As a budding actor, you must be surely understanding the importance of open casting calls and auditions. This is actually the primary source of getting prospective work offers. Casting calls notices are made by agencies to the public mentioning that actors are required for an upcoming production. This notification can happen in any form be it from an industry trades, casting websites, word of mouth, online bulletin boards, and agent notification, and so on. Later on, after doing few projects, attending casting calls is not so important because you start getting offers through your PR Agents, Talent Agents and other networking channels.
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Experienced actor need not attend open auditions. Their talent agents have tie-ups with major studios, casting directors, directors, production companies and other industry insiders. It is the agent’s job to get them a good role and lucrative offers.
The casting agencies specialize in providing supporting cast and crew for film and TV who are looking for realistic opportunity to set a foothold in glamour world. The casting calls are not so similar to each other and are themed according to the roles. These calls are made for specific age group, appearance, gender, and other special skills as required by the script.
Experienced actors who have a fair amount of acting experience diligently follow the industry trade magazines and join casting websites of leading companies. The ad for casting calls posted in the industry magazines and popular websites are not for Top listed actors. The Top-Listed Actors and stars are chosen for a project through inside dealings. The casting calls are in fact used here to hire the supporting casts.
When actors are hired in bulk for various supporting roles, the casting is referred as “cattle calls.” Most reality shows announce casting calls on air to fill roles for their upcoming season. Usually, hundreds of people respond for these roles. This kind of Casting calls demand standing in long queues, filling up application forms and auditioning. The Screening happens in two to three rounds after which final candidates are chosen.
Many youngsters of today are interested in acting and crooked people take advantage of this fact by conducting bogus casting calls leading to casting couch scams. These fake calls are often conducted at an apartment or home where innocent youngsters are lured of fake offers. Never ever attend a casting call, which happens in a private home or residence. If you are in dilemma, take your parents or friend along with you.
You can also stop responding to calls for small, inexpensive ads or from a smaller casting company. Look for legitimate avenues to achieve your goals. There are many well-established casting companies, who hire both inexperienced as well as experienced actors. A slight diligent research and patience can pay off in the long run.