#Acting #Radio show: RB from @Stage32 .com + @TheKevinE @Backstage @WesamKeesh

#Actors #Radio this week: Richard “RB” Botto from Stage 32.com

Acting Up Radio, Radio for Actor and the film industry.

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Richard “RB” Botto Founder & CEO

Weekly Actors Radio Broadcast. : This Week:

Richard “RB” Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com), the world’s largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives.

Botto is a screenwriter (represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative), producer, actor and author. He served as associate producer on Sam Levinson’s debut Another Happy Day, which starred Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth and Ellen Burstyn and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Screenplay. In 2014, Botto executive produced All Things Hidden. Botto’s own latest script, The End Game, is currently in development.

A pioneer of the early stages of the Internet boom, Botto developed Stage 32 so creatives across the globe would have a dedicated network to find work and representation, launch projects, secure funding, further their education and make life and career altering connections. In just over 3 years, Stage 32 has organically reached over 500,000 members from every country on the planet and has been described by Forbes Magazine as “Lynda meets LinkedIn meets Facebook for film, television and theater creatives.”

Botto has spoken all over the world at industry conferences including American Film Market, SXSW, TriBeCa Film Festival, Entertainment Finance Forum by Winston Baker, Columba University, Cinequest, Screenwriters World West and East, Great American Pitchfest, STN Convention and many more.

Prior to creating Stage 32, Botto was the Founder, Publisher and Editor of RAZOR magazine, a national men’s lifestyle magazine which boasted a readership of 1.5 million at its peak. A former radio host on ESPN and FOX Sports affiliates, Botto has appeared on such networks as CNBC, MSNBC, NBC News, FOX News, CBS News and VH1, riffing about the entertainment business and social media.

In the 90’s, Botto was an integral part of the team responsible for creating the vendor tracking system used by many of today’s top e-commerce companies. Botto headed the development, design and commercial implementation for several of the top 50 most visited sites on the web during that period.

Botto also serves on the Advisory Board for Old Town Music Hall, a classic film theater in El Segundo, built in 1921.

Botto’s book on crowdsourcing for film will be published by Focal Press in 2015.

Oh, and he was once named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors (no lie).

(www.stage32.com), Twitter.com/Stage32 

 

Actors Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week.  This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting related topics, including: acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, and anything related to the entertainment industry.  We add to that, a big focus on the business of acting and how to be the most creative entertainer you can be.

The Radio Show Host: 

Acting Up Radio host: Actor Will Roberts 

WillPicWill is a professional SAG actor, radio producer, and syndicated radio host.  Will brings his conversational style interviewing skills to Cast It Talent radio each week with some of the best and top entertainment talent in the industry.

While social media, texting and smart phones have taken the place of good old-fashioned conversation, Will Roberts has gone back to the basics. He is a host who makes room for two-way discussion and the opinions of others while never missing an opportunity to lighten the moment with his quick witted humor. WillSays.com |

Twitter: WillRobertsUSA * Instagram: ActorWillRoberts

Acting Up Radio Segment Hosts:

Mark Peikert of Backstage Magazine. 

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Mark Peikert of Backstage Magazine.

Twitter.com/BackStage 

For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information.

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KEVIN E. WEST – ACTOR, COACH, KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Scripted acting / Improv / Stand up / Hosting / YouTube personalities
As founder and president of the Actors’ Network, Kevin spends every day helping today’s actors learn about the business of acting and how they can realize the greatest success without repeating the mistakes of others. www.actors-network.com | www.kevinewest.com | Twitter.com/theKevinE

“Kevin is the consummate professional. he is one of the most ethical, intelligent, talented, pro-active, pro-actor people I’ve ever known. Kevin’s extensive experiences, passion and ability to communicate make him the best person I know to assist actors. Hollywood is a business that has a lot of unspoken and ever-changing rules lead to a lot of mistakes which cost actors time, money and emotional strength. To have someone like Kevin on your side to help you get through Los Angeles without having to make all of the same mistakes… is invaluable.” Lonnie Hamerman, Casting Director: Without a Trace, Monk, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer


WESAM KEESH – CREATOR OF THE ACTORS ANONYMOUS PODCAST & ACTOR. 

This week: ANONYMOUS PODCAST interviews Richard Botto of Stage 32.

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Actors Anonymous is a podcast that focuses on the Los Angeles actor and the struggles and hardships as well as the success stories of those whom have worked to build an acting career in Hollywood.

Wesam was raised most of his life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Union High School and followed up the rest of acting, theater, and film study at the University of Tulsa. He spent a summer in London at Imperial College focusing on theatre and the arts. Wesam moved to Los Angeles immediately after college to begin his professional film and television career.  http://www.actorsanonymouspodcast.com Twitter.com – @WesamKeesh

 


Acting Up Radio is a weekly one hour radio show for your station’s weekend line up!


