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  • Tips for Guest Star Auditions

    What is a "guest star"? A guest star is a role that is just above a co-star or "under 5". Aside from a Series Regular, these are the roles that actors are mainly wanting to book. Not only are actors paid by a weekly rate but guest stars have a higher percentage of coming back…


  • Monologues & Scenes: Picking the Right One

    How do you choose?? So you've signed up for a workshop and one of the requirements is to provide your own scene or monologue. Where do you start? Many actors will have a few if not more pieces of material to showcase in their portfolio, ready to perform at any given time for the sake…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Building a Backstory Part 2: Asking the Questions

    Ready to become a detective? Now that you've identified the themes of the piece, it's time to start asking the necessary questions. We know that themes help identify what the writer is trying to say overall in the story, now the next task is trying to figure out what exactly it is that the writer is…


  • Building a Backstory Part 1: Themes

    First things first... Remember in English class when you had to identify the themes in the piece you were studying? Just in case it's been a while since your last lesson, a theme is the overall message the writer is trying to convey. Like authors, screenwriters also use themes when writing screenplays. Actors then have…


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