Amy Jo Berman

Amy Jo Berman As a former Casting Director with 20 years' experience, including 14 years as VP of Casting at HBO, Amy Jo Berman has been a powerful influence and tastemaker in the entertainment industry for 20 years.

As a former casting director, which included being Vice President of Casting at HBO for 14+ years, Amy managed the casting for more than 150 films, mini-series, pilots and series, and her casts have won countless Emmy and Golden Globe awards. In addition to her eye for talent, taste and finesse in business, Amy has a unique gift for working with actors and extracting performances of which even the

As a former casting director, which included being Vice President of Casting at HBO for 14+ years, Amy managed the casting for more than 150 films, mini-series, pilots and series, and her casts have won countless Emmy and Golden Globe awards. In addition to her eye for talent, taste and finesse in business, Amy has a unique gift for working with actors and extracting performances of which even the

10/21/2021

QUESTION: What is the one thing that you wish you knew (and usually don't) before you enter the room for an audition?

What was the first movie you can recall that moved you -- that made you sit up and take notice of movies and say WOW, I ...
10/19/2021

What was the first movie you can recall that moved you -- that made you sit up and take notice of movies and say WOW, I want to be a part of that?

What was the first movie you can recall that moved you -- that made you sit up and take notice of movies and say WOW, I want to be a part of that?

If you can't imagine a life without acting, you are in the right profession. Agree?
10/18/2021

If you can't imagine a life without acting, you are in the right profession. Agree?

If you can't imagine a life without acting, you are in the right profession. Agree?

Who is your favorite James Bond?
10/17/2021

Who is your favorite James Bond?

Who is your favorite James Bond?

"Keep dreaming. Keep taking action. Keep breathing. Rinse. Repeat."
10/15/2021

"Keep dreaming. Keep taking action. Keep breathing. Rinse. Repeat.
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"Keep dreaming. Keep taking action. Keep breathing. Rinse. Repeat.
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10/14/2021

"How about a little game of ""Fill in the blank.""
Nothing makes me happier than ______ . "

The word "failure" has gotten a bad rap. True creativity must include the willingness to fail. From that willingness com...
10/12/2021

The word "failure" has gotten a bad rap. True creativity must include the willingness to fail. From that willingness comes great creative freedom and true expression. Would you be willing to change the meaning of "failure" in your life and in your acting career if you knew success was impossible without it?

The word "failure" has gotten a bad rap. True creativity must include the willingness to fail. From that willingness comes great creative freedom and true expression. Would you be willing to change the meaning of "failure" in your life and in your acting career if you knew success was impossible without it?

TRUTH: "You don't have to make everybody love you. Be yourself and the right ones will.
10/11/2021

TRUTH: "You don't have to make everybody love you. Be yourself and the right ones will.

TRUTH: "You don't have to make everybody love you. Be yourself and the right ones will.

Never give up, never surrender! SAY IT!
10/10/2021

Never give up, never surrender! SAY IT!

Never give up, never surrender! SAY IT!

"Falling down is part of acting or any creative process. It could even be the best part, if you're willing to create vis...
10/08/2021

"Falling down is part of acting or any creative process. It could even be the best part, if you're willing to create vision and change the way you look at it. When you do, tremendous creative and professional growth occurs and it can propel you forward in ways you never imagined.

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"Falling down is part of acting or any creative process. It could even be the best part, if you're willing to create vision and change the way you look at it. When you do, tremendous creative and professional growth occurs and it can propel you forward in ways you never imagined.

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10/07/2021

What do you want me to blog about? What topic would help you the most right now?

"You get what you give whether it's bad or good" Do you agree with Sandra Bullock about Karma?
10/05/2021

"You get what you give whether it's bad or good" Do you agree with Sandra Bullock about Karma?

"You get what you give whether it's bad or good" Do you agree with Sandra Bullock about Karma?

One of the perks of being an actor is getting to travel to amazing places and see amazing things, all while you are livi...
10/03/2021

One of the perks of being an actor is getting to travel to amazing places and see amazing things, all while you are living your dream of working as an actor. If you could choose anywhere in the world to shoot, what would it be?

One of the perks of being an actor is getting to travel to amazing places and see amazing things, all while you are living your dream of working as an actor. If you could choose anywhere in the world to shoot, what would it be?

