Saturday, January 12, 2019

How to Get Seen and Get Booked As Beginner Talent

How to Get Seen and Get Booked As Beginner Talent
You might be new to the game but you’re not new to the gift! You’re ready to get on set, get in front of the camera and show the world what you can do. But how does the world know you’ve got what it takes? Let’s be real. Time is money and directors need to grab their talent fast. So if you’re going to sell yourself for the role, you’ve got to be convincing from the get-go. How do you do that when there are thousands of other faces out there, possibly with more experience, wanting it just as badly as you do? How do you show them that you’re ready and have what it takes?
Well don’t get discouraged. Newbies all over have found their break, they just had to stick to some basic understandings and ways of promoting themselves to be seen professionally.  You want to fast track to being booked and seen as new talent in a flooded industry? Heed these words!
Hire or nail down a mentor.
Don’t be annoying, but be teachable. As you meet more seasoned pros in the industry, don’t drool over them, but be curious. Complement them in a dignified way and ask them questions. Ask them what they wish they had known when they got started. Ask what their biggest tips would be. And then ask them how you can be of service and help to them. Be willing to assist, be around, be of service and humble.

Have your pro portfolio on a clean polished website.
Everyone who’s anyone needs a website to share what they’re great at and what they’ve accomplished. So it’s your job to build a simple site for people to find you, be impressed by you and connect with you.  Make sure to always include recent head shots as well as your most recent and current projects. First of all, before you can share who you are with the world, you need to know who that is so they know who they’re going to get. So focus on your strengths and see that they are consistently communicated on your page.  Are you bold and confident? Are you kind and determined? If yes, know what that means to you. Then choose three colors that work together and best represent you.

Reminder for the wise:
Keep it simple.  Your site only has to be a single page, if that’s what you want and it gets the job done. Keep your photos classy and with high resolution.  People want to feel that they are working with a professional. Make sure to include a short bio emphasizing what your skills and passions are.  People are interested in your story, but more interested in what you can do. This is a good place to put one more, different head shot. If you create videos or audio samples, feel free to include these on the page as well, if there is room.

Boldy network wherever you go!
Use your social media accounts to show glimpses of the fun you’re apart of, being in line at an audition, or getting makeup done. Announce your wins; your bookings and call backs! This gets people excited about your work and adventure. As they see your progress, that circle of people will expand and more and more people will be aware of your skill.

Every experience along your path is a learning experience and will get you closer to where you want it to be as long as you remain teachable.  At The New York Acting School we want to see you succeed.  Please call us and let us know how we can help you achieve your dreams!

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