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How To Get Noticed: Interview with Actress & Television Host Evelyn Vaccaro: Part 8/9
In part 7 of this exclusive interview with actress and television host Evelyn Vaccaro, she talks about the use of the ear prompter and from there she shared some of her experience with regard to headshots.
In this part of this interview, Evelyn Vaccaro gives advice about how you can get noticed by the right people.
Tony: The headshot discussion is an interesting lead into the subject of how to get noticed in the acting industry. So the question is: How do you market yourself?
Evelyn: In this industry you have to have a website. So much is done electronically and that’s the way I submit myself for a lot of jobs. That’s the way the industry is now. Just think about it…With just one click you can send someone everything about you: your credits, photos, bio, reels, etc. It makes it super easy for casting directors and they like easy. Plus, it saves time and money. I have everything on my site, including my contact information, latest news, reels, resume, everything.
Tony: That is a very nice website by the way Evelyn. Very nice. It's a great example of one of the key elements needed today with regard to the subject of how to get noticed.
Evelyn: Taking the how to get noticed concept further, I also use business cards that have my picture on them and all of my basic contact information. If you use them you should always have them on you because you never know who you are going to meet.
You also have to have a reliable cell phone, and must have access to the internet all day long. That’s why the Blackberry is great because you can submit yourself for jobs and accept jobs 24 hours a day, as they come in.
You also want to go to as many industry events as you can too.
Tony: Like what kind of events.
Evelyn: It could be a free seminar for actors where you can get a lot of information. And if you are really interested in how to get noticed, these events are also good for networking with other hosts, actors and directors.
Tony: How do you find out about these events?
Evelyn: One way is through myspace. I know that there is a lot of silliness that goes on there, but if you just join the right groups then you will be informed when the events come up and can then decide which to attend. For example there is a film and television group that has a ton of fun stuff going on weekly in LA. Being on facebook is also a great way of social networking with others in the industry.
Tony: What about mailings? Do you do them?
Evelyn: I don’t do traditional mailings anymore. Like I said, everything is now done electronically, so I do everything online. Most production companies have websites with a contact person, who is in charge of talent, so you can always do an electronic submission.
Tony: You talked a lot about submitting yourself online for acting jobs. What are some of the websites you use to do that?
Evelyn: Actors Access is a great site for finding work. You can set up your profile and receive casting notices that match your profile. I’ve gotten wonderful jobs from there.
There is also Backstage.com is another wonderful site that posts jobs in NY and LA.
If you are just starting out and working on how to get noticed, then NYCastings.com and LACastings.com are both really good.
In part 9 of this exclusive interview with Evelyn Vaccaro, to put "the icing on the cake" so to speak, she goes from how to get noticed using the tools she mentioned above to giving you some considerations about how to get noticed using a television hosting reel and how to go about making one.
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