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Auditions on the casting sites

Hey ya'll. I was curious as to the amount of auditions everyone is getting from the cating sites, ie. LA Casting, Now Casting and Actors Access. I've got exactly 1 audition since January (didn't book it). I am union. Is this a factor? What's your experiences this?
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Matt Bradford, San Diego
Matt Bradford
Sunday, July 29, 2007
 
 
Hey Matt. This does seem to be a very slow time. Would you say that there are fewer roles available for you to submit to than normal or that you're simply getting fewer auditions?

One thing to consider is to make sure you're using appropriate headshots for each role you submit for. ActAdept has a feature that might help you with this. You can ask your colleagues to browse your photos from your ActAdept profile, and when they do they can rate each headshot as well as provide some descriptions and professions that suit the headshot.

So for instance if you ask your colleagues to rate your headshots for you, you'll be able to see a list of descriptions that have been given to each one. One may have a lot of votes for nice, friendly, and doctor while another has votes for tough, mean, and biker.

The idea is to ensure that you are submitting appropriate headshots for the roles you're applying for. Billy Cowart does something similar to this in his marketing class and I think it's very useful. To get an idea of how it works visit http://actadept.com/actadept/ads/PhotoRaterAd.jsp.

Matt
Matt Sivertson Send private email
Sunday, July 29, 2007
 
 
Thanks for the reply Matt. I've not found the amount of roles to submit to lacking in any way. It's just that I'm not getting called. I took my current headshots (3) after taking Billy's marketing class and try and submit them appropriately according to the role. I suspect that maybe my resume is not as advanced as some of the other submittees....I don't know...it's all Co-starring dayplayer stuff. Is is the attack of the clean cut white dude complex?
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Matt Bradford, San Diego
Matt Bradford
Sunday, July 29, 2007
 
 
That is definitely one of the downsides to becoming a union member. Suddenly the number of roles you can submit for is reduced greatly and the competition is a lot stiffer.

One thing to try is maybe to update your profile with more photos with different looks and to give them the URL of your profile when you submit (when they allow you, some sites won't). If a casting director is interested but not quite sure about calling you they may go to your profile and find something in one of your other headshots that makes them call you.

One of the reasons I think having an online presence (either a well filled out profile or especially your own webpage) is so important for an actor is that it really lowers the barrier of access for someone to find out about you. If a casting director isn't quite sure on calling someone in they probably won't, and they certainly won't contact you for more information. But they very well might go to your webpage or profile if you provide it for them. If they want more information about you it's important to make that as easy as possible for them to get, because if it's difficult they'll just pass.

Anyways, just some thoughts. I'd love to hear if anyone else has thoughts on the subject.
Matt Sivertson Send private email
Sunday, July 29, 2007
 
 
Good stuff Matt, thanks.
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Matt Bradford, San Diego
Matt Bradford
Sunday, July 29, 2007
 
 

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