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3 Useful Marketing Tips Actors Need

3 Useful Marketing Tips Actors Need

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!

The Curse of the Smart Actor

The Curse of the Smart Actor

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!

Are You Due for A Makeover?

Are You Due for A Makeover?

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!

The Top 5 TV & Film Audition Tips

The Top 5 TV & Film Audition Tips

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.

What is a Chemistry Read?

What is a Chemistry Read?

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….

Self-tape Critique-Mahmoud Mahmoud

Self-tape Critique-Mahmoud Mahmoud

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.

 

Why A Website?

Why A Website?

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!

What To Say At an Agent Meeting?

What To Say At an Agent Meeting?

March 18, 2021

What to Say at an Agent Meeting?  
           
         Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. You just got a call or email from the agent  you’ve been wanting to meet. This could be a crazy great turning point in your acting  career ! Auditions, roles, bookings here we come! Wait…what are you supposed to do at this meeting? What are they going to ask? What if they don’t like you? What if you blow it? This could be a career killer!  Don’t let this get you down.  Let’s talk about this in a  clam, rational way. You’ve come to the right podio…podcast video. I’m here to help. I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach and this is Casting actors…Cast! 

Are You an ACTOR OVERTHINKER?

Are You an ACTOR OVERTHINKER?

March 11, 2021

So, the actor says to me, “I’m trying to make the scene work by applying everything I‘ve learned In class!”. “Really”, I said,” and how is that working out for you?” “Not great. I can’t seem to remember anything including the words! “I’m a disaster!”. You are not a disaster…you are an actor. An actor with a solvable situation. Let’s have a conversation about an issue I’ve seen with more and more frequency. The ACTOR OVERTHINKER, on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast and video for you! The over thinking actor!

We don’t have problems…we have situations!

Actor overthinkers come take several forms:

The smart actor:

              Creative perfectionist/never satisfied always analyzing.

              Impossible to be objective about the work because it is result oriented

              Solution: Turn the focus away from self and into the character’s behavior

              Less result oriented and more connectedness with the other character

 

The insecure actor:

              Compensate the potential for rejection by presenting and not being

              Decide that if you are not “working at it” it is not good

              Solution: Decide that you are unique and enough

              Stay open to creative choices that are spontaneous

 

The angry actor:

              Try to be “edgy” and show an affected side of their personality

              Question others, question the writing, question the notes that are given

              Solution: Ask yourself how this approach serves you

              Take your internal “temperature”. Listen more, talk less.

 

These are three examples of the overthinking actor. Good acting is created and then left alone for exposed for others to feel and respond to. The overthinking actor has to simply learn how to share themselves and then leave it alone. Keeping it simple is the key. Re-directing your energy toward being in the moment can stop your overthinking and start landing solutions so you can stress less!

Acting Questions-Direct Answers

Acting Questions-Direct Answers

March 4, 2021

One of the best things about being a Casting Director is the ability to affect an actor’s life in a positive way. When an actor books a role, there is no greater pleasure than to be part of that creative decision. In a similar way, I love doing this podcast/video or PODIO because some tip or suggestion or advise that I have offered has helped actors in ways I never thought possible. I received one such letter that I am excited to share. And I will answer your latest questions about acting and the acting profession. Acting questions-Direct answers. All happening in this installment of Casting Actors Cast…the podio for actors from a casting director!

Best Critique of Your Self-tape

Best Critique of Your Self-tape

February 25, 2021

In this episode, I evaluate a new Self tape audition sent in by a Casting Actors Cast listner/viewer! You'll get immediate understanding of how a casting directors' first impression is to your submissions. Both technical choices and acting moments are evaluated for their effectiveness and impact.  Learn how you can get live feedback for your own auditions by submitting to castingactorscast@gmail.com or going to www.castingactorscast.com for more information!

Act Better!

Act Better!

February 18, 2021

Act Better!

