How to Find Auditions
It can be frustrating to come out of acting school ready to put your acting talent to the test only to find you can't get an audition. So how do you find acting auditions? By doing the same thing talent agencies do!
A talent agency submits to casting notices...
There are many scams out there to lure beginning actors who dream of making it big. Be very selective before paying for a membership into an audition website. No one can promise you auditions and you should never pay for a membership to a talent website because of such a promise. A good audition website should post several quality casting calls everyday (legit movie auditions, theater & TV auditions and commercial auditions). A site that only has a few open calls for extras each week is not worth spending your money on!
A talent agency networks to find work for their clients...
An agent builds relationships with casting directors so that they will let him know about upcoming acting jobs and audition his clients.
And so should you!
Sign up for casting director workshops. These workshops usually start with a Q&A session with the casting director. After that, actors in the workshop are paired up to perform scenes. This is a great way to start building relationships with casting directors and to get feedback you wouldn't get normally at auditions. Plus, if you're right for a project the casting director is working on, you may get called in.
Another great way to get auditions is to intern at a casting director's office. Consult Call Sheet, a service of Backstage - The Actor's Resource and start making a list of casting directors to contact. By offering to work for free for a day or two a week, you'll also learn tons about the business of acting and the do's and don'ts of auditioning. For example, nothing will teach you about commercial auditions as well as working for a busy commercial casting director. See if you can become a reader (the one who reads audition scenes with the actors during auditions). Interning at a theater or a film company is also a great way to network, learn the business and find auditions.
A talent agency stays ahead of the game...
How? By reading the trade papers and keeping up to date with who's producing what.
Although casting websites are a great resource, many acting roles out there are never advertised. As an actor, you also won't have access to a lot of casting notices that are reserved for agents' eyes only.
Yet you too can get acting jobs by staying ahead of the game:
Always make sure you label the envelope you submit your headshot and resume in with the name of the project and acting role you're submitting for. Always label your headshot with the same information (you can use a post-it or address label). Casting directors get a lot of submissions and don't have time for guessing work.
Of course, one of the best ways to find auditions is to have an agent represent you. Follow these steps to get an agent, but don't wait to have representation before you start looking for auditions. Actually, even if you do have representation, you should still be looking for new auditions on your own all the time.
Now you know how to find acting auditions, ready for the next step?
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