Best Solution on How to Send an Actor Headshot & Resume via Email

There’s a better way to ensure your emails with your headshot and resume gets seen by your intended target, and doesn’t drop into the spam chasm. A simple solution that is user friendly for both the sender and receiver. A solution that has casting or a representative doing one click: opening your email.

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The majority of actor emails with picture & resume attachments to casting and agents or managers is dumped into spam folders going unnoticed. Worse; those vital actor messages seeking employment and/or representation are annihilated and unopened by a single click with hundreds of other actor emails. All that work and hope by the actor lost to the digital ether…

The spam algorithms of nearly all major email services (Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and the antiquated AOL) automatically dump emails from “strangers” to a recipient into the recipient’s spam folder. Gmail has the largest wall protecting its borders against spam. Once Gmail detects what the algorithms suspect is an alien email with an attachment the email is deported to a hidden folder unseen by the recipient.

There’s a better way to ensure your emails with your headshot and resume gets seen by your intended target, and doesn’t drop into the spam chasm. A simple solution that is user friendly for both the sender and receiver. A solution that has casting or a representative doing one click: opening your email.

 

Step 1:

No attachments.

Attachments = Spam Folder

Attachments ≠ Receiver Friendly

 

Besides the spam folder abyss; attachments cause recipients to avoid opening attachments for fear of viruses contained within the files. Your target deletes your precious email without their opening your message.

 

Step 2:

Insert a thumbnail image of your headshot in the body of your email (following your signature).

 

How to Place an Actor’s Resume & Headshot into The Body of an Email:

 

Step 1:

Create an industry-standard formatted resume in a table using a word document program.

Tables ensure your resume remains neatly, industry-standard formatted upon the email being opened.

(Below: The resume of the Russell-Menashe family queen cat Dorie)

Actors Resume Table Format for Email

 

Step 2:

The full-width email version of the resume is to be 5 ½ inches.

Email Resume Margin

 

NOTE: Studies reveal that the average, smallest width of an open email desktop browser window by a user is 5 ½ inches to 6 inches.

 

Step 3:

Make the resume table’s cell borders invisible by either using the “No Borders” option, or having the borders all colored white. This way the nasty, unattractive black lines won’t show or print.

Resume_No_Table_Lines

 

NOTE: Select the resume’s entire body (pressing “CNTRL” key & “A” key simultaneously for PCs) to change all the borders in one step.

Step 3a:

Select All with table showing

Step 3b:

No_Border_DropDown

Step 4:

Select the entire body of the resume and Copy (pressing “CNTRL” key & “C” key simultaneously on PCs)

 

Step 5:  Paste the resume into the body of your email BELOW your signature.

Actor Resume in Body of Email

 

Step 6: Create a thumbnail of your headshot

NOTE: Your headshot thumbnail is to be no larger than 250 pixels wide & high. Never place a full 8×10 in an email. The download on the receipt’s end is near endless. Plus the recipient will more than likely see only one of your large eyes, and then use scroll bars to see other too large proportions of you.

 

Step 7:  Copy the thumbnail headshot.

 

Step 8: Paste (or insert) the thumbnail of your headshot after your signature but before your resume

Thumbnail Headshot in Body of Email

 

Step 9: 

Write your best message for what you seek, and why you’re the best at what you do in the body of your email ABOVE your thumbnail headshot & resume.

 

NOTE: Write in your VOICE.

 

(Answers For Actors’ TIPs on HOW TO WRITE THE BEST COVER LETTER EVER)

 

Step 10:  Review for typos, voice, clarity, and then send!

 

You just beat spam algorithms.

When the receiver opens your email they are forced to view your headshot thumbnail & resume that is in the body of your email.

NOTE: Gmail & Outlook users may create the table resume within the email itself without doing the copy and paste from a file option. But it’s best to always have an email version on file, with the proper bowser widow size width resume (5 and ½ to 6 inches).

