by Casting Director Megan Foley
Hope you all are doing well, it’s been a bit slow in town so I hope you aren’t going crazy, but are spending your spare time in classes and doing things to advance your career. I have gotten many letters in the last six months thanking me for my time and insight. Believe me, it is my pleasure. Please keep those questions coming, no matter how simple or complicated. I am here to answer you.
I just spotted your Q/A's on LA Casting, what a neat idea! Thanks for your time and expertise. I was at a commercial audition the other day and I mixed up the lines. Is it ever okay to ask for another take? What about at a callback when there are producers in the room?
My feeling is it is okay to ask for another take, as long as you’re okay with whatever answer you get. If they say no, accept it gracefully and thank them. If they say yes, do it again and make sure you do it right (no pressure!). My experience has taught me that it’s not the fact that you mess up (because we all do), but how you handle yourself when you DO mess up that makes or breaks it. I don’t suggest beating yourself up or making excuses, but have a sense of humor about your mistakes and fix it as quickly as possible that always seems to work best. I personally think this is good for all areas of your life.
My five and a half year old daughter and I are new to this. She went on an audition for a website commercial, and we received a call saying she was chosen! My daughter has to go in to see if the clothes fit, then she has to go back the following day to do the actual shoot. Is this how it works in the industry (the going back and forth)? I want to know for future reference because the gas itself is costing me a fortune, and this role is not compensated.
Thank you for your time,
Welcome to the business!!! Yes, this is normal. Since you are new, you should know about this free website: www.childreninfilm.com it is a great resource for parents and guardians of child actors. A couple of things I would like to address. I assume that this is non-union since it is not compensated (make sure when you are working non-union that the production company is still following the California Labor Laws). If you agree to work with no compensation, it is wise to have them give you the maximum usage time. For example, they can run it for a year or eighteen months at the end of, which, if they wanted to continue to use it, they would have to renegotiate. It is common to receive a copy of the piece for your personal reel when you work for free. But be sure and register with the Children in Film website to really get you educated about the business.
P.S. If it was a Union job, you would have gotten paid for the wardrobe fitting as well as the shoot.
I am an actor and have my headshot and resume on LA Casting, Actors Access, and Now Casting. I pay a fee for each of these services . I just recently learned that I can also post my headshot and resume on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) as I have a few credits on that website. Of course, IMDB also charges money for such a posting. How important is it that I also put my headshot and resume on IMDB? Do Casting Directors, etc. actually search for actors on that website?
Well, I personally use IMDB only to look up actors if I need to either refresh my memory of what they have done, or what they look like. I also reference it if I see someone in a movie and don’t recognize them, then I will look them up to review their resume. In other words, I really use it more as a reference tool and not a casting tool. IMDB is far from a perfect site and has many, many mistakes in it that are hard to fix once in the system. Therefore, I give it little credence to it for accurate information, with the exception being celebrities.
LA Casting, Actors Access, and Now Casting are all very valuable and viable tools that I use for casting on a daily basis. The expenses that you incur for these sites are a reasonable business expense. Paying to have your photo on IMDB is not a necessary expense in my opinion, if money is tight for you, I would say that it is an unnecessary expense at this point in your career.
Megan Foley has been casting commercially and theatrically for 20 years. She speaks around the country and teaches a one day commercial intensive once a month with her husband and partner, Chuck Marra. We have just re-located to On Your Mark Studios at 13425 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oak, CA 91423
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