Performance

Audition Advice with Casting Director Christine Sheaks

BY CAT ELLIOTT via www.castingnetworks.com From “Fargo” to “Boogie Nights,” Christine Sheaks has cast some of the greats. Sheaks took a break from one of her current projects, the “Dramaworld” series on Netflix, to offer her take on auditioning best practices. Is there any advice that you think all actors should hear? “Actors need to know who they are and be connected to it before they get in the room. What makes an actor different is what’s going to get him or her the job; it’s a light that shines brightly. When William H. Macy used to audition, he did this so well. He’d just come in and do his thing. It may not have been for everyone, but it would always be true to who he was. I was the casting associate for ‘Fargo,’ and we had him come in and read several times. He wasn’t a star yet, bu...

A Day in the Life of a Voice Actor

BY CAT ELLIOTT via www.castingnetworks.com Ever wonder what it’s like to be the voice behind an animated character? How about the voice behind a commercial pitch or the lead character in a video game? Look no further. Veteran voice actor Greg Chun, known for voicing George Roberts in “Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures,” Ike in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” and Takayuki Yagami in “Judgment,” shares a typical day in the life of a voice artist and offers insights for those considering a career in the field. What’s a typical day look like for you? “I wake up and see what auditions are due in the morning, and I’ll jump in my home studio by around 8 o’clock to hammer those out. Then I’ll leave to go to my recording sessions for jobs I’ve already booked for that day. Afterwards, if I have more audition...

8 Must-Haves for a Self-Tape Home Studio

BY AMY RUSS via www.backstage.com Imagine you get an email from your agent tonight requesting a self-tape for a huge role that’s due first thing tomorrow morning. How do you react? Do you do your happy dance, confidently record at home with the correct equipment, and send your agent a professional quality self-tape ahead of the deadline? Or do you panic because you don’t have any lights (or other elements you need) and cobble something together that you’ll ultimately need to redo so your agent can submit it? If you’d react in the first way, well done! If you’d react in the second way, you need to up your self-tape game. A self-tape is crucial to your success as an actor and you need to be prepared when a last-minute request comes in. To make sure you’re ready when the requests come in, it’...

Romeo + Juliet: Star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English

BY MISHA BERSON  via www.seattletimes.com In ACT Theatre’s “Romeo + Juliet,” Joshua Castille, as Romeo, will discourse primarily through American Sign Language (ASL). Gabriella O’ Fallon, as Juliet, will deliver her lines in spoken English. Shakespeare’s text has gone through a several-step translation process, then turned into ASL poetry. Wooing Juliet from beneath her balcony, Romeo proclaims, “O, speak again, bright angel!” The star-crossed teen lovers do a lot of talking in Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet,” which contains some of the richest, most passionately lyrical verse in the Bard of Avon’s canon. And the pair will have plenty to say in the new ACT Theatre production — but they will be speaking the speech in two different languages. Noted deaf...

2019 Oscar Winners: The Full List

Compiled by Sara Aridi via www.nytimes.com • “Green Book” won best picture, Rami Malek won best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Olivia Colman won best actress for “The Favourite.” Alfonso Cuarón won best director and best cinematography for “Roma,” which also won best foreign language film. • Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar for best adapted screenplay. His speech was a doozy. • Read about the best and worst moments of the show. • Read our analysis of the ceremony. See the best looks from the red carpet. Best Picture: “Green Book” Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”  Original Screenplay: “Green Bo...

Stars and Stand-Ins: Hollywood’s Unsung Heroes Step Into the Spotlight

BY REBECCA PORTER via www.hollywoodreporter.com “It would feel odd not to have my partner with me,” says Jeff Bridges of Loyd Catlett, who’s spent five decades on set with the Oscar winner, stepping in for long hours on camera shots in one of Hollywood’s least heralded but most crucial roles, detailed here by five high-profile pairs. “Coatimundi!” shout Jeff Bridges and Loyd Catlett when asked about their favorite workplace story. A coatimundi is a type of tropical raccoon native to South and Central America, and, for one afternoon after leaving the set of 1984’s Against All Odds in Mexico, it was a hazard for the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime stand-in. Along with the rest of the cast and crew, the duo found themselves in standstill traffic....