 

RICK ZIEFF – ACTING IN VOICEOVERS – THE VOICE OF REASON – TAKE A CHANCE IN 2016!

Rick’s dynamic and entertaining coaching style make him a much sought after lecturer throughout the country. In Los Angeles, “Rick Zieff’s Unbelievably Fun

Rick Zieff: Voice of Reason

Voice-over Class” is extremely popular, and he is a guest panelist at many popular L.A. workshops.  Many of Rick’s students have gone on to do national commercials, hit animation TV series, hit video games, bestseller audiobooks, and ongoing corporate narration. No matter what the medium, Rick emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, improvisation, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone. He teaches the tools voice actors need to “book” the job. http://www.rickzieff.com


 

 

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Richard “RB” Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com), the world’s largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives.

Botto is a screenwriter (represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative), producer, actor and author. He served as associate producer on Sam Levinson’s debut Another Happy Day, which starred Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth and Ellen Burstyn and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Screenplay. In 2014, Botto executive produced All Things Hidden. Botto’s own latest script, The End Game, is currently in development.

A pioneer of the early stages of the Internet boom, Botto developed Stage 32 so creatives across the globe would have a dedicated network to find work and representation, launch projects, secure funding, further their education and make life and career altering connections.

 


 

The show is free to your station. One 58-60 minute radio show (2  breaks – 2-3 mins each, you can have 1 min OR more per break). The show can be delivered to your station . The show is delivered via FTP or Dropbox download.

For more information on becoming an affiliate, please email Will Roberts – Will@ActorWillRoberts.com

. We look forward to working with you.

* Plus Will is a social media guru  and will do a conference call with your other host and PR team to best deliver your stations message as an added bonus.

We have 12,000 twitter followers and will promote your station when you carry the show.

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the ActingUpRadio.com. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  

David Rapaport – CSA – TIPS/ADVICE for auditions #Acting @RapaportCasting

Hey actors!, this weeks guest sent a me a great list of “To Do’s” for actors to know at auditions, so i am sharing these great tips with the Acting Up Radio listeners and reads, enjoy! 


David Rapaport –  CSA – TIPS/ADVICE for auditions:

Memorize your lines. The more familiar you are with the material, the more fun you can have, and the easier it will be to take direction and try new things.
 
Staple your headshot to your resumé before walking into the audition room. Assume I will always want to see it.
 
– Be nice to your fellow actors, to assistants and interns. The walls are thin, and we can hear everything.  I was an intern and assistant once.  My interns and assistants will be tomorrow’s Casting Directors.  We remember. 
 
Know when to leave. There is this awkward moment at the end of each audition where we say “Thank you,” and the actor sometimes just stays put. That is your cue to go. I know we all want to leave behind a good impression, but overstaying your welcome is not the way to achieve that.
– The best way to get on my radar is to get yourself out there. If you can’t find an agent or can’t book a show, write your own script, film it, and put it online.
 
Make your own opportunities.  Don’t wait for Hollywood to call.  Create your own material and starring vehicle.  Do it with friends, like you did when you were a kid.  If you have a smart phone you have no excuse. 
 
– When auditioning, if you are reading a scene with action in it, DON’T PLAY THE ACTION, we will get you a stunt double.  Promise.  
 
Intern. The lessons you learn are invaluable.  For both actors and future Casting Directors.  The money will come later.  
 
– Don’t worry about what I’m thinking at the audition.  Don’t try to please me.  I want you to make choices and show me YOU. 
 
Have fun!  An audition is an opportunity to act, to play!
 
LISTEN.  A good actor is a good listener.  
– “What people respond to is authenticity and you being uniquely who you are and not trying to be someone else.” – Laura Benanti – Star of Supergirl 

 

 

 

David Rapaport –  CSA – Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/david.rapaportcasting 

https://twitter.com/rapaportcasting

https://www.instagram.com/davidrapaport/

 

David Rapaport is a Casting Director who got his start working for legendary Casting Director Mali Finn (Titanic, Terminator 2). Together they collaborated on more than 50 films and television series, including 8 Mile, 61*, All The Real Girls, Last Days, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and Running with Scissors. At Mali Finn’s, David learned from such distinguished directors as David Gordon Greene, James Cameron, Gus Van Sant, and Ryan Murphy.