So maybe the title of this episode caught your attention. Perhaps you’re thinking that there is some secret sauce to making your acting more appreciated by others and therefore feel more successful. Whatever the reason, I want to share some insights I’ve learned both as an actor and now as a casting director that will eliminate the need for you to ever hear “Act Better” from anyone…. including yourself! In this episode of Casting Actors Cast!           

When Directors Say the Wrong things

When Directors Say the Wrong things

February 11, 2021

WHEN DIRECTORS SAY THE WRONG THINGS…
 It’s no mystery that directors/teachers/casting directors, can say the wrong thing to an actor sometimes. Whether it’s for auditions, stage, TV, Film or even voice acting, something might be said that you don’t understand or can’t relate to. What do you do about those weird, uncomfortable, confusing moments? Is there actually a way you can salvage a potentially negative situation into one that gets the job done? Let’s find out on today’s episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director!

Introduction
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(Actors connection spot)

Looking back to my acting days I can relate multiple times I didn’t understand what a director was looking for when they gave me notes. (Example) On one hand the director is the “over-seer” of the project and must be fully trusted because they have the vision for the story. On the other hand, you might not key into the same vocabulary as the director, leaving you confused and frustrated. Here are some tips to making this a positive experience and not one with regret. Here are seven take-a-way’s for working with directors:
1) Set up the ground rules-a mutual understanding of the working process: “Best way to ask questions or how do you like to work?”
2) Key into the way the director speaks to others (actors, producers, assistants)
3) Once a note is given take a moment to process what is said and then see if it works
4) Making an effort to try the direction always wins over starting out disagreeable.
5) You are not clay needing to be molded. It is a collaboration of creatives.
6) If you really don’t understand try to ask, “Can you put that another way? If you say, “I don’t understand” it has the potential of feeling like a push back.
7) Unless the motive is unclear, trust that there is a desire for a mutually creative process and outcome.

When you find yourself in a situation with a director that you have trouble translating their words into action, it is your right and obligation to dig deeper until there is comprehension with what is being asked. Maintaining professionalism and a positive mental attitude will almost always work to your benefit. 
 

How to Make a Slate Great

How to Make a Slate Great

February 4, 2021

HOW TO MAKE A SLATE GREAT!
“Hello, I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach?”…”What’s up, this is Jeff Dreisbach”…”Hi, I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach and I am reading for Hamlet…I am 6’2….on a good day!”. Your slate is the proverbial handshake and first impression we get from you. I have seen actors “loose out” because of a bad slate. No kidding! Let’s end the great slate debate and give you the right way to make your slate great on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting director…that’s me….Jeffrey Dreisbach!

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Slates are used in every audition situation you can imagine; Voice over, self tape auditions, live meetings on Zoom, and, in-person soon!
* History of the slate
* What are they used for today?
* Why are the important?
Voice over slates:
* Not in “Character”
* Warm/meeting someone for the first time
* Breath, beat, moment before the read
Film/TV Slates:
* Looking into the camera lens
* Warm/friendly/ genuine moment
* Breath, beat, pause before read
Live, in person slates:
* Eye contact
* Genuine interest in the other
* Not a formal presentational moment (too stiff)
Be careful not to dismiss the value of a good slate. It is a first impression about how you look, sound and an opportunity to show US you. Getting a sense of your personality, energy and sincerity can leave a lasting impression long after the actual audition is over. While the importance of a good slate has been discussed, over thinking it can also cause you to feel presentational or over rehearsed. Use the moment to connect then invest in the most important thing…your audition.

“Lights, Camera, ACTION!”

“Lights, Camera, ACTION!”

January 28, 2021

“Lights, Camera, ACTION!”

Does this phrase make you nervous, excited, tense or maybe even happy? This phrase, when taken literally, is about you on a set, ready to act, ready to create through your character. As an actor, there is no better moment than hearing that phrase. Really. We’ll talk about that moment and also dissect the phrase into the perfect metaphor for your acting and your acting career. In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the Podcast and video or Podio for actors!

