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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 Top 5 TV & Film Audition Tips

The Top 5 TV & Film Audition Tips! As the Film and TV industry regain their footing and rebound after Covid, actors need to be ready for those new projects on the horizon. How are you getting ready? How are you setting yourself up for success? This new season can be just the right time to get ready with your on camera audition skills. I’ve got the top five TV and Film audition tips to get you started. All happening in the episode of Casting Actors Cast, Insights for actors from a casting...


What is a Chemistry Read?

What is a “Chemistry Read”? There are times when you might be asked to do a “Chemistry read”. Do you know what that really means? How do you prepare for it? What can you actually do to make this next step in the audition process work to your advantage? In today’s episode of Casting actors Cast, I will spell it out for you so that the next time you are asked to participate in a Chemistry Read, you will know exactly how to act with your acting while acting with another actor….


Self-tape Critique-Mahmoud Mahmoud

So you asked for it! Another self tape evaluation from an actor wanting to "up their audition game". Mahmod Mahmod sent his link and now it's time for a review! Find out what works technically and with his acting. You'll learn how to improve your own self submit videos. Jeffrey will share his insights and suggest the best ways to book the job! Please don't forget to like and review. You can even see the video on the YouTube channel of Casting Actors Cast.


Why A Website?

Why An Actor website? Maybe it’s just me but I am surprised that Actors are still asking me about whether or not they need a website. C’mon people, this is 2021 (last time I checked) and we need to get it together! YES! You need a website. It is just as important as your picture, resume and tap shoes. OK, the tap shoes are optional. So let’s have this conversation and answer the question, “Why an Actor Website” On this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast video or podio for actors!


What To Say At an Agent Meeting?

What to Say at an Agent Meeting? Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. You just got a call or email from the agent you’ve been wanting to meet. This could be a crazy great turning point in your acting career ! Auditions, roles, bookings here we come! Wait…what are you supposed to do at this meeting? What are they going to ask? What if they don’t like you? What if you blow it? This could be a career killer! Don’t let this get you down. Let’s talk about this in a clam, rational way....



So, the actor says to me, “I’m trying to make the scene work by applying everything I‘ve learned In class!”. “Really”, I said,” and how is that working out for you?” “Not great. I can’t seem to remember anything including the words! “I’m a disaster!”. You are not a disaster…you are an actor. An actor with a solvable situation. Let’s have a conversation about an issue I’ve seen with more and more frequency. The ACTOR OVERTHINKER, on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast and video...


Acting Questions-Direct Answers

One of the best things about being a Casting Director is the ability to affect an actor’s life in a positive way. When an actor books a role, there is no greater pleasure than to be part of that creative decision. In a similar way, I love doing this podcast/video or PODIO because some tip or suggestion or advise that I have offered has helped actors in ways I never thought possible. I received one such letter that I am excited to share. And I will answer your latest questions about acting...


Best Critique of Your Self-tape

In this episode, I evaluate a new Self tape audition sent in by a Casting Actors Cast listner/viewer! You'll get immediate understanding of how a casting directors' first impression is to your submissions. Both technical choices and acting moments are evaluated for their effectiveness and impact. Learn how you can get live feedback for your own auditions by submitting to or going to for more information!


Act Better!

Act Better! So maybe the title of this episode caught your attention. Perhaps you’re thinking that there is some secret sauce to making your acting more appreciated by others and therefore feel more successful. Whatever the reason, I want to share some insights I’ve learned both as an actor and now as a casting director that will eliminate the need for you to ever hear “Act Better” from anyone…. including yourself! In this episode of Casting Actors Cast!


When Directors Say the Wrong things

WHEN DIRECTORS SAY THE WRONG THINGS… It’s no mystery that directors/teachers/casting directors, can say the wrong thing to an actor sometimes. Whether it’s for auditions, stage, TV, Film or even voice acting, something might be said that you don’t understand or can’t relate to. What do you do about those weird, uncomfortable, confusing moments? Is there actually a way you can salvage a potentially negative situation into one that gets the job done? Let’s find out on today’s episode of...


