What are good, real sites for casting calls? Looking to become an actor.?
- Anonymous5 months ago
There are no legit sites for casting calls for professional work, if that's what you mean. At those sites you can only find local auditions for things like student films, indies, theater productions, etc. But mostly, you'll find scams and rip-offs.
That's because it doesn't work the way you seem to assume. Real auditions for professional work are not open to the general public. You need to be invited to auditions. And to be invited to auditions you need to be signed by a good agent (in LA at that point, or NYC close behind). When casting for a new project starts, a casting director is hired. The casting director creates a "character breakdown" of the (specific) roles they're looking to fill for that (specific) project. Then they approach agents they know and trust. The agents go over their client database and submit to audition only the ones they believe may fit those (specific) roles. Out of those, the casting director invites to audition only the ones *they* believe may fit those (specific) roles. The invited actors will then take as many rounds of auditions as needed till all of the roles are filled. That's how it really works. You can't do that through casting sites or ads in the newspaper. Professional productions invest TONS of money and they need to know it's in the hands of people who know what they're doing. No one's in this to make your dreams come true, this is a BUSINESS.
So you'll need an agent. But you can't just sign with an agent. No legit agent takes on beginners or amateurs, only highly-trained and highly-experienced talented people with a strong resume to back that up. That's how you become a professional actor to begin with. So if that's what you wanna do, start from the beginning - build a resume strong enough to impress legit agents. That resume of yours should include training in the form of a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected acting teachers teach and successful actors graduated from, not just any acting classes), workshops, etc. In addition, plenty of low-level experience in the form of student and indie films, as well as youth and/or community theater (you can find those through those websites, as well as other places like film schools. But be careful! Learn how to recognize scams!). Constantly land leading roles. Win some awards for your acting. In addition, take vocal and dancing lessons as well as other skills you can master and then add to your resume to give it a boost (for example: horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, etc.). It takes about a decade and a lot of money to build that kind of resume.
Before you make a huge investment of money, time, and work, and make big sacrifices in your life, I suggest that you find out if it's even worth it. If that's really what you wanna try and do. Especially if you've never tried real acting. Get into some acting classes, something low-key just to get a sense of it. Find out A)what acting REALLY is, B)if you're even good at it, C)if you're even capable of pursuing it on a professional level (including physically, mentally, and financially!). In addition, learn the business side of acting, learn what's involved and what your job actually is as the product you need to sell. The reality is VERY different from what people usually imagine, and you might be more interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. There's a very good chance it's not for you at all, it's not for most people. If it is, at that point apply to a top-quality acting school (in the big city only) and start working on that resume. Don't even fantasize about professional auditions yet, there's no point. By the time you graduate you will know the answer to your original question and how to go about it. And more.
Once you have a strong resume under your belt, move to LA (or NYC if you're more interested in theater) and continue getting experience and training. At some point, someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor) might be willing to refer you to an agent. That's how you usually get an agent. Other ways (like getting spotted at a showcase or cold-querying) are rare.
- Katrina E.Lv 75 months ago
Check out the websites of local community theaters. They often have open auditions that anyone can go to. Also the website of your local film commission might list things filming in your area that you could get involved in. In the US, websites like Actors Access, Backstage, Casting Network have legitimate casting calls - but most will be for low-to-no pay jobs and non-union work like student films and independent. A lot of the listings may be for extras. Understand that extra work is not really considered acting experience and shouldn't be included on an acting resume as such, but it can let you see a bit of what happens on a filming set.
That can help you get some experience. Of course, you should also be getting quality acting training from respected instructors. Not only does it improve your skills but it's one way to start to network and make connections in the industry.
For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent. How it works is the production company hires a casting director (CD). The CD writes a "breakdown" (a description of the project and the roles to be cast). These breakdowns are made a available to licensed talent agents (not to the general public). Agents review the breakdowns and submit the appropriate actor. To submit means to send in an actor's professional head shot and resume listing their acting training, experience, special skills and links to their show reel demonstrating their previous screen work. If the CD is interested, they invite the actor to audition. Also, most professional work is union which means the production has agreement with the SAG-AFTRA (the union for film actors) or AEA (the union for stage actors). This means preference is given to actors who are members of the union.
Understanding the industry and how casting works is important because scams and rip offs prey on people who mistakenly think they can be "discovered" and given an acting career. Companies invest a lot of money in their projects and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professionals. They are not searching the country for the "right" person to give an opportunity to. So make sure you educate yourself about the realities of the industry to avoid scams.