hi Dania, congrats on getting signed to your agency:). I have a question about finding auditions. I am an aspiring model/actor and I want to know how to find auditions. I don't have an agent so how do i make things happen on my own. i determined to succeed in this industry and i want a smart, and safe way to do this. i currently live in California but i plan on moving to NYC soon i'm excited and i want to hit the ground running when i get there so how do i do this. also i have another question i understand that i will not be living lavishly as a struggling artist so what type of day job do you suggest. it would have to be a job that is flexible so i can go on auditions when i need to.
Hi, Kat! Thanks so much for the congrats--much appreciated! I don't know where in California you live but below are sites you should check out to get notifications about modeling/acting gigs:
- SF Casting (www.sfcasting.com): This is a casting website that allows you to set up a profile, upload photos, video clips and post your resume of experience. You'll receive email alerts with projects that are currently casting and will be able to submit yourself directly to them. You don't need to have an agent to have your profile through this casting site. There are also two "sister sites" for the Los Angeles (www.lacasting.com) and New York market (www.nycasting.com). They are exactly the same, just for different locations/markets.
- Model Mayhem (www.modelmayhem.com). There are people that love this site and people that absolutely hate it. I will say that professionally, it's been great for my career in terms of networking and using their Casting section to submit myself for projects. Plus, it's free to set up a membership/profile. In addition to modeling gigs, there are also acting opportunities that get posted there from time to time.
Once you move to New York, I would recommend checking out the casting sites below:
- New York Casting (www.nycasting.com). I mentioned this casting agency above already but wanted to drive the point home that they should be among the first companies you set up a profile with.
- Sylvia Fay Casting (http://sylviafaycasting.com/)
- Barbara McNamara Casting (http://www.barbmcasting.com/)
- Central Casting (http://www.centralcasting.com/)
It is important to remember that casting agencies are not talent or modeling agencies so you will not have a contract through them, nor will they take a commission. They merely act as the middleman to help connect you with projects that are looking for models and actors.
As far as jobs you can hold down while pursuing the entertainment industry, here are a few of the most commonly held jobs for people in your situation:
- Night shift jobs (working stock for a retail company, for example)
- Security (you're probably not interested in that but I thought I would list it anyway, lol)
- Restaurant/Bar cocktail waitress
- Dog walker (hey, it's a job and generates booming business from all the dog lovers/owners in New York)
- Art gallery assistant