By Jennifer Rudolph
One of the main precepts of breaking into the business is getting yourself in front of the industry. As a casting director myself, I am FAR more likely to call in actors who I know and trust .
There are the few who will get called in without having a prior relationship but it's rare. CD's don't have time to chance when they are hired to do cast a project. It's not their job to "discover" new talent during work hours. It IS their job to provide the best talent in the shortest amount of time possible. It's essential to develop relationships, put yourself out there, learn and hone your audition technique with the CD's themselves and become the professional that you must be in order to book a job.
Meet AGR'r Melissa Navia.
Melissa and I began working together about 4 years ago. The pivotal moment in her career came when we had a Career Consultation. Melissa had not been marketing herself optimally nor had she been targeting the industry effectively. After our meeting, she had a new lease on her career and things started happening. She was so good I eventually hired her to work with me. Melissa's career has been moving along at lightening speed. None of this would have happened without our work together, her exceptional talent and honed skills and AGR.
Read her words below :)
In Melissa's own words:
"I recently went in for a series regular role on a huge pilot and ended up testing for the studio and network. It was four very intense weeks. And when I found out I didn't get it, knowing I had been so close, it was tough. Real tough. But I couldn't linger in the moment. I had to get back to set. I was in the middle of a film shoot in New Hampshire and prepping for a callback that awaited me the minute I got back to NYC. The experience was both wonderful and exhausting. It re-enforced for me all the things I have learned over time as a working actor: know your type and carry it with confidence, do your best work always, build momentum with every project, make no excuses, be ready for anything, partner with those who believe in you, and have all your "stuff" in order, i.e., your reel, your website, your passport. I was also reminded of probably the best and most succinct advice I have ever received from a casting director at an AGR workshop. He was telling us to remember that there is too much that goes into why an actor doesn't get a role to waste time worrying about what else you could have done. So if you don't book the part, he said, don't get mad - but then he stopped, mid-sentence, and corrected himself. 'Wait, yes, get a little mad...because you wanted that role! Get a little mad and even more determined.' So that's what I am now, a little mad and a whole lot more determined."
Recent Auditions & Bookings
- went in for a series regular role on a major pilot and tested for the network & studio
- booked a co-star role on The Affair (Tucker/Meyerson Casting)
- booked a lead role in an indie film (Liz Lewis Casting)
- offered and accepted a lead role in an indie film (Robel Films, shot in New Hampshire, third time working with director)
If you build it, they will come..
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