 

You’re done! Almost…

 

For many, many more actor marketing tips plus audition room technique, and how to best find and keep agents get that vital information from the people who know it best: Broadway and Hollywood actors, agents and casting directors speaking to you from the pages of the book the casting director for Hamilton, The Intern, The Wiz – Live hails as:

“Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, anywhere in the world, take note:

This is your roadmap!”

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How to Contact Casting Directors & Talent Agents

Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, email, land mail, carrier pigeon, or stalker?

So many platforms of which to connect personally and professionally: which outlet is the best for unsolicited actor-to-gate keeper communication? Which is the worst? Find out in this week’s must-read Answers for Actors.

Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, email, land mail, carrier pigeon, or stalker?

So many platforms of which to connect personally and professionally: which outlet is the best for unsolicited actor-to-gate keeper communication? Which is the worst?

All. And All.

Huh?

Yep. There is no clear-cut, saw-the trees-down-to-be-seen answer.

So then, what to do?

Utilize all platforms. Retailers do the same to you, yet does MACY*S or Walmart wither with worry as does an actor who insecurely thinks, “If I contact a casting director via Facebook, or send an email to an agent, or send out land mail to both, they’ll hate me.”

First of all; our memories are short like a voter’s.

Secondly; retailers don’t cower that you’ll never shop or consider their services because they contacted you. Nor do their hired advertiser and/or marketer fear the client’s obscurity because of sales outreach on behalf of the client. As a marketer-in-exile I know people return to a product that was once ignored if never tried. And even if tried, and disliked, people are willing to give a person, product, or place a second chance.

“But casting director, Mr. I’m-Better-Than-You tells me never to contact him or any other casting directors via [insert platform],” you say. Good! Now you know Mr. I’m-Better-Than-You’s communication preference. But for him to speak for all casting is ludicrous. Unless he’s an omnipresent psychic, the casting director doesn’t know for certain how colleagues react to each unsolicited communication by actors. Same goes for talent agents, managers, producers, directors, or anyone in position of hiring talent.

So what’s an actor’s marketing strategy?

An actor’s unsolicited outreach options:

1. Research each hirer or representative of talent of your interest as to how they prefer to be contacted. Some will list their preference(s) on their website, or in guides like The Call Sheet.

The employers and gate-keepers who don’t publicly announce how they wish to be contacted are fair game. If you contact a casting director via Twitter, and that casting director hasn’t made public unsolicited communication preferences, then they have no right to bitch and moan when tweeted to.

Or…

2. Reach out to targeted employers and gate keepers via as many platforms as you desire. But not all at once. And don’t do so blindly. If you have no interest in print work, why contact modeling agencies? I know of too many actors who contact Legit agents for Commercial representation. Most Legit agents don’t cover commercials. Research who best matches your goals (that’s why God and Al Gore created the Internet).

In my classes, and when I teach at universities, I tire of hearing actors say, “I’ve been told by Ms. Talent-Agent-To-The-Muses never to contact talent agents via social networks.” That’s only that talent agent’s personal preference blindly blanketing the industry, and hobbling your marketing efforts. If I told you never to eat pickles because I loath the slimy sour phallus, would you? Or would you decide on your preference (or dislike) for pickles via your judgment?

I get unsolicited land-mail and email, to which a reply is almost always returned (sometimes weeks later). I make the choice of how I respond.

Unless your target publicly states how they wish, or don’t desire to be contacted, you firmly choose how to distribute your outreach. It’s your career, not theirs. Take control.

