You have taken your first step toward an exciting and rewarding new career. This comprehensive program was specifically designed to help aspiring, talented individuals like you break into the entertainment world. It will provide you with the essential knowledge and information required to successfully work in the entertainment industry. Whether you have very little knowledge of the industry or are an established model, actor, dancer, singer or background player looking for that big break, we feel like this guide is the most effective and easiest program in existence for launching your career. So, Let's get started!
(Set up your portfolio) First of all, set up your portfolio with accurate information about yourself, your skills, your background and experience. Casting Directors search for talent based on their profile information, such as, age, gender, location, height, weight and skills.
(Upload your photos) Upload clear, well-lit, close-up and medium photos of yourself. Do not use far away photos or photos with friends and family or pets. You do not need professional photos, but photos that clearly show what you look like. Remember, casting directors are looking for all looks and ages so just be yourself. If you need better photos, contact any one of the photographers on our site. The photographers on our site do not work for Casting360, but might be willing to photograph you at no charge to improve their portfolio.
(Submit to casting calls) The most important advice we can give you is to submit to as many casting calls as possible within your area. The most successful members are pro-active, persistent and never give up. They submit to casting calls just about every day and to a variety of casting calls just to get their feet wet and gain some experience. It's really a numbers game.
(Don't get discouraged) If you do not hear back from a casting director, don't be discouraged. Casting directors may contact you for future projects. Keep submitting to casting calls. You're next big break may be in that next casting call.
(Login often) Login often to check your messages. You don't want to miss any opportunities.
(Be aware) When going on a photo shoot, always bring someone with you and be sure to check references and portfolio of the photographer you want to work with. If something does not seem right about a casting director, photographer or casting call or they say that you must pay additional fee's to audition, please contact Casting360 Member Support.
(Be professional) When you do get work, be professional, be on time and check your ego at the door. A good impression goes a long way in this business and a bad attitude will get around.
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There is no one sure way to become a successful film actor. In truth, there are as many different ways as there are actors. Each actor finds success in their own way, using luck, connections, and perseverance. There are however, some basic tips that can help any new actor get their foot in the door of the entertainment industry. Here are a few ways to get started.
Almost every city and town has at least one small community theater where local actors gather and put on performances. Find theater casting calls on Casting360.com and take advantage of this opportunity, even if your primary interest is film and television. Acting is acting, and it changes very little between media. Any practice and exposure you get while doing Community Theater will only improve your chances of making it in the film industry. Also, many agents and casting directors attend plays and showcases in hopes of finding talented new actors. Remember, opportunities can come at any time.
Is there a college in your hometown? If so, you will probably find some Student Film casting calls posted on the Casting360 website. Film students always need talented actors, and you could be just what they're looking for. They probably won't be able to pay you anything and the final product may not be that great, but the experience will be more than worth it. Just be sure to get a video copy of your performance and keep in contact with student director. Who knows... he or she may be the next Spielberg.
Be an Extra
Extras (sometimes referred to as "background" or "atmosphere" actors) are used in almost every movie. They may be a face in a crowd of thousands or someone who fully interacts with the other actors but doesn't have any lines. In either case, you don't have to live in New York or Los Angeles to get this kind of work. Watch for these casting calls on the Casting360 website. You might be able to get a few days work as an extra.
Even though most people in the entertainment industry do not consider extra work serious acting, it still gives you valuable experience. If you have never been on a film set before, you can learn a lot just by watching the cast and crew work. Also, there is a very small chance that you might get "upgraded" if the director decides that they need you to say a line. This rarely happens, but if it does you will receive a lot more money and be eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild.
Many low budget films cannot afford to hire experienced actors and will hold open calls. You can find auditions for these kinds of productions every day. However, it's a good idea to be cautious when responding to these casting calls. Take a friend with you to the audition and know what you're getting into. Most small films are wonderful experiences, but others can be purely exploitive. Always use your best judgment.
Get an Agent
After building credits and experience doing some or all of the things listed above, you should be ready to find an agent. Unless you live in a major city, this may be difficult. But even some smaller cities have reputable agents who submit their clients for commercials and the occasional film.
You may be the most talented actor on the planet, but you'll never get anywhere without determination. Submit to as many casting calls as you can on the regular basis. Believe in yourself and never give up. If you want it, you can succeed in this business!
Movies and television shows very often use people like props to create a background that seems like a real environment. The people who are needed to participate in such roles are known as background actors, background performers, or most commonly movie extras. Movie extras are used to make scenes in films and TV shows look natural and realistic.
