"We Want Actors to Succeed" - An Interview with Gama Valle of Harriet Bass Casting

"We Want Actors to Succeed" - An Interview with Gama Valle of Harriet Bass Casting

A lot of times you see very talented actors, they're great with the material, and then when the read is over and it's time to have a moment with the creative team, they sort of close themselves. At the end of the day, the director wants to know if there's some sort of connection there, someone that you can talk to, someone that you can spend six to eight weeks together rehearsing with from ten to six…leave an impression on me, because I'm sure you have a personality.

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Holding Room Hacks: How to Keep Your Cool and Not be a Jerk

Some people are just not going to understand that you don’t want to chit-chat before what is essentially a JOB INTERVIEW. Maybe they’re an extrovert who finds chatting calms their nerves and they figure the same is true for you. Whatever their reasons are, sometimes you need to politely extract yourself from a conversation pre-audition. Here’s the basic script that I tend to riff off…

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Do You Have The Guts Not To Be Famous?

Do You Have The Guts Not To Be Famous?

Ultimately, life as an actor means wrestling with the idea that the success you desire may never materialize.  I think we can all agree based on the evidence that you have a better chance of getting a seat on the first manned mission to Mars than you do of booking a lead in a Marvel franchise.  So the question becomes – is that OK with you?

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Top Ten Excuses for When An Audition Makes You Late to Work

Top Ten Excuses for When An Audition Makes You Late to Work

…you will, as an auditioning actor, occasionally find yourself between a rock and a place where you need a convincing excuse fast: it’s inevitable.   Professional jobs cast during the day, semi- and non-professional jobs often cast at night, all three can appear at a moment’s notice, and there are going to be times when you have to be in two places at once. 

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Reaping Your Own Harvest: How to Use Powerful Questions to Overcome Resistance to Self-Promotion

Reaping Your Own Harvest: How to Use Powerful Questions to Overcome Resistance to Self-Promotion

My fear says: Don’t expect anything to come of this. Don’t be too showy about what you created. Don’t look too confident, too needy, too self-centered, or too anything, really.

My fear asks: What if someone doesn’t like it? What if it’s not good enough? What if someone else can do it better?

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Paving Your Own Path: Creating Your Own Work Puts You in Control

Paving Your Own Path: Creating Your Own Work Puts You in Control

What if, after coming home from a not-so-great audition, or a mind-numbing temp job, or a workshop where that big director kept forgetting your name, you were to sit down to your own creation?  A project all your own, where you called all the shots?  Something that made you feel that you were cultivating your own career?

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