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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Networking Seminars with Agents and Casting Directors

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As a follow up to this fantastic article about these casting director/agents networking seminars and workshops, here is a question and answer about how to take the best advantage of your time, especially in the one on one.

K asks:
I wanted to ask you for suggestions of things to ask in the one-on-one.  I always seem to freeze up when they ask me if I have any questions.  I can never think of any even though I have a million!

Hello- great question! Below is a list of some of the things I ask. I don't usually ask all of them in one session, I usually pick one. Especially for those places that have time limits, though, for that reason, I prefer the ones where you can take your time...

• Based on my audition and how I look today, what age range would you put me in? 
• Would you say that my headshot matches the person you see before you? 
• What kinds of roles have you cast in the past few weeks that are in my type category? 
• Based on my audition, what types of projects/roles would you call me in for?
• Is there anything about my audition that you liked that I should be sure to do in other auditions? 
• Is there anything about my audition that you disliked that I should avoid in the future? 

Don't be afraid of bringing your question on a small piece of paper and stashing it in your pocket. I have done that a few times, and they seem pleasantly surprised about how prepared I was.

Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

(Note: Laws have changed in California with regard to casting director workshops- read this excellent blog post by Bonnie Gillespie to understand the details.)

Have a question? Send me an email and I'll answer it promptly!


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.

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