5 Reasons to Submit to Online Casting
(Even If You Have A Team):
Self-Submitting to online casting calls is a personal career decision. It is only one of the many ways to help as you build an acting career. If you decide to self-submit with representation, it's a great idea to keep good communication. Tell them if you self-submit, and dicuss the the best way to work together regarding the process.
We recommend always paying your commission, as agreed. They are apart of your team and should be treated as such. But ultimately that is your choice. And if that made your stomach hurt... that's a topic for another post.
Anyway, here are 5 reasons to self-submit even if you have an agent:
1. You Don't Have the Type of Credits You Want.
If you want to build new credits or expand the type of footage you have, self-submissions are one way to make this happen. Independent and student filmmakers are more willing to cast new comers and/or take risks when it comes to casting a little differently. Plus, while auditioning for these projects, you continue to build or hone a very important skill (auditioning) in what may feel like lower pressure situations.
2. Gain Better Material and Keep Sharp Skills
Again, independent and student filmmakers are more willing to take risks when it comes to casting a little differently. So this can be a great way to hone your on-camera skills, experience on set, and gain new material.
3. Build Relationships and Network
From student filmmakers and independent filmmakers to major casting directors and casting associates, self-submissions can be a great way to get yourself in the door. Of course, building these relationships don't stop at the self-submission process (or even the audition), but it can be a great start or aid when building a relationship.
4. A Project Interest You More Than Your Team
You know your team does not always submit you for a variety of reasons. For example, they may not consider the pay worth the effort or they may have another client on their roster they feel are better suited. Even more so, there are projects that may interest you that don't interest you team. You may want to explore projects that expand your range or it may give you a great networking opportunity. And self-submitting to online casting sites are one way you can make this happen.
5. It's Another Marketing Tool
Now, this should DEFINITELY not be your only marketing tool but it is another way to get seen as an actor. This is also a great way to keep your skills sharp for auditioning, competing, and and booking work. It's not guaranteed to book a career defining role through self-submissions, but it's more than possible to book enough film, commercial, theater, etc. to make the cost more than worth it.
What have you gained from self-submitting? Share your story with us...