10 Skills for Audiobook Narration + Voice Work

BY MARC CASHMAN via www.backstage.com 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. 1. Articulation This involves enunciating words and phrases correctly, clearly, and cleanly. There should be no over- or under-articulation (unless it’s a character); no sibilance or whistling (most commonly heard on the letter S or soft C) or lisping, and little to no mouth noise. 2. Breathing You must have enough breath so you don’t run out of air at the end of sentences or gasp for breath between or inside sentences. There should be no fading, swallowing, or gulping. Breath control also...

Registration NOW OPEN for the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Annual Auditions

How to Apply Monday, April 1, 2019 Actors’ Equity Association Talent — Open AEA Auditions 10AM – 6PM Beginning on Monday February 18, 2019 — Please email PhillyAnnualAuditions@gmail.com. Include the following: Your name, phone number, 1st and 2nd choice of appointment times, AEA #, as well as any time during the day that you are NOT available. Lunch break will be from 1:00-2:00PM. You will be contacted by a staff member to confirm your appointment and will be required to send forty (40) photocopies of your double sided headshot/resume by Friday, March 28, 2019. Non-Equity talent are not eligible for appointments on the AEA day, but will be seen as time permits on a walk-in basis after all union talent. Monday, April 8, 2019 Non Union Talent — Presc...

Actor Advice: Auditioning at Unified General Auditions

BY KEIKO GREEN via www.tpsonline.org Actor Advice from a UGA Volunteer Before she joined the TPS staff, Facilities Manager Libby Barnard volunteered at the Unified General Auditions — she has also auditioned numerous times, and plans to do so again this year. (Haven’t signed up yet? Click here to register!) This is a post she put together in 2014 about what she learned as a UGA volunteer. (Want to be a volunteer? Click here for info!) We post this as an additional resource that may be helpful for those preparing this year. The following are Libby’s personal opinions and do not reflect those of Theatre Puget Sound or our UGA auditors. ======================================= Obviously you can’t please every auditor. What follows is just my own opinion and lessons I decided to take, as a fell...

5 Tech Tools Every Actor Needs to Know

BY CAT ELLIOTT via www.castingnetworks.com If you’re an actor looking to jumpstart prospects in the new year, keep reading for some game-changing tech tools. While you’re waiting to hear back on that audition, instead of indulging in some emotional eating or watching “The Office” for the tenth time, check out these resources that will help move your career forward. I guarantee Jim and Pam will still be there when you’re done. Scenebot Cost: Free This little beauty seems to have flown under the radar, which is surprising since it allows actors to submit a self-taped monologue or scene once a month that can be seen by top industry pros. The app was co-founded by Nickelodeon casting director Krisha Bullock and boasts a list of 150 casting directors, agents and managers with whom it has partne...

Register for the Theatre Puget Sound – Unified General Auditions

WHAT: TPS Unified General Auditions WHEN: February 25 – 28, 2019 WHERE: Center Theatre – Seattle, WA REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN!     Theatre Puget Sound’s annual Unified General Auditions (UGA) are the biggest and best way around for union and non-union actors to be seen by top theatres, film directors, media and talent agents, and independent producers from Seattle and areas around the Pacific Northwest. Each year the General Auditions hosts 350-400 Auditioners and 45-55 Auditors from around the Puget Sound area. REGISTER HERE THE AUDITION Non-union actors get 2 minutes to audition, while AEA/EMC actors get 3 minutes.  You can do any number of monologues/songs within your allotted time. ELIGIBILITY The Unified General Auditions is a showcase of the region’s premiere tale...

Register for the 2019 South Florida Theatre League Unified Auditions

WHAT: South Florida Theatre League – Unified Auditions WHEN: February 18, 2019 WHERE: ArtServe – Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Actors are limited to a 1-minute monologue and up to sixteen bars of a song. To participate as an actor, you must be a current individual member of the South Florida Theatre League in good standing. To participate as a producer, your organization must be a current organizational member of the South Florida Theatre League in good standing. To sign up for a timeslot, email your headshot, resume, if you plan on singing, and if you have any time constraints to sftlauditions@gmail.com. Please don’t email Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com, as too many large headshot files will clog her email and cause your emails to bounce. Please make sure that your name i...