6 brilliant podcasts for actors to get acting tips, industry news or practical performing advice.
Listening to podcasts has fast become a popular pastime. They’re engaging, informative, and there are plenty to choose from. It’s estimated that there are now around 5 million podcasts worldwide, with 70 million episodes between them.
1) Crossing the Line
This podcast takes you behind the scenes of popular productions by interviewing key people who worked on them – actors, directors, writers, casting directors, make-up and SFX artists, agents, and more. It’s a great way to gain insight into other roles in the performing arts industry and develop an understanding of what goes into making your favourite films and TV shows.
2) The Empire Film Podcast
Anyone who claims to love film will know Empire. What you may not know is that they also have a weekly podcast – and it’s just as fun and informative as their web and magazine content. With highly desirable A-list guests, this is an excellent podcast for your regular fix of movie news and nonsense.
3) In the Room
For any actor who’s ever wondered, “How do I get in the room?”, this podcast helps you find the answer. Hosts Matthew Philip Harris and Christian Lee Smith are both actors themselves, and eager to discover their own answers alongside their listeners. With discussions and advice about industry essentials like self-tapes and showreels, and interviews with casting directors, agents, producers and more, there’s plenty to learn from the hosts.
4) Little Gold Men
We all wonder how the other half live. This is the acting equivalent of that – a look into the award shows, red carpet premieres, whisper campaigns, and more that go on in glamorous Hollywood. A podcast from Vanity Fair, it features conversations about the best of television and films, special guest appearances, and a deep dive into the Oscar’s history.
5) The Proper Class Podcast
Actor Laura Checkley and theatre director, Hannah Chissick, host this podcast, in which they discuss all things acting with each other and their guests. All of this is centred around being from a working-class background – providing an interesting perspective when hearing about Laura and Hannah’s journey and rise to where they are now. We all know performing arts hasn’t always been the most inclusive of industries, so it’s uplifting to hear the experiences of those who succeeded despite this.
6) Two Actors Walk into a Bar
There are plenty of jokes in this podcast, as the title would imply. Actors Scarlett Briant and David McCulloch discuss and laugh about their frustrating, noteworthy and ridiculous experiences in the performing arts industry and their daily lives. A great opportunity to hear a fellow actor vent and realise it isn’t just you who feels that way about certain things.
Castings, Industry News, Job Opportunities, Careers Advise and much more.