How Game of Thrones has been great for British theatre

Game of Thrones has had a great impact on British theatre scene. Those actors that have been featured in the show, have also been seen on the stage. Thus, drawing larger crowds to the theatre. Not only are these fine actors featured on the big stages, but many can also be found on fringe stages throughout Britain.  The clout of GoT has touched the lives of actors and audiences alike, both on screen and off. READ ARTICLE via

How to Brand Yourself with Headshots

Headshots are often the first “hello” an actor has when presenting themselves to a company or casting director. The quality and story of a headshot can play a pivotal part in the casting process to make you stand out and book an audition, callback, or role. As important as this first impression is, Casting Networks gives you tips on how to stand out in a pile of headshots. READ ARTICLE via

A Day in the Life of a Stunt Double

Have you ever watched a film and needed to look twice to see if the star of the movie was performing a stunt? More often than not, they most likely had a stunt double performing those wicked moves. For those actors that are drawn to a more physical discipline, the career of a stunt double may be a good fit. Casting Networks speaks with stunt woman Katie Eischen about what her typical day is like both on and off the set. READ ARTICLE via

Audition Advice with Casting Director Christine Sheaks

Casting director Christine Sheaks (“Fargo”, “Boogie Nights”) knows what it means for an actor to impress in the audition room. Here’s her take on some best practices when it comes to auditioning: READ ARTICLE via

A Day in the Life of a Voice Actor

Voice acting is one of the most valuable skills that an actor can develop. Once perfected, it can become an ideal source of income. As a voice over artist, there are endless opportunities that this career could lead to, such as: commercials, television shows, video games, audio books, and more! Curious about a typical day-in-the-life of a voice over actor? Casting Networks chats with Greg Chun about his typical day, as well as some insight into this career. READ ARTICLE via

10 Skills for Audiobook Narration + Voice Work

Narrating an audiobook is the most challenging work you can do in voiceover. It takes myriad skills to navigate them successfully but if you can master the 10 skills below, you’ll be successful in accomplishing a performance most audiobook listeners take for granted. – Marc Cashman, Want to learn more? READ ARTICLE via

Actor Advice: Auditioning at Unified General Auditions

Auditioning at any of the upcoming summer stock/year-round audition conventions? A volunteer for Seattle’s Unified General Auditions gives her advice on how to prepare your pieces for a successful audition. READ ARTICLE via

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

BY LAURIE RECORDS via The commercial casting process shouldn’t be a mystery. While every job is unique, there is an underlying structure to the process that, in theory anyway, we’ve all committed to when casting commercials. Why? Because it works! When talking to actors, there seems to be a cloud around callbacks, specifically, what happens after the callback. The stakes are higher during callbacks and what happens after, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be as informed about this part of the process as you are about the rest. Because knowledge is power, let me shed some light on the process that ought to pierce the clouds of confusion and anxiety. Say you had a terrific callback. But what the heck happens next? For you, not all that much. Just make sure you’re cl...

The Secret Life of Understudies on Philly’s Theater Scene

BY ZOE GROSSINGER via “Line?” Alanna J. Smith, decked out in emerald green face paint from head to toe and a witch’s black hat, yelled frantically to the stage manager. It was holiday season in 2016 and Smith was almost finished with her first staged production of The Wizard of Oz at the Walnut Street Theatre, having made zero mistakes so far. The line that slipped her mind? “I’m melting.” “Of course, the most famous line is the one I miss,” said Smith.   Not to worry. Smith, now an in-demand musical theater actress, was at the time an understudy for the Wicked Witch of the West role, and her flubbed line came during the “understudy run” of the production — a tradition in most Philadelphia theaters.   COURTESY WALNUT STREET THEAT Flubbing one key line as an underst...

J.K. Simmons on ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 and the ‘Crushing’ Moment That Changed His Life

The Oscar-winning actor opens up about the twists and turns of ‘Counterpart’ season two, how he pulls off dual leading roles, and the ‘divergence’ point that changed his life. by: Nick Schager The only thing better than one J.K. Simmons is two, which is a significant reason Counterpart is a top contender for best new show on television. After completing a sterling initial season earlier this year, Justin Marks’ twisty-turny sci-fi saga begins its excellent sophomore run on Starz this Sunday (Dec. 9). As before, its focus is squarely on Howard Silk (Simmons), a Berlin-situated government employee entangled in a Cold War-esque spy game—the catch being that the two sides at war are not East and West, but our world and an identical parallel dimension we discovered thirty years ago that’s popul...

2019 OTA Audition & Interview Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019 North Central Regional Auditions and Interviews will take place January 19 & 20 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, located in California, PA. ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER REGISTRATION FORM Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019     TECHNICAL REGISTRATION  FORM OTA Tech Form 2019 EVENT INFORMATION 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Technical Interview

What to Know About Being on Set for the First Time

BY CASEY MINK via As an actor trying to break into the film or television world, you spend endless days and nights dreaming of the moment you can finally step onto a set. But what happens when you actually get there? Do you know how to conduct yourself professionally on camera and off? Do you know the faux pas to avoid so you don’t give away your status as a newbie? Do you know when to pipe up and, conversely, when to zip it? Do you know how the actor’s role relates to the director and producer? It’s OK if you weren’t able to answer “yes” to every one of these questions—even Meryl Streep once walked onto a set for the first time. (Though she was probably brilliant on that day, too.) We’re all allowed to start somewhere, and Backstage wants to make sure you are starting wi...