• Owning Your Space

    Either you take the room, or the room takes you Nerves. They're inevitable. Doesn't matter how long an actor has been in the business or how many times they may have auditioned, nerves will always be around, no matter what. What will set an actor apart though from everyone else that's auditioning and nervous, is…


  • Let’s Talk About Slates

    Do I have to practice my slate? The answer is YES you do! Since most auditions are now self-tape submissions, actors need to think of their slate as their first impression with the casting director. Those first few seconds should grab their attention and show the casting director, producer, or director a glimpse of who…


  • Keep It Simple

    Less is more! When auditioning, it's always important to keep in mind the idea of simplicity, whether it's in your acting or your appearance. Actors can fall into traps of what they think they "should" wear or look like in order to get the role. The key to solving this issue is to remember to…


  • How to Research for an Audition

    Where to start? If you've been following along on our Building a Backstory series, you'll know how important it is to have as much information as possible when it comes to auditioning and developing a character. Many choices that actors make when it comes to their performance is based on how much knowledge they have…


  • Why Virtual Coaching is Beneficial

    Is virtual coaching helpful? Answer: YES. How many times have you been on vacation or even on set and there's an audition that comes through? That's where virtual coaching is extremely helpful. This type of training allows an actor to have one-on-one time for their audition without having to worry about leaving their home or…


  • Eyelines

    "Where do I look during an audition?" This is a common question that's asked here at Catapult, especially when there are multiple characters in the scene an actor needs to address. First things first, we know to NEVER look directly into the camera unless it's for a slate or specifically specified in the script (example:…


  • Building a Backstory: Script Analysis Part 4: The Author

    Who is the Author? It's time to get inside the writer's head. Where did they come from? What inspirations impacted their writing? What other pieces or scripts have they written? Having a clear understanding of who the author is ties the whole bow together of what they're trying to fully express in their script and…


  • Building a Backstory Part 3: Character Realities

    What is your character's world like? Catapult coach, Joe Massingill, is back with the third step in the Script Analysis process when building a concrete backstory. Now that the themes are solidified, and you've asked the necessary questions about the piece, it's time to identify the socioeconomic, geographic, and political realities your character faces in…


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