In between writing to Agents & Casting Directors yourself, many actors choose to sign up to sites which allow users to submit themselves for castings, create a profile and be viewed by industry professionals within the website portals. Over the course of our blog, we will offer performers an insight to these sites and let them decide which they feel would be best for them.
Our first featured site is the increasingly popular ‘To Be Seen’ www.tobeseen.co.uk which gives you the opportunity to set up a profile that Casting Professionals and producers are able to view.
To Be Seen was co-created by Martha Shephard. They run an online community of actors, presenters, extras, voice over artists, musicians, dancers and models based in the UK.
Martha says ‘the latest auditions and castings are posted daily on the website.’
She’s shared her top tips for getting the most out of the website:
Create a profile at www.tobeseen.co.uk
It’s free to create a basic profile and you can use it as your unique webpage to show your details, acting credits, photos & showreel. Casting professionals can then simply click on your link to access the information they require in order to consider you for an audition.
You can forward your To Be Seen profile link to relevant people & companies in the industry, print it on your business cards, use it in your email signature and display it in your social networking profiles.
Having good quality photos is essential on your profile because it is the first thing that industry professionals see and it represents you.
Your photos can be black & white or colour. You should be facing the camera and have a non-distracting background. Avoid wearing patterns or prints, keep your clothing simple in solid colours. Dont go crazy with the make up, casting professionals want to see you! Adopt a relaxed friendly pose.
Having a good showreel is the difference between getting that audition or not. A professionally made showreel is absolutely essential. Your showreel should be approximately 3-4 minutes in length. Show your versatility by having a mixture of your acting clips. If you don’t yet have acting clips to add to it then consider a monologue piece. Update your showreel regularly and always ensure your contact details are on it.
Get involved in the digital stuff! Sometimes companies post auditions via their social networking pages so ensure you have a profile with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google + and follow relevant companies.
Attend relevant networking & workshop/seminar events in the acting industry, there are loads of them about. You will meet people & companies that will give you advice and also you can swap tips with other people in the industry.
APPLYING FOR AUDITIONS
New casting calls get posted every day on www.tobeseen.co.uk so check the job postings on a regular basis. You should only apply for roles that you are suitable for and have the skills for as per the casting description. Casting directors do not like sifting through applications of people who are not suited for the role!
Double-check the location of audition the day before and arrive 10 minutes early. Print out your CV and attach your headshot photo securely to it. Find out all you can about the company and director. Research the role and the character. Lines should be leaned off by heart. Be the character you are playing. Dress to fit that character. Don’t pester the company for feedback after your audition – check your mobile & emails regularly and wait for them to contact you.
Continue applying for further auditions – perseverance is key – it is a competitive industry so be prepared to work hard to land that role you want!
We’d love to hear what you think of ‘To Be Seen’ share your experiences by commenting below and let other users know your thoughts on their service.
If you don’t have a website, or you want to get in front of Casting professionals and take control of your career, it seems like a good idea to get involved with the site considering you can set up a profile in minutes and allow industry professionals to see you quickly…