Update Your Actor Resume, Get More Casting Calls

February 8, 2012

“I’d update my resume so you’re ready for any outcome.”Bob Weinstein

Okay, so you got new headshots recently, everyone agrees they’re first rate, you’re ecstatic they came out so well, and the new look is rockin’. You’re set, right? Wrong! You also need to update your resume. Headshots are of utmost importance when it comes to casting, but actors can underestimate the power of an updated resume. Any Casting Director worth his salt looks at every resume possible. How else are they going to know what you’ve been up to? If you’ve been to an acclaimed acting class, or if you’ve just received a rave theatre review, Casting Directors want to know. They are looking for these kinds of details to see how your career and training is progressing, and they want to know that you’re serious about the craft of acting. Understanding the talent pool is a Casting Director’s job. And for most, it’s their passion.
What if the clients think you’re a promising novice, but they’re not sure you have enough experience to pull off the shoot? You could be missing out on real opportunities simply by not adding your work as an extra and years of dance recitals. Also, what if you’ve been acting for many years, and you’re getting plenty of auditions; no worries, right? Wrong again. Think of the amount of work you’re missing because the powers that be aren’t aware you’ve done comedy, play the cello, double dutch, and speak Russian. Casting Directors are curious about your talents, and they want to get to know you; but they are not mind readers. So let them know! Engage them. Bring them into your world.

In the past, actors neglected this aspect of the business because of all the hassle making copies of their resumes and then stapling them to the backs of printed headshots. That was a tedious, not to mention, expensive process. But now, updating a resume has never been easier thanks to Casting Frontier. All an actor has to do is log into their CF profile and update away—as often as needed, with no extra fees or hassles.

Immediately after you update your online resume, Casting Directors can get the scoop on what you’re up to…and give you a call!

What Do Casting Directors Want from Actors in Casting Calls?

February 2, 2012

How does an actor increase his or her chances to be considered by Casting Directors both for a specific role and as a prospect for future casting calls?

Be In Character

First of all, they’re looking for an actor who captures the personality and essence of the character. So, memorize your lines as best you can, but don’t worry if you make a mistake. Rather, make sure you commit to the character, and proceed from there. Remaining in character includes listening and reacting to the other characters in the skit. When another character speaks or isn’t giving you much, don’t simply wait till it’s your next line. Instead, listen as your character would, and conduct yourself in character until you hear “cut.” Casting Directors may be looking for chemistry with other cast members, and if you’re not engaged at all times, the chemistry falls flat. And, be flexible enough to read in a different style if it’s asked of you. In other words, in the spirit of play, be ready to become another character if needed.

Be Professional

Every actor wants to feel valued; and they should. But, remember, in any production, an actor is simply a member of the team where everyone is important. So Casting Directors pay close attention to how well you listen, and how respectful you are to others, starting with the receptionist–who might be the Casting Director’s niece. And keep in mind, the casting process with its long lines of prospective candidates can have a hectic pace. Refrain from complaining about the air conditioning or the long wait. Everyone is experiencing these same conditions. The Camera Operator likely was never given a lunch break and will miss the light of day cramped up in a studio, so try not to take things personally if it seems like you’re being rushed or you’re not given the feedback you feel you deserve. And if you give a poor reading, don’t apologize or blame anybody; let it go, and keep moving forward with all the auditions you can get. The more chances you have to audition, the more likely you are to book!