The age-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 color 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 different skills.
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 to create an action plan. Ask for feedback: “Are my self tapes up to par?” “Do my headshots need to be refreshed or are they working?” It’s crucial to stay at the forefront of your agent’s mind. Agents have many clients to take care of. The more you are in the background, the less you’ll be remembered when they submit actors for roles.
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 currently in one. But make sure to get them complimentary tickets. Please don’t ask them for tickets and expect them not to pay. “Hello, I just wanted to invite 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 often have a friend audition for a role that I feel would be a good fit. I’ll then email my agent to ask if they can send me a self-tape or if I could get an audition. A self-tape is easy to submit and takes only 3 minutes for the Casting Director to review your submission.