Rapaport was honored with a nomination for the prestigious Artios Award by the Casting Society of America for his first pilot as Casting Director, “Gossip Girl” (CW). He also cast the pilots for the “Gossip Girl” spinoff “Valley Girls” (CW), “My Generation” (ABC), David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” (NBC), “Arrow” (CW), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “The Flash” (CW), “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW) and “Supergirl” (CBS). READ MORE: 

#Actors Radio: David Rapaport @RapaportCasting @CW_TheFlash ,@TheKevinE, @WesamKeesh

#Actors #Radio this week: @RapaportCasting – CSA – The Flash & @TheKevinE, @WesamKeesh

Acting Up Radio, Radio for Actor and the film industry.

Weekly actors radio broadcast. : David Rapaport –  CSA – The Flash 

David Rapaport is a Casting Director who got his start working for legendary Casting Director Mali Finn (Titanic, Terminator 2). Together they collaborated on more than 50 films and television series, including 8 Mile, 61*, All The Real Girls, Last Days, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and Running with Scissors. At Mali Finn’s, David learned from such distinguished directors as David Gordon Greene, James Cameron, Gus Van Sant, and Ryan Murphy.

Rapaport was honored with a nomination for the prestigious Artios Award by the Casting Society of America for his first pilot as Casting Director, “Gossip Girl” (CW). He also cast the pilots for the “Gossip Girl” spinoff “Valley Girls” (CW), “My Generation” (ABC), David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” (NBC), “Arrow” (CW), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “The Flash” (CW), “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW) and “Supergirl” (CBS). READ MORE: 

Actors Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week.  This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting related topics, including: acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, and anything related to the entertainment industry.  We add to that, a big focus on the business of acting and how to be the most creative entertainer you can be.

 

The Radio Show Host: 

Acting Up Radio host: Actor Will Roberts 

WillPicWill is a professional SAG actor, radio producer, and syndicated radio host.  Will brings his conversational style interviewing skills to Cast It Talent radio each week with some of the best and top entertainment talent in the industry.

While social media, texting and smart phones have taken the place of good old-fashioned conversation, Will Roberts has gone back to the basics. He is a host who makes room for two-way discussion and the opinions of others while never missing an opportunity to lighten the moment with his quick witted humor. WillSays.com |

Twitter: WillRobertsUSA * Instagram: ActorWillRoberts

Plus this Week’s Segment Hosts:

MarkPeikert of Backstage Magazine. 

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MarkPeikert of Backstage Magazine.

For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information.

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RICK ZIEFF – ACTING IN VOICEOVERS – THE VOICE OF REASON – TAKE A CHANCE IN 2016!

Rick’s dynamic and entertaining coaching style make him a much sought after lecturer throughout the country. In Los Angeles, “Rick Zieff’s Unbelievably Fun

Rick Zieff: Voice of Reason

Voice-over Class” is extremely popular, and he is a guest panelist at many popular L.A. workshops.  Many of Rick’s students have gone on to do national commercials, hit animation TV series, hit video games, bestseller audiobooks, and ongoing corporate narration. No matter what the medium, Rick emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, improvisation, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone. He teaches the tools voice actors need to “book” the job. http://www.rickzieff.com

 


KEVIN E. WEST – ACTOR, COACH, KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Scripted acting / Improv / Stand up / Hosting / YouTube personalities
As founder and president of the Actors’ Network, Kevin spends every day helping today’s actors learn about the business of acting and how they can realize the greatest success without repeating the mistakes of others. www.actors-network.com | www.kevinewest.com | Twitter.com/theKevinE

“Kevin is the consummate professional. he is one of the most ethical, intelligent, talented, pro-active, pro-actor people I’ve ever known. Kevin’s extensive experiences, passion and ability to communicate make him the best person I know to assist actors. Hollywood is a business that has a lot of unspoken and ever-changing rules lead to a lot of mistakes which cost actors time, money and emotional strength. To have someone like Kevin on your side to help you get through Los Angeles without having to make all of the same mistakes… is invaluable.” Lonnie Hamerman, Casting Director: Without a Trace, Monk, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer


WESAM KEESH – CREATOR OF THE ACTORS ANONYMOUS PODCAST & ACTOR. 

This week: ANONYMOUS PODCAST interviews Richard Botto of Stage 32.

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Actors Anonymous is a podcast that focuses on the Los Angeles actor and the struggles and hardships as well as the success stories of those whom have worked to build an acting career in Hollywood.

Wesam was raised most of his life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Union High School and followed up the rest of acting, theater, and film study at the University of Tulsa. He spent a summer in London at Imperial College focusing on theatre and the arts. Wesam moved to Los Angeles immediately after college to begin his professional film and television career.  http://www.actorsanonymouspodcast.com Twitter.com – @WesamKeesh

 


 


Acting Up Radio is a weekly one hour radio show for your station’s weekend line up!

The show is free to your station. One 58-60 minute radio show (2  breaks – 2-3 mins each, you can have 1 min OR more per break). The show can be delivered to your station . The show is delivered via FTP or Dropbox download.