So what does a movie extra do in a movie or on television? The movie extras provide the rich tapestry of background performers in almost every scene. Regardless of the scene, location or time period, movie extras are used play the role of background fillers. You will see them as crowds at sporting events, students in the school hallway, patients in hospitals and diners at restaurants. Movie extras are the soldiers on the battlefield and even the criminals in jail cells.
What makes movie extras different from actors by definition is movie extras never speak. When a movie extra is given dialogue, even if it's just one word, then the extra becomes an 'Actor'.
Jobs are available for movie extras in films or television shows whether they are a part of an acting union or not. Extras get paid in the range of $10 per hour for an audience job or $50+ for a 12-hour job for a non-union film to whatever the employer may decide to pay. All union jobs have to abide by the SAG agreement. SAG (Screen Actors Guide) has launched a new section called Background Performers. Therefore, if you want to be part of the union, then SAG offers some helpful information to becoming a movie extra.
SAG has sanctioned the New Entrance Requirements for Background Performers. Additionally, the National Background Actors committee has also approved replacing the three-voucher eligibility rule with a brand new points-earned system. According to this, there shall be two options to becoming a member of the Guild via movie extra work. The two options are: 1) Union (Covered) or 2) Non-union (Non-covered) work on SAG Signatory projects. The movie extras may also be eligible for earning membership points by being a part of other designated activities aimed towards raising the professional standards and supporting the basic aims of SAG.
Now that you have understood how to be a member of the Guild, you need to understand about how to get work and what to expect once you have work as a movie extra. To find work, you can visit casting calls section on Casting360.
So, if you think you'd enjoy being in close proximity to your favorite actors and want to see yourself up on the big screen at the theaters or on a episode of your favorite television show, give the motion picture industry your best shot!
Just having the opportunity to be a movie extra for a day can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences movie fanatics can obtain. Each year hundreds of movies are made. Many people assume that these movies are only made in big cities like Los Angeles or New York. That's where so many people are wrong. It's true that many films are produced in Hollywood, CA and New York, NY, but more often than you'd think, major motion picture production companies travel around the world to shoot their films "on-location." This means that movies and TV shows are being filmed in cities, towns and neighborhoods all over the world. It's just a matter of time before a film crew rolls into a town near you.
There's absolutely no question about it - if you'd like to appear in a movie or be seen on TV, you can. No matter what type of film - action & adventure, drama, comedy, romance, science fiction or horror - all will need dozens if not hundreds of movie extras. What's so great about being a movie extra is that jobs are easy to find since looks don't matter, education doesn't matter and your age doesn't matter. In fact, anyone can be a movie extra without any acting experience. What's more, talent agents, talent scouts, casting directors and producers will always need movie extras and background performers for their productions. All you have to do is let them know you want to work.
So how do you let these filmmakers and production companies know you want to be a movie extra? Casting360.com has already helped tens of thousands of movie extras and beginning actors find jobs on great film productions.
Begin by creating your online portfolio. Within online portfolio you can list your description, contact info, skills and abilities. You can attach a resume, headshots or multiple photos and even video clips or your acting demo reel to your profiles, too. When talent agents and casting directors are looking for someone like you or for many movie extras in or around your hometown, they could find your portfolio within their search results. Once they have located your portfolio, they can then contact you directly with further casting details and audition information. Casting360.com provides the easiest way to introduce yourself to thousands of casting directors, casting associates, talent agents, talent scouts, producers, directors and film industry professionals around the world. All you have to do is let them know you want to work by submitting to the casting calls.
There's more. Casting360.com is not just a casting web site, it's an online acting community where you will find a wealth of acting resources, guides, instructions, tools and helpful hints. Guides for beginning actors will explain how to get your foot in the door, find acting jobs and get your career off the ground. Resume building tools, job & audition management utilities, calendars, friends lists, career networking solutions, message boards and private, secure messaging are all provided to help you make the most of your acting opportunities and keep you focused and on track to a rewarding acting career.
Casting360.com also provides a list of photographers and photo studios along with instructions for selecting a qualified headshot photographer, and the complete listing of all SAG franchised talent agents, AFTRA talent agents, extras casting agencies, and US film commissions along with many acting schools and colleges.
Casting360 also offers unlimited and unrestricted access to hundreds of casting calls and audition notices.
So break into entertainment business or the movie scene by becoming a movie extra! It's not nearly as difficult as you think. In fact, once you see just how easy it is to get working as a movie extra, you'll be mad you didn't doing anything sooner.
Starting an acting career and finding acting jobs doesn't have to be difficult. You might be surprised to learn that most of successful actors, major movie stars, and Hollywood celebrities all started at the bottom as movie extras.
Most actors start their entertainment careers as movie extras or with roles so small you might even miss them on screen. Being a movie extra is the easiest way to get your foot in the door of the entertainment industry, and the simplest way to get a chance to appear in a major motion picture or on a hit television show.
