2019 has arrived and with it, a renewed opportunity for you to make your acting dreams a reality. Finding success in this business can be tricky, coming to actors in many different forms and by many different means.
That said, Backstage can be a top source for those new to the business who are looking learn the ropes, find work, and get “discovered.” Maybe you want to get your work to a wider audience or for an agent to take your career to the next level. No matter, Backstage has your back. Here are four tips for using your Backstage account to its fullest potential in 2019!
Two headshots are better than one.
Even better? Three or four or five or six! Casting directors using Backstage want to get a taste of what you bring to the table and having a solid, up-to-date headshot to share is the best way to give it to them. Luckily, Backstage enables you to upload multiple images, so feel free to share a few and show off not just who you are, but also the types of roles you are best capable of playing.
Reel it in.
If your headshot is your calling card, your demo reel is the sample that casting directors take home to study. Don’t have a reel yet? No problem! Backstage has tons of advice articles and YouTube videos on how to create a demo reel that will help you book more work.
By the way, remember how you’re able to upload multiple headshots to your Backstage actor profile? This also applies to video clips, enabling you to share as many reels as you have without needing to pay a la carte!
Know who to call with Backstage’s Call Sheet.
If you’re a dedicated Backstage reader looking for local production companies, acting schools, professional casting directors, managers, talent agents, headshot photographers, and more, look no further than our Call Sheet resource!
At the top of our homepage, you’ll see a list of tabs beginning with Casting Calls. Click Resources to get into Call Sheet. From there, take a look at the tabs on the right-hand side of the screen and filter to what you’re looking for. Many companies and individuals listed on our Call Sheet resource of industry professionals include contact information, location, area of expertise, previous credits, and who to know within the company. Using it can lead to making connections, booking work, and taking your filmography and visibility to new heights!
Tell us you’ve been cast through Backstage!
Last but not least, tell us about your successes with Backstage! Each print issue of the magazine features an #IGotCast article about actors and Backstage subscribers just like you who booked a job through our thousands of casting notices.
Do you have a Backstage success story? Tweet at us @Backstage using the hashtag #IGotCast and a member from our staff will reach out to you about getting your story. Don’t have a Twitter account? You can also reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “I Got Cast Through Backstage.” I Got Cast articles are a great way to not only showcase the kind of work actors can get through Backstage but to show casting directors, agents, and more who you are, what you’re doing, and where to find you—on Backstage!