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5 "Don't Ignore" Online Services in Hollywood

14 May 2013 9:18 AM | Coach Jack Turnbull (Administrator)
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Online Headshot/Resume Sites

Dear Parents,

I'm putting together my information on the online services
used by Hollywood. If you work out of California, you may
use other services...I don't know about that.

Online Services are very inexpensive ways to post your .
headshot/resume profile within the Hollywood Industry.

When you arrive in Hollywood, the FIRST THING to do is
get your headshot/resume up on these sites. Almost all of
them are free or very inexpensive and I'll explain why
you need to do it below. Your Agent and Manager CANNOT
submit you if you aren't online! Get busy!

Years ago, it was prohibitively expensive for actors because
they would have to spend thousands of dollars on headshots
each year for submissions. Now that cost is cut way down
through the use of online services.

I'm not covering the process of "submitting online" in this email,
because that is another email altogether!

This information is just to make you look professional
no matter which casting office you visit.

Between these services (and, of course, hard copy headshots)
an actor can cover 100% of the casting offices in Hollywood.

Breakdown Express/Actors Access
Casting Networks/LA Casting
Now Casting/Players Directory
Frontier Casting/Castingfrontier
Internet Movie Data Base/IMDB

There are reasons to be listed in all of these, although I don't
have opinions on if you need "deluxe" listings on any.

The main thing these sites have in common is that they are used
by enough industry to be useful and they all have a talent profile
which connects your headshot/resume to their processes.

1. Breakdown Express/Actors Access is how almost ALL Film/TV Casting
Directors schedule auditions. They send out breakdowns through
Breakdown Express and your agent and manager can submit your
file. Actors manage their profile information through Actors

They also have an upload service for auditions as most of the
other groups below have, so your headshot/resume link would be
included in the upload if the producer wished to view it.

My personal advice is to have ONE COMPELLING picture (at least)
which defines the actor's look and is specific. Too many pix
and you look a little desperate in my opinion.

You may also put up your reel and segments of your reel, and
you may link to your segments through your resume. If you
have "reel" worthy material can be valuable.

This would be a good place to put up your voice reel because
many of the film/tv casting directors also cast voices for
ADR and Animation.

They also have some kind of Actor Slate which I feel is a total waste
of time and money. Any video on this site should be creative content, like a scene or monologue, not a vanity that for your
friends and family.

2. Casting Networks/LA Casting is the service used by most
commercial casting directors for sending out breakdowns and
receiving submissions.

This is the site where you can put up multiple pictures, because
the commercial and commercial print casting directors like
a ton of different looks to choose from.

You can also put your reel up here, but it is unlikely
to get looked at.

Your voiceover reel would be more effective, since many of the
same casting directors who cast commercials also cast voiceovers.

3. NOWCASTING is a service used by many casting directors to
upload casting sessions and it's important to have your profile
information on this site. It's primarily used by theatrical
casting directors for this service, as far as I know, and
the use is growing.

This is a very "actor friendly" site, designed and built by
actors so it's a place to also host your reel and voice over demo
so you or your reps can send them to casting or producers if

I would "mirror" my Actors Access profile on NOW CASTING.

Another way to get listed in NOW CASTING is to put your
headshot/resume in the PLAYERS DIRECTORY, which was developed
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar) over
70 years ago. It's now independent and still used by almost every
casting office in Hollywood every day! They publish a hardcopy
and ebook directory. and,

4. Frontier Casting/Castingfrontier is a commercial casting service and they
are now sending out breakdowns too, so it's important to be
in their service. They have bar-coded check in which is quick,
and it's important to keep your profile updated. On this site
I would "mirror" the info you post on LA CASTING.

5. Castit/Actorcast is being used by many of the studios
for their audition uploads and distribution. Recently they have been
building the Actorcast site where they now link to your profile
with their audition uploads.

On this site, I would "mirror" the information on the
Actors Access site.

6. The IMDB is an independent database which lists the credits
for films and TV shows and some other media.

IMDB is highly used to check credits and it's important to
make sure your credits are accurate, since many are not.

Since producers and directors and casting directors love IMDB to
double check credits, I would have a headshot/resume up on this
site. It's not expensive and it's well worth the money.

The IMDB is used for casting and others to send to producers, etc., if they want to give them more information on a talent. For this reason, it's important to keep your information current. Your IMDB rating is not important so the "likes" to your IMDB file don't mean anything.

I would definitely have a headshot/resume up on this site!

And you can TWEET your successes and link to it on the IMDB!

This is my basics, and I'd like to hear from you on this subject!

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All the best,

Jack Turnbull
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