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Advice from Casting Directors
Welcome to The Spotlight Podcasts featuring advice from leading casting directors.
Here you'll find tips and advice from a range of casting directors in easy-to-digest bite-size podcasts under 15 minutes long, often exploring one particular subject or question.
We release new podcasts regularly. As well as covering general career advice, we interviewing industry professionals on their top tips and advice for performers.
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You can download or listen individual podcasts below. To return to the main podcast page, please click here.
- Sooki McShane's essential casting advice for actors
Sooki McShane (CDG) discusses the casting process for stage productions and gives advice to actors preparing their showcases
- Top tips for screen castings and auditions
Casting directors Victor Jenkins and Kelly Valentine Hendry give us their tips for actors auditioning for film and television on everything from showreels to self-taping and more.
- The casting director's advice on commercial castings
How should an actor prepare when auditioning for a commercial and how do they differ from a standard casting? Get advice on how you can impress in a commercial audition from casting director Thom Hammond (Hammond Cox Casting).
- Approaching children's TV castings
Find out how children's television casting works with tips and advice from CBBC casting director Kerrie Mailey.
- Children's castings for theatre
What do parents and young performers need to know when auditioning for stage productions? Casting director Jessica Ronane (Matilda The Musical, Billy Elliot The Musical) shares her advice for children's castings.
- Audition advice for television in America
Casting director Suzanne Smith (Band Of Brothers, House) discusses what actors need to know when auditioning for TV and productions in the US.
- The casting director's advice for Shakespeare auditions
Head of casting at Shakespeare's Globe Charlotte Bevan shares her advice on how to master Shakespeare's language and characters for auditions.
- Casting director Dan Hubbard's advice for actors
Listen to Dan Hubbard from Hubbard Casting's advice on everything from showreels to agents - and how to impress a casting director in an audition.
- Essential tips for musical theatre performers
Neil Rutherford, head of casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group, gives his advice on how to succeed in musical theatre, both in auditions and on stage.
- How to approach auditions - the casting directors' advice
Casting directors Lucinda Syson (W.E., X-Men, Kick Ass), Reg Poerscout-Edgerton (Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla) and Karen Lindsay-Stewart (The Other Boleyn Girl, Submarine, Marie Antionette give their advice on how actors should approach auditions. This podcast was recorded after Spotlight's London Film Festival Casting Symposium 2011.
- How to Write to Casting Directors
In this edition we look at the format, style and content of your covering letter, which is sent with photographs and a CV to casting directors.
- Sooki McShane CDG and Lucy Jenkins CDG - Theatre Audition Tips for Final Year Drama Students
Sooki and Lucy suggest four pieces of advice when auditioning for theatre productions.
- Toby Whale's top three tips for performers
Casting director Toby Whale shares his wealth of casting experience with Spotlight Graduates.
- Andy Morgan's Top Tips for Graduates
Casting director Andy Morgan (Law & Order UK, Luther) gives his top five tips for graduating actors, including advice on optimising your Spotlight CV (accents, playing age, video footage, responding to Link Board posts) and preparing for auditions.