My best,
Paul

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Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, anywhere in the world, take note:

This is your roadmap!”
BERNARD TELSEY, casting director – CSA
(NBC’s Peter Pan – LIVE!, Into The Woods – The Movie, Wicked, Sex & The City)
“All the right questions asked and answered…
and with a generous portion of good humor.”
SUZANNE RYAN, casting director, CSA
(Law & OrderUnforgettable)
“I love this book!
Paul’s book tells you what you don’t want to hear but really need to know
EVERY actor should read this book!”
DIANE RILEY, Senior Legit Talent Agent
Harden-Curtis & Associates
“Paul’s book made me proud to be a part of this community we call ‘show!'”
KAREN ZIEMBA, TONY & Drama Desk Award Winning Actress
“Paul Russell’s words are not only blunt & accurate they zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask!”
KEN MELAMED, Talent Agency Partner
Bret Adams, Ltd.
“I had my Business of Acting, BFA Seniors, class do book reports on a variety of “business of acting” books and ACTING: Make It Your Business came out a clear winner—considered to be essential for their bookshelves!
Dr. NINA LeNOIR,
Dept. Chair – Dept. of Thtr.
Chapman University

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Major Email Providers’ New Blocking of Your Emails

Actor emails for seeking auditions, representation, or announcements of career updates are newly being blocked by email Big Boys like Yahoo. Gmail will soon follow. Actor emails, with multiple recipients, don’t survive the electronic journey to intended recipients. The emails don’t even go to spam obscurity.

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Actor emails for seeking auditions, representation, or announcements of career updates are newly being blocked by email Big Boys like Yahoo. Gmail will soon follow. Actor emails, with multiple recipients, don’t survive the electronic journey to intended recipients. The emails don’t even go to spam obscurity. Important actor digital marketing is being completely blocked, i.e. bounced.

My office, which contacts 20,000 actors with casting & actor career improvement updates, was contacted by our email management provider iContact; informing of Yahoo’s unannounced changes taken to block mass email announcements:

“…if you’re sending email through an Email Service Provider, like iContact, and your From Address is [example]@yahoo.com, Yahoo is going to reject your email by processing it as a bounce.

…If you’re currently using a yahoo.com From Address, even on just one campaign, you should discontinue it immediately.”

And bounce the emails have.

Prior to iContact’s advisory, a recent announcement by Paul Russell Casting to actors bounced more than Dolly Parton’s baubles:

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Upon seeing the tracking results I immediately switched from our public Yahoo address to our public Gmail address. But that work-around will fail for anyone with a Gmail account as iContact explains:

“…there is no tangible benefit to using a free From Address [such as Yahoo, Gmail, AOL and alike]. Yahoo makes up 33% of the webmail market. Now that a Big Boy has made the first move, other webmail clients — Gmail, Comcast, Outlook, etc. — might not be far behind.

The best practice for your mass email marketing is to use the domain that you control, preferably the same one tied to your website.”

Yahoo is making this change because the provider wants to prevent phishing attacks on their users. It won’t be long before Gmail, and other email titans follow Yahoo’s lead.

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Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, acting teacher and former actor has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, and Broadway. Paul has taught the business of acting and audition technique at NYU and has spoken at universities including Yale, Temple and the University of the Arts. He is the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working ActorFor more information, please visit www.PaulRussell.net.

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“Humorous and witty…
Actors everywhere who are trying to succeed in the business, young or old, on stage or on camera, anywhere in the world, take note:

This is your roadmap!”
BERNARD TELSEY, casting director – CSA
(NBC’s Peter Pan – LIVE!, Into The Woods – The Movie, Wicked, Sex & The City)
“All the right questions asked and answered…
and with a generous portion of good humor.”
SUZANNE RYAN, casting director, CSA
(Law & OrderUnforgettable)

 

“I love this book!
Paul’s book tells you what you don’t want to hear but really need to know
EVERY actor should read this book!”
DIANE RILEY, Senior Legit Talent Agent
Harden-Curtis & Associates

 

“Paul’s book made me proud to be a part of this community we call ‘show!'”
KAREN ZIEMBA, TONY & Drama Desk Award Winning Actress

 

“Paul Russell’s words are not only blunt & accurate they zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask!”
KEN MELAMED, Talent Agency Partner
Bret Adams, Ltd.

