Maximise Your Chances Of Getting Selected For Castings
by To Be Seen, posted 21 April 2015
Your photos are the first impression of you so it is vital to get them right! Your headshot should ideally be taken by a professional photographer. Your main profile photo should show head and shoulders only and you directly looking at camera. Have a plain background. Photos should look like you (avoid excessive make-up and hairstyles). Natural lighting is best; in its absence a light source from behind your photographer will do.
It is essential to have a showreel. It’s your calling card, your introduction to casting agents, managers and talent scouts. A showreel really needs to be short (ideally about 3 minutes). Show a number of short clips from your work, where you feature predominantly on screen, three to five clips should suffice. Always end the reel with your name, contact details and best headshot.
Ensure all fields are filled in: Name, Gender, Playing Age, Location, Ethnicity, Native Accent, Other Accents, Languages Spoken, Height, Hair Colour, Eye Colour.
Take time completing the experience section. Focus on the past 5 years ideally. List your experience in date order with most recent at the top. Include details such as year, production and your role.
At the end of experience section list any relevant qualifications.
Check for spelling and grammatical errors.
Always ensure your contact details (email address and phone number) on your profile are correct.
These details on your To Be Seen profile will not be visible to the public. They will only be visible to the production company/ casting director when you apply to their castings.
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