About auditions and casting calls in illinois.
How do I become an actor / actress in illinois?
Step #1: HEADSHOTS
The first tools that you will need are an 8 x 10 photo and resume. Your photo (a.k.a. headshot) and resume have specific professional guidelines. The photo is definitely the actor's most important marketing tool, so let's discuss this first. People need to know what they're getting when they call you in to audition. So, if you are not a model-type, please do not get glamorous headshots. But if you are gorgeous, let the viewer know. In illinois this industry, APPEARANCE IS PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING. Lasting impressions come from that first glance. In illinois your headshot is your business card. Remember casting directors will glance once at your picture, so you have only one chance to capture their interest. Professional photos are very expensive, but you won't get very far without them. In illinois you can spend anywhere between $50 - $1000 depending on your needs. Sometimes the best photographers in illinois are well connected so this presents a chance to acquire referrals on the local agencies.
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Step #2: RESUME
There are certain standards for an actor's resume. It must be well-written and professional. List all of your past and current training, experiences, talents, skills, etc. Attach you photo back-to-back with an 8 x 10 resume with staples neatly in each corner, or get resumes professionally printed on the back of your photos. Your resume will have your name at the top, then the names of any actors' unions to which you belong. A voice mail or message service phone number should be prominent so that the agents will know how to contact you (this will eventually be replaced with your agency information). Your height, weight, eye and hair colors come next. Below that, begin listing your credits, or the things that you've acted in (extra work doesn't count). If you have any film experience, that comes first under the heading "Film." Television credits are next on the page, followed by Theater, Training and Education, and finally Special Skills (e.g., surfing, gymnastics, certified scuba diver). Once you have an agent, he or she will probably have specific layout preferences. Don't stress too much about the resume if you are just getting started. Agencies are much more concerned with your look and your personality than your experience or your talent.
You can view a standard resume in our Portfolio Section
Step # 3: IMPORTANT
IT IS YOUR DUTY AS AN ACTOR OR MODEL TO MAIL YOUR PHOTOS & RESUMES TO AGENCIES, CASTING DIRECTORS, PRODUCTION COMPANIES. THE PROCESS COSTS A LOT OF MONEY AND TAKES A LOT OF YOUR VALUABLE TIME. IF YOU ARE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT YOU WILL SEE SOME RESULTS. WE ARE HERE TO INTRODUCE YOU A WAY TO AVOID THE HASSLE OF MAILING. click here
ATTENTION ALL ASPIRING ACTORS & ACTRESSES
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Step # 4: TALENT AGENCIES
In illinois It is your responsibility to select an agent which is right for you, and you can do so by simply sending out your picture and resume to all the agents in the illinois area. They will call you back and schedule an audition only if they are impressed with your picture. Every city or town has well-established talent agencies. Contact a few different agencies in illinois and see what they say. The key to success is an agent that is established and experienced! Ask for references and credentials before signing any contracts. We advise you to sign a non-exclusive 1-2 year contract with a talent agency or in the surrounding states so make certain they perform their duties professionally.
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SCHOOL & TRAINING
Acting may seem easy. Often enough actors don't get the part because they lack the training and experience. There are many schools and classes that specialize in different entertainment fields such as commercial acting, printwork, runway modeling,etc. Decide on what it is you're best suited for and most interested in, and focus your training on that. Great training may cost a substantial amount of money, however it will play an important part in reaching your goals. Be careful in your selections because there are many frauds. Always check references & credentials.