 

“I had my Business of Acting, BFA Seniors, class do book reports on a variety of “business of acting” books and ACTING: Make It Your Business came out a clear winner—considered to be essential for their bookshelves!
Dr. NINA LeNOIR,
Dept. Chair – Dept. of Thtr.
Chapman University

 

Get smarter on the business of acting from legendary Hollywood & Broadway actors and talent agents in a casting director Paul Russell’s Best-Selling Book ACTING:AMIYB_Amazon Make It Your Business!

 

Why Actors Shouldn’t Trust E-mail

Actors have lost auditions and jobs because of e-mail.

On recent Paul Russell Casting projects I deliberately engaged in a digital experiment. My office, when reaching out to unrepresented actors, sought electronic submissions only. The result? Devastating for the techno-addicted thespians.

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Actors have lost auditions and jobs due to e-mail.

On recent Paul Russell Casting projects I deliberately engaged in a digital experiment. My office, when reaching out to unrepresented actors, sought electronic submissions only. The result? Devastating for the techno-addicted thespians.

What happened? Some startling surprises:

  1. Actor e-mail submissions dumped into the PRC spam folder

How & why?

The algorithms of PRC’s public e-mail address server tossed—as junk—numerous incoming e-mails by the hundreds which contained the project’s
title and/or role(s) sought. Yahoo (which my office has abandoned) Where Casting Submissions Go To Die_SPAMprograms its server to divert multiple incoming inquiries in which the text of each e-mail contains repeated words and/or phrases shared by more than one e-mail. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL and other public e-mail servers also divert e-mails from unknown senders which contain large attachments. And so, the actors I actively sought were banished to spam.

Only because of my interest in this digital experiment was I aware of what was happening. Another casting director (or a talent rep.) would have deleted with a single mouse click the long digital list of actors unjustly intermingled into the spam with the ads for sex aides and phishing scams.

  1. Audition appointments never received by actors

This was the more shocking…

My office replied to a number of unrepresented actors to offer audition appointments. Too many of the audition appointments sent to actors utilizing various e-mail servers (the most popular among actors being Gmail), were diverted into actors’ spam folders. A director’s request for an actress could not sway Yahoo from swiping away the young thespian’s audition appointment into a spam folder. The actress had only discovered the appointment (and my office’s multiple follow-up inquiries) in her spam folder after her audition day came and went.

Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL have also tossed e-mails from my office to recipients with whom I’ve had past electronic correspondence because the e-mails sent to associates contained identical text in each e-mail: “audition,” “appointment,” “call-back,” and alike. These e-mails were not mass marketing materials. I was corresponding with requested information.

Why does this happen more than previously noticed? E-mail delivery is at the unmerciful whim of Silicon Valley techno-geek programmers who set algorithms deciding for you the delivery priority of your digital communications to your targets. E-mail platforms are becoming more stringent as to what and who can contact you. Overzealous algorithms now block desired dialogue; lumping your e-mails for seeking work with erectile dysfunction medication pitches.

Lesson?

You get what you pay for. ‘Free’ e-mail does not equal assured delivery. Alternative or communication subsidiary? The U.S.P.S. delivers to a brick and mortar mailbox never to a spam folder.

My office returned to actively seeking land mail submissions and calling out appointments via the phone. Too many actor have ignored land mail as an additional tool in their outreach. Some shortsighted actors whine that sending land mail takes too much time, effort, plus a dollar and spare change. To which I answer, you will receive in return what you pay for, which more than likely will be nothing.

Don’t forgo older technology in order to save miniscule cha-ching.

Regular readers of my online posts will recall what three talent agents and two casting directors recently asserted in an Answers for Actors post of how actors were placing themselves into obscurity in order to save a few AMYIB_PilotSns_PqRhdollars with their marketing investment. Successful businesses (actors are each an individual business) know that to reach their target consumer (casting and/or talent representation) multiple outreach platforms must be engaged.

As the owner of your business which is you; don’t rely on e-mail as your only outreach to your consumers. Diversify to multiply opportunity.

