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The executives give the "green light" for movies and TV shows to be produced. Then the production company of the project hires casting directors, who in turn send out "breakdowns" of the characters being cast.
These "breakdowns" actually are sent out by a service called "Breakdown Services" and are only available to licensed Talent Agencies.
Then the agents at these agencies submit photos, resumes, and sometimes "demo-reels" to the casting directors. Then the casting directors call in the actors that fit the roles they are casting, usually many many actors are called in.
Then they narrow it down to the best actors who came in and "call back" these actors to read again for the director, sometimes the writer, producer, etc. Then they narrow it down further, and sometimes there are 3 - 4 "call backs" before an actor is finally hired.
Occasionally a casting director will call in an actor who sends a photo and resume on their own without an agent, however it is difficult for talent to find the addresses and casting directors. That is what this website is for. To help people get their photo and resume to the correct casting directors, and to find legit open casting calls.
How long it takes for a casting director to contact you if you submit a photo and resume:
It is just a matter of waiting. There are no time frames as to when they might get in touch. Sometimes they will keep a photo and resume for future consideration, sometimes they do not. It is all timing. You just hope that they are casting for a specific type when the photo and resume lands on their desk. Casting Directors do NOT contact you to let you know that they are not interested, they ONLY call if they want you to come in for an audition.
The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is an American labor union representing over 150,000 film and television principal and background performers worldwide. The current organization is the result of the March 30, 2012 merger of the Screen Actor's Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
According to the SAG-AFTRA Mission Statement, the union seeks to: negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements that establish equitable levels of compensation, benefits, and working conditions for its performers; collect compensation for exploitation of recorded performances by its members, and provide protection against unauthorized use of those performances; and preserve and expand work opportunities for its members.
The Screen Actors Guild was founded in 1933 in an effort to eliminate exploitation of actors in Hollywood who were being forced into oppressive multi-year contracts with the major movie studios that did not include restrictions on work hours or minimum rest periods, and often had clauses that automatically renewed at the studios' discretion. These contracts were notorious for allowing the studios to dictate the public and private lives of the performers who signed them, and most did not have provisions to allow the performer to end the deal.
SAG-AFTRA is the primary performer's union in the United States. The union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. SAG-AFTRA claims exclusive jurisdiction over motion picture as well as radio, television, Internet, and other new media. Internationally, SAG-AFTRA is affiliated with the International Federation of Actors.
Why You Should NOT Call Casting Directors
Unsolicited phone calls and personal visits to casting directors are prohibited in the entertainment industry. Not only does it display a huge level of non-professionalism, it is extremely inconsiderate of casting directors time. The majority of a casting director's work day is spent on the phone. When you call a casting director, you make an immediate bid on their time. They receive hundreds, and even thousands of photos and resumes every week. They certainly can not accommodate being inundated with phone calls from actors, and aspiring actors.
Talent Agents who know casting directors can call them if it is for a very important reason such as rescheduling a client for an audition. But calling casting directors, production companies, producers, and studios is an agents job, NOT an actors.
The only exception to this extremely important rule is if you are RETURNING a phone call after they have contacted you first, OR a casting notice specifically lists a phone number and states that they are accepting phone calls.
Demo Reel Information
An actors demo reel (or "demo tape") is a short compilation of clips from professional acting work on films, commercials, and television shows. It is usually no more than a few minutes in length.
A demo reel IS NOT the same as an "Audition Video". An Audition Video IS a homemade video that you make when casting directors are accepting audition video submissions.
It is NOT necessary to send in a demo reel when submitting for roles. Only submit a demo reel if the casting directors request it, or through an agent.
Do I Need An Agent To Work On Television Shows?
In response to this question that I am often asked, I have decided to create a separate website that addresses this issue. It includes FAQ, scam alerts, and a state-by-state listing of all legit Talent Agents in the USA.
NO! Never ever pay someone to audition. If they ask you to pay, then it is surely a scam. Legit casting directors, agents, and managers never charge any up-front fees whatsoever.
You should never be asked or required to attend any specific classes, use any specific photographers, or pay ANY upfront fees.
