WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR CASTING TYPE

191I promised I would talk about headshots, but there’s something important we need to discuss before we get to that: casting type.  If you want your headshot to actually get you work, it has to look like you – but it also has to bring out the right elements of you.  If you get a headshot that brings out your sexy side, but your casting type is not sexy at all, then your headshot won’t help you in the long run.  So let’s get to know ‘type’.

Typing is good for you

A lot of actors resist their type.  You have probably heard whinging or bitching about certain actors being ‘typecast’ as the same roles over and over again – generally considered lazy, unlucky, or a result of no talent, whereas the reality is quite the opposite.

It’s very common for actors who have just graduated from a training institute to try and resist their type, because they have probably been cast against type during their training, to challenge their abilities, and therefore think they can play anything.  This may be true, they may have the ability to act a large variety of roles, but no actor is EVER cast like that.  You will get, at most, Read More

PREPARING FOR AN AUDITION (PART 1): YOUR ACTING CV

Whether you’re applying to an agent, or submitting freelance for auditions, at some point you will need an acting CV.  Your acting CV (or arts CV, or resume – same thing) obviously needs different content to a CV you would give to a retail or hospitality employer, but often it’s hard to know what to include and how to format it, especially when you feel like you don’t have much to include yet!

Let’s start with format.  There are a zillion different ways to format an arts CV, so the smart thing to do is check your agent’s website before you submit to them Read More

DIY ACTING TRAINING (PART 1)

So now that I’ve chewed your ear off about training, I’ll leave that for a bit so you can think it over.  In the meantime, I’m sure you’d appreciate some ideas about what you can do to train yourself – whether you’re attending classes or not, there are always little things you can do to get ahead.  So I’ll start with the simplest and possibly the BEST of them all: reading.  Yes, this blog will be a very nerdy celebration of the written word.

I’m going to talk a bit later about some drama theory you might like to get into, but let’s start with something easier – plays and screenplays.  Film or stage, if you are working within the Australian industry, it usually pays to spend some time reading and watching whatever’s coming out of your own industry. Read More