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Acting Jobs Could be Returning to Hollywood

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Los Angeles audition rooms and studio lots are about to get busier. Production flight from California is a problem almost as old as the original Hollywoodland neighborhood. But the departure of TV series and big-budgeted films has been accelerated in the past decade as states around the country have poured millions into their entertainment industry incentive programs. The emergence of production centers like New Orleans, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina has boon a boon for local actors in these cities. At the same time, the Los Angeles acting community, particularly background performers, has faced additional challenges finding work. That could soon change. California lawmakers on Friday passed Assembly bill 1839, which increases the budget for the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program from $100 million annually to $330 million. It also replaced the lottery system that producers criticized for awarding credits in a haphazard manner. The added money will go into the program’s 2015-16 budget. »

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6 Gigs to Submit Yourself for This Labor Day Weekend!

29 August 2014 10:24 AM, PDT

Backstage casters are looking for our readers to fill some great roles. Here’s a list of six you might have missed this week, and that you might want to submit yourself for over the holiday weekend! “American Horror Story: Freak Show”The hit FX show is casting background actors and extras for a gay bar scene in the upcoming installation “Freak Show,” starring Emmy winner Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson. This gig, based in New Orleans pays $101.50/hour with a 12-hour minimum. Additional compensation will be provided for fittings and necessary grooming. Note: Extras should be Ok with smoking “movie” herbal cigarettes. “Jack’S Musical Crown”This Los Angeles short film about a young African American orphan boy trying to achieve his dreams in the racially segregated 1950s is seeking talent to fill a female supporting role. Though no pay will be provided, this could lead to a great »

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3 Ways Spotlight Rules the British Entertainment Industry

29 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

In Leicester Square on London’s West End sits actors’ mecca Spotlight, a place to be seen by casting directors and agents, to audition for your next big gig, to receive guidance, to get your sides, and to launch your career. A casting directory, Spotlight was founded in 1927 and has grown from small paper directories with actors’ information and photos to a 30,000-performer member database with countless assets. One of its many resources is Spotlight Link, a breakdown service for casting directors and production professionals. “When that started it was kind of one or two jobs a day, and now about 90 percent of the work cast in the U.K. is cast on Spotlight Link,” says Spotlight’s head of client relations, Pippa Harrison. “All the BBC jobs, all the ITV jobs, all the national theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, all the Bond films are done on Spotlight.” Casting directors can »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Double Six’ and Upcoming Auditions

29 August 2014 7:32 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Double Six.” “Double Six” is about two young couples and the unusual game they play thanks to a box of vintage dominoes. “Each flip of the dominoes takes them to unforeseen turns where they find themselves dealing with a dark unleashed spirit. Targeted by a dark disembodied spirit, they begin experiencing otherworldly incidents that threaten to engulf them all.”  Several lead and supporting roles are being cast for this gig, though no pay will be provided. Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Double Six” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘The Liquid Plain’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

29 August 2014 7:20 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the play “The Liquid Plain.” “The Liquid Plan” is a play from the Signature Theatre Company “that brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history.” Several roles are being cast for this Off-Broadway production, and the gig will be paid. Auditions will be held Sept. 16 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Liquid Plain” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!   »

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Agents, CDs, and Webinars Next Week at Backstage University

28 August 2014 2:03 PM, PDT

Next week, Backstage University starts of the month by welcoming agent and first-time guest Jenna Winnett of Judy Boals, Inc. for an agent seminar. Winnett runs the TV/film department for the office and currently has clients on “Blue Bloods,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “House of Cards” to name just a few. After an industry Q&A, Winnett will meet with each actor privately to see them perform and to talk about their careers. We close out the week on Thursday with a two great events. First, we have an online webinar with TV host Nicole Sellars called “Secrets to Becoming a Successful TV and Web Host.” Sellars is a veteran journalist, TV host, and producer. She was the first TV host for AOL Live! as well as a news anchor for NBC Cleveland, News 12 Long Island, and FiOS1 News. She is coming to Backstage to teach »

