How to get Casting Directors to Notice You
As you may already know, there are always more actors than there are roles. This is the case in every film industry around the world. Every actor wants the same thing as you do – to be cast in major movies. This makes getting cast very competitive. To be the one who comes out on top, you have to stand out.
How then do you get to stand out to get noticed by those that matter, especially the casting directors in such a dynamic field like acting?
You don’t necessarily need to sign under agencies to get noticed, even though it significantly increases your chances. The world has become so small and interconnected that you can now do most things by yourself with the right information, knowledge, and diligence to push on. If you wish to compete and play alongside the big names in the industry, you have to look out for the most unique and efficacious marketing strategy. You will be marketing yourself, and create a marketable personality that compels NYC Casting Directors to look your way.
One of the things that cause actors to fail in their attempt to get noticed by casting directors is the manner in which they reach out to agents and casting directors who know little or nothing about them. Actors tend to think that sending beautifully crafted emails out of the blue can help them capture that much-coveted attention. Although this isn’t exactly a bad move, the truth is that most directors get tons of emails from aspiring actors. With these high numbers, it’s so easy for them to to ignore these emails. After a while, your emails become spamming, in every sense of the word. Try something different and you’ll be treated differently. To get noticed, you have to make contact first. In this article, we discuss making contact with casting directors then getting them to notice you. See below.
The Best Ways to Contact Casting Directors
- Play Safe
Knowing one casting director can go a long way to influence your acting career. To get the attention of that one or two directors you need, make sure you are careful enough not to mess things up from the get go. If you do, you might spend a large chunk of your role-hunting life going round in circles without results. When or if you choose to reach out to a director, try as best as you can to not over-do it. You don’t want to be seen as a pest. If you must reach out, try to space the timing to about 4-6 months, and before you do, make sure you have something to show. Don’t appear desperate by asking for roles or auditions or stating that you want them to help you become famous.
- Send emails, don’t call
Calling a director who doesn’t know you is a daring thing to do and it may mar your chances. Rather than placing a call to them, send an email. Also, don’t send DMs! While you may not always get a response to your email, it remains the safest way of making contact.
- Have something to show
When you reach out, don’t just do so because you have an ambition, have something to show for the efforts you have made towards making your dream a reality, and to show that you have what it takes. Introduce yourself properly and display contents or samples.
- Be apt and straight to the point
Remember that casting directors are busy people who may not have all the time to go through your long life’s epistle. Keep your mail short, coherent, and straight to the point.
How to Get Noticed by Casting Directors
Remember to make every opportunity count. Take it as though it is your only chance of getting noticed by the director. Below are some tips to help you stand out:
Create an appointment time to audition
The biggest casting directors are not big on having actors crash their session with unannounced visits. You have to take the time out to get an appointment (if you can get one); a time whereby your presence is expected and welcome.
It is important that you’re not late for your appointment. If you are, you risk looking like an unserious pain and may miss one of the surest opportunities to get noticed by casting directors. However, if you do arrive, and on time, you can be sure of the fact that they too are on the lookout for the right fit. All you need do is to prove that you are the best fit for the job. Look out for a casting director or agent near you, and make the impression of a lifetime.
Make sure you have a classy and unique style
Everyone has a fashion style and this is one of the things casting directors look out for. They want to get an idea of your personality so they skim through your pictures. If you present pictures that were taken carelessly, they may not take you seriously. Make sure that you present a style that suits the role you are auditioning for. If you are sending an email, ensure that the email photo is presentable and marketable enough. That might be all you need to get your email read. It’s all about the right packaging.
Be good at what you do
You don’t want to spend all that time and energy marketing a bad product. Make sure that you have something to offer before you try to get the attention of casting directors. You can always trust that words travel fast so if you are not as good as you say you are, you might soon become the joke of the industry.
Publicize the work you have already done
Publicity is one way to get known. No matter how small your past role might have been, get enough publicity around it, granted that you know that you did a good job. With time, the right people will want to work with you. You don’t have to get the lead role in a box office movie before you let people know that you are a good actor. The short films, skits, monologues, etc., all matter.
Talk about what you have to offer, not what you want to get
This cannot be overemphasized. People will rate you according to your value; no one wants to be associated with a predator, not even casting directors. Always present yourself as one who wants to add value and not one who is hungry for fame.
Acting can be a very dicey terrain but it is not insurmountable. The most important factor to help you succeed in your acting career asides from your talent is your consistency. If you remain consistently good at what you do, the right people will get to notice you, but before then, you have to focus on self-improvement. Remember that casting directors are always on the lookout for the best, make sure you are worth investing their time, energy, and resources on.