Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada
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I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress
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Marsha P., New York, NY, USA
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Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
Former actor, agent and musician Aaron Seals founded casting website NYCastings back in the year 2000. I had a conversation with Aaron about how actors can best utilize his service.
Tony: Who is NYCastings.com for?
Aaron: We cater to people who are taking the acting business seriously, people who are working currently as well as the strong beginning actor. A strong beginner can really excel on our stie. If they do everything right, it will really help them start getting in the flow of acting work.
Tony: What kinds of projects can one expect to see on your site? And what percentage of all the breakdowns you have on NYCastings.com are for extra work?
Aaron:For television and feature films, most of the projects that come our way are background, under five roles and stand-ins. Thats just the way the system is. When casting directors need actors for principle roles, they go to talent agents, recommendations and people who have worked and who have a lot of experience. You have to work your way up to those kinds of roles. Theres an enormous amount of importance placed on those.
For indie films, television commercials or print projects of any type for example, we have a lot of principle roles. You dont need the same level of experience for those types of projects as you do for the legit ones. Ninety percent of all film and television work is background work and small parts.
Whats the best way for an actor to truly get the most out of using NYCastings.com? In other words, what are the secrets to getting acting work from using your site?
Aaron: First of all, make sure all your materials are up to date: Your headshots should look great. Your should be up to date. Also, get something of yourself on video. headshots look great, résumé. Use it religiously! Schedule a time in your day, every day when you actually look at the jobs we have posted each day to see which might be a good match for you and if it is, go ahead and send in your headshot and résumé through the system and how you get a call.
These are the basics. You would think that these things would be logical things to do, but you would be surprised at how many people dont do them. Some put their headshots in upside down. Their résumés arent filled out properly and they think, Agh! Thats good enough. Then when the phone doesnt ring or they dont get a response to something they submitted themselves for, they look for someone else to blame, when really its their own fault for not taking full advantage of the tools we have to offer.
I think one of the most important things is that the actor needs to create an identity for himself. Thats what people do who are good at this business.
Speaking of the business side of acting, we have another great resource which is our business directory. It can be used to learn the names of some of the key players in the industry and learn about the services they offer and contact them.
To submit yourself directly for auditions and to learn more about NYCastings, visit their site at www.nycastings.com.
Here is some good information about some of the things that Aaron talked about in the interview:
How to set up your acting resume, how to format it, what needs to be on it and everything you need to know to make yourself look good.
Really good headshots.
If you want someone to walk you through all the steps of setting up your resume, headshots, coverletter and to show you how to get an agent, find auditions regularly, then join the Acting Career Quick Start Program and get started right away!
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I want to say you changed my life. I want to be an actress so bad, but i began losing motivation when I couldn't figure out what to do. And then I found you! Thanks to you, I'm taking my first acting classes next month! Yippee!
Sara, Pasadena, CA
Just wanted to thank you for bringing me in to [audition for the video], meet you and chat this Saturday. I was really excited to hear about your working on actingcareerstartup.com and even took a look at it today - it's awesome! You are very well-spoken, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it shows through the work that you do! I hope our paths in the industry will cross again and really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks, again and best wishes with your very important work!
Gretchen, NY, NY