#1 GET YOURSELF ON ACTORS ACCESS
If you haven’t already, sign up for an Actors Access account and start submitting yourself. We know money is tight, but the yearly subscription gives you much more bang for your buck than paying for every individual submission.
#2 SIGN UP FOR L.A. CASTING
Is it fair you should have to spend money to get auditions? Nope, it’s not. But at the beginning of your career, it might be necessary. L.A. Casting will help you get auditions for commercials which are an awesome thing to do at the beginning of your career.
#3 REACH OUT TO CASTING DIRECTORS
Do a mass mailing to casting directors – not agents but casting directors. Attach your headshot and resume to the submission. Make your letter short and tell them the type you play. Be specific!
“I’m your quintessential girl next-door.” “I’m your tatted up biker dude.” “I am your Disney young mom…” etc.
Let them know if you are new to LA.
Tell them you are willing to play any size part – small or large.
Tell them what acting class you are currently taking or what Improv Studio you are studying at.
#4 CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL FILM SCHOOL
Visit the film department of any nearby college with a film school and learn how you can get on the list to audition for the students’ projects.
#5 POWER IN NUMBERS
Put together your own brainstorm group with a some actor friends. Meet regularly and share ideas about how you can get ‘er done. Work together!
#6 GET ON STAGE
Call theater companies or visit their websites and ask when they hold auditions.
Attend Casting Director workshops. For this, think quality not quantity. Choose two or three casting directors who you can target (based on the types of shows they cast) and attend those CD’s workshops regularly.
#8 LISTEN AND LEARN
Try to spend more time listening and less time talking about what you want. Read books by actors who came up before you. Listen to podcasts and ask friends who are a few steps ahead of you – “How did you get auditions?”
#9 NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
I’m not suggesting that you USE anyone here but most successful actors will tell you that their resume has been built by friendships. People like to work with people they know and trust. This is true in any business. Figure out how you can help your friends and they will likely do the same for you.
#10 SOCIAL MEDIA
Spend time every day building a presence on social media. This is how we market in this day and age and marketing is crucial in any business.
…getting auditions is often dependent on WHO you know. If you are an introvert, you may need to come out of your shell a bit.
YOU GOT THIS!
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