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Featured On The Show:

Fanboy Design

Great friends of hurryupandwait, and our go-to source for beautiful, unique, and user-friendly actor websites.  They created this site- isn’t it nice?  Hear all about the Fanboy Design team on Episode 125!

Audition Update

Live Updates about EPAs, callbacks, and offers, and a “Bitching Post” discussion forum for NY actors.  Check out our interview with Creator Tom Lapke on Episode 110!

The Broke and Beautiful Life

Actress Stefanie O’Connel writes with expertise about all things finance, and discovering “financial freedom” within an artistic career.  Check her out on Episode 105!

Abbreviated Audio

“Musings, Amusings, and Audio Bites” on voiceover and audio book recording from Johnny Heller and partner Coleen Marlo.  Check out Johnny on Episode 122!

Joseph Discher

Visit Joe’s website for information audition and monologue coaching.  Check him out on Episode 120!

Musical Theatre College Auditions

Professional coaching for college and graduate school auditions.  Check out our interview with Assistant Director Charlie Murphy on Episode 108!

Websites:

Backstage.com      

Free Advice, discussion forums, and audition listings.  Nationwide self-submission service via paid subscription.

Actor’s Equity

Casting Call page lists all upcoming EPAs and ECCs, searchable by location.

Actors Access

Nationwide self-submission service; free to access, monthly fee for unlimited submissions.

Playbill.com

News coverage of Broadway and Regional Theatre.  Free job board lists auditions, classes, and survival gigs, primarily in NY.

LA Casting

Top self-submission service in LA; free to join with representation, monthly fee for a personal profile.

CAZT

Self-submission service in LA; casting facility provides access to audition tapes and feedback for a monthly fee.  Great for student films, shorts, and non-union work.

CastingAbout

For a yearly fee, see what’s currently casting in NY and LA (film, TV, theatre), find addresses for CDs and associates, and organize and print mailing labels for DIY submissions.

IDEA: International Dialects of English Archive

A database of accent and dialect recordings from around the world.

Classes:

Backstage University

Seminars, classes, and intensives with casting directors, agents, and managers, and networking events (“Backstage Meet Ups”) with other NYC actors

One on One

Casting director workshops and seminars with agents and managers; one-night and ongoing classes, admission through audition only.

Broadway Dance Center

Classes for all levels.  Guest Tom Frueh (Episode 123) recommends Jim Cooney, Matt Powell, Ray Hesselink, and Lainie Munro.

UCB (NY and LA)

Improv and Sketch Comedy for all levels.

Lesly Kahn (LA)

KC’s favorite teacher in LA.  The best comedy training available, ongoing scene study, specialized workshops, and audition and career coaching from seriously working actors.

Reel Pros (LA)

One of a million LA-based companies offering casting director workshops, Reel Pros is relatively inexpensive and well organized.

College to Career Acting

Two long-time casting directors coach actors through crucial and underserved times in their lives: from high school to college, and from college to career.

SpringboardNYC

A two-week program from the American Theatre Wing, designed to prepare young actors for life and work in NYC.

Services:

ActorIntro

“The Complete Video Studio for Actors.” Inexpensive but high quality Audition Videos, Showcase Videos, Slate Shots and Demo Reels, filmed with excellent lighting and sound.

Paul Gregory

NY and LA based headshot photographer of over 24 years; extremely reasonable session pricing includes hair and makeup!

Reproductions

Headshot printing and retouching in NYC.

Ray’s Photo Lab

Headshot printing and retouching in LA.

Vista Print

Cheap postcard printing nationwide.

Reading:

Audition by Michael Shurtleff, and a breakdown of his 12 Guideposts.

A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previto, and Scott Zigler.

Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus by Marina Caldarone.

Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary: A complete Dictionary of All the English Words, Phrases and Constructions in the Works of the Poet by Alexander Schmidt.

Shakespeare’s First Folio facsimile online.

Brian Johnston’s Ibsen Cycle and Courses in Drama for Greek Drama.

Listening:

Numb

Debut album by Episode 119 guest Thea Brooks.

PigPen Theatre Co.

Download their music on itunes.

The Everything Acting Podcast

NY Actors Darbi Worley and Roz Coleman.

Inside Acting Podcast

LA actors Trevor Algatt and AJ Meijer.

Show Me Your Bits

Alexis Guerreros hosts this hilarious interview podcast with other standup comics

KCRWs The Business Podcast

Keep up with the latest news in the film and television industry.

Documentaries by BBC World Service

Beautifully produced podcasts featuring stories from around the world; in addition to being moving and mind-expanding, these podcasts are GREAT for dialect work.

This American Life

Radio Lab

Snap Judgement

StoryCorps

The Moth

Stories about people.  Fascinating, beautiful, and thrilling.