Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Freelance Actor Business Tips

Freelance Actor Business Tips

If you are a beginner or old hand freelance actor the rules are the same. Homework, research, networking, and asking around are the daily chore to keep yourself in work. It's the grunt work that stars have their business managers have their secretaries have their office managers have their assistants have their interns do. As listed below are the daily chore to keep yourself in work. It's the grunt work that stars have their business managers have their secretaries have their office managers have their assistants have their interns do. As listed below

Research and posting..
Surfing casting sites and notice boards for gigs, posting your head shots and resume, signing up to mailing lists, reading the trade gossip, networking on discussion forums, posting your link in directories, snail mailing your press pack and photos to casting directors and talent agents. Yes it is a lot of hours at the computer, but it gives you a whole lot of information about the industry that you didn't know you needed to know.

You can find so much useful stuff along the way; what agencies and companies post a lot of calls, what folks think of working on a particular production, what productions are coming up, where to get yourself TV exposure, actor discounts on head shots and shows and other services, new agencies and sites, and actor support groups and associations in your location. For Show Biz Parents and female performers this research is very important to make sure your or your child is in safe hands and you are getting the right advice. The right resources and the right advice is important for every freelance actor, but it is usually dependent on individual resources suited to the individual freelance actor.

Just researching where all the resources are and which out of them suits you can take years if you have to find them all yourself. Gigslist.org has just released a private portal for actors with over 250 sites, mailing lists and discussion groups with hundreds of acting jobs, casting directors, local groups in the USA, and listings for Canada, UK, and Australia. The perfect career and casting tool for actor, talent agent, and casting director. Released for 2007 and online so it can be continually updated and you can add your own links. http://www.gigslist.org It is priced at $19.95, and I believe that compared to the time it would take to compile a list like that yourself, it is a pretty great investment.

Gigslist.org has been developing arts industry resources on different sites since 2001 and recently redeveloped and is updating it's home site using it's 7 years of research and development experience. The directory is the first of it's new breed developments. "It gives freelance actors access to hundreds of free resources and the tools to compare those to paid resources and discuss them with other actors on different boards." Deborah Paulino, author of Gigslist.org

Keep your bookmark on Gigslist.org as a little bird has heard that other resources other entertainment industries are on the Gigslist.org production slate.

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