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Be A Web Whiz

Posted Date: 23 June 2009 at 12:20:25PM

Be a web whiz...Meaning use the internet to showcase your talent and connect with the people who can help propel your career forward.

 

Email

Send emails to casting directors with a simple greeting and your headshot & resume attached. This is a good way to introduce yourself without interfering in someone's busy day. You can also send flyers with invitations to see you in an upcoming play or short film. Word to the wise: avoid email overload. Make contact only when you have something worthwhile to share. You don't want to clog anyone's inbox or be overbearing.

 

Web links

Gone are the days of the bulky showreel DVDs that sit on the shelf in the casting office until eventually someone gets tired of all the clutter and chucks the whole lot in the bin. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it has been known to happen. All your hard work, time and money that you put into producing your hardcopy showreel...gone down the drain. The majority of acting showreels are viewed once and then either thrown out or lost in the oblivion that is a casting office.

 

A more cost effective way of getting your reel seen is to upload it to the internet and email the link to prospective agents and/or casting directors. When CDs aren't in studio they spend the majority of their time on the computer writing emails and doing research. A link is a convenient way of receiving an acting showreel. It requires no space to store and only takes one click to view. You get the point. By the way, you can upload your reel to www.youtube.com for free...

 

Network

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook...need I say more? Probably not, but I will. Yes it's a controversial social networking site that can be a pain in the arse at times and also eat into time that could have been spent actually doing something productive. However, for actors it is invaluable. There are oodles of groups you can join to broaden your network, connect with other actors and professionals, learn about upcoming projects and events to be involved in and generally learn what others are doing to broaden their horizons. You can even connect with other actors who live in film industry hot spots such as LA or theatre buffs who reside in New York. These people can tell you what the best schools are down to where's the best place to get a cheap bite when you arrive. Get on Facebook, start by joining Kari Harris Casting's group...We love ya! Oh, and make sure you use at least a semi-professional photo as your profile pic. You never know who's going to spy you...

 

I'm sure there's plenty more you can do on the internet to help your career, but this is just to get you started.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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