BY: MELODI ERDOGAN
If you haven’t already noticed, episodic season is upon us. Your favorite TV shows are back in production, and fortunately (or unfortunately), all at the same time. Whether this is your first time at the rodeo or you’re a seasoned pro, it doesn’t hurt to have set guidelines on how to attack the busiest time of the year. Follow this advice if you want to see results.
DON’T email your agent and ask to set up a meeting. Trust your agent - they’re working around the clock to find you realistic opportunities. Taking their attention away from that only hurts you.
DO update your materials on your actor profiles. Make sure your resume is updated and correct, your demo reel is tight, and your headshots are versatile.
DON’T send your agent hundreds of headshot proofs and lengthy video footage. Again, they’re busy. Narrow them down and make your top choices (5-10 photos per look, and clips cut down under 1 minute) and present them in a convenient manner. I guarantee your agent will get back to you faster.
DO stay in classes and workshops. Scope out casting director workshops and events where producers and CDs may be present.
DON’T commit to a class that requires attendance. If you’re busy actually auditioning and booking, you’ll want something more flexible.
DO read your audition emails thoroughly. If your audition follows all of casting's specific requests, you’ll look better than your competitor who didn’t pay attention to them.
DON’T request a general meeting with a casting director. They’re busy, too!
DO make every effort to audition in-person. If you have the chance to be in the room with one of Atlanta’s major casting directors, why would you turn it down? Just because you don’t want to deal with traffic or reschedule your dentist appointment? Relationships are best built in person.
DON’T ask your agent why you’re not auditioning for something, or if you can audition in the room for a particular casting director or project. There’s always reason you weren’t selected by your agent or casting, but other opportunities may come.
DO submit a different take. Casting doesn’t always know what they want until they see it, so submitting a couple of takes making totally different acting choices gives them options and also shows your range.
DO include your demo reel. If you’re auditioning for a network you’ve already been approved by, or a casting director who’s booked you, or even a producer/director you’ve worked with before, your demo reel can help your agent and the casting director pitch you to producers and/or network executives.
DON’T compare yourself to your friends in the industry. Even if you have a friend in your category who got an audition, and you didn’t (or vice versa), being supportive and encouraging goes a long way. We’re friendly here in the south - they’ll return the favor.
DO have a support team around you. Whether that’s a couple of reliable taping buddies, a friend you can talk to, or an acting coach/teacher - if you have a question or need to vent, sometimes it’s helpful to just talk it out.
DON’T dwell on auditions. Be confident, and believe in the work you’ve submitted. Always look forward, or your curiosity and anxiety will hold you back.
DO keep your schedule open. Avoid committing to a theatre production or any major recurring events. You won’t want to turn down auditions or bookings.
DON’T get cocky. If this episodic season is more fruitful than it ever has been for you - congrats! But don’t think that means casting directors will start offering you roles, or that LA is suddenly throwing money at you to act.