Yes you are an actor but you're also living a life that includes other things. Take that same passion you have for actin...
10/01/2021

Yes you are an actor but you're also living a life that includes other things. Take that same passion you have for acting and decide to apply it to living your whole life and see the wonders that show up!

Yes you are an actor but you're also living a life that includes other things. Take that same passion you have for acting and decide to apply it to living your whole life and see the wonders that show up!

09/30/2021

"Good acting- real acting is impossible to spot. Do you ever catch talents like Robert Duvall or Kathy Bates acting? No. I defy you to show me where."-William Esper Audition Tip: If you know you're prone to "acting" in auditions, then rehearse it doing less and less each time til it feels like you're not even doing anything at all. That's your sweet spot. If you're still unsure what's "too much", get coached!

If you think you will fail as an actor, you surely will. The first step to becoming successful as an actor is the BELIEF...
09/28/2021

If you think you will fail as an actor, you surely will. The first step to becoming successful as an actor is the BELIEF that it is possible. Change your thoughts, change your life!

If you think you will fail as an actor, you surely will. The first step to becoming successful as an actor is the BELIEF that it is possible. Change your thoughts, change your life!

Burning passion for acting is at the core of what you need to drive you toward success... But you also need to create a ...
09/27/2021

Burning passion for acting is at the core of what you need to drive you toward success... But you also need to create a plan to get you there (so you're not just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks). That kind of NON-plan will keep you stuck and struggling. Take your passion and couple it with a plan and you'll be A LOT happier and more successful. Got it?

Burning passion for acting is at the core of what you need to drive you toward success... But you also need to create a plan to get you there (so you're not just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks). That kind of NON-plan will keep you stuck and struggling. Take your passion and couple it with a plan and you'll be A LOT happier and more successful. Got it?

You've imagined booking your dream role...right? Who will be the first person you'll call and share the news with?
09/26/2021

You've imagined booking your dream role...right? Who will be the first person you'll call and share the news with?

You've imagined booking your dream role...right? Who will be the first person you'll call and share the news with?

When you do this long enough, auditions will always deliver you a surprise. Sometimes bad. Sometimes yummy. If you relax...
09/24/2021

When you do this long enough, auditions will always deliver you a surprise. Sometimes bad. Sometimes yummy. If you relax and expect it, it won't throw you. You may even enjoy yourself!

When you do this long enough, auditions will always deliver you a surprise. Sometimes bad. Sometimes yummy. If you relax and expect it, it won't throw you. You may even enjoy yourself!

09/23/2021

Audition Truth Every Casting Director Wishes You Believed: Even if you're brilliant in the room, sometimes you don't get the part. #ItsNotAlwaysAboutYou

One of the great joys of acting is getting a chance to BE someone else and experience things you might never experience ...
09/21/2021

One of the great joys of acting is getting a chance to BE someone else and experience things you might never experience in your own life. Don't you just LOVE that?!

One of the great joys of acting is getting a chance to BE someone else and experience things you might never experience in your own life. Don't you just LOVE that?!

No one audition will make or break your acting career...So don't let one audition that didn't go the way you'd planned s...
09/20/2021

No one audition will make or break your acting career...So don't let one audition that didn't go the way you'd planned send you down a rabbit hole of despair. It's one audition. As a professional actor, you'll have TONS more. Learn to let go of the significance of every single one and you'll be much happier...oh, and you'll probably also book more. ;-)

No one audition will make or break your acting career...So don't let one audition that didn't go the way you'd planned send you down a rabbit hole of despair. It's one audition. As a professional actor, you'll have TONS more. Learn to let go of the significance of every single one and you'll be much happier...oh, and you'll probably also book more. ;-)

IMAGINE you could wave a magic wand and change just ONE thing about your acting career right now... what would it be?
09/19/2021

IMAGINE you could wave a magic wand and change just ONE thing about your acting career right now... what would it be?

IMAGINE you could wave a magic wand and change just ONE thing about your acting career right now... what would it be?

You don't need no stinkin' box! What amazing things can you draw into your and your acting career if you let go of that ...
09/17/2021

You don't need no stinkin' box! What amazing things can you draw into your and your acting career if you let go of that construct? #InfinitePossibilities

You don't need no stinkin' box! What amazing things can you draw into your and your acting career if you let go of that construct? #InfinitePossibilities

09/16/2021

When auditioning for a small role, LESS is MORE. Resist the urge to make more of a small role than is necessary. The result is you BOOKING more. Are you okay with that?

