"Tap Water is Awful"
If you missed Tosh.0 yesterday, here’s the video they featured by StarCast customer service rep Joey Clift: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeY9hf3v_nQ
Audition Tips from Our Followers
We asked our followers on Twitter to tell us their best audition tips. The consensus? Be prepared, be courteous…and don’t forget to breathe. Many great pointers below: @SaysGabe @StarCast I think about my characters silent thoughts and find one thing in common with them. @TravisRCrane @StarCast For voice-over, work with the material, leave your comfort zone, use your...
Before You Move to LA: A Checklist
A check list of need-to-knows before you make your move to LA: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/secret-agent-man/need-know-actors-moving-l/ From Backstage, by Secret Agent Man A recent geological study conducted by Stanford reveals this entire country has a curved foundation that leans slightly toward the southwest corner, right in the direction of Southern California. Now here’s the...
Shorts...Those Are A Thing.....
One of the most overlooked categories come Oscar time is best short film. I admit that most years, I’ve never seen any of the shorts nominated for an Academy Award. “Shorts” are an art craft all their own, and often display some of the most innovative filmmaking. This year, Disney is nominated for a short film called “Paperman.” Some of you may have seen it play in...
Most Common Misconceptions About Actors
SAG Awards nominees reveal the most common misconceptions about actors. Our favorite? The misconception that all actors are outgoing, when many actors are shy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-awards-nominees-reveal-common-416395
9 Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along
While more glamorous to be the hero, sometimes it’s more fun to be the villain. 9 famous movie villains who perhaps weren’t so villainous all along: http://www.cracked.com/article_18417_9-famous-movie-villains-who-were-right-all-along.html
Winding Down from the Globes...
Congrats to Ben Affleck on his many Golden Globe wins. ARGO is on fire! A great wrap-up of the Globes parties at the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/fashion/bill-murray-parties-clooney-style-at-golden-globes.html Next the industry gears up for Sundance, then the Oscars. Gotta love this time of year in Hollywood!
And the Oscar Nominees Are...
Congrats to the nominees of the 85th annual Academy Awards. Few surprises here, except perhaps a DiCaprio snub. Despite how it might feel when someone else takes home the statue, it is indeed a huge honor to be nominated. Full list: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/85/nominees.html
The Most Anticipated Movies of 2013
The most anticipated movies of 2013 — what’s yours? http://www.flavorwire.com/359568/flavorwires-most-anticipated-movies-of-2013 Flavorwire’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 By Jason Bailey on Jan 2, 2013 It seems like it was only yesterday that we were reliving 2012, ranking our favorite movies and moments and sex and controversies — but it wasn’t yesterday, because yesterday was...
StarCast Launch in 2013
For those of our beta trial users who have been waiting eagerly for StarCast to officially launch in January, we’re sorry to report that the waiting isn’t quite over. Like most technology-related startups, the development process for our new services is taking longer than expected. We will email our registered users when we have a set launch date. And in the meantime, as per usual,...
New Year, New Resolutions
Happy New Year! What’s your acting related resolution? http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/5-new-years-intentions-actors/ 5 New Year’s Intentions for Actors By Craig Wallace | I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. They never worked for me and I think the reason was that they always seemed a bit selfish, like I was asking the world for favors. So,...
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, actors and Hollywood industry. With ticket sales on an upswing it’s a good year for the Hollywood dream. Here’s to 2013!
Happy Holidays from everyone at StarCast. In our inaugural year, we’re happy to have been part of your 2012!
Make a Casting Director Happy
Never underestimate the power of a good attitude in an audition or on set. 15 Things Actors Do That Make Me Happy http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/15-things-actors-do-make-me-happy/ 1. You show up every day. You make no excuses. 2. You love the work wherever and whenever you’re doing it and you don’t complain. None of the “I’ve been a series regular for six...
