Sunday, April 12, 2015

25 Ways To Get MORE Auditions!

Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood talent manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “My Haunted House,” and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Hot Wheels, and many more. Prior to being a manager and a talent agent at Burn Down Entertainment, Wright assisted many high profile managers, agents, and publicists. For 20 years she was a recording artist, actor, and music producer, and is now the author of five books called, “Secrets of a Hollywood Talent Manager.” Wright teaches the business of acting all over the country and is on the faculty of schools including the New York Studio for Stage and Screen in North Carolina and LA Acting Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. For years she has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
 Wendy is also a Recording Artist, Actress, Author and Music Producer all  giving her a 360-degree perspective of the industry.

25 Ways To Get MORE Auditions!

Every day actors ask me this question: "How Can I Get More Auditions?" The majority of actors I speak to feel they are just not "getting out enough" with their agents. It also possible to get more a audtions without an agent. But you have to know what to do.

I have some very specific advice for actors who want to increase their auditions. Assuming you already have trained extensively at becoming an actor, this advice won't be for the lazy actor. It will take WORK.

1) Do outstanding work in short films that go to Sundance.

2) Get exposure through commercials. (Did you know Spielberg watches commercials to find new actors?)

3) Produce your own Webseries and short films.

4) Raise enough money to cast name actors. Collaborate on other actors projects.

5) Build real relationships with writers, directors, producers you work with.

6) Be a reader in various casting offices.

7) Send a VERY strong acting clip and cover letter to directors you want to work with - mail it to the Directors Guild Of America which will forward the mail onto their members.

8) Nurture the relationships you make, be of service on other peoples projects.

9) Produce and star in a play that gets incredible reviews and delivers industry turn out. Invite CDs to attend.

10)  Know your type and be sure your acting clips on Actors Access match your type. Whatever your top 3 types are, be sure you have a clip that showcases each one so your agent has them to submit with.

11) Every 3 months ask your agent for your Talent Report which shows what you have been submitted for.

12) Your headshots must be outstanding. Try various pictures until you find ones CDs respond to.

13) When presenting scenes go to Showfax and look for something that was a scene for a guest star or a film that wasn’t too popular. Pick a scene that isn’t a famous scene.

14) Pitch your own projects to Networks.

15) Make people find and come to you, instead of begging them to see you.

16) Empower others, lift everybody else up on every project you work on. Be the kind of person people want to work with, again and again.

17) Produce a YouTube channel with great content that showcases your work and brings massive viewership.

18) Build up your Twitter / social media following.

19) Stay in touch with the CDs that do call you in for any auditions.

20) Use EVERY opportunity to market yourself always add your demo reel link in your correspondence. The more people who see your work and are familiar with it the better. You never know who is watching.

21) CDs are also building a career of longevity. A CD may remember your work for years and
call you in to audition years after they initially saw you.

22) Try to get in front of the top CDs like Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins. People who can put you in projects that get watched.

23) KNOW it may take 10+ years of doing quality work and building solid relationships.

24) Upload Great Acting clips that show your type so you, your agents and or manager can use it to submit you with.

25) Ask your friends who are signed with great agents or managers to introduce you to their representatives who may be able to get you more auditions.

Time, Time, Time. Do what you can control. This business take time, perseverance, delivering solid work all the time, every time, and something very important that you can't control...LUCK.

The fact is this is a very hard business to get successful in. There is so much competition. In addition to being a very highly skilled actor, you must be highly adept at marketing and networking. Forget about pipe dreams and overnight success. In this business slow and steady wins the race. Good luck!

Wendy Alane Wright


 Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager and the president of WAW Entertainment. Her clients have appeared on television networ...