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5 Tips for Getting Cast in Acting Gigs

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So, you’ve gotten your marketing materials together and you have a terrific headshot ready to send.  Now what?  How will you actually find acting gigs and get cast?  Here’s some tips for getting started.

After you’ve put together the essential pieces of your submission package and have an idea of how far you’re willing to travel to book work, it’s time to start searching and applying for acting gigs.  Find and register for as many casting websites as you can.  Once you sign up, not only will you be able to search what’s available in your area, typically with some keywords to ensure you’ll find just the right opportunity, but you’ll receive listings that match your criteria.  This way, you’ll always be in the know regarding upcoming projects seeking talent and just how to submit, which will help you get cast sooner.

Once you’ve signed up, it’s time to start searching.  Make sure to include ‘background acting’ in your search.  These roles are great for adding credits to your resume so you can work your way up and eventually get cast in featured spots.  They’re typically non-speaking and require no previous experience.  You’ll also get to work with and observe people who have been doing this for a while. 

While searching and submitting, it’s uber-important to pay attention to the details.  You don’t want to be turned away before you’ve been given a chance to showcase your skills just because you missed a piece of the submission instructions.  Make sure you read through all of the information provided and do as instructed.  Even if you see that there is an open call in your area and you don’t need to submit before you go, you’ll want to take note of everything you need to bring and plan accordingly.  Actors who don’t follow directions won’t get cast.

You can always stay up to date about projects that will potentially be casting nearby by joining social media pages for actors and by doing your own research, too.  Stay active by networking with others online and keeping your eyes and ears open.  Even if you just hear some rumors about an upcoming acting opportunity and are not given the information directly, you can search specifically for that project and see what the requirements are to get cast.

Another way to network and get to know what’s going on in your area is to sign up for workshops, classes, and other in-person opportunities.  Not only will you be able to meet with other aspiring actors, but you’ll learn a lot in the process.  And the learning curve for any good actor is perpetual.  There is always a new skill or technique you can pick up to better your chances of getting cast.

Next steps?  Make sure you have both physical and digital copies of any materials you plan to share, then get online and get connected.  From there, it’s a just matter of the amount of time you’re willing to put in to pursue acting gigs and get cast.  The more you submit to, the better your chances!

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