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Is Diversity in Casting the New Normal?

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This year, pilot season was all about one word: diversity.
Every project that crossed my desk made an honest attempt to incorporate minorities into their casts. And this was true for all the roles, not just parts written for specific ethnicities. 
When I first started working as an agent, getting minority actors a shot at series regular roles wasn’t that easy. Sure, if the character was black, casting would bring in all my black clients. But if the role wasn’t written for a specific race, it would always end up going to a white actor.
I remember one time when I pitched a black actor for the part of a lawyer who works at the public defender’s office in the Bronx. The casting director liked my client but refused to see him because one black actor had already been hired and the network wanted the rest of the cast to be white.
I tried to explain that in the real Bronx, a white guy would be the minority, not the other way around. She told me to lighten up. To this day, I’m not sure if she was being ironic.
This kind of thinking has always limited minority actors, but conditions used to be worse. Back in the day, casting directors and their employers never thought twice about hiring a white actor to Thank you for reading

The First Step in Creating and Refining Your Comic Persona

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Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Rainn Wilson, Andy Samberg, Jim Parsons, Josh Radnor, Charlyne Yi, Aubrey Plaza, Stephanie Beatriz, Joel McHale, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ken Jeong, and of course, Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey—these are but a few of the wonderful comic actors we love who are populating the television landscape. They are all very distinct, with their own comic personas they refined coming up the ranks in either theater (Ferguson, Deschanel, Beatriz, Wilson, Parsons, Radnor, McHale), improv/sketch (Samberg, Yi, Poehler, Fey, Jeong), or both (Kaling). For the most part, they are the same in every role they have played, with the same quirks, delivery, timing, and sensibility, and we don’t want them to change a thing because we love them, just the way they are. They are all endearing, relatable, hilarious, and have enviable careers, and so can you.
How can you create and refine a comic persona that you can use over and over again in every audition, for every role, whether it be for a multi-camera sitcom, one-camera comedy, Web series, or sketch/improv show? First and foremost, you have to know who you are. You can’t refine who you are if you are always trying to be someone you are not, thinking that’s Thank you for reading

From the Sharp End:
Royal Pains is casting

     I found this information on Actor Genie and wanted to share it with you.1 Hour: Royal PainsCasting Director: Finnegan / JacobsStory Line:For up to the date casting info get Actor Genie Free Hypnosis for Actors – Grab your free copy of…
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From the Sharp End:
The Other Woman (NY) is casting

     I found this information on Actor Genie and wanted to share it with you.Feature Film: The Other Woman (NY)Casting Director: Chrystie St.Distributor: 20th Century FoxStory Line: An adulterous husband, doesn’t turn one, nor two, but three of his mistresses against…
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Wedding Anniversary Discount on All Items

HiIt is my 4th wedding anniversary on Monday 11 March 2013.As a thank you I am offering a 90% discount on all products in the shop.This discount is only available until 17/03/2013 – so hurry to the shopJust quote the code ANN413 in…
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New Hypnotherapy Recording
for Actors

Below is a hypnosis recording designed to help actors and artistes.It is from the Acting from Within SeriesImaging Your Emotions though HypnosisFree Hypnosis for Actors – Grab your free copy of Communicating Your Ambition with a Day at the Beach…
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From the Sharp End –
Jamie Marks is Dead is casting

I found this information on Actor Genie and wanted to share it with you.Feature Film: Jamie Marks is DeadCasting Director: Cindy TolanDistributor: PendingStory Line: Love those coming of age tales that leave Genie scared. This one looks super cool.For up…
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