Saturday, July 22, 2017

Submitting and Pitching Actors to Casting Directors

 If an agent is interested in an actor do they always sign a contract? 

Sometimes yes sometimes no. Agents are really not so busy with contracts a lot these days. If the agent gets you an audition the production company is going to pay the agent's commission directly to the agency whether you have a contract with them or not. Go ahead and sign a contract if your agent gives it to you. But if they don't give you a contract it doesn't mean they're not working for you. Keep reading...

Whenever an Actor adds a representative to their actors access profile it is automatically added to that representative's roster. Nothing needs to be approved of or accepted.

Once the two profiles are linked between the agent and the actor the agent is able to submit you.
Every day the Agent is going to go through the Breakdowns and look at each and every single role, one by one. When the agent clicks on the role a new screen will come up asking for them to sort their clients - one way is by the age or m/f as mentioned in the description.

Once the agent types in m/f and the age range - every actor they represent in that category will show up on a new screen.

Agents then look at each of their actors that fit that initial qualification and consider whether to click on them to submit them for that role if they meet the REMAINDER of the criteria described in the breakdown.

Once submitted, Casting Directors get every submission from every agent in town and then pick the actors they want to see based on:

1) if the Actor has the look in the Casting Director's mind that is required,
2) their acting tape shows the essence of the actor and it seems to they fit the role,
3) if they have hired the actor before and trust the actors work 4) if they have seen the actor in something else before and are familiar with their work,
5) if they have seen the actor in a class or a workshop and think their skill level is ready
Any of these can result in an audition.


If a role is VERY specific and an actor fits the role PERFECTLY the Agent will pick up the phone and pitch their client separately and specifically to draw attention to that actor.
But they do not do pitch if the submissions description is GENERAL i.e. "happy teenage girl," or boy age 5-7 who is sad about losing his puppy, "sexy barista," or "young detective."
The Breakdown has to be VERY SPECIFIC to warrant the agent pitching to the casting director, i.e. "18 to 24 year-old girl, karate expert, and skilled at parkour."
Then the agent MUST contact the Casting Director to point out that their client has those SPECIFIC SKILLS - that 99% of their other clients will not have.

99.9999999% of the time you are not going to get feedback on your auditions. You will only hear from casting if you got a callback, are pinned, on hold, on avail or if you get the job. Managers, Agents and Casting Directors are TOOO BUSY to do this for every actor who has an audition. The feedback is if you got a callback. If you didn't get a callback you were not right for the role. Casting is not going to explain why every single actor was not right for a role. Their job is to find the one that is.

After every audition just MOVE ON to the next one!

AVAIL is a term casting/productions uses when they really like an Actor and put them on "avail" to hold their time in case they decide to hire them.

If they choose not to book them and go with another actor they "release the avail." That typically is a term used in commercials.

PINNED is the term used by television. When casting/production really likes an actor and they're seriously considering the actor for the role they "put a pin in them." That means they may be hiring the actor for the job but haven't completely decided yet. Be prepared and remain available. If they "take the pin out" it means they decided to go with a different actor.

Sometimes casting will use the term "ON HOLD" which means the same thing.

When an actor is not available to audition or work because of a vacation or they're working on something else, the Actor calls or emails both their agent and manager to BOOK OUT and gives the dates the actor is unavailable.
When the actor is available again they call or email their representatives and "book back in. "

Just some helpful information for new actors!

See you on the Red Carpet!

Wendy Alane Wright
WAW Entertainment


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