Dear Nina Gold

Friday, 13 October 2017


Having an agent and being on Spotlight is of upmost importance in the acting industry. But once you have achieved this do you just sit back and wait for that phone to ring. The answer is of course NO.

Don't just think your agent will do all the work and the auditions will flood in. Your agent has many clients so will not only be looking after you. It is a partnership and a great idea to keep your ear to the ground to find out what is casting and also to network and update people yourself.

And by people I mean casting directors. Having spoken to a few casting directors they each have said how much they like it when actors email them personally with updates on their career. It not only keeps their books updated but also will keep you on their radar.

But do not just email with nothing to say. Here are a few tips to writing to a casting director.

Have Something To Say

Whether you have just got a new showreel/headshot or have invites to a show you should email out to casting directors that are casting shows suitable to you. Don't email without a reason just saying 'hi' as it's pointless. HAVE A REASON.

Keep It To The Point

Time is of the essence here. No one has time these days to read a ramble (my blog excluded) so keep your email short and sweet and to the point. One of the most annoying lines I see actors write on email is 'My name is "blah blah" and I am a professional actor'. Firstly I presume you will sign the email with your name so why state it first and secondly if they read the email they should know what you do for a profession. GET TO THE POINT.

Make It Personal

Make sure you have their name spelt correctly on the email. Don't copy and paste a generic email, say something relevant to them. For example congratulate them on a show you have seen that they recently cast or remind them the last time you met. Be friendly and be professional.

Don't Attach Files

Files clog up email space and casting directors are less likely to download your files too. Add the relevant links into your email and also your signature. To be honest you only really need to put your Spotlight link in as everything should be updated and there.

Kind Regards?

Make sure you sign your email off nicely and remember that it is not a bank transaction. You don't have to be uber formal. Kind regards is too managerial. Ask a question or thank them.

I hope this helps anyone doing the rounds at the minute. Christmas (I know WTF) is coming up and sending cards is also a great way to say thank you for the auditions you have had this year. Keep them as a card though and not self promoting. It's the only time you can do it without looking weird so get those Equity Charity Cards in and send your best wishes.

Have you got any other tips or success stories?

Joseph


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1 comment

  1. Great article. Something a lot of actors I know don't do. I just this week booked a brilliant role in a new 8x60 TV show broadcasting in 2018. Updated a CD with recent work I had done, she rang my agent same day. Following week I was auditioning. Three days later booked it. All as a result of emailing updates to CDs. It does work just keep pushing it.
    Thanks for writing this

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