• 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…


  • Power Pose

    Are you standing in a position of weakness, or are you standing in a position of power? Have you ever thought about the way you hold yourself during auditions? What your body is doing, and what vibe you're giving off just by being in front of a camera? A lot of actors may not think…


  • Pursing Your Passion

    It's never too late Growing up in Texas with horrible tornadoes, Orelon Sydney always wanted to study meteorology in order to understand them--for a means of comfort. That dream became reality, and by her mid-thirties, Orelon landed her dream job as an on-air weather reporter for CNN. She loved it just as much as she…


  • Co-Star Role Audition Tips

    So you want to book a co-star role? First things first, what is a co-star? A Co-star is a small speaking role that typically is only in one episode and usually interacts with the series regular or recurring characters on the show to move the story along. Co-star auditions can be considered the hardest auditions to…


  • How To Stay Productive During The Holidays

    What can actors do for their career during the downtime? by Grace Andrews With auditions and acting classes coming to a pause during the holidays, actors tend to wonder how they can keep their focus and not fall out of practice in the midst of the vacation -- or even just in their downtime. Often…


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