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The Podcast for Actors from a New York Casting Director with Jeffrey Dreisbach

The Podcast for Actors from a New York Casting Director with Jeffrey Dreisbach


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The Podcast for Actors from a New York Casting Director with Jeffrey Dreisbach






The Actor Factor

The Actor Factor Air Date: December 8, 2022 I don’t think we understand what is involved when we decide to become an actor. Driven by our rich, creative imagination and a desire for opportunities to act, oftentimes, we lose sight of what being an actor actually means. We shouldn’t let our dreams of being an actor preclude us from understanding those difficult things that need to be addresses. The stresses and unknown variables that can exist, usually paly no part in our dreams. Today,...


Brake for Scripts

Brake for Scripts Air Date: December 1, 2022 I had a hard time coming up with a juicy title for what might be perceived as a boring subject for today’s show. After all, when you hear the term, “Script Analysis” you might feel like a throwback to a mundane intellectual college lecture. What I want to chat with you about is anything but. The ways you read and study a script for an audition or booking can have a significant impact on the results you are hoping for. In this episode of...


Giving Thanks for Your Questions

Giving Thanks for Your Questions Air Date: November 24, 2022 If you are a regular listener to Casting Actors Cast, you know that occasionally, I answer your questions. Since it’s a national holiday here in the U.S. known as Thanksgiving, I will show my thanks by answering your questions and hopefully, with any luck, we’ll discover what it means to talk turkey, address dressing and gobble up whatever is left over. Oh, yeah. This is Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a hungry...


Organizations Worth Knowing

Organizations Worth Knowing Air Date: November 17, 2022 In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, we’ll talk about some very cool resources that you should be aware of. Staying current with what’s happening in the arts community and with tools that can help actors, is a great way to feel connected. Let’s put the power of information to good work on this episode of Casting Actors Cast


Just Show Up!

Just Show Up Air Date: November 10, 2022 Why do we do it? Really? Why do we subject ourselves to the loud debate going on in our heads over every decision when it comes to our acting careers. We make decisions every day. Maybe hundreds of times. Yet, when it comes to our acting careers, we spend an inordinate amount of time evaluation every option to the point of exhaustion. What do I mean? Take the questions actors have about finding agents. Who is the best one for you? Are they...


Your Superpower

Your Superpower Air Date: November 3, 2022 Lately, I’ve been thinking that there is very little to celebrate. I’m not sure if it’s the post Covid world, political upheaval, change of seasons or just my cranky pants inner kid showing up to kick my ass. I usually consider myself an optimistic, energetic, “let’s do it”, kind of guy so I am not speaking about mental health issues, like depression, but, rather, a sense that finding joy in everyday things seems burdensome. Not easy. It got me...


Where Are The Acting Jobs?

Where are the Acting Jobs? Air Date: October 27, 2022 I am sure you’ve askes this question at some point. You’ve looked at Backstage, Actors Access and other online job sites, only to become discouraged and frustrated at the prospects for gainful employment. If you have an agent and they are not sending you out on auditions then your might be asking yourself, “now what!”. Although there is no magic answer to help you, I think it a good idea to, perhaps, add some insight regarding the...


Acting Beats

Acting Beats Air Date: October 20, 2022 Many actors like to use beats in their work. Beats are the mini pauses, breaths, or silent holds which are used for a variety of reasons. Even directors like the use of the beat when working with actors to draw attention to any given moment. There are, however, issues surrounding the beat that can negatively influence the actors’ choices. Today, we’ll look at beats…not the vegetable but the healthy acting tool actors like to consume…see what I did...


Acting in the Mood

After thousands of auditions, I can say, with confidence, that there are thousands of talented actors. Each one brings their own brand of technique, personality and interpretation to every role that are seeking to play. Here’s the thing. Many time I am missing one important ingredient to make the best audition impression. It’s the mood of the piece. How does the mood or emotional conditioning affect your performance? Let check out this often-overlooked performance element called Acting in...


Your Acting Comeback

Are you an actor who has been away for a while? Are you thinking of jumping back in? Are you fearful that the profession has changed. Perhaps changed too much for you to make a go of it? Never fear. Today’s episode is all about checking your fear at the door and jumping back into the acting talent pool. If you are contemplating getting back into acting, this episode will help you overcome those fears and turn them into an acting re-boot return to acting! This is Casting Actors Cast, the...

Fall Back

Do you remember this classic acting alas exercise? You are partnered up with another actor and they stand in front of you. Then, without warning they fall back into your outstretched arms whereupon you catch them, thus preventing them from hitting the ground. It is called the trust exercise. The idea is to rely on each other to build confidence in your partner. Well, today we need to talk about falling back, building trust and confidence! Happening in this episode of Casting Actors Cast!


What Does Having Potential Mean?

Air Date: September 22, 2022 Have you ever heard someone say, “they have potential”? I remember a particular teacher say that to me in high school. At first, I was thrilled that I had something to aspire to. Then, the more I though about it, I realized that it was, in fact, an expression of disappointment from that teacher. I was not measuring up. That word, “potential” is at once a statement of possibilities and failure. Actors find it hard to understand the concept. It is a matter of...


New Questions Answered

Air Date: September 15, 2022 Jeffrey responds to questions and comments from the audience!


New! Self-tape Evaluation

Mark from San Antonio writes: "...I had the help of my acting coach to tape this, but I’d really love to get your critique of this. In my opinion I think it would actually be a good topic for the podcast regarding how best to tape an audition when it calls for lots of action in a scene beyond standard dialogue like this scene called for. " Check out my critique of this audition!


Hey, Hey, Hey, How’s Your Resume?

Hey, Hey, Hey, How’s Your Resume? Air Date: September 1, 2022 I know, I know. I can’t’ help a corny rhyme or alliteration opportunity! The resumes I’ve seen most recently come under the category, I call, Lacking. It’s not that they are short on credits or that their content isn’t right. It is that the actors resume is not appealing. It doesn’t have enough personality or information to answer even the most basic questions that a Casting Director might have! C’mon people. It’s 2022. The Fall...


So You Want To Be An Actor?

So, You want to be an Actor? Air Date: August 25, 2022 Occasionally, I receive an email or reply from the website form saying something like the following. “I want to be an actor because it is what I’ve always dreamed of.” Then, the writer of this letter adds, “but I do not know how to start and there are no opportunities where I’m from”. When I get this kind of correspondence, my first reaction is sadness for the author. Somehow, they feel stuck or uninspired to find a way to act on their...


How Casting Watches Your Audition

How Casting Watches Your Audition Air Date: August 18, 2022 It happens all the time. An actor auditioning for a role (Zoom or in person) finished the scene and then looks to the casting director or director or the producer with an inquisitive look. That look is often hopeful or an expression of, “how was I?”. Sometimes the actor might even say, “…or something like that” in an effort to deflect the need for approval. It’s an uncomfortable moment for everyone. It got me to thinking about...


Plan, Prepare, Perform

Plan, prepare, perform Air Date: August 11, 2022 So, the dog days of summer are upon us. It’s had to get motivated much less excited about your acting career goals. I get it. Finding the best next career step is so much harder with temperatures hitting 100 degrees. Getting through the day is a challenge let alone thinking about what you have lined up for the fall, right? OK. Listen up. Now is the best time to plan. Now is the best time to prepare. There is no time like the present to...


Encore presentation: Resilience

Special Encore presentation of Resilience!


Your Top 5 Questions Answered

Jeffrey answers your top 5 questions about being an actor in the special Encore presentation!