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    Amazon Casts Latest Pilots Out of L.A.

    Amazon Studios tapped Los Angeles-based Laray Mayfield and Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino for its first ever drama pilots.

  • Advice

    How To Deal With the Industry Being ‘Unfair’

    Do you think that this business is unfair? OK, but please show me a business that isn't. Don't get me wrong, if I ruled the world every talented actor would be making their living acting, and roles would all be cast according to whomever is the best for ...

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    One Foolproof Way to Ruin an Audition

    I was casting a TV pilot a few years ago, and one of the roles was described as an “Old-World Hollywood agent. He even wears a pocket square in his suit jacket.” All of the lovely actors who came in were dressed to the nines. I brought in an actor ...

  • News

    How ‘Casting By’ Advocates For Casting Directors

    The film indicts AMPAS for two crimes: singling out casting directors as the only title-card credited craftspeople denied their own Oscar category and refusing to bestow an honorary Oscar on Marion Dougherty, the pioneering casting director who helped launch countless careers.

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    Is the New Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center Snubbing L.A. Casting Directors?

    “We have a huge pool of incredibly talented people here—singers, dancers, actors, musicians. Why do we do what I refer to as the genuflection to New York?” — Michael Donovan, Casting Director

  • Advice

    How to Protect Yourself in an Audition

    No, we’re not. How can an actor give a great audition against all these odds that seem to be set up as an obstacle course to make you fail? Protect yourself.

  • Advice

    How To Embrace and Enjoy the Audition Process

    I believe you can enjoy your auditions and transform them into win-win situations for yourself and those present in the room, regardless of whether you book a role at that particular time.

  • Advice

    How To Find Inspiration as an Actor

    Too often young actors neglect to find inspiration in the world around them in pursuit of the holy grail of a “job”—be it a film role, a guest spot, or a series regular job.

  • Advice

    How To Get Casting Directors To Find You

    First of all, don’t despair. Know that we very well may acknowledge your efforts without you even realizing it. If we’ve seen you do great work somewhere, you’re likely in our “favorite actors” files. There may not be a job or a role right this minute for ...

  • Advice

    Why You’re Not Getting a Callback

    Ken Lazer gives the honest truth about why you might not be getting a callback after receiving positive feedback from the casting director.