TIPS FOR ACTORS from www.tobeseen.co.uk

PERSEVERANCE Perseverance is key, this industry is very competitive.

SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT Your headshot photos can be the first impression that casting directors have of you so make sure they depict you well. You should be facing the camera and have a non-distracting background. Avoid wearing patterns or prints, keep your clothing simple in solid colours. Don’t go crazy with the makeup, casting professionals want to see you! Adopt a relaxed friendly pose.

Having a good showreel is the difference between getting that audition or not. A professionally made showreel is absolutely essential. Your showreel should be approximately 3-4 minutes in length. Show your versatility by having a mixture of your acting clips. If you don’t yet have acting clips to add to it then consider a monologue piece. Update your showreel regularly and always ensure your contact details are on it.

NETWORK Attend relevant networking & workshop/seminar events in the acting industry, there are loads of them out there. You will meet people & companies that will give you advice and also you can swap tips with other people in the industry.

YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE Google your name! Check your online presence and any searches you come up in. Take time to complete your actor profiles and always make sure they are up to date with your latest showreel and acting credits. Ensure your Twitter and other social networks represent you well.

APPLYING FOR AUDITIONS You should only apply for roles that you are suitable for and have the skills for as per the casting description. Casting directors do not like sifting through applications of people who are not suited for the role!

THE AUDITION Double-check the location of audition the day before and arrive 10 minutes early. Print out your CV and attach your headshot photo securely to it. Find out all you can about the company and director. Research the role and the character. Lines should be learned off by heart. Be the character you are playing. Dress to fit that character. Don’t pester the company for feedback after your audition – check your mobile & emails regularly and wait for them to contact you. Continue applying for further auditions – perseverance is key – it is a competitive industry so be prepared to work hard to land that role you want!

About To Be Seen To Be Seen is an online casting and audition service for the entertainment industry. Jobs are posted daily seeking actors, extras, presenters, voice-over artists, comedians, singers/musicians, dancers, models and reality TV contributors. All levels & types of productions have been advertised on the website including student productions, low budget short films, fully paid feature films, TV productions, corporate videos, online series, theatre productions, comedy shows and reality TV series.

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