You're probably wondering: if it's so easy to get into the movie business by becoming a movie extra, why isn't everyone doing it? Actually, they are.
Thousands of movie extras are working everyday in the film industry and are shooting movies, TV shows, and commercials all over the world. There's a huge demand for movie extras. And this demand is never going to stop. As long as there are motion pictures, there will be jobs available for movie extras of all types.
It doesn't matter what you look like. It doesn't matter where you live. And best of all, it doesn't matter if you have any experience or not. Anyone can be a movie extra!
Casting360 has put together a series of video acting lessons with some of the best acting teachers in the business. These lessons cover all the basics from creating a good headshot and resume to marketing for actors.
Visit the Video Acting Lessons page at Casting360 Video Acting Lessons
Headshots and resumes are one of the most important tools you need to promote yourself in the acting business. In your first lesson you will learn easy key elements that help to make a GREAT headshot! From how to dress, to posing and framing ideas, and even where to find the right photographer this lesson gives you a great start.
Congrats, you got the role! This lesson is here to teach you the basics of on-camera technique so you can come off experienced and professional on set and make a lasting impression. Learn the common sounds and commands that you will hear as an actor, the secret of a close up, and the importance of hitting your mark. These simple tips will help you feel secure on set so you can forget about the camera and focus on your acting.
The key to good acting is relaxation! In this lesson, you will learn how to perform simple relaxation techniques that you can do at home before an audition. You will learn how to physically prepare your body with breathing and grounding techniques that may even seem a little too familiar. It's back to the basics while having fun "relaxing".
There are many different people in the entertainment industry who are essential to an actor. Here we will try to clarify who is who.
An agent is someone who finds work for an actor in exchange for 10-15% (10% for union actors, typically more for non-union) of the actors' earnings. Agents have an extensive network of contacts and clients, and use this network to get interviews and auditions for the actor. They also will work on the terms of your contract when they want to hire you. As an actor, you are a product and the agent is your salesperson.
A manager is a person hired by the actor to find work, give advice, and generally guide the actor's career. With the exception of child actors (who often need extra development and guidance into the business), most actors will not require a real manager until they are well on the road to success.
The Casting Director is hired by the producers of a show to find talent, or "cast" for the show. These are the people who the agent will send photos and resumes to, and the actor will audition for. While it is possible to submit your photo and resume directly to a Casting Director, they usually only seriously consider actors submitted by an agent.
A producer is the person in charge of all the "behind the scenes" work of a show or film. They bring together a script, director, and actors, and then oversee the film until it is released. The easiest way into the entertainment industry is to know a producer. Unfortunately for most of us, this isn't possible. But if you do happen to have a connection, don't hesitate to use it. Who knows, you could be the next Tony Soprano.
There are three primary categories of modeling work: Fashion, Promotional, and Commercial/Print modeling. Each category has several branches, some of which are explained below.
Plus Size Modeling is a sub-category of fashion, catering to more full-figured women. As more and more consumers wear larger sizes there is a growing demand for plus-size models.
Petite Modeling is a sub-category of fashion. Petite models are thin but are much smaller in stature than prototypical runway models, catering to a more realistic body image.
Promotional models work live to showcase and enhance products. These models exhibit a wide variety of products at events such as trade shows, conventions, and in-store product demonstrations. The Hawaiian Tropic girls and the Budweiser girls are promotional models.
Artistic and Nude Modeling includes artistic photography for magazines, electronic media, and "high" art. Artistic and nude models do not have to conform to the stereotypical model figure, as each artist has his own vision of whom he wants to capture on film.
Print models are used to market a wide variety of products and services from cars to household products, soft drinks to health insurance ads, and everything in between. Because print models represent such a diverse range of products, the desired look varies substantially according to the wants of consumers and the market for each product. Models are needed in every age group, height, background, etc. The largest percentage of bookings in the industry by far is in this field of modeling.
Child Modeling is a sub-category of Commercial/Print Modeling. The majority of work for child models falls under Commercial and Print Modeling although on occasion, children are requested for both Promotional and Fashion Modeling. Ages for child models range from 4 to 12.
Teen Modeling is a sub-category of Commercial/Print Modeling. Although on occasion teens are requested for both Promotional and Fashion Modeling the majority of work falls under Commercial/ Print Modeling. There is a substantially larger demand for teen models than for child models and there is slight overlap between the teen and adult age groups. Ages for teen models range from 13 to 17.