My best,
Paul

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Don’t Call Us. We’ll Call You. (Really) | Answers for Actors

Why do some actors feel that because they are “artistes” they deserve recognition for everything thing they do from bowel movements to sending out job inquiries? A reader sent me the following:

Why do some actors feel that because they are “artistes” they deserve recognition for everything thing they do from bowel movements to sending out job inquiries?

A reader sent me the following:

“Hi Paul,

a month ago i sent my cv & pics & clip scenes to a castingagent [sic] for a movie project in London & asked if there’s still a possibility to do audition- the shooting will start somewhere in fall-i didn’t yet received an answer-yesterday i ‘ve mailed him again to let me know if audition is still possible-no reply- If a castingagent doesn’t reply does this mean that the actor/actress doesn’t match totally & thinks it isn’t worth to let him/her do an audition? Is it better to call him personnaly [sic] & ask him the reason? I am afraid i will come over as a jerk (you know)-Or should i let it this way? A Castingagent is supposed to help advancing an actor & i notice i get stuck (& in my case it’s dubble [sic] hard work to achieve my goal)-feel free to comment- Have a nice day Peter”

My reply:

“Hello Peter,

Thank you for the note.

Having once been an actor myself I understand your frustration. But that must be tempered with reality.

Casting directors are no different than human resources. Just as employers in the civilian world receive hundreds of applications and resumes from job seekers so do casting directors from actors. Not every inquiry can be answered.

When employers receive resumes they respond only to those they feel meet their expectations for the job opening(s). It’s no different in casting. As much as everyone would like to be recognized a response to each individual would be poor time management and counterproductive.

The best answer is an analogy I offer you by asking; do you respond to all ads and marketing you receive either via land or e-mail that doesn’t interest you? Of course not.

Move forward and look to other opportunities.

My Best,
Paul”

That was my polite, I-just-woke-up-and-have-yet-to-munch my morning muffin-happy reply. Here’s the candor.

To those actors out there that think that every inquiry for work or audition by them merits a thumbs-up or down response; get a reality check. It’s not going to happen. If you keep waiting for replies from all you contact you’ll eventually drive yourself mad and be one of those scary people on a subway platform who reek of a sour milk stench and mumble incoherently that Disney — in collaboration with the government — is tracking brain waves.

Recently I encountered another cry for ‘answer me damn it’ within the following Facebook status of an actress:

Seting up interviews with agents next week in New York. Have 2 appointments already…does anyone have an agent they like or that they have heard is good? I don’t want to work with an agent who doesn’t have time to take a phone call, I want someone who can give me advice and who will steer my career in the right direction. NO SNOBS!!!!

“NO SNOBS!!!” ? Honey you’re the snob of reality for not understanding how life works.

I wonder how many times this actress receives telemarketing calls from strangers and gets cozy will the uninvited intruder selling their wares? Actors cold calling agents is no different than a telemarketer calling you. Just as your life and/or work is being interrupted so too are agents who are trying to serve their clients being pulled at by interloping, uninvited actors calling on the phone.

In my diversified work as a casting director, director, teacher and writer I send out multitudes of inquiries for employ. Is it realistic for me to expect a response from each individual? Do I really want hundreds upon hundreds of ‘thanks but no thanks’ responses from producers, university theater department chairs and/or publishers? Would you? How fucking depressing. Why ask for the rejection to be voiced? Why are some actors masochists and demand to hear a reply – even if it’s a ‘no’ — from whomever they contact for a job? Is it because they enjoy wallowing in woe? Or is it because their labors are creative and the muse-afflicted believe themselves elevated above all others on our humble spinning rock in space?

The tired but worn phrase “Don’t call us. We’ll call you.” is not a suggestion. It’s reality. An instructive that is telling you (and Sondheim appreciators) to move on…

To the actors who expect a nod and bow to every resume they submit for potential employ:

– Stop focusing on a single submission. Look to other opportunities.

– Stop bitching, blaming and bemoaning that you’re not hearing back from people who hire. Look at what you have on paper to offer; could it be improved? If all is well with the resume, cover letter and headshot then pursue others with a first approach.