For more information on becoming an affiliate, please email Will Roberts – Will@WillSays.com

. We look forward to working with you.

* Plus Will is a social media guru  and will do a conference call with your other host and PR team to best deliver your stations message as an added bonus.

We have 12,000 twitter followers and will promote your station when you carry the show.

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the ActingUpRadio.com. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  

#Actors #Radio this week: @MarkPeikert of @Backstage & @TheKevinE, @WesamKeesh

Acting Up Radio, Radio for Actor and the film industry.

Weekly actors radio broadcast. : 

Actors Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week.  This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting related topics, including: acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, and anything related to the entertainment industry.  We add to that, a big focus on the business of acting and how to be the most creative entertainer you can be.

THIS WEEK:  MarkPeikert of Backstage Magazine. 

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MarkPeikert of Backstage Magazine.

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For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information.

Today, the Backstage brand signifies something greater than simply casting notices: Backstage is a place where actors, singers, dancers, and all performers can connect with the greater performing arts community.

More importantly, Backstage is where performers can get all the information they need to succeed in the entertainment business, from what makes a great headshot to which acting coach may be right for them. And of course, actors browse through our casting notices.

 

The Radio Show Host: 

Acting Up Radio host: Actor Will Roberts 

WillPicWill is a professional SAG actor, radio producer, and syndicated radio host.  Will brings his conversational style interviewing skills to Cast It Talent radio each week with some of the best and top entertainment talent in the industry.

While social media, texting and smart phones have taken the place of good old-fashioned conversation, Will Roberts has gone back to the basics. He is a host who makes room for two-way discussion and the opinions of others while never missing an opportunity to lighten the moment with his quick witted humor. WillSays.com |

Twitter: WillRobertsUSA * Instagram: ActorWillRoberts

Plus this Week’s Segment Hosts:

RICK ZIEFF – ACTING IN VOICEOVERS – THE VOICE OF REASON – TAKE A CHANCE IN 2016!

Rick’s dynamic and entertaining coaching style make him a much sought after lecturer throughout the country. In Los Angeles, “Rick Zieff’s Unbelievably Fun

Rick Zieff: Voice of Reason

Voice-over Class” is extremely popular, and he is a guest panelist at many popular L.A. workshops.  Many of Rick’s students have gone on to do national commercials, hit animation TV series, hit video games, bestseller audiobooks, and ongoing corporate narration. No matter what the medium, Rick emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, improvisation, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone. He teaches the tools voice actors need to “book” the job. http://www.rickzieff.com

 


KEVIN E. WEST – ACTOR, COACH, KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Scripted acting / Improv / Stand up / Hosting / YouTube personalities
As founder and president of the Actors’ Network, Kevin spends every day helping today’s actors learn about the business of acting and how they can realize the greatest success without repeating the mistakes of others. www.actors-network.com | www.kevinewest.com | Twitter.com/theKevinE

“Kevin is the consummate professional. he is one of the most ethical, intelligent, talented, pro-active, pro-actor people I’ve ever known. Kevin’s extensive experiences, passion and ability to communicate make him the best person I know to assist actors. Hollywood is a business that has a lot of unspoken and ever-changing rules lead to a lot of mistakes which cost actors time, money and emotional strength. To have someone like Kevin on your side to help you get through Los Angeles without having to make all of the same mistakes… is invaluable.” Lonnie Hamerman, Casting Director: Without a Trace, Monk, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer


WESAM KEESH – CREATOR OF THE ACTORS ANONYMOUS PODCAST & ACTOR. 

This week: ANONYMOUS PODCAST interviews Richard Botto of Stage 32.

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Actors Anonymous is a podcast that focuses on the Los Angeles actor and the struggles and hardships as well as the success stories of those whom have worked to build an acting career in Hollywood.

Wesam was raised most of his life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Union High School and followed up the rest of acting, theater, and film study at the University of Tulsa. He spent a summer in London at Imperial College focusing on theatre and the arts. Wesam moved to Los Angeles immediately after college to begin his professional film and television career.  http://www.actorsanonymouspodcast.com Twitter.com – @WesamKeesh

 


 

NEXT WEEK: 

David Rapaport is a Casting Director who got his start working for legendary Casting Director Mali Finn (Titanic, Terminator 2). Together they collaborated on more than 50 films and television series, including 8 Mile, 61*, All The Real Girls, Last Days, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and Running with Scissors. At Mali Finn’s, David learned from such distinguished directors as David Gordon Greene, James Cameron, Gus Van Sant, and Ryan Murphy.