No limits. Agreed?
09/14/2021

No limits. Agreed?

No limits. Agreed?

As an actor, self-doubt is your worst enemy. What if you were willing to become a TRUE BELIEVER in you? When you make a ...
09/14/2021

As an actor, self-doubt is your worst enemy. What if you were willing to become a TRUE BELIEVER in you? When you make a conscious choice to cultivate belief, you'll be amazed at the shift in your life and your acting career.

As an actor, self-doubt is your worst enemy. What if you were willing to become a TRUE BELIEVER in you? When you make a conscious choice to cultivate belief, you'll be amazed at the shift in your life and your acting career.

I don't know about you but I'm cramming in as many movies as I can before Oscar Day! What was the last film you saw? Thu...
09/12/2021

I don't know about you but I'm cramming in as many movies as I can before Oscar Day! What was the last film you saw? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

I don't know about you but I'm cramming in as many movies as I can before Oscar Day! What was the last film you saw? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

CHALLENGE: Today go the extra mile & do something nice for someone else with NO AGENDA #GoodKarma
09/10/2021

CHALLENGE: Today go the extra mile & do something nice for someone else with NO AGENDA #GoodKarma

CHALLENGE: Today go the extra mile & do something nice for someone else with NO AGENDA #GoodKarma

09/09/2021

When you're in an audition, ever wonder what it means when a Casting Director says certain things? Fill in the blank and I'll do my best to answer either here or in a series of videos: "What does it mean when a Casting Director says ________?" Go!

"Don't chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard." Which one of those stands out to you the most?
09/07/2021

"Don't chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard." Which one of those stands out to you the most?

"Don't chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard." Which one of those stands out to you the most?

Next time that little voice inside your head says something unsupportive about you or your acting career, just remember,...
09/06/2021

Next time that little voice inside your head says something unsupportive about you or your acting career, just remember, it's a LIAR. #yesyoucan

Next time that little voice inside your head says something unsupportive about you or your acting career, just remember, it's a LIAR. #yesyoucan

Fill in the blank: When I'm on set I feel ________! Go!
09/05/2021

Fill in the blank: When I'm on set I feel ________! Go!

Fill in the blank: When I'm on set I feel ________! Go!

Do you have the courage to pursue your dreams?
09/03/2021

Do you have the courage to pursue your dreams?

Do you have the courage to pursue your dreams?

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Your castability class sounds GOOD! But I am totally n booked from Sept. 23 until October 6. Please keep me on your list, especially if you do this class again. Barbara A Malley
Clayton Haskell Brother, there are Lots of good techniques here, good Community
Ohhh-ho-ho, Amy Jo, I just love your magic wand! 🤩🤣
Talk about entertaining. I forgot I was at a seminar.
One of my biggest Dream is to be in a movie. Maybe even write one. I saw your post popping up my feed so I'll take it as a sign. :)
AMY JO ! A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ! THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT TIPS FOR ACTORS ! MUCH APPRECIATED ! YOU'RE AWESOME !
I have been in production on and off for years I haven't worked on any films since "Lost" and would like to get back into the industry maybe even get my sag card back..
LOVED Amy's Social Media Switch webinar this evening! Great tips for anyone wanting to build their acting connections and career, via stealthy social media foot-printing. (...depositing "evidence" here...😄 )
Self-taping. After years of going to castings and not really knowing how I was coming across on camera. Self-taping allows us to see our efforts instantly, correct what is not right, In some ways it is a gift. But well, ye-ah.
I have no money, furloughed hopefully to get back to work, no job yet, BUT my self taping skills are improving. Something happened within me where I just get this. I still would rather have someone else do the taping and find the whole process a lot of extra work. BUT, I am getting more skilled and the tapes are looking like I have skilled up. A lot had to do with the endless hours I have listened to people talk about this process. It helped me realize that we are all in this together and well... answered many questions. It is a new time, a new culture and thanks to all who have placed themselves on the training side to steer us in the right direction. :)
Hey Amy Jo & Co.! I really enjoyed the S2-E9 Knowledge Bomb. Verrrry good stuff. Thanks as Always for the lovely materials you provide for your actors and the energy you put out. It's just beautiful.
This film I’m showing you we made in three hours I don’t want to get into the details because it takes too long here’s the link https://youtu.be/X0Azhln6ZTo