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Casting Director, Audition Coach, Career Consultant. Harrison and Martin’s Mama.
Apr 1 9 tweets 2 min read
A real benefit of self-taping is that you get to choose your best take(s) to send to Casting. The downside, of course, is that you can do as many takes as you want.

But here's a little secret: your performance is (usually) not going to get better after your 4th or 5th take.

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Remember how many takes you got during live auditions? One. Maybe two. VERY occasionally three. Almost never more than that, right?

Want to know why? Casting Directors know that after three takes, you start to get in your head.

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Feb 23 6 tweets 1 min read
I've talked with a lot of actors who lately feel like they're getting good auditions, pins, callbacks, etc. but aren't sealing the deal.

This is normal. Only one person can get the job. Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's another actor. What is for you will not go by you.

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But more importantly, getting meaty auditions is great. Getting called in by the same offices over and over is fantastic. Being pinned or receiving callbacks is a perfect sign that you're on the right track.

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Jan 4 5 tweets 1 min read
Actors, here's a hot tip for your Tuesday: if you see a prototype in a breakdown description, that is for your REPS, not for you.

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We use prototypes all the time when we're discussing the concept of a character. Writers often write with a voice or specific person/type in mind. Occasionally, we'll include those names in the breakdown to help your reps have clarity as to the type and tone we're going for.

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Dec 5, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Story time:

We read an actor for the series lead of a pilot. He was perfect for the role but the network wasn’t convinced. We read/taped him 2x, but they still weren’t seeing it. In an act of passion, the prods wrote a brand new scene for him, one they felt would seal the deal. His agent didn’t want him to read again. They felt like the writing was on the wall and didn’t want to put him through it. We pleaded, the producers wrote a love letter for the agent to pass on to the actor… the actor said yes to reading again. One caveat…
Jun 17, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Hi, I'm hearing from a lot of actors who are feeling left behind as they see more of their friends back on set.

So I'm here to remind you that... 1. You can't compare your journey to anyone else's - you are apples and oranges.

2. People only share the good stuff on social media - you have no idea what their bad days are really like (or how frequent.)
Jan 3, 2020 32 tweets 6 min read
Actors, you should ALWAYS read *all* of the instructions for your self-tapes, as they (and we) are all a little different.

But in case Casting hasn't specified certain things, here are some simple basics you can follow, (to protect your/your reps sanity): #minithread Again, these are to guide you ONLY if Casting hasn't otherwise specified. (Read all of the instructions, every time, I beg of you!)

1. Slates: if Casting doesn't say where to put your slate, (beginning, end, separate) put it at the end. We should see your performance FIRST.