What’s new on tap at Boston Casting, South Shore Casting and C.P? All three offer an ever expanding selection of classes and workshops throughout the year. Grab a pint because these breweries know how to pour a great Octoberfest.
Let’s tap Boston Casting first because they have been intoxicating our inboxes with “extra-extra” work on RIPD. We certainly are thirsty for some Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges so you need to get onthe email list or signup on the home page to submit. It’s easy and free, just upload a shot.
While you get dizzy thinking about getting picked to work on set. How about “Nailing that Audition Workshop” with Boston Casting owner/founder, Angela Peri? Or maybe an evening seminar, “Breaking Into the Buisness” with Casting Director Julie Arvedon? Don’t skip the tip, signup for a chilled October with Boston Casting Media Performance Institute now. Log-on to get the expanded menu.
No matter how you pour your beer you should sip on it at South Shore Casting with Jodi Purdy Quinlan. Jodi is setting up some classes at the Media Performance Center too, along with classes on the South Shore. If you’d like another round, send her an inquiring email at [email protected] Don’t forget to “Join My List” on her FB page. You’ll be sipping on your skills as you learn how to give a perfect on-camera audition, deliver an engaging performance all while maintaining the perfect head on your pint.
As much as we thirst for Boston Casting and South Shore Casting we imbibe with CP Casting too. C.P Casting is another large casting company whose selection speaks for itself having been the agency whose recent work included Academy Award Best picture nominee, The Social Network and The Town with Ben Affleck. C.P Casting offers a number of classes ranging from the Basics of Acting to On-Camera Auditioning and Creative Dramatics for tweens that develops listening, interacting and reacting skills by participating in theater games.
Hollywood East castings continue to be smooth with plenty of hops. It doesn’t matter which agency you brew or what class you enroll in as long as you continue to work on your craft. Falling into a chance of getting that second call back and maybe finally getting those gigs is priceless. Why wouldn’t you want to rub shoulders with all the casting agencies who know what’s happening in Hollywood East all year long?
Hollywood East is bright with hot to trot Hollywood film crews all over New England. And lucky for us, our inboxes are filled with casting calls, workshops and classes.
We know there can be a lot of dilly dallying between gigs especially with the winter we had, so we thought we would share some hot happenings to keep you in the loop this spring.
Want to be a movie extra? Right now is the time to try it out here in New England. With Ted, Here Comes the Boom and I Hate You, Dad currently shooting and gearing up for shoots, casting companies such as Boston Casting, C.P Casting and South Shore Casting are looking for you.
An extra helps create the reality of the location, making the scene look just right for the main actors. It may not seem like important work, but it’s what makes the flick real. And being an extra isn’t as easy as you might think, with early morning starts, wardrobe changes, waiting in the “holding area,” and possibly working a 12-14 hour day. But over time, these experiences allow you to grow and develop your craft as an actor in the background.
This weekend, Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of South Shore Casting and Sande Alessi Casting — the Los Angeles based casting directors of Pirates of the Caribbean, Social Network — will be holding an open casting call for background extras on May 21st and 22nd at Carson Place (next to the Bay State Expo) South Boston. If you can’t make that event, there will be another casting on May 28th in Cape Cod. These casting calls are for union and nonunion actors. Become fans of South Shore Casting on FB to stay connected!
Boston Casting has sent also out at least a dozen emails announcing casting calls for extra work on Ted and Here Comes the Boom. Most of these castings don’t require a specific type and extra work isn’t the only casting going on at the hip agency. Web videos and commercial opportunities are on the rise.
How do you sign up to be an extra with Boston Casting? They offer a free agency pro tool where you can upload a head shot and resume to their database, and submit yourself for many types of auditions.
Once you’re in the Boston Casting database, they’ll contact you if you’re what they’re looking for, as long as you’re available for the entire day of the shoot. If you like this agency pro tool you can upgrade for a small fee which will give you access to your own website where you can upload more head shots, reels and even look at traffic on your site. But you don’t need to upgrade to get extra work – it’s free! So sign up and start submitting to some of these casting calls.
While your there, check out the Media Performance Center at Boston Casting. They have a fabulous spring line-up that could make any actor blush. Not only will you get the chance to perfect your craft but you can schmooze with some of the agents on site.
One workshop we’d like to spotlight is called Nailing the Audition with the acclaimed casting director, Angela Peri, founder of Boston Casting, on May 28th. With Peri’s fine eye, actors will leave with valuable insight and get connected with one of the busiest casting directors around. Room is still available, but seats are filling up fast.
Right now is the time to be part of the growing TV and Film industry in Hollywood East. Stay tuned for more upcoming casting calls and don’t forget to check out the Hollywood East Connection’s Career Scene page for more work opportunities!
Want to continue seeing stars and feature filmmakers coming to Massachusetts? Then join actors and other film industry supporters at the Boston Common on the corner of Beacon Street tomorrow morning (Wed) at 9:30am across from the Massachusetts State House for a rally to keep the state film tax credit as is.
On Wednesday, the Committee on Revenue will hear legislation that deals with the state’s tax credit, including the governor’s proposal to cap the state’s total payout at $50 million — a move that his administration says will save the state $75 million annually. To rally against this change, local film industry supporters such Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of South Shore Casting and Craig Goedecke of MassExtra2.com are rounding up actors and anyone who would like to continue seeing feature filmmakers come to Massachusetts and providing individuals and businesses with work. 2009 was arguably the busiest year in feature filmmaking in the Bay State with actors such as Mel Gibson filming Edge of Darkness along the Merrimac River, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz doing their usual stunts in Knight and Day on the Zakim bridge, Brooke Shields making her comeback in Furry Vengeance in Topsfield, and Adam Sandler along with his comedic pals filming Grown Ups in several locations around Boston — just to name a few. For a complete list of every feature film shot in New England, click here.
Watch celebrities shout for Hollywood East and local business owners describe the benefits to them in this video produced by the Massachusetts Film Office:
If you want to a quick update on what’s happening, you can read our summary of the issue here or the call to action by C.P. Casting. We’ll be at the rally with our cameras rolling, so stay tuned for our follow-up coverage.
Tell us whether or not you think state legislators should change what seems a good thing for everyone.
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