You’ve heard me say that the confident actor is the actor that gets the gig. I do not mean being cocky or full of yourself but rather the actor that understands the value of a positive self-image. One that communicates the subtext, “I can’t wait to show you how I am going to play this role”. But what if you’re not feeling so confident about yourself. Self-doubt can be a lonely place and over time, can undermine your confidence and ultimately affect your career path. If this sounds like you, you are in the right place. In this episode of Casting Actors Cast as I give you the 3 keys to confidence. These keys will open the door to a better, smarter, positive approach to your acting and your acting career. I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach and this is Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director!
May 20, 2021
How Do You Book A TV Show?
The process for booking an actor on a TV show is relatively easy. The challenge many actors face is getting the answer to, “How do I go about it?”. Although you have heard being at the right place at the right time is key, did you know there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting seen for a show? There really are steps you can take to put yourself in the best position for consideration. In this episode, I will spell out the ways you can make the dream of being on a TV show closer to reality. In fact, it may be closer that you think. All happening right now on the podcast/video called Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director!
May 13, 2021
Make Virtual Musical Theatre Auditions Sing!
We are slowly getting back to theatre casting. It’s exciting after a long, long holding pattern that we’ve all endured. Even musicals are being dusted off and gearing up for those venues that can support them. But guess what. Along with the good news comes some other issues. Looks like we will still be using Zoom for first round auditions! That means you might have to continue to use the technology…even for musicals! How do you make your musical auditions on zoom the best they can be? The answer is here. On this podio (podcast video) I will “vocalize” the way to Zoom yourself so you can book the gig! Don’t miss out on this content rich, extremely useful and practical episode of Casting Actors Cast, insights for actors from a Casting Director!
May 6, 2021
3 Useful Marketing tips Actors Need
It’s one thing to be ready for the next right thing in your acting career. It means that you have taken the steps to move your career forward. It’s quite another to create the methods that move those steps into the next stage (pun intended) of your career. Many times I see really talented folks who think they really don’t need to put themselves “out there” in order to grow. Well, I guess it’s a choice to not think about marketing yourself. But as the CEO of your company, maybe it’s time to look at your marketing strategy, or lack thereof, and find out if it has the potential to move you to the next level of your career. This episode of Casting Actors Cast is all about three useful tips you’ll need to succeed. Insights for actors from a casting director, that’s me, Jeffrey Dreisbach. Join us!
April 29, 2021
The Curse of the Smart Actor
Of the many things I have learned in casting, one of the most significant is that actors are smart...really smart. This might sound like a strange thing to hear but it’s true. Smart actors are more prevalent (ooh good word) than ever before because of the training, opportunities, and instant access to information. This is a blessing, but it can also be a curse. What’s the curse you might be asking? Well, I am here to share some insights about that very subject. We’re going to have fun talking about the curse of the smart actor on today’s podio of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast and video for actors from a casting director. Join us!
April 22, 2021
Are you due for a makeover?
When was the last time you had a heart to heart with yourself? No kidding. When did you really think through the options available to you as an actor? Are you in a good place right now to make the right career choices or have you been speaking an inner monologue that doesn’t make clear decisions or choices when it comes to your acting career? This episode of Casting Actors Cast will look at this topic and we’ll also answer the question, “Are you ready for a makeover?” C’mon and jump into talent pool…the water is fine!
April 15, 2021
The Top 5 TV & Film Audition Tips!
As the Film and TV industry regain their footing and rebound after Covid, actors need to be ready for those new projects on the horizon. How are you getting ready? How are you setting yourself up for success? This new season can be just the right time to get ready with your on camera audition skills. I’ve got the top five TV and Film audition tips to get you started. All happening in the episode of Casting Actors Cast, Insights for actors from a casting director.
April 8, 2021
What is a “Chemistry Read”?
There are times when you might be asked to do a “Chemistry read”. Do you know what that really means? How do you prepare for it? What can you actually do to make this next step in the audition process work to your advantage? In today’s episode of Casting actors Cast, I will spell it out for you so that the next time you are asked to participate in a Chemistry Read, you will know exactly how to act with your acting while acting with another actor….
April 1, 2021
So you asked for it! Another self tape evaluation from an actor wanting to "up their audition game". Mahmod Mahmod sent his link and now it's time for a review! Find out what works technically and with his acting. You'll learn how to improve your own self submit videos. Jeffrey will share his insights and suggest the best ways to book the job! Please don't forget to like and review. You can even see the video on the YouTube channel of Casting Actors Cast.
March 25, 2021
Why An Actor website?
Maybe it’s just me but I am surprised that Actors are still asking me about whether or not they need a website. C’mon people, this is 2021 (last time I checked) and we need to get it together! YES! You need a website. It is just as important as your picture, resume and tap shoes. OK, the tap shoes are optional. So let’s have this conversation and answer the question, “Why an Actor Website” On this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast video or podio for actors!