Rapaport was honored with a nomination for the prestigious Artios Award by the Casting Society of America for his first pilot as Casting Director, “Gossip Girl” (CW). He also cast the pilots for the “Gossip Girl” spinoff “Valley Girls” (CW), “My Generation” (ABC), David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” (NBC), “Arrow” (CW), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “The Flash” (CW), “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW) and “Supergirl” (CBS). READ MORE: 

Listen next week for the FULL INTERVIEW on Davis Rapaport!

 

 


Acting Up Radio is a weekly one hour radio show for your station’s weekend line up!

The show is free to your station. One 58-60 minute radio show (2  breaks – 2-3 mins each, you can have 1 min OR more per break). The show can be delivered to your station . The show is delivered via FTP or Dropbox download.

For more information on becoming an affiliate, please email Will Roberts – Will@WillSays.com

. We look forward to working with you.

* Plus Will is a social media guru  and will do a conference call with your other host and PR team to best deliver your stations message as an added bonus.

We have 12,000 twitter followers and will promote your station when you carry the show.

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the ActingUpRadio.com. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  

Lessons from fishermen: Using the right bait and taking advantage of a great deal

iStock_000012396688XSmallIn The Business, we tend to use the word “cast” to refer to anactor being offered a role—Ideally the role, the one you’ve been dreaming about and waiting for since you first started acting. But there’s a second definition as well, one generally embraced by an industry that might seem to have nothing in common with entertainment: fishing.

Any good fisherman will tell you that the success of a good cast, besides depending on timing and skill, requires the right bait. In the simplest terms, this might just mean something shiny, but really, it’s about being whatever you need to be to attract the right attention. Whether you’re looking to attract the attention of a casting agent or big fish, you need to send out the right messages—In the case of the casting agent, that message needs to read .ACTOR as strongly and definitively as possible.

Which is why Cast It Talent is offering discounted .ACTOR domain extensions to our members. We want you to stand out as brightly and irresistibly as any lure that ever entered the water. Rhiannon “Nikki” McFarling was one of Cast It Talent’s early adopters of the .ACTOR web address, which has already attracted industry interest. “[I] love my new nikki.actor domain! People are excited when I give them the website and my email address,” she said.

Of course, this innovative new web address is no substitution for the full package—skill, experience, and a good attitude. But if, like Nikki, you’ve already got the full package, then a .ACTOR web address just might be the lure you need to land your big fish.

Thanks to our friends at Rightside, we are currently offering the .Actor domain and email address $12/year AND for first 100 actors – 1 free month of Pro Navigate to our Special Offers page to take advantage of this cool deal!

https://www.castittalent.com/citoffer.aspx

 

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob

How to Handle (Good and Bad) Reviews

Reviews are the bogeymen of the acting biz. Objects of both desire and dread, they hover in the shadows, singing a siren’s promise of approval, or else waiting to ambush the unwary actor with briskly-typed derision.

If you act professionally long enough, you will accumulate both “good” and “bad” reviews. I put these words in quotation marks because “good” and “bad” are judgmental terms. Since we as actors have no control over what critics write, I would like to start off by examining the one aspect of reviews every actor does control: his or her attitude toward them.

“Good” Reviews

A positive review can do great things for an actor. It can serve as a token of affirmation in a sea of ambiguity. It can lift one’s spirits and or boost motivation. The danger, of course, lies in the potential for ego-inflation. Remember, a good review is nice, but it is one person’s opinion. It does not an Olivier make.

“Bad” Reviews

Negative reviews can be toxic. They can trap actors in their heads, hobbling honesty and stifling creativity. Giving a negative review too much power is destructive. On the flip side, I’m sure some actors find bad reviews motivational. Either way, it is still one person’s opinion. Reviews are not gospel, and a bad one isn’t a lifelong condemnation.

Avoidance

One obvious way to deal with the potential confusion and possible toxicity of reviews is to avoid reading them altogether. Whenever possible, I try to steer clear of reviews until the run of a show is completed. I know from experience that I tend to take reviews too personally, and I would much rather peruse them post-closing, free of the danger of letting them affect my performance. If you are a person who can shrug reviews off without a second thought, have at. There is no right or wrong way to handle this area of the business. There will also be times when you might be unable to avoid reviews. Other actors might mention, even quote them, during the run. Or the idea that a review is out there, content unknown, might be the biggest bogeyman of all. In the latter case, it might ease your mind to bite the bullet and read the review, rather than let your imagination run wild. But if you do, remember . . .

Critics are human

Some of them will be well-educated, experienced, and artistically talented humans, to be sure. But they are still humans with preferences and biases, and their observations, however astute, are still the words of men and women, not gods. Moreover, they are men and women who observed you on one night of one run as one character in one production. Even if you believe every word of a review to be accurate, that review will never describe the breadth of your career.

