HOLLYWOOD MOVIE NAMES (How to Contact an Actor)

HOW TO CAST ACTORS (First How to Locate the Actor)

Actors are everywhere looking for gigs. And, you have the name of an actor in mind that you want to contact… Now how do you find him/her to make the offer.

Yes, you have the great Script and need to get it to him/her to either (A) Hire him/her or (B) Partner with him/her… Again, now how do you find him/her to discern if he/she is interested and then make him/her an offer…. That he can’t refuse (Yuk Yuk)


How do you get his/her phone number and address…or at least their agent or manager’s contact details.

First, is your actor/actress a (A) Celebrity Movie Name, a (B) Recognizable TV Name, or Second is he/she (C) a nobody, but in SAG, that you saw in a movie , with a small part and 2 lines, that you think is dynamic (who knows why), and would be great for the part in your film and you want to discover him/her.

There are 5 routes.

  1. SAG (Screen Actors Guild)
  2. IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base)
  3. Production Company (IMDBpro)
  4. Baseline (Baseline Research)
  5. FlixTracker (Variety)

FIRST…. THE UNKNOWN ACTOR or The actor is a nobody


SAG: All actors that have been around for a while are probably members of

the actors union, which is called the “Screen Actors Guild” or “SAG”. You then go the SAG website (www SAG org) and get their regional phone numbers. Then you dial. Someone will answer and say “Hello”. You then say the magic words “Representation, please” and you will be instantly forwarded to someone sitting in front of a computer monitor and you tell him/her the 1, 2 or 3 names of the actors you’re looking for. If they are a member of SAG, which they probably are. This person will then instantly give you the name of their agent or manager and his/her phone number. Voilla.

SECOND… THE FAMOUS ACTOR or the actor is a somebody

IMDB: You can do the “SAG” thing above but you will get his/her agent and the deal is now super expensive. In essence, you actually want to circumvent the agent from route #1, because once you are talking to their agent everything gets difficult, arrogant and super-super expensive. Thus, to go around the agent, If the actor, you’re looking for is a name, a celebrity, they will have a production company.

(Dov Simens www.WebFilmSchool.com)


It is always better to get to the name direct.

Thus, call his/hers production company and ask to speak with the Development Executive (I’ll explain this conversation in a later post).

Now, to find their company and their Development Executive you go to a site that is “www IMDB com” But wait, not “www IMDB com” which is a good site for research, you just want their phone numbers and addresses then you subscribe for one month and go to ”www IMDBpro com”. The key is “pro”. This is where you get the actual names, addresses and phone numbers of the production company that they own.


CAVEAT: There are no guarantees that Clooney or Bradley, once you get their company’s name, address and phone number, will pick up the phone when you call or read the mail that you send but…. strange stories occur everyday… I’m sure you’ve read about how so-and-so got their script read or so-and-so met Mr Big or Ms Powerful… So give it a shot.

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Want to get your script to George Clooney, to Will Smith, to Drew Barrymore, to Bradley Cooper, to Angelie Jolie…then they each own a production company which will be listed in the website “www IMDBpro com”. So get a subscription to this service for something like $10/month…I believe that you can get a 2-week free trial… “2-Week Free trial”… Got it.

Third, is to go to your local Film Commissioner and they will have a directory of which actors/actresses are in their local region. Doing this remember, is not for celebrities or true names but the local actors, who are looking for Opening Title Credit parts in No-Budget feature films to launch their career. To find your local film commissioner, they all belong to the “Association of Film Commissioners” whose website is “www AFCI org”.

Fourth & Fifth are two other data-base websites like “IMDBpro” which are “Baseline” and “FlixTracker”. However, they are much more expensive than “IMDBpro”. And forget about the Hollywood Creative Directories, a series of books that was published and updated annually that listed all the Production Companies, Agents, Managers, DealMakers and Distributors for they went out of business last year but you might find one of their directories on sale at Amazon under “used books”.

No more excuses.

You have the Great Script. Actors are always saying “I’m looking for a Great Script”…now (A) Get their address and (B) send it out.

Happy Filmmaking,


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11 comments on “HOLLYWOOD MOVIE NAMES (How to Contact an Actor)”

  1. I really want to become an actress but I never could find a way to find where the person to contact is? My life is all about wanting to be an actress. I want to be in a vampire movie so bad but i’m only 14 and no one will want a 14 year old but if you can i would love to be in a movie.

    1. Ayanna

      I am 13 years old and i really would love to be in a comedy movie ever since i saw i love lucy when i was 8 years old but couldent find eny thing yet that could help me

  2. I got a lo of acting experience I want to act in high school and I have been the one good actor and I’m looking for a good job and Hollywood to make movies and I just moved from Ohio Oklahoma to California and I want to be rich and famous and be a movie star please get this message to any director or manager can call me back on the cell phone number 405 774 -1718

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    1. Oscar Cuevas

      I totally understand you. I am Also trying to Become an Actor.

  5. Jennifer Chavez

    I want join the acting movie… But I’m full deaf and sign language

  6. Oscar Cuevas

    Hello, My name is oscar. And my Dream is to Become an Actor. It still is my dream and i really need help with this. My parants dont help me, and they said they are 100% Ill fail. and i really want to proove them wrong. If your reading this Please, Please help me make my dreams come true. Belssings to you all. P.S I dont have a website.

  7. Tristan Stadtmuller

    This article left out how so many people in this biz don’t look at scripts if they’re unsolicited, meaning that you need an agent or an attorney representing your script. This also left out how so many of these people won’t look at a script unless there’s money already attached to it.

  8. Dan

    You will also need a play-or-pay deal/offer (money in escrow), agent, or representation to take you serious. Most filmmakers are ill equipped business wise to handle/negotiate anything with a name actor without a major rep, director, or financier, legal in place (plus existing credits) to get script even looked at. Thin about it: What if they say yes!?

    But there is a way to navigate your way in. Call up named actor’s agent/rep or lawyer and pretend you are a film school student or blogger working on an article or thesis. Flatter them and ask then ask how it all works. Also sincerity goes a long way… You may make a connection. Then go back and use your newly acquired knowledge at the agency, casting director, or rep of choice who handles the “dream actor” to get a script to them. Offer a co-partner as Dov says. Fake it till make it is how everyone works. No matter who you are. Ask Spielberg. He faked his way onto the lot he now owns. lol

  9. Donald Letim

    I would really like to act, but i don’t have that one person who can introduce me to the movie world. I have Watched the 100 and the characters have pushed my interest of becoming an actor. If any one out there can read this and introduce me to the movie world, ill be the happiest and perform to my best.

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