Good casting call postings attract great actors; sometimes more than the pay being offered (if paid). Your casting call will determine the way your project is received and the standard of actors who apply to the role.
Our platform allows you to not only receive great submissions but search and request submissions from talent who you see as a great fit for your vision of the role and project.
A GOOD CASTING CALL SHOULD ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING
- Excite actors to want to get involved in your project.
- Communicate your production details (shooting times, production company, union vs non-union, etc...)
- Provide a short project synopsis.
- Provide DETAILED character information.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE POSTING A CASTING CALL
- You will need to have your production details in order. Project title, description, story, and type. Audition dates and shoot dates are also helpful.
- Determine the role(s) you need to have actors physically audition for. For instance, a main character typically would require a face-to-face audition, but actors whom are background/extras typically do not need to come audition. On our platform you will be able to accept video and audio auditions as well, to better help you decide who to invite for a face-to-face audition, or even cast direct.
- Build and develop your character BIOS. This will help when you search our database for talent, as well as know whom to contact for an audition.
- Select a small segment from the script, usually a page or so, that best portrays the overall character of the role you are casing for. These will be your "sides". Dialogue, action, and emotion are important.
- If you would like to accept video or audio submissions, you need to decide what you want. Do you have special instructions you want the talent to follow? This may be using the side to read or act out, or something else unique to your project. Or often, just a simple introduction of themselves and why they are interested in the part.
- Determine whether or not this is a paid role. Typically non-paying roles are for student films, artistic projects, community theater, non-profit organizations, etc.. Paid roles posted on our site typically receive more than three times the response rate of non-paid roles. But, a good character description of an interesting character can be the most important factor in receiving great submissions.
- Are you willing to accept submissions from actors that are located in other cities or states? In addition to accepting these types of submissions, think about the compensation they may receive to travel. With our built in video and audio audition feature, you can see out-of-area actors on-camera before committing to having them travel.
- Look closely at your audition dates as well as filming dates. You want to ensure you have enough time to find the talent your looking for as well as room for call backs, and potential last minute changes in actors that are no longer interested.
- Does your project involve any sexual situation or nudity? Any role that involves sexual situations, especially if any nudity, should offer an additional pay rider for such.
OUR APPROVAL PROCESS
On our platform we provide a service that includes reviewing and approving your projects and roles before they get delivered to the actors/performers. We look for and approve projects and roles that follow these general guidelines:
- Proper compensation when warranted.
- No references to "Open Casting Call." We have found that "open" casting calls do not receive the level of commitment an invitation does. Our recommendation is that you instead send the invite directly to each submittal. This gives you the chance to first review those who submit as well as making those you invite feel like they've been “selected" vs. just signed-up, even if you send it to all.
- Separate roles posted for each role you need to fill; we discourage "catch-all" roles as our advanced software is designed to match and notify only those who match your criteria, so as to not waste your time, or theirs.
- Email, addresses, phone numbers or company websites; since the site is a self contained casting call notification and submission platform, there is no need to have an email address, phone number or website address listed. Complete actors profiles (including headshots, appearance specifications, notes and contact information) of those who submit will be located, by role, in your casting dashboard. Links to work samples, or examples of projects yours is going to be similar to, are okay.
- Proper grammar; a casting call full f typos and grammar errors makes the posting look unprofessional and we highly encourage you to ensure your posting exhibits a professional tone and writing style