Unlike acting, modeling usually does not require an individual to memorize lines and take on a foreign personality. Although speaking in front of rolling cameras is usually not required, models still must be able to interact with and appeal to an audience. Furthermore, the audition process for a model is nearly as difficult as that of an actor, especially when pursuing a job that requires a specific look. An aspiring model must have an organized talent portfolio or comp card that includes professional photographs, with several headshots and different poses in various fashions. The key is to always look your best. Remember, models come in a variety of shapes and sizes: tall models, short models, thin and full size models, including both young and mature models. There are over 200,000 successful models in the nation, and you deserve to be one of them!
With the ever-increasing number of products emerging in the market, companies around the world are creating commercials constantly, and most of them require the contribution of many talented actors and models.
After a concept for a commercial is created, company representatives meet with directors to discuss the image they wish to portray and the types of people they wish to cast. This is called a breakdown. It is a list of the different roles that need to be cast with a detailed description of what the actors should look like and often what special skills they need to possess. Breakdowns are constantly sent to agencies to find the talent needed to fill required roles. Agents must then search for compatible actors, referring them to casting directors that can narrow down their searches and find the ideal candidates for their project. At this juncture, extensive screen tests and interviews are scheduled and a final list of the names of actors that make the cut will be sent back to their respective agencies. If you are one of the lucky individuals, you will be notified by your agency regarding the commercial audition.
Any actor's best friends when auditioning for any project are his or her headshot and resume. These are the only things casting directors have access to when compiling callbacks for auditions. Because of this factor, your headshot and resume need to distance you from everyone else vying for this part, making you stand out of the crowd and get noticed.
Your headshot and resume also need to be accurate representations of who you are and what you can do. If you misrepresent your talents, abilities, or anything else in your photos or resume, it will only waste everyone's time and result in a serious blow to your credibility. Do not seek an image that is totally not you, but try to find parts that cater to your existing image. Be honest about your relative skills and talents and represent your "type" appropriately.
A "type" is simply how one is perceived by the outside world. It is not something one strives for, but something that one possesses, like a character trait. Figure out who you are and how you fit into the scheme of things before taking your photographs so you can represent yourself accurately. Here are a few different categories of "types":
A very attractive man, usually between the ages of twenty-five and sixty. This is the type of man you see in lead roles in both feature films and television shows.
Leading Lady A very attractive woman, usually between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five. This is the type of woman you see in lead roles in feature films and television shows.
A young leading lady.
The majority of individuals fit into this category. While not necessarily traditionally beautiful, character actors possess certain distinctions that make them intriguing to the audience. This can range from a physical trait, character, look, or even the ability to accurately portray a realistic persona.
The dividing line between leading ladies and men and character actors is continually getting smaller, with more and more overlap between the types. Many prominent actors today are not exclusively one or another, combining traits from the two. Although these representations are geared mainly toward television shows and feature films, they serve as a useful guide to making commercials. You must keep in mind that, currently companies prefer to represent the average individual in commercials, utilizing more and more character actors that can effectively relate to the general public.
Because of this, it is imperative that your headshot is an honest depiction of who you are and your resume represents your abilities truthfully. Keep in mind that character actors are in very high demand and work just as much as, if not more than lead actors.
Each model is required to have a composite card (comp card or ZED Card). A composite card requires 4-7 photographs of the model and the model's stats and agency/manager contact information. Your comp card is a type of standard modeling portfolio.
We strongly suggest that under most circumstances, parents should not get professional pictures for their children. Pictures of young children will get outdated rapidly. This will either require continual and expensive re-shoots or will misrepresent your children as they grow. Casting directors will accept good quality photographs of required size for children under the age of eleven.
All casting directors will instruct you to bring a headshot and resume to every audition. Each actor is required to have a black and white headshot (size: 8" X 10") with an acting resume stapled to the back of that headshot. This is the most common itineration of the acting portfolio and is a requirement for all aspiring and experienced actors. Many photo companies mislead actors into getting comp cards (modeling portfolios). However, unless you are going after modeling jobs, comp cards are a waste of money.
After getting an idea of what branch of the entertainment industry you want to pursue, you will want to put together a solid modeling or acting portfolio. Incorporate your own ideas and wants with industry standards and suggestions given to you by your agency in the formulation of your book.
As you begin compiling your photographs, try to create a customized grouping of pictures for each portfolio. Determine what each job calls for and try to tailor your pictures to display the side of you most suited to what your client requires. Always have copies of each picture you attach to your portfolio in case an agency or if a client wants you to mail them or wants to keep your portfolio for review.
Additionally, if you have limited photographs and are on a budget, you must keep a list of the pictures you send out so you can speak intelligently with each client about the contents of your book. This is why it is important to keep your pictures in plastic pages so they will not become worn and remain presentable. Place the photographs in a portfolio case, which can be bought at most photo supply stores as well as some larger office supply houses.
