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Prior to this interview about whether a casting website or an agent can get you the best auditions, in part 6 of this interview we talked about what to do if your agent isnt getting you enough auditions.
Interview with Personal Manager Ingrid French Part 7
Tony: Both actors who dont have agency representation as well as those who do often use other resources to find auditions, such as a casting website like Actors Access or trade papers like Back Stage or Show Business Weekly here in the U. S. Is it possible to get the same quality of auditions using those resources that you can get if you have an agent or manager submitting you directly to casting directors for projects?
Ingrid: No, not always. The jobs that actors can submit themselves for tend to be lower paying jobs, student films, background work and things like that. Occasionally they can submit themselves for the same things their agent or manager might be submitting them for, but usually what happens is that the casting directors call the agents and managers first. If they still have some slots open on the day of the shortly before the audition or on the day of and they have already looked at what the agents and managers have sent them, then they might consider an actor who has submitted him/herself for that project. They might go through the submissions and see that there is an actor that is just the right look or has just the right experience and then decide that they want to give them a try.
So you could have the opportunity to submit yourself also for bigger projects and roles using a casting website, but its not likely. But even if you only have access to smaller and lower paying projects, I feel that it is a great way to build your acting résumé and to build up credit as an actor if you dont have a lot of experience. Student films for example or low paying films and things like that are a great way to get started if you have little or no experience or few credits. Also to be on the set of a film and just to get to see how the director works, what he/she says is great to be able to learn. There is language and terminology used in this business that you need to know if you want to be an actor. The last thing you want to happen is to walk on the set of a film for which you have been cast and the crew uses language with you and you have no idea what they are talking about. How intimidating is that! That can be distracting, which means not only do you have to concentrate on your acting, but now you also have to try and figure out what people are talking about. So its good to be familiar with whats going on on-set and the different types of things you will be asked to do.
End of part 7
In part 9 of this interview with Ingrid French I asked her to talk about:
· How much mail she gets from actors seeking representation,
· What happens to that mail once it comes into her office,
· If she always responds and
· How long actors can expect to take before they hear from her.
· She also reveals one secret you can use to make sure your mail gets seen first!
End of part 7
In still another interview here on ActingCareerStartUp.com, Thom Goff, director of Breakdown Services, Ltd in New York talks all about the leading casting website in the acting industry and all the services his company offers for actors to get work.
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