We are excited to announce the launch of 800Casting’s new blog, called Book the Job!
What is Book the Job?
Book the Job is our way to share interesting and helpful acting and modeling information with you. The line between success and failure in this industry is thin. A lucky break here or there can make a huge difference in your career. Because every piece of information makes a difference, we are starting a blog so we can help our talent be as successful as possible. This blog will focus on everything actors and models need to know to book their next job. We will cover a wide range of topics, including:
- How to Get Started
- Home Auditions
- In-Person Auditions
- Acting Techniques
- Modeling Techniques
- Head Shots
- Comp Cards
- Casting Directors
- Breaking into New York and Hollywood
- Breaking into Acting and Modeling as a Child
- SAG – AFTRA (Actor’s Union)
Why are We Starting a Blog Now?
Everything in our world is digital. All industries have been impacted by this digital revolution – and the acting and modeling industry is no different.
Over the last 5 years, the acting and modeling world has undergone a significant transformation. For instance, auditions, which almost exclusively happened in-person, have now shifted to online submissions [which is why we have invested so heavily in our Talent Agency Software – TAS800]. In this electronic age of online castings and instant information, every actor, model and entertainer, must have an online presence and portfolio.
At 800Casting, we recognize the digital revolution and want to provide another tool for our digital actors and models. Our blog will help prepare and educate our talent to give them the best chance at being successful in this digital-first world we now live in.
Why is the Blog Called Book the Job?
There are already lots of helpful acting and modeling blogs out there (How to Become a Successful Actor and Model and the Daily Actor to name a few). Instead of trying to compete with what these other blogs do, we want to compliment them. Our blog will focus on a critical issue for all working actors and models: how to book the job.
There are many different factors that go into booking an acting or modeling job. Casting Directors will sometimes cast you because they want a particular look. Other times you are cast based on how well you did at an audition. You can also be cast based on an existing relationship and trust-factor you have with those making the final decision. All of these factors assume you even make it to the audition or go-see (auditions for models) stage. If you don’t have a compelling head shot or comp-card, or at least eye catching commercial photos, you may not be able to find an agent or get submitted for a project.
So, the Book the Job blog will focus on breaking down all of the steps that go into booking a job. We will break down each step with practical information and stay away from the theoretical. We will also try to find other blogs and resources on the internet that talk about similar topics in case you want to read more.
Haven’t I Seen ‘Book the Job’ Before?
YES! For all 800Casting members, you may have seen the Book the Job program created by Aaron Marcus in your workshop library. The Book the Job program is a series of 13 videos that walks you step-by-step through your entire acting and modeling journey.
If you are unfamiliar with the Book the Job program, here is a quick summary:
You don’t want to do things by trial and error if you are truly interested in getting acting and modeling jobs. As in any profession, learning and developing skills are critical. It is also helpful to learn from successful people.
800Casting has partnered with Aaron Marcus (IMDB Page), a recognized industry professional, to develop the ultimate acting and modeling workshop. This 13-video online program, walks you step-by-step through everything you need to learn to “book the job.”
Some topics covered in this must-watch video series include:
- How to use your nervousness to your advantage
- How to get voice over work
- Audition Secrets that gives you the advantage over other actors
- Everything you need to know about the Union and if you should join
- How to shoot great auditions from home within your budget
- Taking Head Shots that are attention grabbing
- And, so much more
Best of all, as an 800Casting member, the complete 13-video series workshop is available for $59.95, which is a savings of more than $700.
To learn more about the Book the Job program and sample the first two videos for free, go to your Profile page and click on the Book the Job banner.
As part of our blog launch party, we have made available a quick tip video on How to Overcome Rejection as an Actor and Model. Click here to get the video.
We want to hear from you! Make sure to leave questions and comments at the end of each of our blogs.