Casting Director John Strawbridge - What do you do with
Write it down.
By Brian Dragonuk
Experience can be a tricky thing.
Without enough, you can find
yourself lost. But with too much
– you can also find yourself lost.
Strawbridge, more than a decade and a half of casting
feature films and network television had left him feeling
direction. "When you're working on studio
productions, and especially
on series TV," notes
Strawbridge, "there's a real possibility that you
become frustrated in terms of artistic challenge. You can
yourself doing the same kinds of things over and over
again. The same
roles… different scripts."
knew he had to find a new way to challenge himself. "I
if you're in this business, it's because you don't
like being in the
same place day after day. You welcome
change. You've got to feel like
you're always moving
But once you've had your work nominated
for an Emmy, (as was the case
on HOMICIDE: Life On The
Street, which won an Emmy for it's casting)
and had some box
office success (as with Wedding Crashers) – it can
difficult to find a newer and higher peak. So Strawbridge
instead of looking upward, it was time to look
So he decided to share that experience with the
community. "The best
way to expand upon what I'd done,"
he figures, "was to multiply it.
Instead of one person
having this experience, ten people could. Or
however many wanted it." For the last eight
Strawbridge, along with veteran actor Gary Wheeler,
co-instructor of "The Working Actor"
series of classes. Working out of
the Chesapeake Arts Center
near Baltimore, the two have been
conducting classes in
audition practice and performance skills, as
well as their
signature "real world" approaching to navigating
business of acting.
"The classes have been
great," Strawbridge says. "But it's always been
my mind to supplement them with a book. Something that actors
have with them at all times, and which could, maybe,
outside this market, or who haven't been able to
take the classes."
After several years and several
drafts, this Spring saw the release of
Book: What Casting Directors Are Really Looking For" –
book which Strawbridge hopes will reach many.
Strawbridge feels that there's still a need for a
approach. "There's a lot of advice and
resources available [out there]
for actors. But what I saw
time and time again in auditions, was that
actors didn't seem
to know what was important to us, on the casting
were working awfully hard, but often on the wrong things.
the things that were, for us, the deciding points on who to
Strawbridge hopes that his book will
not only give actors the insight
they need to have more
success in their auditions, but also give them
the benefit of
what he's learned himself, without having to spend so
years gaining experience.
"I wrote this book for
Actors, but after sixteen years in casting, I
this for myself and for all other Casting Directors –
that actors coming in to audition for us would know
exactly what we
were looking for."
And now that
he's finally been able to put his casting experience to
use, what's next for Strawbridge? "At the risk of sounding
cliché, I've got a script I'm trying to get
produced," he offers with
a laugh. "I'm hoping it
won't take another sixteen years.
John Strawbridge's book
is entitled "The Audition Book: What Casting
Are Really Looking for", and is available on amazon.com.
more info, visit www.TheAuditionBook.com.
Audition Book - What Casting Directors are Really Looking
Baltimore, MD 21211
CAMPANILE MEDIA and author
John Strawbridge are pleased to announce
THE AUDITION BOOK
What Casting Directors are
Really Looking For
This practical, real-world guide to
Audition practice and technique is
based on the author's more
than sixteen years experience in casting
Television and Theatre, as well as on the popular
workshops he has conducted.
give the Actor an edge by offering you the
Director's-eye-view, the book helps the actor answer
"What Are They Looking For?"
provides tools to focus time and effort on the things that
most to the people
who do the hiring. Included are
an overview of the Casting Directors'
job & needs,
Headshot & Résumé guidelines, Auditions tips,
and help in
THE AUDITION BOOK is
now available directly from the