One of my fave actor-friendly bloggers, Bonnie Gillespie,
has embarked on a 5-week Critiquing series on her weekly column, The
Actors Voice. She opened her email inbox to headshots, resumes and
websites from the everyday actor to get critiqued on her column. The
main theme of her critiques is that your resume, headshot and website
are all marketing tools, first and foremost.
Here is a link to her in-depth actors resume critiques.
Here is a link to her headshots critiques.
Here is a link to all of her old posts, which cover resumes, headshots, cover letters, demo reels and websites.
She’ll be having more posts in the Mondays to come…
The convenience of online casting websites is amazing, but that
also means anyone can sign up. Here are a few important reminders to
make the most of your use on these Casting Sites:
- make sure your uploaded headshot looks as good thumbnail size and will stand out in a crowd
- have more than one “look” so you can choose accordingly, based on the role you are submitting for
- even if you have an agent (commercial, theatrical or both), continue to submit yourself
- submit daily and as early as possible (casting directors can get
thousands of submissions for one role in one day so make sure you are
one of the first to be seen)
- even if you don’t match the character description perfectly,
submit anyway! (who knows, you may be just the actor they were looking
for but just didn’t know it)
- however, if you’re totally wrong for the part do not waste your or the casting director’s time in submitting
- remember to keep your online resume updated (I tend to forget! maybe
you want to set yourself reminders once a month on your calendar or
- upload clips from your reel (even better if you can have different
clips to showcase different skills, like comedy, drama, improv, etc so
you have choices when CD’s ask for a clip)