ATTN: ACTORS (2 Hot Tips, 15 Casting Directors & 2,000 Parts This Week)
by Dov S-S Simens on November 27, 2015
CASTING DIRECTORS: 2,000 ACTING JOBS
Hello actors. Hello first-timers. Hello wannabees. You say you’re an actor and you’re looking for one of the 2,000 acting jobs cast in Hollywood each week and an agent.
There is nothing wrong with that…
In the interim, until you get a Talent Agent, that subscribes to Breakdown Services and ActNow (websites that post the 2,000 acting gigs), to represent you, are you going to simply sit home, dream about a career, take another acting class, re-edit your audition tape as you obsess about your new headshots and losing 12 pounds…. or are you going to TAKE-CONTROL-OF-YOUR-CAREER, get into action, and take 15 of your present Headshots and drop ’em off at 15 Casting Directors offices?
This is not an obvious question for I believe that 49 out of 50 wannabe-actors (hopefully not you) take the path of least resistance, and no rejection as they sit on the couch, think about joining another health club and signing up for 10 more acting classes, at $40-a-pop, in hopes that the world will come to you.
Actors… You wanna act? Then take-Control-Of-Your-Career. Get off the bloody couch. Grab some headshots (15 to be precise) and drop them off at the “real” casting directors (see below list).
You don’t have to say a word… Just drop-em-off.
TWO ACTOR HOT TIPS: FILM COMMISSIONERS & CASTING DIRECTORS
FIRST: Film Commissioners give out Film Permits to productions doing real shoots, with real budgets, with real acting gigs.
Thus, a Hot Tip to getting an acting gig… when you have no agent… is to contact your film commissioner and get a list of Film Permitted Shoots (they will know because they approved the film permit), with a specific street address (where they’re shooting), and simply drive over to the shoot, park your car, take your headshot and politely introduce yourself.
In a little way this is how Tom Cruise got his first couple of gigs and then hustled visibility with a close-up on the set of “Taps”.
(Tom Cruise’s 1st SAG job, “TAPS” with Sean Penn, was obtained utilizing these two Hot Tips)
SECOND: Another Hot Tip and a better way, but do the first (“film commission permitted shoots-in-progress”) method also, is to simply get a list of “true” Casting Directors (not bogus modeling agencies), who cast licensed & permitted SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Commercials, TV Specials & Movies and simply drop your headshot off at their office…. and turn it over to God.
Be sure your headshot has your name, address and contact details on it.
But now you ask “How do I find Casting Directors and their addresses?”
Answer is: As anything, go the web and Google & Bing. But a better way is to once again call your local Film Commissioner who has a directory along with a website that will list all the licensed Casting Directors in their region.
In the interim, permit me to give you a list of 15 that start with the letter “B”… Why “B”?… Well, there are over 500 Casting Directors in Los Angeles/Hollywood and everyone can obtain a list and start contacting with the letter “A”. But the letter “A” Casting Directors get hit up a lot with cold calling so let’s start with the letter “B”… maybe they haven’t been hit up left-and-right…
Who knows? Give it a shot.
15 HOLLYWOOD CASTING DIRECTORS commencing with letter “B”:
(ONE) PATRICK BACA, 13425 Ventura Blvd, 2nd Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91401 (This is only 3 blocks from my house, Maybe I’ll drop over)
(TWO) SUZANNE BACHMAN, c/o Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd, 3/F, Valley Village, CA 91607 (only a 3-mile ride from me)
(THREE) LYNDSEY BLADASARE, c/o David Rapaport Casting, 3000 W Alameda Ave, Bob Hope, 2/F, Room 229, Burbank, CA 91522
(FOUR) CAROL BARLOW, c/o Prime Casting, 6430 Sunset Blvd, #425, CNN Building, Hollywood, CA 90028
(FIVE) ELIZABETH BARNES, c/o Raleigh Studios, 650 N Bronson Ave, Pickford Bungalow, LA, CA, 90004 (studio that presents the “2-Day Film School”)
(SIX) MATTHEW BARRY, c/o Green-Keyes Casting, 6860 Lexington Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038
(SEVEN) EMILY BATES, c/o NBC Casting, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 1320, #1d, Universal City, CA 91608 (Hope, you see it’s NBC Casting)
(EIGHT) LISA BEACH, c/o Beach-Katzman, 606 N Larchmont, #311, LA, CA 90004
(NINE) EYDE BELASCO, 3780 Wilshire Blvd, 7/F, LA, CA 90010
(TEN) MARCELLO BELISARO, 2700 Colorado Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
“2-Day, DVD & ON-LINE Film Programs”
(ELEVEN) BRETT BENNER, c/o Warner Bros, 4000 Warner Blvd, Bldg 28, #2100, Burbank, CA 91522 (Hop you see this is head of Warner Bros)
(TWELVE) JOEL BESTROP, CBS Studios, 10201 Pico Blvd, Bldg 310, Room 304, LA, CA 90064 (CBS. CBS. CBS. Should I say more)
(THIRTEEN) SHARON BIALY, c/o Bialy Thomas Casting, 5933 West Slauson Ave, #2101, Culver City, CA 90230
(FOURTEEN) MELISSA BILCHIK, c/o E! Entertainment, 5750 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90038
(FIFTEEN) TAMMARA BILIK, c/o Bilik/Wood Casting, 608 N Larchmont Blvd, #4-B, LA, CA 90004
There are over 2,000 parts cast in LA every week. You are original you are unique. Now stop trying to lose wait or change your appearance and get your headshots that look exactly like the way you look… Next, get the headshot to the casting directors (15 above) who actually do the casting…
Now, it is just a numbers game until you get your “Cattle-Call” and 2 “Call Backs”.
(Guarantee that Johnny Depp didn’t wait for an agent to call… He took control and got his first parts)
AGAIN: Actors you are each unique. Get your headshots. Get a list of Casting Directors (15 “B”s above) and drop them off. While you’re waiting phone your film commission and see who’s shooting. Go the set (aka: street location on the film permit) and pull a Tom Cruise.
Next “2-DAY FILM SCHOOL” in Hollywood for Actors & Filmmakers is December 5-6, 2015 and then April 23-24, 2016
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