Don’t let reviews define you

You probably saw this one coming. But it bears repeating and revisiting. As you will likely have to remind yourself many, many times, (possibly within the course of a day), acting is a subjective field. The aims are myriad: to move, to empower, to entertain, to offend, to share… accomplishing any of these goals demands getting one’s hands a bit dirty. You can’t win them all. In my opinion, you shouldn’t win them all. So read reviews if you must. Give them whatever attention it is constructive to give. Learn from them if they offer worthy lessons. And then show them the door. You have work to do.

 

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob

Ever Heard of Poo-Pourri? Meet the Genius Behind this Viral Sensation & Get Tips on how to Become Viral Yourself

Radio For Actors

Radio For Actors

Actors Radio: Cast It Talent Radio comes to Cast It Talent!

Ever Heard of Poo-Pourri? Meet the Genius Behind this Viral Sensation & Get Tips on how to Become Viral Yourself. Special Guest this week is the writing and directing creative genius Joel Ackerman. Joel Ackerman has established himself as one of the top generators of commercial YouTube views on the planet. He has been behind not one, but two of the most successful YouTube campaigns ever.

Actors Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week.  This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting related topics, including: acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, and anything related to the entertainment industry.  We add to that, a big focus on the business of acting and how to be the most creative entertainer you can be.

Click on player above to hear the hour radio show

Cast It Talent Radio host: Will Roberts

WillPicWill is a professional actor, radio producer, and syndicated radio host of 27 years.  Former Cirque du Soleil feature act on the Las Vegas Strip and a top cowboy trick roper.

Will brings his conversational style interviewing skills to Cast It Talent radio each week with some of the best and top entertainment talent in the industry.

While social media, texting and smart phones have taken the place of good old-fashioned conversation, Will Roberts has gone back to the basics. He is a host who makes room for two-way discussion and the opinions of others while never missing an opportunity to lighten the moment with his quick witted humor. WillSays.com Twitter: CastItTalent

THIS WEEK’S ACTORS RADIO SHOW FEATURES:

JAckermanPortJOEL ACKERMANChief Creative Genius – http://www.ackermaniacreative.com

Joel Ackerman has established himself as one of the top generators of commercial YouTube views on the planet. He has been behind not one, but two of the most successful YouTube campaigns ever. Besides being writer/director of the popular Poo~Pourri video (over 35 million views), he was also creative director at Orabrush where he wrote, directed and produced videos that generated millions in views and sales. He was formerly a stand-up comic and lounge singer.

 

 

Plus this Weeks Segment Hosts:

IMG_8075Rachel Frawley – Right Actor, Right Job! Brought to you by CastItTalent.com

Rachel is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com This week: Actors auditioning for print jobs.

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Rick Zieff – Voice overs

Rick’s dynamic and entertaining coaching style make him a much sought after lecturer throughout the country. In Los Angeles, “Rick Zieff’s Unbelievably Fun Voice-over Class” is extremely popular, and he is a guest panelist at many popular L.A. workshops.  Many of Rick’s students have gone on to do national commercials, hit animation TV series, hit video games, bestseller audiobooks, and ongoing corporate narration. No matter what the medium, Rick emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, improvisation, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone. He teaches the tools voice actors need to “book” the job. http://www.rickzieff.com

 

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Camille Licate, aka, The Shoe Gal
The author of Small Shoes : Outgrowing Old Relationships and Finding the Right Fit.  Spotlighting insights from Small Shoes, Camille offers a series of Self Empowering Workshops, Seminars and Speaking Events for tweens, teens, and adults, to educate, motivate, and inspire all participants to Step Up and generate positive change personally, nationally, and globally. Read More.

Cast It Talent Actors Radio is a weekly one hour radio show for your station’s weekend line up!

The show is free to your station. One 58-60 minute radio show (3 breaks – 2-3 mins each, you can have 1 min OR more per break). The show can be delivered to your station . The show is delivered via FTP or Dropbox download.

For more information on becoming an affiliate, please fill out the form below. We look forward to working with you.

* Plus, Will is a social media guru  and will do a conference call with your other host and PR team to best deliver your stations message as an added bonus. We have 121,000 twitter followers and will promote your station when you carry the show.

 

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob

Producer and Entrepreneur Mark E. Sackett Talks Dynamic Networking

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Mark E. Sackett

Producer and Entrepreneur Mark E. Sackett Talks Dynamic Networking on this week’s Actors Anonymous Podcast. Tune in to listen to the latest Actors Anonymous Podcast, sponsored by Cast It Talent.

Actors Anonymous, founded by Wesam Keesh, is a podcast that focuses on the Los Angeles actor and the struggles and hardships of their careers, as well as their success stories.

