Many actors and actresses from the United States, Canada, and other countries use Actor’s Access. Actor’s Access is a website that helps actors find work.
Perhaps you already know what this is, but you’re not sure how to get started. Fear not, because we will go over how to get started and use Actor’s Access in this article.
Part 1 Signing up
1. Sign up. Signing up is where you’ll get started. In order to do this, go to the home page and click “Register for FREE” in the top right.
2. Examine the plans. You can compare the features of the two plans here: Actor’s Access free and Actor’s Access pro.
You can do a lot more with Actor’s Access Pro than you can with the free version. For example, if you use a free account, you will have to pay for each audition submitted, $1 per side, $3.50 for each virtual audition, and so on. Everything is included if you decide to go pro.
3. Select an option. Here, you’ll be asked if you’re 13 or older, or if you’re the parent/legal guardian of a child and want to sign up for them.
When you choose your option, you’ll be prompted to enter your first and last name. Your middle section is optional.
If it displays multiple accounts with the same name and you’ve never signed up before, ignore it and proceed. Alternatively, click “claim account” and enter the email address associated with the account.
4. Fill out the form that appears. This will include information such as your birthday, email address, gender (to play), region, and so on. Later on in the process, you will be able to add more information.
Use a valid email address. A verification email will be sent by Actor’s Access. You can also connect your email to Actor’s Access to receive notifications.
If you’re unsure about your region, don’t worry; the ‘initials’ of the state/province(s) will be in parentheses.
5. Check your email address. Actor’s Access will automatically send a verification form to the email address you provided. In order to set your password, you must first click the link provided.
Simply log in after you’ve set your password. You have now created an Actor’s Access account!
Part 2 Setting up Your Account
1. Go to ‘my tools’. This will be listed in the top navigation bar. You will need to hover over it and find ‘manage my profile’.
2. Fill out the “about me” form by clicking the link. This is where you’ll put your more descriptive information. You will be able to change any information, add special skills, disabilities, and so on. You will also be able to specify whether you are a member of a union.
This information will be available to casting directors. Fill it out to the best of your ability.
3. Include your resume. Hover your mouse over’my tools’ and select’manage my profile.’ You will hover over and click’resume’ here. You can use this to supplement your previous acting experience, which ranges from theatre to film. In addition, you will be able to create a professional biography.
You can make a field a header by checking the ‘Header’ box on the right. This will make whatever you enter in the field appear to be a title.
4. Make changes to your size card. Hover over’my tools’ once more, then over’manage my profile.’ Click on ‘Size card’ from here. A size card is a form that tells casting directors your height, weight, shirt size, shoe size, and other information.
5. Include headshots. Headshots are one of the most important things to have, especially if you are just starting out. You will eventually send your headshots and other information to prospective employers (casting directors). Hover over’my tools,’ then’manage my account,’ and finally ‘photos’ to add this. Then, click ‘add new photo’ and choose it from your computer.
You are limited to two free photo uploads regardless of whether you have pro or not. After that, each new photo will cost $10.
6. Include media. This is essentially where you will add your performance or audio demos (also known as showreels and voice reels). A showreel is typically a 2-3 minute compilation of film roles you’ve played. These are professional film performances rather than theatrical performances. Voice reels are used to demonstrate how you sound, so that if you apply for a voiceover role, the casting director will know how you sound. Hover over’my tools’ and select’manage my account’ to add media. Hover over it and select’media.’ You can include either a video performance or a voice demo clip here.
Make certain that the demo you upload is of high quality.
Part 3 Submitting for a Role
1. Look for a position to apply for. To find listed roles, go to the top navigation bar, hover over ‘Breakdowns,’ and then select either the United States or Canada, depending on where you live. You will select your region here.
2. Filter the outcomes. You can filter it using the selection boxes and drop-down list. If you’re just starting out, consider selecting “Non-Union Breakdowns suitable for me” from the list. This, however, is optional.
The distinction between “Union” and “Non-Union” productions is that union productions are associated with a union, thus the name. On Union sets, you are usually guaranteed periodic breaks and food. It could be either way when it comes to non-unionization. Actors who are not members of a union can always audition for union productions.
3. Select the desired production. There will be multiple linked titles on the list it provides. These are the titles of the production. Click on a few and read through them to see which ones pique your interest the most.
Because you’re filtering by region rather than state/province, make a note of where they’re filming and where they prefer to receive submissions.
4. Choose a character. As previously stated, you should filter by roles that match your preferences. As a result, any role that is a good fit for you will have a yellow background behind it. Then you should click on the red name. It will open a new box. From here, you’ll choose which headshots and media to send to the casting director. You should also send a size chart, as they may provide costumes or other clothing if you are cast.
5. Please wait for a cMail. A cMail is also referred to as your casting mail. If a casting director wants you to come in for an audition, they will send you a cMail with audition information.
You should be able to find it near the top, near your cart.
6. Go to your audition and give it your all. Congratulations on making it to your audition! Your acting career will only grow from here.
You may be asked to submit via EcoCast with a self-tape. A self-tape is a video of your audition that you record from your home or base location with a’reader’ who reads any lines that aren’t assigned to the role you’re auditioning for. EcoCast is the system used by Actor’s Access to request and send self-tapes.
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