Sunday, January 18, 2015

Acting: How to Get Booked for Television Commercials

Acting: How to Get Booked for Television CommercialsWant to get hired hired to do a commercial? It's not as hard as you might think... if you know some simple pointers. The New York Acting School for Film and Television specializes in equipping aspiring and seasoned actors with the tools they need to succeed. So if you are ready to be booked for commercial work, we are going to steer you in the most successful direction. 
The top thing you need to do is beat out the competition. How, you may ask? With the right look. A certain indefinable quality they are looking for. Of course, dress appropriately for the casting and interview (no ripped jeans if you’re up for a young professional), but make sure you do something just bit original; something that communicates your individuality and creativity. Leave a positive memory for them. If you don't have an esthetic to rely on, have a prop or an improvisation ready. For example, if you are being considered for a roll where you will need to walk a dog, you could improvise by dragging your purse or wallet along beside you and really get engaged! You'll impress the casting director and are far likely to have your memorable performance or look be desired enough to be called back.
Most of the time you need a commercial agent in order to be sent out for commercial auditions (They are very seldom open calls.) The good news is that commercial agents are always looking for new faces. The even better news is that today you do not have to be beautiful or handsome to book most commercials. In fact the more “ordinary you are” the better. (Still remember to have that special little impression builder!) So send in your most natural looking headshot (no glamour). Double check that your agent does commercials and then proceed to do your mass mailing. 
Know that SAG commercials pay well. (Screen Actors Guild) Even SAG extras on commercials can make a nice income. Some people make an average of $35,000 a year just as extras on SAG commercials. And please do not think you are demeaning yourself, or selling out, if you do commercials. It’s all acting and often, commercials may lead to a television audition. A national commercial is a great step up the ladder, especially if you are the only person in the ad.
Lastly, remember that you'll ebb and flow. You will be booked for something great and then possibly rejected a few times before the next really good booking. It's all part of the process and you are going to succeed when you choose to keep going.
The New York Acting School for Film and Television is here to give you the tools you need for success in your acting career. Please contact us today for more info on classes, coaches and more!

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