Actors have no money. And if you do, you’re either part of the 5% or you inherited a small fortune from Aunty Lorna.
When it comes to being an actor there are a few things you need: a headshot, a showreel, and a casting profile. Headshots cost hundreds, and showreels sometimes can cost thousands, but they are essential nonetheless. Casting profiles are more affordable, but when you have to start signing up multiple sites, it starts to take its toll.
When money is scarce it’s frustrating to have to pay for and maintain a number of casting profiles. However, that is simply the reality of being an actor.
Just this week news broke that Fox Broadcasting Network, will be casting all their future projects on Casting Networks exclusively. This has caused some upset from actors who felt they would be missing out on getting roles because they didn’t have a Casting Networks profile. And yes, unfortunately this is a reality, and it will happen again, and again under different circumstances.
We can go on and on about the unfairness of the industry, but at the end of the day, you need to be on all the major online casting platforms to increase your chances of auditioning and booking a job. The casting climate is different in every country – but in Australia, Canada, UK and the US, there are at least 2 or 3 major casting websites that dominate the industry, and you’ve just got to get on board.
It’s also worth mentioning that all the major platforms typically have a free option. These usually have some limitations in regards to the amount of images, or media you can have, but they still do the job.
If you have a Casting Networks profile, it’s now more important than ever to update it and refine it consistently, and if you don’t I would get one today!
For more information on the Casting Networks news: Casting Networks FAQs