Actress and writer Anne DeAcetis is a guest contributor for this episode, reading from her essay on Medium.com which lists five reasons why casting directors should happily play a part in the disappearance of casting director workshops.
Host Ben Hauck shares introductory content that motivated Anne’s piece — namely, an article from The Hollywood Reporter on the prevalence of casting director workshops notoriously referred to as “pay-to-plays,” the subsequent dismissal of a prominent casting director who has run casting director workshops, and a press release from the Casting Society of America establishing a Workshop Committee to address the standards of these workshops.
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Anne DeAcetis’s Bio
Anne DeAcetis is a character actress, singer, and writer. She was a founding member of Division 13 Productions led by artistic director Joanna Settle, which produced in Chicago and then New York. Since earning her MFA at California Institute of the Arts, Anne has developed her own solo show (VIOLETTE, VIOLETTE), broadened into indie film (most notably the short thriller Monitor, and Darla, which she co-wrote), and done a sprinkling of TV (including NOVA: Fabric of the Cosmos), and — just to keep you guessing — become the lead singer of the retro Latin and R&B band Willie and the Wolves. Up next, Anne will star in The Trojan Women, directed by Anton Ray in Eugene, Oregon.
- Creative Website: http://ww.annedeacetis.com
- Twitter: @annedeacetis
- Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/
- The Acting Income Podcast, Episode 6: How to Write to Supplement Your Acting Career – with Anne DeAcetis
The original version of the essay Anne reads in the podcast episode appears on Medium.com.
References in Anne’s Essay
The following items are reference in Anne’s essay.
- CSA press release: Casting Society of America Sets New Board Members, Establishes Workshop Committee
- The Hollywood Reporter: “New Hollywood Economy: Pay-for-Play Auditions for Actors Gain Dominance” by Gary Baum
- The Hollywood Reporter: “‘Criminal Minds’ Casting Director Out After Hollywood Reporter Story on Pay-to-Play Workshops” by Gary Baum (Story regarding casting director Scott David)
- The Hollywood Reporter: “Amid Pay-to-Play Controversy, ‘Criminal Minds’ Casting Director Breaks Silence After Dismissal” by Gary Baum (Follow-up story regarding casting director Scott David)
- The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan (book)
- Casting By (HBO documentary on casting directors)
In Episode 22 of The Acting Income Podcast, Ben Hauck interviews actor Gianmarco Soresi, who invested a good sum of money in casting director workshops, as well as workshops with agents and maangers. The interview sets aside the controversy and ethics of casting director workshops and elects to accept them for the episode, in order to develop a strategy about paying for them to achieve acting goals. To get a sense of how much money can be spent on these by an actor, listen to the episode.
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