 

Introduction

Sponsor mentions.

 

Being on a movie or TV set

  • The waiting game
  • Feeling prepared; Recall the audition, breathe
  • Ready to work/constructive confidence
  • Re focus nerves into the right container

During the shoot

  • Multiple takes mean staying present
  • Don’t think more is better
  • Enjoy the rife (Why you wanted to do this in the first place)

It’s a Wrap

  • Professional courtesy
  • Exit stage right (don’t hang around)
  • Reward yourself/spread the word

The Metaphor:

              Lights: Shine a light on where you are in your career right now

              Camera: Know what tools you need to accomplish the goals. See the purpose

              Action: Make a plan, forward movement is the right direction. How to get it done

Whether you are on the set or planning on being on the set, it is a matter of having then trusting the tools while you move forward with your acting career journey!

 

JD

Auditions; Don’t Do This!

Auditions; Don’t Do This!

January 21, 2021

Very few things annoy me when I audition actors. I really enjoy the process and love to see accomplished talent show me how they would play the part. I have had actors faint, cry, mumble and explode…and that was before the actual audition! Here are some things I have experienced in auditions that are quite detrimental to the actor and can sabotage their chances of getting realistic consideration for booking a role. In other words…Don’t Do This!

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Acting Myths and Mistakes for 2021

Acting Myths and Mistakes for 2021

January 14, 2021

Acting Myths and Mistakes for 2021

Based on the questions Jeff's received over the past few years; it occurs to him that many actors seem to still be hanging on to misconceptions and untrue claims about being an actor. So, let’s clear the air on some of these weird untruths so we can launch the new year with a realistic perspective and clear eyed understanding of those acting myths and actor mistakes!

What’s the Deal About Acting Reels?

What’s the Deal About Acting Reels?

January 7, 2021

Jeffrey kicks of this episode with the answers to questions you've wanted to hear about acting reels!

What are they?
What are they for?
Why are they necessary or are they?

Acting Reels are an important tool for the industry. Done right, it can open doors and accelerate a career. Poorly done, it can leave a bad impression of where you are in your career and set you back financially. Take time to think through the purpose of your reel and whether you will move ahead or spin your wheels because it does not achieve what you need it to do.

What about Acting in 2021

What about Acting in 2021

December 31, 2020

Air Date: 12/31/2020

What About Acting in 2021?

What are the plans for your acting in 2021? What about making New Year resolutions? Might that help? Some actors think that planning your acting is wasted energy while others spend a lot of time making plans only to feel defeated in a short period of time... Jeffrey explores the value of looking forward with a clear view of what acting can mean for you in the New Year. Please consider leaving a review on your favorite podcast platform and visit www.castingactorscast.com

 

 

My Holiday Story

My Holiday Story

December 24, 2020

 Jeffrey departs from the usual format of Casting Actors Cast to share his first professional New York experience as a performer. The Radio City Christmas Specular continues to be an iconic event year after year. With the Covid virus still haunting our holidays, this episode hopes to warm your spirit and perhaps help you recall fond memories of being a performer during holiday times. As always, please consider leaving a review, thumbs up, or hitting the subscribe button. Spread the joy, share the love! Happy holidays! www.castingactorscast.com

 

 

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Let’s Evaluate A Self-Tape

Let’s Evaluate A Self-Tape

December 17, 2020

Today, Jeffrey evaluates a self tape Shakespeare submission on video and provides a detailed critique! The response for a spontaneous evaluation of your auditions has been really exciting and this episode will give you some great tips and suggestions for your auditions. If you like this content, please consider letting Casting Actors Cast know by posting a review, subscribe to the YouTube channel or sharing this episode with other actors! Visit castingactorscast.com more more information and past episodes!

