Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 6 months ago

What are good sites for auditions?

Commercials, theater, singing, or voice acting are all my dreams. I appreciate any help.

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago
    Favourite answer

    You can use sites like Backstage, Star Now, Actors Access, etc. BUT:

    1. You have to pay a membership fee.

    2. These sites are also filled with scams, rips-off, and perves.

    3. Some job posts are union, which means they prefer union actors and will give them the priority. You can't just join a union, you'd need plenty of specific experience.  

    3. You will not find any auditions for profession jobs like national/non-local commercials, voice acting, TV shows and movies. For that you'd need an agent. No legit agent will even consider amataurs or beginners, only highly-trained and highly-experienced people with a strong resume to back it up.

    If you're okay with that, just pay attention to the location of the audition/gig and whether or not it's a union job and submit yourself to what applies to you.

    If this truly is your dream (and NOT for the unrealistic fantasy of fame, money, fans, a fancy lifestyle...) and you want to one day be considered by agents and be submitted to real auditions, start working toward it. Start building a resume strong enough to impress agents: apply to a top acting school (where well-known and respected professionals teach and successful people graduated from, not just any acting classes). Take masterclasses and workshops and such (ditto). Audition for anything you can: student and indie films, community theater, local productions, etc. You can get to those through websites like that, but also by calling film schools and theaters and ask if they're looking for actors like you or if they're holding auditions at the moment. It's free and you don't need an agent. Constantly land leading roles. Win some awards. Also take vocal and dance lessons and anything else you can master to give your resume a boost.

    Also make sure to learn everything about the business side. That's what it is after all - show BUSINESS. Understand what's involved in this career choice and in pursuing it. Understand that no one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money. Productions invest tons of money and they need to know it's in the hands of people who know what they're doing. As an actor, you're the product you need to sell. It's not a game.

    It takes about a decade to build an impressive resume, give or take. Then, unless you want to act locally, move to LA (or NYC, with just less opportunities but more for theater work) and continue getting experience and training till someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher or even a fellow actor) will be willing to refer you to an agent. That's how you usually get one. And that's how you usually get to real auditions. Auditions for professional jobs are not open to the general public. They're not posted online or in newspapers. The best agents in town get that info and submit you. Then a casting director may or may not invite you to the audition.

    If you've never acted before, take a step back. Before you invest so much time, work, and money make sure it's even worth it. That it's for you at all. Apart from researching, get into some local, low-key acting classes. Listen to the feedback. See if you're good at the craft and if you enjoy it. If you're capable of pursuing it on a professional level mentally, physically AND financially. Acting and pursuing it is VERY different from what people imagine and you might be interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. So take the realistic, mature approach and make sure you have a true passion for the CRAFT. Then take realistic steps toward the goal. That's the difference between a dream (a fantasy) and a goal.

    I'd also like to note that if you're a minor your parents MUST be involved. Starting from doing the research with you, supporting your goal financially and legally, and going to the auditions and rehearsals, etc. with you.

    If you want to pursue a singing career (which is seperate from an acting career) start taking vocal lessons. Research, also the business side. Perform anywhere you can. Again, if you're serious forget about the word "dream" and focus on a *goal*.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Real auditions for professional work aren't found on websites - you'd need to be signed with a good, genuine agency.

    For amateur roles, you'd need to check out each individual theatre's website.

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