How to Find Acting Auditions and Casting Calls

Acting Auditions
How to find acting auditions and casting calls for TV shows, movies, commercials, and plays.

How to find acting auditions and casting calls for TV shows, movies, commercials, and plays.

If you are interested in becoming an actor, one of the first things you have to do is find acting auditions. You can do this in several different ways. One of the most common ways is by hiring an agent. The second way is to check job boards and finally look on social media. With enough hard work, you may even find your acting opportunity.

Find a talent agent

1. If you have any friends, classmates, people with agents, ask them to pass your headshot, resume and contact information.

  • Share your headshots, resume and video reel and pass that information along to their talent representatives.
  • If you do not know anyone with connections to a talent agency, find a local group of actors and get to know them. They can help you build your reel and find the right photographer to take your headshots.
  • You may also need a personal recommendation to get a talent agent, so it is very important to have someone put a good word for you who has experience in the film, commercial, and TV industry or has a professional business relationship with a talent agent.
Acting Audition
Acting Audition

2. Gain experience by acting in local films, independent feature films, commercials, and plays.

  • Even if it is a volunteer or low paying, or part of your school productions, this may help you get noticed by a talent agent.
  • Take every opportunity seriously when it comes to acting. Whether if it is a commercial, student film, feature film, documentary or business. Anything can help you build your reputation, experience, reel, and resume.
  • If you are talented, share your videos on social media. It will help you showcase your work to someone in the entertainment industry.
  • Talent agents and managers go to plays and watch videos looking for the next big star. You may be the next person to get discovered.
  • Any of these opportunities provide you to practice your acting skills. Any experience can be helpful and help build your acting career.
Social Media
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3. Make connections in the entertainment industry. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube can help give you exposure in the entertainment industry.

  • However, it is essential to be very careful when approaching a talent agent through social media.
  • Do not come across too desperate as this can be a potential turn off and ruin the business relationship.
  • A good rule is to think about the type of content you would like to share on social media that will help persuade talent agents and casting directors to recruit you. If it is not something you want them to see or hear, do not post it.
  • The best way to communicate with an agent over social media is to participate in the conversation by commenting on their posts, photos, and videos. Also, sending a direct message with your video reel and a brief message.
  • If they do not respond to you, do not take it personally. Do not continue to send multiple messages; this can ruin your relationship with other agents, as the entertainment industry is a relatively small community.
casting call
casting call

4. Go to a showcase. Agents sometimes hold open auditions to find new talent.

  • Keep in mind these showcases are extremely competitive.
  • You will want to stand out from the crowd and showcase why you would be a perfect fit to join their agency.
  • Make sure you look professional, and you resemble your headshot. First impressions are important, and people who do not look like their headshot rarely ever do get hired.
talent agency meeting
talent agency meeting

5. Land a meeting with a talent agent

  • Once you have made a connection and you get to know a talent agent, it is best you set up a formal meeting with the talent agency.
  • While you may have a unique look and look different than the other actors on their roster, talent agents are frequently looking for someone who is confident, committed to acting, and willing to go the extra mile for an opportunity.
  • Get ready and be prepared to discuss your acting experiences and interests.
  • This is your chance to persuade the agent and explain why you are worth their time, money, and investment. Show why you would be a valuable asset for their talent agency.
  • It is important to note, do not expect to show up to a meeting at the agent to love you right off the back if you do not have any experience in the film industry.

hiring a talent agent

6. Steps to take to hire a talent agent or manager. A talent agent or manager will help you find job opportunities, acting auditions, and casting calls for you.

  • Traditionally, after getting your job with an agent, you have to pay them 10 to 20% of your pay.
  • Hiring an agent or manager does not mean you are guaranteed to go to get work. Many actors have talent agents but do not land many acting opportunities.
  • Always read the contracts with agents and managers before you sign and commit. There are thousands of scams out there, and you do not want to become a victim of one.
  • Your talent agent will help you find auditions that are best suited for you and recommend you to producers, directors and other influencers int he film industry. This is not a guarantee that you will land a job opportunity.

Find your acting auditions

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1. Use your connections. Ask acting coaches, fellow actors, and friends if they know of any acting opportunities in your area.

  • This could be your best resource for finding opportunities in the film industry.
  • An acting coach can also help you discover what role you would be best for and give you connections to find casting calls and acting auditions.
  • Your professional network can also help you find a talent agent who can also help you find auditions.
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2. Search for casting calls. You can find auditions, acting jobs, and casting calls online.

  • Many websites share casting calls online.
  • Theater auditions and casting calls are often published in theater websites
  • Look in significant newspapers as open casting calls are regularly posted in local city newspapers
social media
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3. Use social media. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter are an excellent resource for getting auditions.

  • Event pages are often used to announce open casting calls and auditions for aspiring actors who do not have a talent agent.
  • Look at talent agency pages on Facebook as talent agents sometimes share opportunities online.
  • You can also find casting calls and auditions on Twitter and Instagram by looking under the hashtag #CastingCall
  • You may also find casting calls and acting opportunities through your friends and connections on social media.

Hired Casting Call

4. Create an account on audition sites. Visit websites like ProjectCasting.com and sign up for their free newsletter, profile, and platform.

  • Make sure your profile is distinct, detailed and has multiple headshots. Websites will send emails and alerts when a project is holding auditions or casting for a role.
  • These can be a perfect tool for finding new auditions and opportunities as more casting directors and talent agencies are using the Internet to post jobs and find talent

 

5. Contact your local film office

  • This can be an excellent resource for finding legitimate opportunities, acting auditions, and casting calls.
  • Most films that are looking for background actors will share opportunities with the local film office as they often require a large number of talent.
  • The film office will also have a list of current productions, which can help you get in contact with casting directors who are hiring.
  • The film office may also share acting classes allowing you to practice your craft, make connections, and find more auditions.

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