How to Make a Slate Great

HOW TO MAKE A SLATE GREAT! “Hello, I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach?”…”What’s up, this is Jeff Dreisbach”…”Hi, I’m Jeffrey Dreisbach and I am reading for Hamlet…I am 6’2….on a good day!”. Your slate is the proverbial handshake and first impression we get from you. I have seen actors “loose out” because of a bad slate. No kidding! Let’s end the great slate debate and give you the right way to make your slate great on this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the podcast for actors from a casting...


"Lights, Camera, ACTION!"

“Lights, Camera, ACTION!” Does this phrase make you nervous, excited, tense or maybe even happy? This phrase, when taken literally, is about you on a set, ready to act, ready to create through your character. As an actor, there is no better moment than hearing that phrase. Really. We’ll talk about that moment and also dissect the phrase into the perfect metaphor for your acting and your acting career. In this episode of Casting Actors Cast, the Podcast and video or Podio for...


Auditions; Don't Do This!

Very few things annoy me when I audition actors. I really enjoy the process and love to see accomplished talent show me how they would play the part. I have had actors faint, cry, mumble and explode…and that was before the actual audition! Here are some things I have experienced in auditions that are quite detrimental to the actor and can sabotage their chances of getting realistic consideration for booking a role. In other words…Don’t Do This! :)


Acting Myths and Mistakes for 2021

Acting Myths and Mistakes for 2021 Based on the questions Jeff's received over the past few years; it occurs to him that many actors seem to still be hanging on to misconceptions and untrue claims about being an actor. So, let’s clear the air on some of these weird untruths so we can launch the new year with a realistic perspective and clear eyed understanding of those acting myths and actor mistakes!


What's the Deal About Acting Reels?

Jeffrey kicks of this episode with the answers to questions you've wanted to hear about acting reels! What are they? What are they for? Why are they necessary or are they? Acting Reels are an important tool for the industry. Done right, it can open doors and accelerate a career. Poorly done, it can leave a bad impression of where you are in your career and set you back financially. Take time to think through the purpose of your reel and whether you will move ahead or spin your wheels...


What about Acting in 2021

Air Date: 12/31/2020 What About Acting in 2021? What are the plans for your acting in 2021? What about making New Year resolutions? Might that help? Some actors think that planning your acting is wasted energy while others spend a lot of time making plans only to feel defeated in a short period of time... Jeffrey explores the value of looking forward with a clear view of what acting can mean for you in the New Year. Please consider leaving a review on your favorite podcast platform and...


My Holiday Story

Jeffrey departs from the usual format of Casting Actors Cast to share his first professional New York experience as a performer. The Radio City Christmas Specular continues to be an iconic event year after year. With the Covid virus still haunting our holidays, this episode hopes to warm your spirit and perhaps help you recall fond memories of being a performer during holiday times. As always, please consider leaving a review, thumbs up, or hitting the subscribe button. Spread the joy, share...


Let's Evaluate A Self-Tape

Today, Jeffrey evaluates a self tape Shakespeare submission on video and provides a detailed critique! The response for a spontaneous evaluation of your auditions has been really exciting and this episode will give you some great tips and suggestions for your auditions. If you like this content, please consider letting Casting Actors Cast know by posting a review, subscribe to the YouTube channel or sharing this episode with other actors! Visit more more information and...


New Questions Answered

Jeffrey decides to answer questions from listener's and viewers of the "podio"! Questions about moving to New York, staying focused on an acting career and finding out what it means when your hear things are, "starting to open up". Always fun, always insightful, Jeffrey spells it all out on this packed episode. Check out the YouTube video of this podcast by going to Casting Actors Cast channel or for more!


Self-tape Critique, LIVE!

Jeffrey selects an actor's self tape to critique live! He provides feedback and responds to the audition without having seen it before! Really a great way to learn how to make your submitted auditions work for you! This is a must see/share event that will change the way you want to be seen. You can submit your audition videos too by going to and send a link your audition! Who knows, maybe Jeffrey will feature your work live too!