Here in our Career Guide, you'll find everything you need to know regarding things like headshots and resumes, agents, taping kits, and a ton more pieces of useful info.

HEADSHOTS

It's useful to have 3 go-to headshots. One for drama, one for lighter on-camera stuff and theatre, and one for commercial. Look up actors who are in your demographic and get inspired by their look, style, wardrobe, physicality, etc. Watch popular shows and check IMDB to see the actors and their headshots.

DRAMATIC

Relaxed face, neutral tone. Think TV Drama

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LIGHT TV / THEATRE

Clean & Crisp. A little personality goes a long way. 

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COMMERCIAL

Bright, smiling, and fun! Show your individuality.

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WHERE DO I FIND A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER IN MY AREA??

Google "headshot photographer (your area)" and pay attention to reviews. Visit their website and check their rates. 1-2 looks should run around $350, a few looks could run $400-$750 depending on the photographer. Remember... your headshot is one of the biggest deciding factors in getting you in the room. 

It's worth the investment! 

RESUME

There are certain specifications that go into a resume. Using correct formatting and terminology will speak to your professionalism. Check out our sample here: 

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REELS

Did you know if you have a reel, your submission floats to the top of the Casting Submission list by default? In a post-covid world, a good self-tape is gold. Usually, we'd stress the importance of actual footage for a reel, but if you don't have footage, a self-tape can suffice until you book a role that'll give you a good clip. We can help rehearse, shoot, edit, and post your reel with ease. Check out our Pro Packs!

 

Looking to grab a scene from a show or movie you've been in? Try Scene Clipper for fast and affordable clips!

WHAT'S IN YOUR PRO PACK?

SAMPLES

REELS

Here's how your On-Camera Reel should look. Actual Footage or Self-Tape.

VOICEOVER DEMO

This is how your VO Reel should sound. You can clip 10 seconds of each character. If you need one created, we can help! We use real copy and add sound effects and music. You record, we do the rest!

WEBSITE

You need a one-stop-shop for your entire portfolio. Let us design a totally customized site for you so you can be found everywhere!

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SELF TAPE INSTRUCTIONS

 

Priority number one: Production Value. A great audition with a lousy looking tape will not get sent to producers. 

 

If you're using an iPhone, you MUST change the settings for it to work in uploading to various ECOCAST Sites. Go to SETTINGS > CAMERA > FORMATS > and change it to "MOST COMPATIBLE"

 

  1. Sound: Move camera up close to actor – VERY CLOSE (18 inches from face maximum if using the “in camera” microphone).  Reader should be FARTHER AWAY from the microphone than the actor. 

  2. Lighting: The actor must be well lit. Producers must be able to see the color of your eyes in playback. Film acting is in the eyes, if we can’t see them, we can’t assess the actor’s talent.

  3. Framing: ONLY a head and shoulders shot throughout audition unless other framing specifically requested. 

  4. Background: PLAIN, SOLID background – neutral color (do NOT film in a room with furniture and stuff on walls, do NOT film outdoors).

  5. Equipment: If you're using a phone to tape your audition, hold the phone in the Landscape Mode, not Portrait Mode. 

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AUDITION FRAME

FULL BODY SLATE

(request only)

INVEST IN YOUR AT-HOME STUDIO

In our post-Covid world, actors will need to have quality equipment in order to submit quality auditions. Here are the suggested materials for self-tapes and VO recordings.

VOICEOVER

In addition to purchasing recording equipment (see below), check out Audacity. It's the best all around VoiceOver editing program with the simplest functionality. If you need help navigating, bring it up to your coach in your session. We'd be happy to show you around! Their forums are super helpful as well.