Actor Jacob Zachar: How to Charm a Casting Director

By Shelby Meyers on April 30, 2008

Jacob ZacharIf acting is your shtick and you're heading out West to land your big break, there are more than a few things you should know. Everyone's probably made it clear that it's tough out there, but for Jacob Zachar, who plays Rusty on the ABC Family hit show "Greek," the castings are the most important thing you should remember not to screw up.

Instead of letting you wing it and show up clueless, here are some tips Jacob recommends to charming the casting directors that will hopefully get you one step closer to your dream role. Or just any role for that matter!

1. Know your lines. Most important.

2. Show up on time.

3. Don't apologize. They already know you're late if you're late, so don't waste their time saying sorry.

4. If you've got a good smile, lay the charm down big time, even if you don't have a good smile.

5. Walk out with your head up. Don't look down or be down on yourself. All casting calls will build up your toughness, good or bad.

Born May 16, 1986, Jacob Zachar landed his first acting role in 2006 when he played the part of "Ernest" in the film "Little Big Top." He then appeared as a cashier in the movie "Bodega," also in 2006.

Zachar next landed a voice role in the film "Surf's Up," before securing his first leading role in a TV series, the new ABC Family show, "Greek," which debuted on July 9, 2007. In "Greek," Zachar stars as Rusty, an academically-focused college freshman determined to have more fun in college than he did in high school.

Zachar has previously appeared on screen in the film, "Drunkboat," in which he starred alongside Dana Delany, John Malkovich and John Goodman. Additionally, Zachar has been seen in many stage productions, including "On Golden Pond," "Prairie Lights," "Big: The Musical," "Les Misérables" and "Guys and Dolls." He has also made appearances in commercials for Carl's Jr. and Dunkin' Donuts.

Raised in Chicago, Zachar is also a very accomplished musician.