Today’s digital world has made it easier for actors to make direct contact with casting directors and apply for a role. You can easily find casting calls throughout the web and social media and apply for that role through email. Below you will find easy tips to submit a casting call and get noticed.
Tips for Submiting a Casting Call Efficiently
- Before you submit your resume and headshot, read the breakdown thoroughly. Make sure you are the perfect fit. Most breakdowns will clearly describe the type of person they are looking for as well as the filming dates. Make sure you fit that description and that you are available for those shoot dates. Follow the instructions in the breakdown.
- Unless stated otherwise, address the subject line with the name of the character or position your are applying for, along with your name (i.e. Submission for the role of Julius by Martin Creed).
- When the casting call includes a contact name, make sure you address that person in your email and use the right gender and correct spelling.
- In the body of the Email, state the role(s) you are applying for and give a brief description of why you consider yourself the perfect fit for that role or what makes you eager to join that production team. Include any details requested in the breakdown like your weight, height, and size of your shirt, pants, and/or shoes.
- Make sure you include an eye-grabing digital headshot which should be 500kb or less and your resume in PDF. The files should simply be your name (martin_creed.jpg, martin_creed.pdf). You can also provide a link to additional photos, your website, and two to three links of clips of your work.
- Keep your email simple. At the end of the email add a short and polite note indicating the materials you are submitting.
- Use a professional email address handle. While this may sound silly many forget this simple rule. Imagine receiving an email from I’email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org
- When signing off, use your full name. It is best if you create an email signature which links to your website and has your contact details.
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