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11 Actors Who’ve Guest Starred on ‘The Simpsons’

28 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

As television lovers may know, we’re in the midst of a 12-day marathon of “The Simpsons” on Fxx. The longest-running American primetime series boasts a cast of supremely talented voiceover actors, including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith, and has featured the talents of over 600 actors and celebrities. There’s a reason the show was awarded the Guinness World Record for having the most guest stars featured in a TV series. Appearing on “The Simpsons” is both a great opportunity for performers to flex their voiceover muscles, and a sign they’ve definitely made it. Check out which favorites have lent their voices to the ever-growing population of Springfield. Click Here To View The Slideshow. Inspired by this story? Check out our voiceover audition listings! »

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Now Casting Broadway’s ‘Fish in the Dark’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

28 August 2014 7:25 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for Broadway’s “Fish in the Dark” written by and starring “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David. Several roles are being cast for this production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. This is, of course, a paid, Equity gig, and auditions will be held Sept. 4, 5, and 8 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Fish in the Dark” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘It’s Fun for Now’ and Upcoming Auditions

28 August 2014 7:15 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the TV show “It’s Fun for Now.” “It’s Fun for Now” follows Eva, who considers herself to be in a tenuous relationship with Peyton, who feels as though Eva is the love of his life. This is a paid gig, and the two lead roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from Hollywood, Calif. and you should note how comfortable you are with doing comedy in your submission email. Additionally, this is a paid gig. For more details, check out the casting notice for “It’s Fun for Now” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!   »

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California Set For $330M Incentive

27 August 2014 12:42 PM, PDT

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) backs increasing the Golden State’s film and television tax incentive to more than $300 million.  The annual figure unveiled by the governor’s office, which more than triples the program’s current budget, is lower than the $400 million contained in a bill that passed the state Assembly Aug. 14.  The legislation announced Wednesday increases the incentive to $330 million a year for five years beginning with fiscal year 2015-16 and replaces the currently "flawed and arbitrary lottery system with a more competitive and accountable system," according to a release.  “This law will make key improvements in our Film and Television Tax Credit Program and put thousands of Californians to work,” Brown stated. In tangent with the governor, a bi-partisan group of the state's top lawmakers announced they were backing the bill to expand California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program. “Not only does extending the Film »

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11 Things Actors Say When They Get Home After Their Summer Theater Gig

27 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

As summer winds down, working actors everywhere are returning home from their summer theater productions. The leaves will fall, the showmances will fade, résumés will grow one credit longer, and the following things will be said. To themselves: “I did nothing but drink for three solid months, time to get back in shape!” To their actor friends who also booked work: “This was the best summer of my life!”  To their actor friends who didn’t book work: “You didn’t miss much. You were better off in the city.”  To their non-actor friends: “Yeah, I only made $300 a week, but it was so valuable to my résumé. You wouldn’t understand.”  To their parents: “Seriously, I only made $300 a week. Send money or I’ll be homeless.”  To their agent: “So this gig will get me seen by Jay Binder now, right?”  To casting directors: “I am glad you called me in. »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘She-roes’ and Upcoming Auditions

27 August 2014 7:21 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the play “She-roes.” “She-roes” is a modern comedy about “female super heroes trying to balance their lives while maintaining a double lifestyle.” Several lead roles are being cast, and rehearsals will be flexible around actors’ schedules. Pay will be based on box office results, and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “She-roes” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!   »

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Now Casting ‘Push Play’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

27 August 2014 7:07 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the TV series “Push Play.” “Push Play” is a scripted TV program “based on the lives of five young teens living in the city of Miami who are trying to break into the music industry and get signed to the city's biggest talent agency.” Think, “Gossip Girl” meets “Glee.” Tons of lead and supporting roles are being cast for both teens and adults. Auditions will be held on the following dates: Sept. 6–7 in NYC, Sept. 13–14 in Los Angeles, and Sept. 20–21 in Miami. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Push Play” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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8 Acting Techniques (and the Stars Who Swear by Them)