A mini-book, which is a 3"x 5" book of photos that contains smaller versions of your original 8"x10"'s, is often a useful tool. It is less expensive to mail and is just as effective as your larger portfolio. When sending out your portfolio, be sure to label each photograph with your name and contact information.
Putting together a complete and effective portfolio is an absolute necessity for anyone aspiring to succeed in the industry. Realistically, this will usually require you to attend several photo shoot sessions and getting pictures taken in different moods, outfits, and themes so there is good variation in your photographs and you are able to send different images depending on what a certain audition calls for.
Of course, the number and type of pictures included in your portfolio will differ, depending on what project you are pursuing, but usually a Comp Card or ZED Card will contain a compilation of about 4-7 body poses, with room for addition and variation if you so choose.
Many printers can prepare your comp cards for you but it behooves you to spend some time comparing the work of several companies and going with the one that fits your budget while still producing a solid product. If you are signed with an agency, it becomes their job to prepare a Comp Card for you. Furthermore, an established photographer may have reliable connections in the entertainment industry and may help you get in direct contact with scouts or companies requiring talent. A well-established and skilled photographer is an integral part of your success.
A referral from a knowledgeable party in the industry is the surest way to choose a list of potential photographers. If you cannot obtain such advice, you must take it upon yourself to visit as many accredited photographers as you can, carefully examining their work and choosing the one that suits your style. Remember that you must be comfortable with your photographer and can relax at the time of the shoot.
The prices of headshots vary, depending on the city you reside in and the demand of the photographer. Typically, you can expect to spend about $100.00 per roll of film and you probably want to get at least two rolls of photos to choose from. Once you have the rolls of film, drop them off at a developer that your photographer trusts and ask him for a contact sheet and slides. Work with your manager or agent to choose the photographs you wish to blow up into 8" X10's to go into your portfolio. If you do not have an agent, consult with the photographer, as he is knowledgeable of industry wants and standards.
Remember, that a headshot should ALWAYS be in black and white. Feel free to decide on your pose, but keep in mind that the most common headshots are shots showing your face and bust. A drastic variation from industry standards will most likely serve to your detriment. Remember to portray yourself naturally in your shots, keeping in mind how you are likely to be perceived and utilized. Do not shy away from or mask distinguishing characteristics and do not attempt to pose as someone completely different from which you are. A nice guy masquerading as a bully will most likely not pass for either. You may also want to have two headshots, one highlighting you in a comedic pose and another in a dramatic pose, but it is not a necessity.
More often than not, if you decide to go with an agency, they will want to take their own head shots and test shots. If this is the case, the agency may absorb the cost of these photographs. Do not be surprised if an agency asks you to cover at least a part of the cost, especially if you are new and relatively inexperienced. The photos will, of course be for the use of the agent as well as your personal use.
If you decide to put your own portfolio together, here are a few good tips to follow for an effective, professional look:
Do not settle for the first photographer you talk to. It is his job to make you look your best so try to find a photographer that you are happy and comfortable with. Call several photographers. Make appointments with them and simply go in and talk to them, but do not let them intimidate you! See a wide range of their previous work and gauge the results. Even if you like the work of the first photographer you come to, seek out others to compare photographs and prices.
Ask to see published pictures, both in portfolios and in the publications that they appeared in. Look at what publications use which photographers and see if they fit into your image. Ask what production companies, agencies, etc., each photographer knows to see if you can use his connections in the future.
Remember that the photographer works for you! You must be happy with the result of his work because the pictures he takes will sell you and play a huge role in your career. Try to make sure that your photographer can portray the real you and not just a generic image or look. Communicate your wishes to the photographer and seek his input. Conversely, you can look through publications and find pictures that capture the look you want for yourself and take them to your photographer.
Remember that your mini-book won't come together overnight. It takes time and effort to create the right portfolio and many sessions are required to create a rounded collection of pictures. It is likely that you may need to implement the services of more than one photographer to capture all the looks you want and all the different sides of you. Also, working with several different photographers will boost your confidence and experience, allowing you to feel better about being photographed once you land a job.
Decide if you want to use black and white or color photographs. Black and white is required for headshots, while color enlivens full body photographs. Again, don't let the photographer fool you and tell you what you "have" to do. Shoot all your pictures on slides (transparencies) because they give you the ability to print both color and black and white copies whenever you need them.
Always request to have the negatives given to you on slides so you are in control of producing copies of any photographs that were taken. Do not put yourself in a position where you must rely on a photographer to provide negatives for you every time you want to make copies of your own shots!
