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Understanding TV/film casting lingo

Lead, Co-lead, Principal, featured, background, supporting, U-5. These are the titles of some of the various roles in any given film/TV casting. But understanding what all these mean can be tricky and if you are unfamiliar with the lingo it can dampen your experience on set – especially if you mistake a featured role for […]

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Chris Gethard – The Chase is the Thing and the Thing is the Chase

Find 15 minutes to grab a coffee and read this post from UCB staple and comedian-extraordinaire Chris Gethard. It is so worth it. ———- For Chris: I’ve always really wanted to get into acting and/or comedy but I’m terrified of failing at it. How do you get the courage to perform? – Anonymous Here’s a […]

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Sinking her teeth: Olivia Colman on Drama and Comedy

The Daily speaks to Olivia Colman about her meaty ‘Tyrannosaur’ role BY RICH JUZWIAK SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011 Like Christmas, Oscar buzz comes earlier every year. One actress who already has tongues wagging is Olivia Colman for her role as Hannah, a battered woman who befriends the arbitrarily rage-filled Joseph (Peter Mullan) in actor Paddy Considine’s […]

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You’ve been framed! – Acting for camera

If you are auditioning for an on-camera project ask the CD/shooter/director what the frame is – or in very poor lay-terms where the outside of the shot is in relation to your face. Is it close-up, medium (head and shoulders) or a wide? WIDE <– This is the outside of the shot/FRAME MEDIUM CLOSE UP […]

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The Unions

There are 3 main actors unions. These are the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA or Equity). In NYC there is all kinds of work you can book. Some of it will be listed as non-union and some of it as union. Joining […]

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