Submitting for Projects and Finding an Agent
At Casting Workbook, teaching actors how to fully utilize their accounts is a huge priority for us. A lot of actors don’t realize that their account is theirs to log into, and just how much control they have in managing their profiles.
Typically actors will sign on with an agent, give us a call to be put on their roster, and then never log on. Their agent will start submitting them for projects, and that’s that.
If you leave your agent, or you have a Casting Workbook profile without an agent, then you need to know how to actively use it to further your career.
Being listed on a Talent Scout roster, (self-represented) puts you on the list of those looking for representation. This means that any agent looking for new clients can see you. Please note that this doesn’t guarantee you an agent. It’s rare that agents will randomly call people. It happens, but it’s not something you should count on. Most agents get so many submissions daily, that they don’t usually go out on the hunt.
The other thing to note is that having a profile on Casting Workbook doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get called for projects. You’re not going to get called in for an audition unless you submit yourself for projects.
Casting Workbook is not a passive website. It’s a hive of activity that you need to be part of in order to get the most out of your profile. Here are the two main ways you should be using your profile in order to further your acting career.
Submitting for Projects: If you log onto your Casting Workbook profile, you’ll see a grey toolbar at the top of the page.
- In this toolbar, there’s a tab labelled “BREAKDOWNS”. If you click on this, right below it will appear more options. Film/TV is the one most commonly used, but you’ll see Commercials, Theatre, etc.
- Click on the one you want, and see the list of projects.
- You can change the dates to see older posts.
- Anything with a blue button on the right hand side is a project you can submit yourself for. Read the character description and notes from the casting director carefully before you submit.
- Once you submit, you’ll be considered for the part. If they think you might be right, they’ll call you in for an audition.
Finding Representation: There is a little grunt work involved in this. You have to find the agency email addresses on your own. Check out this article we wrote on where to find industry information to help you search. Once you have the necessary information, you can start.
- Go back to the grey toolbar. Click ‘Messaging’.
- Right below it appears a couple options. Click ‘Send Materials’.
- Click the photo you’d like to appear on your cover page. You can choose to select all your photos later, this is just the first one that appears.
- Click ‘Continue’.
- Select the materials you’d like to add to the submission. Your resume should already be attached. If you have a demo reel, it’ll probably be already attached as well.
- Any notes? Add them in the little notes area before. This is not where your cover pages goes. Think of it more like interesting fact that’s important. Won an important award? Currently waiting on a pilot that is testing?
- Click ‘cover letter’ to continue
- We would not suggest piling all the email addresses you’ve collected into this same line. There is no BCC option, so they will be able to see one another. Take the time to make your cover letter directly address the agency you’re sending it to.
- When you’re done, click ‘Preferences’.
- You may not change much here, but make sure that the dates don’t expire right away. Open it up for at least a couple of weeks. Maybe a month at most.
- Click ‘Preview’ to see the epitch before you send it. Double-check everything.
- If it’s correct, go back and click send.
- You’re done!!
- You can check the status of your eptich by going to the ‘outbox’ option back up in the grey toolbar.
If you actively do these two things, you will have much more success being called in for roles or finding an agent. Acting is an active career, not a passive one. You need to keep pushing. Your Casting Workbook profile should be a tool you use to keep everything organized.
If the profile is for your child, check out this articles on creating headshots and resumes for them
If there are any other questions you have about your profile, please comment below. We’s love to help you learn to use it to its full extent, and we’re happy to explain anything you don’t understand.
We also strongly suggest you take a look at the videos in the help section of your profile. They walk you through just about everything.