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Open Casting Calls
When you start out in show business, whether as an actor or singer, you will get quite familiar with what is known as an open casting call. These auditions are open to the public and can sometimes be referred to as cattle calls because of the amount of people who will show up. You don’t need a Screen Actor’s Guild card or agent to attend an open casting call and therefore these auditions bring in a wide variety of serious actors and people who just want to take a shot at fame. However, until you have some screen credits to your name or the right connections in a talent agency you will have to suck up your pride and pay your dues by finding and preparing for
open casting calls
First off spend the money to have a professional head shot and resume. Without these documents you won’t stand much chance of being remembered by a director or vesting agent who has just spent the last two days watching thousands of performers. If something about your performance struck a chord make sure they have a face to put a name to for that all important call back. Professional head shots can be costly but without you have little chance of making it as a performer.
When starting out don’t be picky. Every aspiring singer and actor has their idea of what they think is right for their talent but getting to the level of a Leonardo DiCaprio or Beyonce takes a lot of time and hard work. These stars can pick and choose roles and songs but when you are new to the scene you may have to work some corny commercials or silly voice over’s just to get some credits to your name. Don’t let pride get in the way of a paying gig or one that doesn’t pay but gives you a screen credit. Attend as many open casting calls as you can for as many different productions as possible to land your first break. Think of it this way, once you’ve made it big these open casting calls will provide good material for a late night interview on David Letterman.
Another thing to keep in mind about open casting calls is that your time is limited. Because of the amount of candidates who attend open casting calls, directors and agents will give you a very brief window to showcase your skill. Don’t worry, they know what they are looking for and if you have any talent at all it will be noted. You may not get that role but the more you attend and the more visible you are the better your chances of eventually landing a role that can get your show biz career started.
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