Agents typically get 10% of your paycheck AFTER you work. Managers typically get 15%. Casting Directors get paid by the studio or production company.
The only fee you should ever pay for is legit extras casting agencies, such as Central Casting in Burbank, CA. They may charge a small photo imaging fee of around $20, this is because they must take a digital photo of all extras for consistency in their files, and to make sure that they know what the extra looked like when they registered.
So the answer is NO! It costs absolutely nothing to audition for the TV Shows on major networks!
1. Always know what you are auditioning for. 2. Arrive thirty minutes prior to the audition time. This will allow ample time to check in and warm up, check out your competition. 3. Bring at least 2 photos and resumes. Photos should reflect current physical likeness (should always be updated!). 4. Do not chew gum ( all directors hate it). 5. When attending callbacks, always wear the same attire worn at audition. Try to do everything you did the first time because it has already worked during the first audition. 6. Be confident, smile, always have a positive attitude. 7. Act excited about everything you asked to do.
Be prepared for improvisation. Different voices and dialects are a plus. Prepare a dramatic and comedic monologue no more than 2 minutes in length. Note if the audition is going to provide sides (a portion of the script).
Bring 2 selections of sheet music, 1 up-tempo and 1 ballad, in legible condition. Be prepared to sing the best 16 bars. Know your vocal range. Sheet music should have full musical notation and in the key in which you will perform. If audition requires movement, dress appropriately.
Wear appropriate dance attire. Bring appropriate dance shoes. If the audition requires singing, bring at least 2 selections of sheet music, 1 up-tempo and 1 ballad. Be prepared to sing the best 16 bars.
The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national, nonprofit organization serving all entertainment professionals through comprehensive services and programs. In addition to providing emergency grants for essentials such as food, rent and medical care, The Actors Fund provides counseling, substance abuse and mental health services, senior and disabled care, nursing and retirement homes, an AIDS Initiative, Actors Work Program, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, supportive housing on both coasts and other essential programs, with a current annual budget of $21,000,000.
Founded in 1882, The Fund serves those in film, theatre, television, music, opera, and dance with a broad spectrum of programs including comprehensive social services, health services, supportive and affordable housing, emergency financial assistance, employment and training services, and skilled nursing and assisted living care.
The Fund sponsors many special events and performances, with numerous Broadway stars and Hollywood celebrities hosting, performing, and/or attending. Theatres throughout the country frequently pledge all the proceeds from a regularly scheduled performance to the charity.
The Actors Fund Los Angeles
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Actors Work Program Los Angeles
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
1. First use a pencil and write down or each page of the script (you can also do several pages at a time as opposed to the entire script).
2. Take the page into a quiet room, shut the door, and eliminate all distractions.
3. Look at the first line in your notes and read it out loud. Then, close your eyes and say the line without looking at it.
4. Repeat the step above, this time with the first 2 lines.
5. Next, try it with 3 lines. Then 4. Repeat until you have memorized every line in the pages/script/sides.
After a study session, take a quick nap. New memories are very vulnerable, but studies have shown that sleep helps your new memories stick. After your nap, repeat the memory technique once more for maximum retention.
Important Safety Information!
Do NOT send a home address when submitting. I always recommend using a PO BOX (or parents work address if you are a minor). This is another reason that getting an agent as soon as possible is of utmost importance. Then your agents contact information is all that is listed on the resume, cover letter, and envelope. There is an earlier post about how to get an agent in my blog archives (or table of contents).
Also, NEVER meet someone outside of a professional environment such as a studio or casting/agents office. Do NOT meet someone at a restaurant, private residence, etc. You should ALWAYS let someone else know EXACTLY where you are going, WHO you are meeting, and WHEN you are going there.
And a parent or guardian must ALWAYS accompany minors. A parent or guardian should NEVER be out of eyesight of the minor, whether it be at auditions or on set.
Advice For Child Actors
1. Have fun and enjoy every performance.
2. Learn as much as possible from the professionals you work with.
3. Get your rest, and drink plenty of water!
4. Be respectful and do what you are asked to do to make the child wrangler's job easy.
5. Remember you are there to do a job.
6. Share the experience with your friends and family.
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