Whether you have representation or not, you should be submitting with Actors Access as much as possible. To make sure you’re seen and increase your chances of making a great impression, I’d like to share the “Top 6 Do’s and Don’ts of submitting in Actors Access”.
1. START WITH A GREAT HEADLINE
In the submission notes: Like twitter, always start out with a Headline of 35-40 characters or less including spaces and punctuation. Think like an assistant to the Casting Director.
2. INCLUDE USEFUL SUBMISSION NOTES
Include info that will help the CD do their job. After the first 40 characters the rest of note gets cut off unless they click on your profile. Make the Casting Director’s job easier. Just like Twitter – no need to use full sentences but make sure it makes sense if read quickly.
DO write : Detective on Blue Bloods Ep aired 01/11, NYU MFA
DON’T write : ” character actor” too vague
3. SLATES, REEL AND CLIPS TO THE TOP!
Actors with slates, reels and clips pop to the top and get viewed first. So make sure to set them up and update them if it’s been awhile
Not just an Actors Access tip. Friend them through Facebook and Linked In if you can. Send post cards from time to time, thank them for an audition, booking or just to say hello. When they see a submission through Actors Access, they’re more likely to remember you and request an audition from you if they think you’re right for the role.
Bottom Line – Like most casting offices, they want to see actors they know and trust and bring those actors in first.
5. ONLY SUBMIT WHAT YOU’RE REALLY RIGHT FOR
Save the CD time and help them solve a puzzle and they’ll appreciate it. I always mention in my acting class – the CD’s job is to bring in the strongest contenders and to vouch for an actor to producers and directors so that they look good. And we want them to look good. Even if we don’t book the job, they will call us again.
6. DON’T WORRY ABOUT BOOKING, WIN THE RELATIONSHIP
You want to get the Casting Director to know what to do with you for next time. Get them to become a fan. A quick story from a CD I know from Avy Kaufman casting said a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman would come in and she loved his acting but couldn’t cast him because his type didn’t fit. They would go another way. So she would bring him in again and again until finally something fit and she was thrilled to offer him his first break. Get them to know your work.