Sign an agreement with your photographer that insures that all his work will be done on slides and that you will retain full ownership and control of your pictures. If a photographer wishes to use any of the pictures from your photo shoot, allow him to use them for a fee.
Expect to pay about $100 for a photo session, but do not be surprised if the price is significantly higher or lower depending upon where in the continental U.S. your photographer resides. If you only get one or two good pictures from a roll of 24, your time and money were well spent. Remember not to settle for mediocre photographs unless you want to look simply mediocre. Find the ones that make you look great!
Preparation, planning, and awareness are key for you to have a productive photo shoot that leads to high-quality pictures. Here are some professional suggestions for beginners to plan out and execute a successful shoot:
Avoid plain black or white clothing colors, as they may cause lighting trouble. Wearing these colors may result in contrast problems with finished prints even if a professional photographer is able to work with these extremities of contrast. We recommend wearing colors closer to your skin tone, as this will help accentuate your natural features and complexion.
Learn to compensate for certain noticeable features, such as the length of your neck. A V-neck will make the neck appear longer and slimmer while a round neckline will shorten it. A collar frames the face well without taking away length from your neck, and as such, is the most popular clothing selection. Plan your outfit accordingly, remembering that a turtleneck is totally unflattering during a photo shoot and must be avoided at all times.
Subdued / No Patterns:
Avoid bold colors and crazy or intricate patterns, as they provide a distraction both during the photo shoot and on the finished photograph.
Avoid distracting accessories. If you have pierced ears, wear studs or small hoops. No matter how much you love your gold necklace, remember it will take the focus away from your face.
If you wear glasses or are using them as a prop for the photo shoot, take the lenses out of the frames and only wear the frames. Lenses can cause a glare or reflect the flash, ruining perfectly good shots.
Wear something that makes you feel great and relaxed and at the same time emphasizes your best assets. Do not come overdressed if it makes you uncomfortable and do not attempt to wear the latest trend if it clashes with who you are.
Jeans are a little too casual for photo shoots; more formal attire is often necessary. Jeans do not offer the necessary sophistication sought by most casting agents and do not make you look as stunning as dressy attire.
Unless you are going for a very specific part, avoid wearing leather clothing, as it is cliché and unflattering.
No Jean Jackets:
Tactless and tacky, they make you look outdated.
It is very important that when you take photographs, there is NO WRITING ON YOUR SHIRT or any other article of clothing. You are not making an advertisement for a brand yet. This goes for auditions as well.
Remember, the focus should be on your face and make-up must be applied in moderation. Get your hair and make-up done by a professional if you can afford it, but doing your own make-up is sufficient if you follow these guidelines:
Use a high quality base that covers without caking. You want your natural skin tones to show.
Do not cover up the features that make you unique. Don't conceal your freckles or mole; these features make you stand apart from the crowd and are a part of who you are. Generally, these features are an alluring element and help get you noticed.
Apply eyeliner sparingly with a brush, using very little on the lower lid. Again, the principle is to not take attention away from your face while accenting your features.
You want to frame your face, so if your hair is long and straight, give it some body to accentuate your face.
Pimples and blemishes:
Use make-up to conceal slight imperfections and blemishes on your face. If you cannot conceal them without wearing too much make-up, do not panic. Your photographer can retouch your photographs.
Do not cut your hair right before a shoot. You may not like your new look and the haircut will not look completely natural the next day. Give your hair at least a week to grow into your new haircut and relax before a shoot.
For Men Only:
A light coat of powder will help even out your skin tones. Otherwise, use make-up very sparingly.
Dark beards usually get accentuated in photos, so some men may want to use a little cream base to slightly lighten their beard.
Taking the best photographs requires you being completely at ease and relaxed during the shoot, so do whatever you can to soothe yourself and ensure your session flows as smoothly and organically as possible.Sound:
Bring some music that eases your mind and makes you happy, as opposed to something that unnaturally pumps you up. It is easier to go from relaxed to energetic than vice versa.
Bring several fashions with you to the shoot and alternate between them to change your look and your feel.
Make sure that you are energized and not hungry during the shoot, but do not eat a huge meal right before your appointment. Eat a few hours before you begin shooting and bring something to drink to the shoot. Needless to say, do not consume alcoholic beverages before the shoot, even if you feel nervous.
Scents can have a dramatic effect on your mood, so if you have a cologne or perfume that boosts your confidence and makes you feel great, use it. If you have a scented candle or certain incense that soothes you, bring it along.
Have a close friend or significant other come with you to the shoot. They will provide wonderful reinforcement and bring a familiar element, helping you feel more confident and at ease.