– Stop thinking that because some God or deity has sparked your soul to be an actor this makes you ‘special’ above all others on this planet. You’re not. You’re an individual among many, all of whom are also asking to be heard. Everyone can not answer everyone. (If you come up with a telepathic invention to make this happen universally; I’m outta here.)

Keep marketing yourself. Go after new opportunities. Take classes to improve your abilities. And please, stop waiting for responses. You’re wasting valuable time getting mired in melancholy while others are moving past you as they focus on what’s next.

Move on.

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My Best,
Paul

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Why Non-union Actors Should Submit for Union Projects | Answers for Actors

That little dissuader by AEA is keeping non-union actors from doing what they need to do as actors; seek work to pay bills. Not very nice is it considering all AEA members were once themselves non-union. And I have never once known of a casting director who demands union cards to be flashed preceding auditions by appointment. We seek talent not plastic identification cards.

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True or false?

Excluding cattle calls (open calls, ECCs, EPAs) only union actors can audition, and be hired, for union projects.

Survey says…? False.

Big-time false.

A non-union actor can audition for and be hired for a union project. And depending on the project plus governing union the actor can easily be hired either as union or non-union.

“Really?” you ask?

Yes, really.

The myth that non-union actors are barred from principal casting consideration for union projects originates from a non-union actor’s misconception of the audition process. But the non-union actor is not alone in perpetuating this myth. Casting notices for productions governed by Actors’ Equity Association spread the fiction as well.

Trade publications often list union notices under a banner for the correlating union (SAG-AFTRA and AEA). At the end of most AEA casting notices is a reference similar to: “Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.” or more ominously prohibiting “Seeking Equity ONLY for these auditions.” Once a non-union actor sees such they think, “I’m not wanted or allowed to attend that audition.”

Wrong.

Want to know who places that little membership tag onto a casting director’s breakdown?

The union. Even when those union auditions are by appointment only, solely set-up by the casting office. That potential tag dissuader added by the union is prompting non-union actors from doing what they need to do as actors; seek work to pay bills.

I have never once known of a casting director who demands union cards to be flashed preceding auditions-by-appointment. We seek talent not membership identification.

A casting director holding auditions-by-appointment for a union project can call-in whomever the hell they want. Got that? If not…let’s try this again but with an expansion…

A, director, producer, writer, casting director or anyone hiring for a union project and holding auditions-by-appointment can call-in whomever the hell they want. I could call in a non-union dog for a human union role if I was so insane (but I’d lose my producer client quick).

Side Bar: Non-union actors attending union “open calls” (ECCs & EPAs) is an entirely different matter as covered in ACTING: Make It Your Business. (And by-the-the-by AEA audition administrators hate—they get very perturbed—when I reference an EPA or ECC as an ‘open call.’ For many casting directors when we’re not calling in actors for an appointment; the auditions are then an ‘open call.’)

So when you, as the non-union job seeker, see a casting notice for a union project which is having auditions-by-appointment do not, repeat, DO NOT, hobble your career ambitions by ignoring that casting notice. Submit yourself. If the project is having an EPA, ECC or what-ever-the-acronym-for-an-open-call: Submit yourself. Get the land-mail and/or e-mail contacts for the casting office and place yourself into consideration. Casting offices, like mine, do not post all information publicly about our projects. Casting offices often post publicly only what unions require of our clients or to expand the talent outreach beyond talent agencies and managers. If a casting office is holding an open call there’s a high probability they’re also holding auditions-by-appointment.

If you doubt a non-union actor can audition for a union project that has on its union-tagged casting notice “Only seeking union members?”, I have many previously non-union actors turned union via my casting union projects you may want to meet.

Never curtail your ambitions; too many other people will restrain your ambitions for you. Go after every audition for which you’re a match to what is being sought; be it union on non-union.

My Best,
Paul

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Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, acting teacher and former actor has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, and Broadway. Paul has taught the business of acting and audition technique at NYU and has spoken at universities including Yale, Temple and the University of the Arts. He writes a column for Back Stage and is the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor. For more information, please visit www.PaulRussell.net.

