Acting Up: Interview With Casting Director Brette Goldstein
Casting director Brette Goldstein has cast over 40 independent films—many of which have won awards and been official selections at major film fests, including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes—as well as numerous commercials and plays and several TV and digital projects. Goldstein was the resident casting director at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre in Washington, DC, for 10 seasons, and...READ MORE
Acting Up: Tips for Creating Your Website
As a producer, one of the things I look for online when I’m hiring actors is an up-to-date, easy-to-navigate website. I want to see their work and what they’re contributing to the business. It is important to have an online presence, even if it’s just a single web page with your headshot and contact info Here...READ MORE
Acting Up: Soul Inspiration
This past month I had the opportunity to travel to Machu Picchu. Wow! Did that trip turn my vibration, my reality, my thoughts on their head. As time slows down for a bit this summer, I encourage you to inspire your soul. Do something extraordinarily out of the ordinary that will make this summer one to remember....READ MORE
Acting Up: Revamp Your Online Bio
Every six months or so, I always find myself looking over my website, Actors Access account and IMDB page to see if everything is up to date and current. This time around, as I read my bio, I could feel a heaviness. I just didn’t connect with what I was reading. So, I decided on...READ MORE
Acting Up: Create the Space
“Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” — Sanford Meisner Recently, I wrapped Melissa Rodwell’s upcoming film, and my “preparation” was the most abstract that I’ve ever worked with. I realized my job as an actor is to create the space for the work to show up. How did I do this? I took all...READ MORE
Acting Up: The Improv Audition
Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of my auditions have been improv/ad-lib. Although I still receive a character breakdown, research the players of the project (via IMDB, Google), and do my best to get a description for any new shows, the question remains, What am I going to do in the room? I love sides,...READ MORE
Acting Up: Lights, Camera, Audition!
In the midst of pilot season, I realized that most of my auditions sent out to LA are being put on tape. I have always found the “audition on tape” a bit elusive — what exactly is it? That’s why I leave it to the professionals and instead focus on knocking auditions out of the park. Whether...READ MORE
Acting Up: What’s Your Plan for 2014?
Photo: "El Fureidis" by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Pilot season is here. If you’re feeling left behind or like you need to catch up, that’s OK. Maybe you haven’t had a chance to figure out what you want to do or bring about this year. Give yourself some time to set clear intentions for 2014. It’s never to...READ MORE