Unfortunately, there are numerous hazards and pitfalls waiting for you in your new career. Being prepared and alert of possible problems will better help you avoid many of them and deal with the rest. Legal jargon figures prominently in the entertainment world and one must be prepared to deal with matters pertaining to the ownership of his or her work and the admissibility of certain objects in his or her pictures. The following few pages will inform you of the theory behind ownership contention and help you be aware of your rights to ownership of your work.
In many states, it is illegal for photographers to use an identifiable photo of a person for trade, marketing or endorsement, without that person's consent. Photo use in product packing or in products for sale exemplifies illicit use. Various states, have laws protecting the right to privacy (e.g. A New York statute allows for civil damage claims if one's name or picture is used for trade or advertising purposes without a release signature), or at least have an assumed doctrinal common law tradition in this area.
Rights to publicity, are similar to rights to privacy, but are more powerful in scope. In California, rights to publicity give a person a right to have commercial control over his or her name and image. This is particularly important to celebrities, who enjoy fewer rights to privacy than most. Also, under privacy laws, individuals are not guaranteed power over their image post mortem through heirs or estates. Under publicity laws these rights are protected.
A significant problem with publicity and privacy laws is that both conflict with 1st amendment right to free speech. Because of this discrepancy, states have been forced to create an exception clause, allowing media to use undisclosed likenesses, on grounds of public interest. States have created these "newsworthiness" exceptions through court rule or statue (e.g. in New York, by court decision, via Arrington v. New York Times Co. (1982)). The application of these rules and laws is observable ever since their establishment, for instance, in, Finger v. Omni Publications International, 1990, a New York court ruled that unreleased stock photos in publications are permissible, so long as the subjects are not directly alluded to in the script of the publication. However, also understood in the law is that there can't be intentional and false damage done to the subjects, as seen through the case, Messenger v. Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing, 1997, where a model sued YM magazine for damaging her reputation by publishing her picture next to a scandalous sex article. She claimed that it appeared the article was about her; she won the case and was awarded 100,000 dollars.
First, it is imperative that photographers know how the photos they've taken are being used and, more specifically, how they are titled or captioned. Photos for editorial use can be unreleased as long as they are not libelous in nature. However, commercially used photos, even in terms of future stock benefits, must be released by the subject's signature. For example, one need not receive release rights, if giving a photo of a glad, award-winning athlete to a newspaper. Yet, one does need to get permission if that same photo is to be used in a television ad promoting a sports club.
Photographers frequently sell photos for commercial use, believing the subject will never find out about it. However, this sale is not worth it, as the monetary gain is not usually enough to cover the legal fees of the probable future suit. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly hard for photographers to sell unreleased photos, as clients do not want a suit brought against them.
Nowadays, with such a high frequency of lawsuits, meticulous release forms are insisted upon by clients and are generally advisably for photographers to obtain. Model releases can vary with what they say, and can thus vary in their protective capacity. There is no such thing as a fully protective release, but a good one can reduce the chance of the model's successfully winning the suit, thus often preventing one from occurring in the first place. A sample release draft is provided by The Picture Agency Council of America and reads, "I hereby release, discharge and agree [to the photographer's holding] to use in complete form, whether intentional or otherwise…even though it may subject me to ridicule, scandal, scorn and indignity." It is generally agreed upon that such strong language completely protects the photographer. However, problematically, forms with such plenary language are rarely signed, and often create mistrust between the photographers and the model. To get around this predicament, forms are usually written in very specific terms, detailing when, where and how the photo is to be used. However, most photographers still want broader use rights. Also, another measure in solving the problem of release forms is for photographers to make models aware of the possible slanderous uses, or to have their agent contact them if such uses come up, so that the photographer may warn their models.
(For the purposes of this discussion, "property" refers to real, tangible property such as land and structures, rather than intangible property such as copyrights or product trademarks).
Because privacy rights can only be applied to people, there are few state statues or laws that explicitly govern the use of images of private property. Additionally, courts have consistently held that the use of photographs of an individual's property does not represent an invasion of that person's privacy. However, many property owners still try to control the use of images of their property, and they may attempt to cite various legal principles on which to base threats and claims. Property owners cannot prevent the publication of photographs of their property for the purposes of the news. However, the rules about commercial use of such photographs are unclear and the threat of claims is high; therefore, it is recommended that photographers take precautions to protect themselves.
New York World's Fair v. Color Picture Publications Inc. (1964) is the most prominent case involving unauthorized photograph use. A building from the World's Fair was distributed on postcards even after the photographer was denied an exclusive license to do so. In this case, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, citing that a photograph of a unique building on grounds where admission is charged for entry becomes a photograph that the plaintiff has a property right to. From this decision, it is widely accepted that photographs of buildings to which admission is charged cannot be used commercially without permission from the owners of the property.
