Confessions of a Casting Director is a must-have for any aspiring actor or stage parent—the definitive guide to breaking into film, television, theater, and even YouTube from longtime casting director and studio executive Jen Rudin.
Packed with information that aspiring actors want, her up-to-the-minute expert advice is essential for anyone pursuing an acting career. Jen Rudin demystifies the often intimidating and constantly changing audition process, sharing insider tips on preparing for every type of audition: musical theater, television (including commercials and reality TV), and film to voiceovers, animated movies, and even web series.
In this comprehensive guide, Rudin covers everything today’s actor needs to succeed, including finding an agent or manager; using technology to your advantage; the demanding world of child acting; the pros and cons of New York vs. LA; turning a callback into an offer for the role, and much more.
Every actor should walk into an audition room feeling confident and prepared, and this book is full of the Dos and Don’ts, sure-fire tricks, and must-have information to help turn rejection into that first big break.
Complete with checklists, easy-to-follow game plans, and advice from real actors, agents, and entertainment industry professionals, Confessions of a Casting Director is like having your own private audition coach.
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About the Author
Jen Rudin is an award-winning casting director who began her thirty-year career in show business as a child actor at age eight. As a casting executive at the Walt Disney Company, Rudin conducted talent searches across the United States, identifying and hiring actors who went on to star on Broadway in The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid and in beloved Disney movies like The Incredibles, The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little, and Brother Bear. Her company, Jen Rudin Casting, casts projects in New York and Los Angeles. Jen is a proud member of the Casting Society of America.
Table of Contents
Foreword Janeane Garofalo xi
Introduction: The Cat in the Hat Sells Bologna on Sesame Street 1
Chapter 1 The Initial Investment 17
Chapter 2 Agents and Managers 101 35
Chapter 3 Leave Early and Bring a Raincoat: Basic Audition Prep 47
Chapter 4 Pilot Season Panic: Auditioning for TV and Film 61
Chapter 5 Someday I'll be Part of Your World: Auditioning for Broadway and Theater 77
Chapter 6 Going Viral: Reality TV, Webisodes, and Becoming a Youtube Sensation 95
Chapter 7 Making Mickey Talk: Voice-Over and Animation Auditions 111
Chapter 8 Can You Hear Me Now?: Commercial Auditions 125
Chapter 9 Don't Tweet Us, We'll Tweet You: Using Technology to Help Your Career 135
Chapter 10 Stage Moms: How to Support Your Child and Avoid Mama Drama 145
Chapter 11 Los Angeles vs. New York: Navigating Freeways and Subways 167
Chapter 12 You Got the Job! Now What? 185
Epilogue: The Future 201
Appendixes: Best Practices and Resources 207
Glossary of Useful Industry Terms 217