Cast It Talent is proud to sponsor the Actors Anonymous Podcast. We believe that the message promoted by Wesam and Producer, Jordan Burbank helps actors stay unified as a community, navigate the acting world, and stay motivated to reach their goals.  As founder Wesam articulately stated; “Living and working as an actor has showed me that many of my fellow artists waste away years of their lives in a state of negativity, disillusion, and unnecessary competitiveness. This needs to stop if we want to grow as artists, professionals and human beings.” This refreshing, supportive take along with insightful interviews, makes Actors Anonymous a podcast anyone interested in acting should give a listen.

EPISODE 63: MARK E. SACKETT

Our very first on location episode with special guest, Mark E. Sackett (entreprenuer, producer, designer, & networking guru). We talk with him about how he utilized networking and helps to connect people to one another, along with what you might be doing wrong when you approach someone new, and how you can easily help to give back to others.

 

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob

Successful Actor and Coach Adam Lazarre-White’s Take on Acting: How Can You Learn From Where He is Today?

Actors Radio: Cast It Talent Radio comes to Cast It Talent!

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Segment Hosts: Rachel Frawley, Camille Licate, and Rick Zieff

This week we hear successful Actor and Coach Adam Lazarre-White’s Take on Acting and the Industry:how can you get to where he is today? Adam has been teaching acting in Hollywood for well more than a decade. Before that and still today, he is a successful actor, working in projects that range from important Theatre productions to Major Hollywood feature films.

Radio host Will Roberts brings you the best of the best of the film, theater, voice over, and entertainment industry each week.  This weekly actors radio show is an hour of acting tips, booking acting roles, what casting directors want from actors, how to audition as an actor, voice over, or anything related to the entertainment industry. A big focus on the business of acting as well as how to be the most creative entertainer you can be.

Click on player above to hear the hour radio show

WillPicActors Radio host: Will Roberts 

Will is a professional actor, radio producer, and syndicated radio host of 27 years.  Will brings his conversational style interviewing skills to Cast It Talent radio each week with some of the best and top entertainment talent in the industry.

While social media, texting and smart phones have taken the place of good old-fashioned conversation, Will Roberts has gone back to the basics. He is a host who makes room for two-way discussion and the opinions of others while never missing an opportunity to lighten the moment with his quick witted humor.

WillSays.com

Twitter: CastItTalent

THIS WEEK’S ACTORS RADIO SHOW FEATURES:

CutieActor – Teacher Adam Lazarre-White

Adam Lazarre-White grew up in NYC, graduated from Harvard University with Honors, started at QB for the “Crimson” and played in the Harvard Jazz Band. He is known for roles on Scandal, Heroes, Ocean’s 13, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Temptations, Living Single, The Parkers, and starring on The Young & The Restless. Adam’s writing and directing have become equal pursuit in recent years; and he has owned his acting school in Hollywood, ALW Acting Studios since 2000. For info on Adam’s classes, acting, writing & directing visit his website at www.adamlazarre-white.com and for his online series at http://www.actingtruth.com/  You can also access Adam’s One Minute Acting Lessons and Blog articles for Cast It Talent here: http://tinyurl.com/oefk6gz

 Plus this Week’s Segment Hosts:

Right Actor, Right Job! – Brought to you by CastItTalent.com with Rachel Frawley

Rachel Frawley: #RightActorRightJob

Rachel Frawley: #RightActorRightJob

This week: The Skinny on Status Rachel is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in

Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

 

Rick Zieff – Acting in Voiceovers

Rick Zieff: Voice of Reason

Rick Zieff: Voice of Reason

Rick’s dynamic and entertaining coaching style make him a much sought after lecturer throughout the country. In Los Angeles, “Rick Zieff’s Unbelievably Fun Voice-over Class” is extremely popular, and he is a guest panelist at many popular L.A. workshops.  Many of Rick’s students have gone on to do national commercials, hit animation TV series, hit video games, bestseller audiobooks, and ongoing corporate narration. No matter what the medium, Rick emphasizes the importance of character development, text analysis, improvisation, and stresses that making strong creative choices are essential at the microphone. He teaches the tools voice actors need to “book” the job. http://www.rickzieff.com

 

bookcoverCamille Licate, aka, The Shoe Gal

The author of Small Shoes : Outgrowing Old Relationships and Finding the Right Fit.  Spotlighting insights from Small Shoes, Camille offers a series of Self Empowering Workshops, Seminars and Speaking Events for tweens, teens, and adults, to educate, motivate, and inspire all participants to Step Up and generate positive change personally, nationally, and globally. (Read More) < Link to (separate browser window) http://www.theshoegal.com

Cast It Talent Actors Radio is a weekly one hour radio show for your station’s weekend line up!

