How to Book Your Next Acting Gig

You’ve just finished your last acting gig and now you’re trying to find the next one!  Just like searching for a new job, finding new auditions and landing a new acting job can seem daunting. You could end up thinking, “there aren’t any acting jobs out there!”  But the successful actor, the true professional, understands […]

Interview with Jade Pettyjohn

This month’s interview is with the delightful and talented actress, Jade Pettyjohn.  Jade began her acting career at the age of seven in Los Angeles.  She first began singing and dancing in a local performing troupe. After booking a national commercial at the age of seven, she then went onto  co-star on the CBS hit show, The […]

Adam Shapiro Interview

A few days ago, I spoke with my good friend and actor, Adam Shapiro. I first met Adam in 2007 when I cast him in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and I again in 2008 when I cast him in House Bunny. When I was auditioning actors for these roles, Adam stood out because he not only […]

Acting, Ambition and Success

On the October 5th episode of The Voice, Pharrell says to a contestant named Shelby, “That’s what being 16 years old, being driven and dreaming super hard gets you, it gets you, everybody in here standing up and clapping for you.”

Is Acting More Important Or Social Media Popularity?

Which is more important – Acting Ability or Social Media Popularity? Before the advent of social media, acting ability and talent landed you roles. In today’s world, however, directors and producers have the ability to instantly assess your popularity, via social media. Now, more than ever, gaining an online presence is important, but is it […]

What to do If Your Agent Drops You as a Client

Our agency just dropped our agent and subsequently dropped my daughter along with 20 other child actors with no announcement. (I found out when I stopped hearing from the agent for a week and called in.) The agency is well-known and established in NY and LA. SAG said there is nothing they can do. Another person […]

Award Season…

With the upcoming Academy Awards, most of you will be glued to your televisions from the beginning of the red carpet walk until the final Oscar for Best Picture. It’s an incredible production – can you imagine being on that red carpet and speaking with the top Hollywood stars present and past just like they […]

What is Pilot Season?

Pilot season is that very busy time of year for television.  It takes place between January and April where the networks are creating new shows that they will consider putting on the air for the fall season.  Of course, you can imagine with this flood of new shows, Casting Directors are very busy.  There are […]

What does a Casting Director look for?

Happy Holidays!!  Here is my gift to you;  Insider information on what a Casting Director looks for when you are auditioning. These are 4 important points that I tell actors to apply when you are auditioning: 1) Be prepared.  What does being prepared mean in this day and age?  It means doing your research thoroughly.  If […]