Moving forward in your acting career – Casting Call

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Catrine answers your question about taking the next step in your acting career.

I Have a manager, a handler, and a personal photographer. I have already been in a YouTube action video as well as other minor things. So, my question is this: How do I go further in my acting career? George P., Phoenix Arizona

Hi George,

Congratulations on moving ahead in your acting career and taking the time to inquire about how to progress. I’m not sure what you mean by having a “handler” and a “personal photographer”.

Once your career reaches a certain success, you’ll need a manager, an agent, and possibly a publicist and a business manager, as well as an attorney.

Although the fees/commissions for positions I just mentioned will be a tax write-off, as a regional actor, your only need is to have a good agent. It is so hard to make a living as a regional actor that I would recommend not spreading yourself too thin as far as having a “big team”.

As far as advancing in your career, I would certainly recommend that you act as often as you can, whether it’s a professional shoot or a freebie, such as a student film. Until you find an agent, your best bet is to find these opportunities and submit yourself through either a local regional site (see Casting Calls America) or if nothing local a national casting call site (Actors Access, Backstage). Being on a set and getting comfortable in front of the camera comes from doing it over and over again — much like getting muscle memory for your golf swing. Make yourself known and available to anyone making films, commercials, video games, etc. in your area. Don’t worry about the money for now — focus on the experience. Focus on the love of the craft. The contacts you make can be invaluable as well. What can be a freebie this time may turn into a paid gig next time.

Perseverance and preparation, my friend. That’s the best advice I can give you.

– Catrine McGregor

Catrine has cast well over 400 projects, including films, TV, IMAX, commercials, webseries and video games. She is a member of the prestigious CSA (Casting Society of America).

During her forty year career in the film industry, Catrine has worked extensively all over the US as well as Europe and Africa. She prides herself in discovering and developing new talent, and has done so with many people that you see every day in films and on TV.

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Last modified: September 22, 2017

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