 

The show is free to your station. One 58-60 minute radio show (3 breaks – 2-3 mins each, you can have 1 min OR more per break). The show can be delivered to your station . The show is delivered via FTP or Dropbox download.

 

 

For more information on becoming an affiliate, please fill out the form below.

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* Plus Will is a social media guru  and will do a conference call with your other host and PR team to best deliver your stations message as an added bonus.

We have 121,000 twitter followers and will promote your station when you carry the show.

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob

Acting in a Gender-Swapped Role: 3 Steps to Success!

Non gender-specific casting is not a new convention in theatre by any means. Certainly there was a time when all roles were traditionally played by men–end of story. These days men and women swap in and out of each other’s roles primarily for artistic purposes. Non-traditional casting can be exciting and thought-provoking for an audience, but what
does that mean for you as an actor? Aside from getting to play a part normally off the table (actors’ catnip), how does one honor the text and deliver a compelling performance in a role that was written for someone else? Let’s figure it out:

** Note: while this article refers primarily to a gender binary that is unfortunately largely assumed a given in traditional theatre and film, these strategies can be applied to any non-traditional casting!**

Step 1: Ask “Why?” “Why” is almost always the first and most repeated question when approaching any character, but when gender-bending, we have to ask it a little more broadly. The first thing to do is figure out why you were cast. Ideally this would be made clear at the time of auditions, or at the very least upon first read-through. In a perfect reality, your director would have a compelling and logical concept that used non-traditional casting as a tool to accentuate and explore deeper themes in the text. If the gods of theatre had their way, that concept would never include reasons like, “because we figured it would sell tickets,” “because it’s sexier,” or “because so-and-so always wanted to play such-and-such, so congratulations, you are all a vehicle for that.”  Yet we live in a cruel and confusing world, my ducklings. Sometimes you have to ask, answer, and justify all the questions yourself.

So. Assess the environment. Chances are, you are in one of three situations:

  1. Everyone’s role is reversed. In this situation, all men and women swap traditional roles, as in Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt, et al, are played by women, while Juliet, Lady Capulet and the Nurse are played by men. In a sense, you lucked out, because everyone in the cast is in the same boat. If one isn’t started already (hopefully by your director), open a dialogue about how your production is exploring societal circumstance and gender roles. Figure out what your perspective is. Make sure everyone knows the message you are trying to convey.
  2. You are in an All-Female or All-Male Cast. Concept aside, in this case, it is important to ascertain what that means for the relationships. Don’t let this meaning get ignored or vaguely defined. Using the example of Romeo and Juliet again, and assuming an all-male cast, does this mean that Romeo and Juliet are gay? Are any of the men playing their characters as women? Because you are imposing a concept on the text, it becomes doubly-important to be specific with the nature of each and every relationship and role in the show. Make sure you know why, in this case, some of the cast are traditional and some are not.
  3. You are Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray. (Or rather, as in this example, your character is the only gender-swapped role). This situation is usually a little more straightforward. If yours is the only gender-swapped role, it is generally done for comedic purposes, and/or to highlight the traits and circumstances of your character. In this case, examine what the casting says about how your character fits or doesn’t fit into socially-celebrated gender roles. Use it as a tool to amplify your character’s individuality, and play the contrast.

Step Two: Specify the Details Once you have figured out why your role is gender-swapped, you can get down to the nitty-gritty. Just as with any part, you have to be specific with each moment and intention. With non–traditional casting, however, you have the additional responsibility of justifying those specifics on a second level. If you are a woman playing Brutus in Julius Caesar, what backstory do you need to create to flesh out a woman rising through the ranks in a man’s world? Does it change the nature of your relationship with Caesar? If so, how? Does it change how you relate to the other men or women on stage? What does it say about status? You have to reexamine and restructure every question and detail about your character because you have added a layer to the text. For example, right now I am rehearsing a show that is normally played by two men. My scene partner and I are both women, playing the roles as women. Every aspect of the play has spawned fresh discussions and analysis. Even costuming takes on new meaning—if we dress traditionally male, what does that say about the societal roles we are assuming? If we introduce female fashion, how does that describe self-acceptance? What aspects of femininity are acceptable and advantageous? Language and plot elements have to be scrutinized, and implications aired. Were we playing the roles as men, that would be a whole new can of worms.

Step Three: Play the Intention At the end of the day, you can relax. No matter how unconventional the casting, you were still hired to portray a person with objectives, tactics, and obstacles. Fight for what you want. React to your scene partner. Approach your character as you would any other. It’s all acting in the end.

 

We  would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and we would definitely appreciate a visit to the Cast It Talent website. Stop in and tell us what you think!  Start building your online brand with Cast It Talent as the centerpiece.  #RightActorRightJob