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How To Hold an Open Casting Call

Watch more How to Be an Actor videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to hold an open casting call with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Secure space Secure a large venue in which to hold the casting call. You'll need space for people to wait for their call and a separate space for the actual audition. Make sure restrooms are available and that there's ample parking. Step 2: Send notices Send out casting notices a month in advance to newspapers, trade papers, and casting web sites. Include the date and time of the auditions; materials to bring, such as headshots, resumes, and demo reels; and a list of parts you're casting. Tip Include brief descriptions of the main characters and supporting roles. Step 3: Copy script pages Make several copies of pages from the script for each of the characters you're casting, called "sides." You may have the actors audition with a monologue, read the sides, or both. Step 4: Use audition sheets Have the actors fill out an information sheet in the waiting room and then have them present it with their headshot and resume upon auditioning. Take a picture of the actor and attach it to their audition sheet. Step 5: Be organized Be organized on the audition day by assigning specific duties to each member of your team to ensure everything runs smoothly. Step 6: Treat everyone professionally Be polite and treat everyone at the audition professionally. These are potential co-workers on your project, so start things out on the right foot. Step 7: Clean up Make sure the space is clean and tidy, or at least in the condition you found it, after you're done. Did You Know? According to the Bureau of Labor's May 2006 statistics, the median hourly earnings of actors were $11.61.
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