When Should You Stop Self-Submitting
to Casting Websites?
Okay, so... you are successful in your own right: a creative entrepreneur, paving your own path and taking names. But you are crazy busy. So when you actually have those free moments throughout your day, you squeeze in self-submitting to casting websites. And my question is when should you stop self-submitting to casting websites?
Now this is meant to be more of a conversation then a set of hard, fast rules. And because you’re creating your own path, the time to stop self-submitting to casting websites will be different for everyone. So we are unsure of the answer, and this is more of an exploration. We would love to know what you think or know to be true. And we hope our exploration together can help other actors with the same questions as well.
So there are three instances, when combined together, we believe you no longer need to self-submit to casting websites: when you no longer need the money, the footage, or the networking.
You no longer need the footage from casting websites.
If you’ve been there, done that, and you’ve been a series regular (or are a series regular) or maybe even have had many national commercials, you may no longer need the footage.
Even taking it a step down, you may have great footage already, which includes some guest star work or just really strong demo reel material. And outside of the money, you don’t feel it would serve you to submit to casting websites. Although, you will be missing out on some great opportunities.
You no longer need the money from casting websites.
To keep building on the idea that you are an actor working on the network/cable level, you probably don’t need the money offered by projects on casting websites. So this won't be one of the many sources you use to get audition opportunities, but you could still submit to casting websites for the potential independent projects offer to stretch. Or you can just take all that money and create your own content!
You no longer want to network through casting websites.
Now, to be completely honest, we’re unsure when this would apply. And this is probably more of a personal decision than the above two, which are far more tangible.
Even if you have great footage, submitting to online casting sites is a great way to network with upcoming filmmakers as well as get in the rooms of current and upcoming casting directors. And even if you are not cast this time, or even called into the room, there is still a form of marketing happening by submitting to casting websites consistently.
Help us out! Share your experience if you know other examples where it no longer serves you as an actor to self-submit to casting websites. Not only will your feedback help us, it will help other actors as well.
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