New Questions Answered

New Questions Answered

December 10, 2020

Jeffrey decides to answer questions from listener's and viewers of the "podio"! Questions about moving to New York, staying focused on an acting career and finding out what it means when your hear things are, "starting to open up". Always fun, always insightful, Jeffrey spells it all out on this packed episode. Check out the YouTube video of this podcast by going to Casting Actors Cast channel or castingactorscast.com for more!

Self-tape Critique, LIVE!

Self-tape Critique, LIVE!

December 3, 2020

Jeffrey selects an actor's self tape to critique live! He provides feedback and responds to the audition without having seen it before! Really a great way to learn how to make your submitted auditions work for you! This is a must see/share event that will change the way you want to be seen. You can submit your audition videos too by going to castingactorscast@gmail.com and send a link your audition! Who knows, maybe Jeffrey will feature your work live too!

Your Acting VS Your Side Hussle

Your Acting VS Your Side Hussle

November 26, 2020

A regular listener of the PODIO (podcast/Video) asks Jeffrey for some tips on how to manage an acting career and the money gig. Taking a look at how to stay afloat while pursuing your acting might require some perspective and positivity! Jeffrey provide an honest way to balance the challenges you might be facing. Also, stay tuned to the end for for some bonus tips and an invitation to have your self-tape auditions evaluated by Jeffrey in a future episode!

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Cheers!

Your Self-tape Acting Mistakes

Your Self-tape Acting Mistakes

November 19, 2020

There are 5 common mistakes actors can make in their video submission auditions when acting. It's true. Jeffrey provide excellent advice on how to fix those issues and make the entire experience enriched, interesting and fun! In this episode, Jeffrey is requesting you send your audition video to him for a FREE on air evaluation for a future podio. Your audition will be used to help others AND offer some personal advice and suggestions from Jeffrey! Submit your audition video (link only please) to castingactorscast@gmail.com

Cheers!

Monologue Magic

Monologue Magic

November 12, 2020

Do you talk to yourself...out loud? We're still in isolation and this seems to be happening more and more! Jeffrey turns this into what he calls Monologue Magic. You will find these tips and suggestions for new monologue material extremely helpful. Monologues are still a fantastic tool because they are self-contained acting moments and are being asked for either in self-tapes or Zoom! Please listen to the entire episode as Jeffrey proposes an idea for future podcasts that can involve you directly (toward the end). You will want to hear this idea to help you personally!

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Thanks!

 

 

Type or Brand? Does it Matter?

Type or Brand? Does it Matter?

November 5, 2020

This question needs an answer. Do you still think in terms of your "type"? Jeffrey will do an in depth analysis of what you need to grow your acting career and stop thinking about "type"! There are marketing advantages when you are able to understand your brand and personal growth happens with that understanding. If this episode has helped you, please consider letting Jeff know. He loves the feedback!

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The Casting Director and the Agent; Power Couple?

The Casting Director and the Agent; Power Couple?

October 29, 2020

Many actors don’t know much about the relationship casting has with your representative (agent/manager). Knowing about this unique dynamic will help you better understand how and why your career is progressing the way it is. It definitely has an impact. So let’s un-pack this power coupling of the agent and the casting director! 
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Recharge Your Career Battery-In 10 Steps!

Recharge Your Career Battery-In 10 Steps!

October 22, 2020

The title says it all. There is no time like the present to take a look at the choices you are making about your acting career. Jeffrey gives you 10 Do-able, practical ways you can re-ignite your passion and move ahead with your goals. Really! We would love it if you could like, subscribe and share this episode with a fellow actor and tell them all about, "Casting Actors Cast"!

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Cheers!

 

The “IT” Factor

The “IT” Factor

October 16, 2020

Do you have it? You know, the "it" factor. That special quality that people are drawn to. Call it, star power, magnetic personality, presence or charisma. Many actors possess this unique gift which is what contributes to their success. Jeffrey takes this subject on and tries to explain how this is something you might already have or something that is a waste of time thinking about. A different kind of episode. One that is sure to get you thinking! Please consider a visit to the website www.castingactorscast.com and find out why actors are jumping in to this talent pool!

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