By Tony Nation
- Update your headshot
This might seem obvious but every time you get a new headshot that is better than your old one you re-introduce your product of “you the actor” into the marketplace. If your picture is eye-catching, tells a story and says you have to meet me, you’ll be amazed at how many more auditions come your way with a new look! Plus it’s a tax write-off. If your picture is 2-3 years old or is black and white, it’s time to update!
- Refresh your resume
Again obvious but if you haven’t spruced it up lately or have been writing in credits, now is the time to make sure your resume is selling you. Remember, it’s your list of referrals as well as what you do as an actor. Make sure your name is the easy to read and stands out!
- Update your listing on Actors Access
When’s the last time you did this? Updated your headshots? Resume credits? Make sure your agency representation listing(s) are correct? Help yourself and your agent get you more auditions by maintaining an up-to-date listing.
- If you have credits on IMDB, fill out your profile and add pictures
If you have a listing on IMDB and have never added pictures, resume or representation, do it NOW! Yeah, it costs a subscription fee but everyone in the business uses it as a resource and it’s a tax write off. Also, make sure that ALL of your movie and TV credits are listed. If they are not the process can be time consuming but it’s important that you show your body of work to everyone who might bring you in for an audition or hire you.
- Update or create your casting director list
Every time you meet an agent in an interview, you will be asked who are the casting directors who know your work. Instead of having to pull it off the top of your head, here’s a fantastic tool to present to them. It shows you know how agents work and that you are a TRUE PRO! After you’ve secured representation, it’s also a handy way to keep your agent updated with the casting directors who have recently seen your work.