26 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Anyone who’s been to an acting class knows that there are as many approaches to the craft as there are actors approaching it. Though all actors must develop their own understanding of the work, several master teachers have led the way in training since the turn of the 20th Century. These well-known gurus helped develop acting as we know it, and continue to grow some of the industry’s most respected stars.  Stanislavski’s SystemOne of the greatest acting teachers of all time, Constantin Stanislavski’s work signaled a shift in 20th century acting and inspired a whole new generation of techniques and teachers. In addition to changing the face of acting worldwide, Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre was at the forefront of the naturalistic theater movement in the Soviet Union and in Europe. His approach incorporates spiritual realism, emotional memory, dramatic and self-analysis, and disciplined practice. Lord Laurence Olivier »

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Emmys 2014: It’s Good to Be ‘Breaking Bad’

26 August 2014 8:23 AM, PDT

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” swept the 66th annual Emmy Awards with five wins to top off the show’s final season. Bryan Cranston won in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category for “Breaking Bad,” beating out Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm, while Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for best supporting actress and actor in a drama, respectively. The series about a high school chemistry teacher who cooks meth to make ends meet after being diagnosed with lung cancer also won the drama series and writing categories. It has been nominated a total of 58 times over its five-season run. Julianna Margulies won for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her turn on “The Good Wife” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus taking lead actress in a comedy series for “Veep.” Louis-Dreyfus referred to a mustachioed Cranston as Clark Gable while they presented an award and later, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘In Houses We Stay’ and Upcoming Auditions

26 August 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “In Houses We Stay.” “In Houses We Stay” is a short about “two young police officers [who] get a called out to a domestic dispute like no other. Upon discovering a gruesome find, the officers are faced with a personal challenge of being the judge, jury. and the executioner.” Several roles are being cast, including two lead and two supporting, and talent is being sought from the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Arizona areas. For more details, check out the casting notice for “In Houses We Stay” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

26 August 2014 7:15 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. The live event will air on Dec. 4, and tell the classic tale of “the mischievous little boy who ran away to Neverland,” with Williams in the titular role. Chorus members are being cast for the production, and auditions will be held Sept. 2 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Peter Pan Live” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Emmys 2014: 17 Nominees on Their Award-Worthy Performances

25 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Backstage has been lucky enough to talk to some of this year’s Emmy nominees. We got to hear about training for their respective roles, what inspires their award-worthy characters, and how they reacted to their nominations. Now it’s your turn: Catch up before the ceremony tonight on NBC! “My money’s not on me—my money’s on Matt [Bomer] or Joe [Mantello]. People say, ‘I’m just glad to be nominated,’ and it always sounds like bullshit—excuse my French—but I get it now. I’m thrilled and delighted, but I’m no fool.” —Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” “For most actors it’s going to be plays here and there, commercials now and then, and you have to let that make you happy. And look toward being a member of the community in every capacity.” —Allison Tolman, “Fargo” “Instead of thinking about what we can fix, we’re thinking, »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Hollywood Nights’ and Upcoming Auditions

25 August 2014 7:13 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Hollywood Nights.” “Hollywood Nights” is about a group of 20-somethings in Los Angeles, each struggling to make it in the big city. This is a paid gig, and two supporting roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area only, and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Hollywood Nights” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Green Brothers’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

25 August 2014 7:02 AM, PDT

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Green Brothers.” “Green Brothers” is a film about “a failed drug deal in the Bronx and the spiral of violence that results.” Several lead and supporting roles are being cast for this production, which will shoot in the Bronx and Brooklyn areas of New York. Auditions will be held Aug. 27 and 28 in NYC, and you should note if you have any experience in stage combat, dance, or stunt training. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Green Brothers” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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