Ah, the old dilemma of being an amazing actor but not getting auditions. The hard truth is that no matter how great you are at acting, it doesn’t guarantee you will get 3x as many auditions each week. It doesn’t matter how proactive or pleasant you are with others, nor how good you perform in the audition room. Here are 5 ways you can get auditioned this week.
Film any scene you like. It would be best if you used a professional self-taping setup (pictured below, it’s me!) You can do it at your home, your mate’s house, or your studio. Although it might be expensive, it is worth it to reach professional standards. You don’t need to audition for any roles, so choose something that fits your personality. You don’t have to make it difficult for yourself by choosing something with a different accent in fantasy.
Refresh your online casting profile
It would be best if you kept your profile current at all costs.
- Make your credits more current: You need to add new credits and, if necessary, remove any old ones. You can usually take down a student film.
- Try a new headshot. There should be a few options available that are up-to-date. You might swap something dark and serious for something more light and warm. A different thumbnail may be needed to get a Casting Director to cast you for another role.
- Upload your self-tape. You can either incorporate it into an existing showreel or upload it as a separate file.
- Make sure your information is correct and up-to-date. Do you need to change your height, hair colour or skills? You may have recently learned a new skill. You can add horseriding or kickboxing to your list. You will be caught out if you lie or exaggerate your skills. Casting Networks allows you to upload clips that can be attached to various skills. Casting directors may find it useful to have a video of you riding horses or kickboxing. iPhone videos are sufficient. You don’t need professional footage; if you have it, use it!
Meet with your agent
Your agent should be contacted monthly and fortnight, regardless of whether you are auditioning. They won’t contact you to tell you to update your headshots or get a new showreel. Call them first and make the first move. Then they will give you their advice and help you create an action plan. Ask for feedback: “Is my self-tape up to standard?” “Do my headshots require refreshing, or are they working?”
Send your self-tape to the Casting Director.
Have you not seen a Casting Director for a while? Send them a quick email and a link to your self-tape. “Hi, I just wanted to drop by and let you know I sent you a recently completed tape. Hope all is well.
You can also send an invitation to an Independent theatre show if you are participating. But make sure to get the complimentary tickets. Please don’t ask them for tickets and expect them not to pay. “Hello, I just wanted to invite you to a production that I’m in. Let me know the night that works for you, and I’ll give you 2x complimentary tickets. Here are some details about the show …”
Keep it brief, sweet, and personal. There is no need to update your actor life with essays.
Find out what casting is happening right now. Ask for an audition.
It’s important to keep your fingers on the pulse of this industry. What is happening in your area right now? Who is producing it? Who’s directing? Who has been cast already? You can find the information online, or your friends may have auditioned. In the meeting you have set up, you can also ask your agent – they will know. I will often have a friend audition for a role that I feel I would be able to fill. I will then email my agent asking if I can send a self-tape or if I could get an audition.