However, many photographers, citing federal copyright law, say that buildings visible from a public place are subject to commercial use without permission from the owners. Even so, owners of some prominent as well as publicly viewable and accessible properties manage to prohibit the use of photographs of their property. Property owners are increasingly citing various legal arguments to prevent commercial use of the images of their property. One such argument stems from the belief that an individual’s property is an extension of himself or herself, providing it protection under rights of privacy. Others have referred to trade laws to argue that only they have the right to commercially exploit what they own.
Claims against photographers arise quite often. For example, if you are conducting a photo shoot and accidentally capture the image of someone's property in the background, a suit may be brought against you under trade law. What this makes clear is that in recent times more property owners are beginning to recognize the value of the images of their property and are using the law to claim rights to those images. It is therefore very important to be aware of such possibilities.
The principles that apply to model releases also apply to property releases. The broader the release, the more likely it is to protect photographers from claims. The difference, however, is that property owners may be less willing to sign. For example, PACA's property release allows photographers to alter pictures and use them as they please without the threat of lawsuits. Therefore, property owners who sign such releases waive the right to file claims no matter what the photographs are used for. It is important to be aware of this.
An actor's resume must follow certain preset guidelines. It must be professional, well written, and complete without being exhaustive. You must list all of your past and current training, along with your experience, talents, skills, etc. A theatrical resume is different than a typical job resume, so please refer to the sample provided below and design yours accordingly.
Put as much care and consideration as possible into your resume. Have it typeset, and above all things, have at least two people proofread it before you print and mail it. Remember, talent portfolio is your real resume, while your resume on paper is just a chronological listing of the jobs you've done and the experience you've had.
Never ever lie on your resume! Everybody knows everybody else in this business, and you'll be checked out carefully before you're hired.
Never exaggerate your measurements, talents, or experience. This slight exaggeration may cause you many problems further down the road.
The same resume is used for both commercial and theatrical auditions. At first, the special skills category of your resume will be the most important. Here you can list and display any and all characteristics or skills that make you stand apart from the crowd and can elevate you when competing for a position. Many parts require a certain skill or ability not possessed by many people and if you are able to do something special, chances are your abilities will be needed by a production. Again, do not exaggerate your proficiencies and be honest in your list.
The only exception to the maximum disclosure rule is applying for work shooting commercials. Never list previous commercials you have done in this instance, simply state that your commercial portfolio is available upon request. Companies are unlikely to hire an individual who has appeared in a commercial for a major competitor. Of course, you should never lie about shooting a commercial because in this industry, you will be caught and your marketability will suffer.
Furthermore, keep track of the commercials you shoot and the dates they were shot because union rules prohibit an individual from appearing in two conflicting commercials within the same year. For instance, you are not allowed to appear in a commercial for Nike if you just shot one for Adidas.
If you want to be taken serious in the entertainment industry and book a job, you must not confuse this site with Facebook. Here are some do's and don'ts:
Commentary for talent: To be successful in this field, you must be professional. Casting 360 is what you make it. It will work, if you work it. Acting is a professional craft like any other job that requires education, professionalism and preparation. You will be asked to submit a bio and it will be checked for education, experience, skills as with any other job. If you are not competitive with A list actors like Kate Winslet, Kerry Washington, Johnny Depp or Mark Wahlberg that's fine but, don't shoot for that level unless you can handle that level. This is entertainment BUSINESS and art is the willingness to be a one stop artist. Producer's want actor's and actresses that can do it all. From family friendly to nudity. That way you don't have to cast new people repeatedly. With an actor that can do it all, you can call them for any project and they are an agents dream. The bases for the entertainment business are and have been for decades, Los Angeles, New York and the new kid is Atlanta. If you are in Iowa, Tennessee or Nebraska, don't expect fame to come knocking. You have to be willing and prepared to travel. Here are some tips to help you succeed:
1. Educate yourself. Study Stanislavsky and Meisner methods. Learn professional terms such as "Sides", "CCM"
2. Create a travel budget for auditions. Be prepared to travel to Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. Other emerging locations are Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas and Canada.
3. Watch and/or study films other than "Madea" or "Twilight". Don't be afraid of the classics or films like "The Reader", "Silver linings playbook" or "Eye's Wide Shut". If you don't take this serious, you will be viewed as a vanity wannabee actor that just wants attention because they were told how attractive they were or think it's easy money.
4. Casting 360 is not Facebook. If you want to work, don't write Facebook style comments here. We watch what you write and say to gauge what level you are on.
5. Be available. Why post if no one can reach you?
6. You don't have to have a degree to be an actor but, most of the best actor's do.
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