I was Tweeting (I cannot believe that was not just spell checked…) with friends today (@bellawonder and @GadZook) about how actors get cast in film in Seattle. As an actor in Seattle, I can tell you about my experience, and then hope others will contribute so we can get a well rounded perspective.
Before this year, I had only shot a few projects in a 10 year span, one being a short called Mukilteo Takeout back in the day (never saw it) which I hardly remember, nor can I remember how I got the part (I am no help here)
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I have also shot a few projects with GadZook Films, and I am pretty darn sure I heard about those projects on Theatre Puget Sound (TPS). Then, there was the internet serial, What the Funny, which seems like it must have come from TPS, but I could be mistaken. There is a SLIM chance that I heard about a project or two from the Performer’s Callboard. I find TPS to be a superior outlet for audition notices.
Here is an UPDATE: Facebook Page “Seattle Theater Auditions and Casting Notices”
Another way (it’s the WHO DO YOU KNOW category) to get work is to get to know people in the biz and cultivate relationships with people who are working. Now, I feel like I don’t need to say this, but I will anyway just in case there is any confusion: If you want to work steadily in the business, you shouldn’t behave like an A**hole. Be nice to the people you work with and the people you meet. Everyone you meet on set is a potential “in” to your next gig. So, be nice. It’s easy and people will like you more if you are friendly and warm. “Just Do” (inside joke). I can tell you that getting cast in projects often works just this way. For instance, I shot a short film late last year (which never seemed to get finished, a hem), and my name was dropped to them by another friend (thank you, Dom). My most recent project was All My Presidents. The director was Connor Hair. He was FirstAC on Shadowed. Relationships help. And, don’t forget to be nice. 🙂
I use Twitter to connect to people in the industry that I don’t yet know. I have made a lot of “friendships” on Twitter, and I have been asked to audition for more than one production company in the past six months. So, get online and get active. Promote thyself! Also, someone I hardly know on FB (I have 1000+ friends) recommended me to their director for a part that they were having trouble casting. I was offered the part, but had to decline due to conflicts. Moral: Cultivate relationships. Get online. Promote thyself. You are a product. Sell, sell, sell! Oh, and you should also be on Google+ and, perhaps, Stage32.com. If you are not represented, you can also put a profile up at Cast Iron Studios.
If you are lucky enough to have an agent, I hope that they are sending you out. I have been to Portland to audition for Cast Iron Studios 5 times this year. I am oh-for-five, but that is neither here nor there. If your agency has not sent you out lately, ask them what is up. Talk to your friends who are represented by other agents in town and see what kind of action they are getting. Then, go back to your agent and talk again. Stay in your agent’s face. Make sure they know you are hungry, committed, and looking to audition as much as possible. It is also important that your agent knows what kind of “product” they have in you. If you have “range” make sure your agent knows that you should be reading for diverse characters.
…more to come….
Thank you for reading.