26 Reasons Why You Didn't Get the Part
In Hollywood, you’ll hear a lot of you’re “too this,” or “too that.” Keep in mind that your career is more than just one part; and that while you may not be right for the first 99 things you audition for, you could be perfect for lucky 100. 26 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Part ...
5 Things Actors Can Learn from Entrepreneurs
Launching an acting career is like launching your own brand. 5 things actors can learn from entrepreneurs: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/5-things-actors-can-learn-entrepreneurs/ 1. Listening. A bad entrepreneur will give a 10-minute speech about why you need a new vacuum cleaner only to have you say, “Actually, I only have hardwood floors” at the end of their rant....
10 Sacrifices an Actor Has to Make
Can you live with these 10 sacrifices an average actor has to make? If the answer is an easy yes, you have the requisite passion. http://backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/10-sacrifices-actor-makes/ Being an actor is amazing. You get to “play” for a living, embrace your creativity, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, earn a very good living at it. But there are also so incredible...
How To Recover From a Bad Audition
Bad auditions happen to be the best of us. Here’s how to recover from one: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/how-recover-bad-audition/ Most actors have experienced a “bad” audition in one way or another. Let’s face it, you’re a flesh-and-blood human being, and some days are going to be easier than others. It’s what you do the majority of the time that matters, not...
10 Things You Wish The Casting Director Had Told...
10 Things You Wish The Casting Director Had Told You Sooner: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/10-things-you-wish-casting-director-had-told-you-sooner/ Your teachers, mentors, friends, casting directors have trained you, taught you, listened to you, and brought you back over and over again because you’re terrific in the room. But there are always some things you wish...
Behind the Scenes at Skyfall
Behind the scenes of the new BOND film SKYFALL — how they filmed the motorcycle stunts! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fIcNaX0vmuE
Happy Halloween! We know you actors have come up with creative costumes. Share a pic on our Facebook wall or Twitter feed and we’ll post our favorite tomorrow! Facebook: www.facebook.com/starcastaudtns Twitter @StarCast: www.twitter.com/starcast
6 Tips for a Self-Taped Audition
For future StarCast tapes or for any self-taped auditions, which are more and more common in the industry these days, here are 6 tips for any self-taped auditions, from BackStage: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/6-tips-successful-self-taped-audition/ Whether you’re out of town, on another job (yay!), or the casting director simply has no time to see you, self-taping...
12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Pursuing...
Deciding your future should never be simple nor formulaic, but the following are important questions to ask yourself when considering an acting career: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/12-questions-determine-whether-youre-ready-pursue-acting/
Relaunch in January with Auditions and New...
Dear StarCast customers, fans and followers: Almost a year ago, we set out to provide a game-changing service that would allow actors absolutely anywhere, with any level of experience, to have access to Hollywood. Since then, our casting directors have provided thousands of evaluations, given invaluable feedback, and we’ve shared the best actors with agents, producers and other Hollywood...
A Performance to Be Inspired By
If you want a little inspiration, Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths pulls off one of those performances that transcends entertainment into pure genius. Some rave reviews for the movie, which has attracted little attention at the box office: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/10/seven-psychopaths-is-crazy-good/263514/
Audition Video: Elliott in ET
Sometimes, what happens in the audition room isn’t just an audition — it’s improvised magic! Check out http://kottke.org/12/10/the-worlds-best-audition-for-elliott-in-et
What will you be proud of yourself for if you accomplish this week?
Top 25 Drama Schools
Planning to focus your higher education on acting? Hollywood Reporter’s list of the top 25 drama schools: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-25-drama-schools-319963
Congrats to Rebecca Rittenhouse for being contacted through StarCast by a manager for representation! Industry may request contact with actors atwww.starcastauditions.com/best-performances.
Auditioning with Confidence
As with most things in life, confidence is key, and acting is no different. You’ve probably heard the expression “you gotta fake it till you make it.” From Backstage, 6 easy steps to being more confident in auditions: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/6-steps-having-more-confidence-auditions/