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There are 3 key things that all new actors need: experience, credits and footage. But to get any of them, you’re going to need first to get auditions. And where do you find them?!
Like everything else in your career, the quality and quantity of your auditions will progress. You’re probably not going to get an audition for a network series lead right out of the gate, and if you do, are you really going to be able to ace it? Starting with student films, indie projects and non-union is a great way to build your resume and your skill set; both on-camera and in the audition process.
Below I’ve put together a list of 11 FREE audition / casting websites.
Be smart and do your research. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. If they are promising to make you a star or give you access to big auditions for national commercials, that’s just not realistic. There are seasoned actors with agents, managers and tons of credits that are all vying for a coveted space in the audition room, and only 1% of those that are actually going to get it.
Be sure to bookmark this page and go through the sites one by one – at least set up a profile to get your name and image out there! And although they are a great place to start, please note: I am not endorsing any of these site, but they are the best I’ve found in the biz at the moment.
Jump in. Try this out. Learn lots. And start building your career.
Similar to Casting Call Hub (below) this is a big, pretty, glossy site with a lot of big network auditions – for very specific roles. But one of the things I love about this site is that they have really amazing talent directory. Well laid out, looks very professional, and a great option before you have your own website.
This is by far my favorite site and probably one of the most reputable of the free sites. And they don’t just list for New York area, they also have listings for Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, SanDiego, San Francisco and Seattle to name a few.
This is another fav and very reputable, with audition listings in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, London and New York. They also specify “Nation Wide” for broad casting calls and even have a section for Reality TV.
Another well-established site with a wide variety of castings, many of which are very specific. (i.e. looking for an 18 month old blonde baby girl) They include TV Networks, Cable and Satellite as well as Online / Streaming. They have more than a dozen specific categories such as Acting, Documentary, Extras, Film, Modeling, Reality TV, Sitcoms etc.
Project Casting is a great news site to keep up with what’s going on in TV land. The casting calls seem great, again, big, glossy pretty site, and may show a casting call for a show like Dynasty, that is really for specific extras and pays about $110. Still lots of great info here and worth checking out and adding to your arsenal.
6. All Casting
Similar to the others, I’m not seeing a huge difference, but one thing that is nice about this site is that there are a lot of reviews from other talent, and a very cool feature for creating a great looking online profile! They seem to have a lot of fresh content, with new casting calls coming in every day.
This is a bit of a unique service where 100% of the auditions are done online. You create a profile, casting directors post audition notices, you self-record the audition and upload it. and it’s completely free!
Up side: Saves you a lot of time and money running around town for what could be waste of time auditions.
Down side: You don’t get the chance to charm people in person 🙂
8. Cast Caller
In addition to the standard casting site features, Cast Caller also allows talent to upload video clips and receive endorsements from people you’ve worked with. You can search casting calls by region and see if they’re union or non-union, paid or not and what type of production. When I looked, there were a lot of non-union commercials and short films. Great way to get experience! But make sure to complete your profile as I noticed many actors listed on this site hadn’t taken the time to do that.
This is a very unique site in that it is run by actors! And yes… in the UK. They compile audition notices that they find online and repost them. Not a major player in the online audition space, but if you are looking for work in the UK, it’s a very specific resource.
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