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Talent Agents, Agency & Casting Director Contacts

The lack of consistency for a valid contact address leaves the actor — who is wisely doing land-based mailings — with a problem. How best to keep GPS-like watch with the entertainment nomads? There are only two reasonably assured address accurate outlets for actors.

If you rely on ‘audition boards’ and ‘actor-friendly-sites-for-a-fee’ via the Internet for finding the current addresses of talent agencies and/or casting offices you’re wasting valuable time.

If you’re purchasing books on the entertainment industry that claim to have the most up-to-date contact information on agents and/or casting directors just how up-to-date can those entries be when the publish date on the cover page is a year or more past?

Agents, casting and other entertainment professionals are just like actors when it comes to maintaining permanence of brick-n-mortar placement. The cardboard boxes for moving are always close at hand. An address for an agency or casting office that was valid yesterday is often vacant or occupied by another entity tomorrow. Why? Several reasons, two of which include:

1. Real Estate is Expensive

Payouts in entertainment are often cheap to non-existent. Agencies and casting (unless they are cash-rich corporations) routinely move from one office to another in order to survive financially. When rents go up the name plate on the talent reps’ or casting directors’ door comes down and is soon placed upon an entry at a more wallet accommodating abode.

2. Film & TV Casting are Nomadic

There are only a handful of screen casting directors that have a permanent, non-home, office for which they are responsible for the rent. Most film & TV casting directors are freelancers who work from whatever four-walled and worn industrial gray carpeted cubicle the production company provides. Once the production wraps, the casting director picks up their lap-top and toys and moves on. The next tenant (often a civilian based business) is left wondering why they are getting, daily, actor headshots via land-mail.

The lack of consistency for a valid contact address leaves the actor — who is wisely doing land-based mailings — with a problem. How best to keep GPS-like watch with the entertainment nomads? There are only two reasonably assured address accurate outlets for actors. The Call Sheet (formerly known as The Ross Reports) and Actors Access (Breakdown Services) which is the beter of the two..

Both contact information for talent agents and casting directors are released several times, in both print, online, and app versions, throughout the year. Prior to each publication a representative from either publisher of talent agent and casting director registries seek address corrections and staff updates- contacting the agents and casting directors listed on their pages. Actor-friendly web sites, pre-printed mailing label sellers and other ‘resources’ rip this information from these resources and then re-sell at a mark-up to actors. Actors are paying others – often other actors – for ‘used goods’ that are continually flawed. Most of these re-sellers never update and/or make corrections. Like lazy actors who never bother to update their own mailing lists, the re-sellers put to print information gathered once and then re-sell it many times over.

How do I know this? Because my office still receives mail (often on pre-printed labels) to the long ago abandoned addresses.

Re-sellers of agent and casting director addresses aggravate an actor’s quest for correct contact further by often limiting the geography of the talent markets. If an actor wants contact information for agents and casting directors on both coasts they must be purchased separately. The re-sellers also sometimes force the actor to purchase separately contacts for agents and contacts for casting. Actors are paying out lots of money for outdated information.

Whereas with The Call Sheet, the actor gets every franchised agent and casting director across the country. That’s IF an agency, agent or casting office wishes to be listed. Most do as a professional courtesy to the industry.

Keep current your contacts. Avoid re-sellers. It’s your career. Your business. You can either run it like a Fortune 500 company or piddle away like a forgotten mom-n-pop convenience store. You’re the one who is in charge. Do something.

My Best,
Paul

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plus Hollywood & Broadway actors in Paul Russell’s Best-Selling Book ACTING: Make It Your Business!

Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, acting teacher and former actor has spanned nearly thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, and Broadway. Paul has taught the business of acting and audition technique at NYU and has spoken at universities including Yale, Temple and the University of the Arts. He writes a column for Back Stage and is the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor. For more information, please visit www.PaulRussell.net.

 

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