One of my students is based in Louisville, KY, and though she comes to New York City on a fairly regular basis, she is not able to take full advantage of the audition opportunities. Here, she asks me a question about being out of town and submitting for NY Projects (and I think this is relevant for folks on the West Coast interested in LA projects.)
I am back in Louisville now. I have been organizing and sending some mailings and doing a website, but first, I have a couple of question for you or for the blog.
How effective is responding to call postings on Actor's Access? The convenience is fabulous- but will it get me results? Do the casting people even see our responses? I am trying to do this remotely as you know- but I don't want to waste time and money either. Is there anything else I should be watching for postings I can respond to? And finally, should I include my Midwest representation? Is it better to be represented or just solo?
Hi, there! Generally, I consider Actors Access to be one of the very best resources for actors to get work in NYC, though not all of it pays a huge salary. Because they don't always have large paying jobs posted, it may not be worth it for you to do much submitting unless you are already planning on being in town. But once you have a trip planned- it would be the first place I'd check for audition notices.
Regarding your agent- If your agent doesn't have relationships with NY casting directors, then you are better off just self-submitting (solo) through Actors Access. So, there is no real reason to add your agent's name to your account.
Now, one thing you CAN do is see if your agent could subscribe to the NY breakdowns through Breakdown Services. I am not sure what the yearly fee is for that, but if she subscribed she would be able to submit you to all of the breakdowns that New York agents are seeing. In that case, you would add your agent to your Actors Access account, because Actors Access and Breakdown Services are run by the same company. (She would be linking to your Actors Access account when submitting via Breakdown Services.)
I hope this helps- let me know when you are back in the city!
NOTE TO READERS:
To see my list of reputable casting websites for NYC, click here.
For those of you on the West Coast, there are other casting websites that also have great notices for the Los Angeles area, namely Now Casting and LA Casting...
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.