Everything listed under: Ask An Expert When to Move to NYC or LA When should an actor move to a bigger market like New York or Los Angeles? Melanie Forchetti, a producer, writer, and the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, gives her advice. Wherever you live, you'll appreciate these insights. Read More... October 10, 2017 ... The Importance of a Great Actor Headshot How important is your headshot? Melanie Forchetti breaks it down with specific notes on which headshot to use and when, what to look for in your headshot photographer, and more. Read More... October 3, 2017 ... The Difference Between Commercial and Film Auditions Melanie Forchetti explains the differences between commercial and film auditions that every actor should know. Get ready to bring your audition preparations to the next level and check out the next video in our #AskAnExpert series Read More... September 26, 2017 ... How to Build Relationships with Casting Directors Our next #AskAnExpert Series features Melanie Forchetti - producer, writer, and the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting in Philadelphia. Today she shares ways for actors to build relationships with casting directors. No generic advice here - she shares her valuable perspective on Read More... September 19, 2017 ... Marketing On a Budget You hear it all the time: Actors need to market themselves online. But just how do you do it when money is tight?Never fear! Here are some cheap (and free!) ways you can market yourself to become the actor that everyone is talking about. Read More... June 20, 2017 ... Do This Before Trying to Get an Agent Q: How long should I wait before getting an agent? —Iesha W., Arizona The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules on how long you should wait before seeking representation. If you’re brand-new, with no professional experience, but have a very specific look or type, you just might luck out, get awesome reps immediately, and book a lead in a blockbuster right out of the gate. While that could happen, it probably won’t. I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you: Why would an agent agree to rep an actor who has zero professional experience? They have plenty of proven actors on their roster who are known in the industry and already book work. Click here to read my advice on Backstage.com! Read More... May 30, 2017 ... Why All Actors Should Have a Personal Website In this digital age, Google is everyone’s best friend; when we want to learn more about something, we look it up! The same principal applies to actors. Any casting director, agent, or manager will search for an actor and expect to see information on them. I sat down with the folks at Backstage to talk about being an actor in the Age of Google. Read More... May 23, 2017 ... How to Prep for an Audition My #AskAnExpert series continues with producer, writer, and casting director, Melanie Forchetti! Melanie is currently the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, and is producing two feature films and a TV show. Today I got the inside scoop on how to prep for auditions.Watch the video to get her tips! Read More... May 9, 2017 ... 5 Tips for a Great Audition I'm super excited to continue my #AskAnExpert series with the awesome producer, writer, and casting director, Melanie Forchetti! Melanie is currently the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, and is producing two feature films and a TV show. I sat down with her to get some tips for a great audition.Watch the video to get her 5 top tips! Read More... April 18, 2017 ... How to Prioritize as a New Actor How do you prioritize what to do as a new actor? —Lauren S., WashingtonAnyone new to acting is undoubtedly excited to launch their career. But to avoid frustration and spending a lot without tangible results, you need to prioritize how to spend your time and money. There are four steps to make the best use of your resources for the long haul. Read More... March 21, 2017 ... Is Your Headshot Getting Seen By Agents? So... you researched your photographer, did your homework and prepared for your shoot, used natural light, and ended up with a kick-ass headshot. But, is your awesome new headshot getting seen by agents?In today's post, Guest Expert Mark Bennington shares his tip for getting an agent's eyes on your new headshot. Watch the video below to get the scoop! Read More... July 12, 2016 ... Do You Look Like Your Headshot? It is super important that you look like your headshot when you walk into a casting office. In today's post, Guest Expert Mark Bennington shares which type of lighting is the best for looking like the real you... On a good day, of course! ;)Watch the video to find out! Read More... July 5, 2016 ... How To Choose A Headshot Photographer My #AskAnExpert Guest Expert Mark Bennington is back this week with some great tips on how to choose a headshot photographer.Watch the video below to get the scoop! Read More... June 28, 2016 ... How To Prep For Your Headshot Session I'm back with the super-talented headshot photographer, Mark Bennington. If you missed it, last week Mark talked about what makes a great headshot. Today, I wanted to ask him a question that used to drive me a little cuckoo, and maybe you can relate: How should I prepare for my headshot session?Watch the video below to find out his advice: Read More... June 20, 2016 ... 3 Tips For A Great Headshot I'm so excited to kick off my very first #AskAnExpert series with the super-talented photographer, Mark Bennington. Mark has been recognized by Backstage as one of the top ten headshot photographers in the entire country, so I wanted to sit down with him to get the scoop on what makes a great headshot.Watch the video to get his 3 tips! Read More... June 14, 2016 ... Actor and web designer Amy Russ helps actors showcase their cast-ability, personality, and professionalism with simple, effective, and affordable websites. Grab her free Rock Your Website Success Tips here.