GENERAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
AGENCY PRO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How can I get auditions for tv/film work?
If you would like to be considered for an audition you must first be on file with Boston Casting. Please fill out an online application with all of your information to be considered for future auditions. In order to do this, CLICK HERE and then click TALENT APPLICATION. We do not hold interviews. Once you fill out the application, you will automatically be added to our files and will will send you notices for auditions that we feel you are appropriate for. We no longer accept hard copies of headshots and resumes. There is no charge to be in our files. We are not an agent, and do not represent the talent.
If you are new to the business you may want to consider taking some classes through the Media Performance Institute.
Do you represent talent? Boston Casting is not an agent we are casting directors. We do not represent talent. As Casting Directors we work directly for our clients to find the best talent for the job. We will search through our database for candidates as well as contact agents. Talent Agents are the ones who will submit talent for auditions and earn commission from your work.
So what does it mean if I’m “on-file” with Boston Casting? Once you submit an online application you are considered to be “on file” with us. However, once you submit your application your job is not done. It is up to you to keep your information updated with your latest projects, contact information and photos. You should also consider taking acting classes with the Media Performance Institute to keep your skills as fresh as possible.
The files we keep are for our casting purposes. You should always bring a hardcopy of your headshot and resume with you to each audition that we can leave with our client.
How do I get an agent? Selecting an agent is a personal choice. They are the person who will represent you and fight to get you auditions and work. We work with numerous agents in the city and beyond. Do your research and when you’re ready with your headshot and resume, contact the different agencies in the city to see what their policies are for seeing new talent.
What are the procedures for being cast on a project you are auditioning?
If you are on file with Boston Casting we will send you notices about upcoming projects and auditions. Please check our website frequently since from time to time there will be open calls for feature films, television shows or commercials.
Please do not call or email the office to see what’s new or available.
What is a headshot? A headshot is an 8 x 10 color photo with a matte finish. There are numerous photographers in the area that can take an appropriate headshot for you. If you are looking for a place to get your headshots done, Boston Casting also offers headshot clinics through the Media Performance Institute.
What should my resume look like? Your resume should be attached to the back of your headshot. It should be trimmed down to fit the size of your headshot and list all of your acting experience, training and contact information. This is not a business resume. If you are new to the industry do not be concerned about the short list of experience, instead focus on your special talents and skills such as roller skating, speaking Spanish, acrobatics etc..
How do I get started in Voice-Over? To work in voice-over, you will need a voice over demo. You can upload your demo to your active Agency Pro account. We will listen to it and contact you if we are interested in bringing you in for an audition.
How can I get my baby/child involved in the business? The best way for your child to be considered for work is to add them to our online database. Please be sure to include the date of birth on the resume. We also highly recommend contacting an agent to represent your child. Make sure to keep your child’s photos current.
Please do not call our office for extras work. We will either contact you or post information on our website for extras castings.
Do you offer internships? Boston Casting offers the opportunity to assist in casting commercials, films, print ads and industrials. You will work closely with the casting director organizing audition sessions, scheduling, filing and performing other clerical duties.
We are looking for self-motivated and organized individuals interested in the media, production, advertising or public relations fields.
This is an unpaid position. If you are a student you can receive course credit.
Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Jennifer@bostoncasting.com.
How do you utilize Agency pro to run your office? Boston Casting is now maintaining our talent files online. It is the easiest way to keep our files up to date as well as submit talent to our clients for potential jobs.
There are 2 parts to the Agency Pro Software. The 1st part is our in-house database. Everyone who submits their information to Boston Casting is now stored in our in-house database. Each actor receives their own free online profile, consisting of 2 headshots and personalized resume. These can be easily updated by each actor from their own home without the hassle of having to mail or phone in updated information which can easily be lost or transcribed improperly.
This database is what we will be utilizing to contact talent and their agents to schedule auditions and such, so it is important to make sure your information stays current. Your information in this in-house electronic database will only be accessible to you and our staff.
The 2nd part of the Agency Pro database is the option to go “Active”. This gives actors the choice to make their online headshot and resume accessible to our clients directly. If clients wish to screen talent themselves or cast directly from the database they can do so only with talent that choose to become “Active”.
is the online portion of the database consisting of the talent’s headshot and resume, which our clients can access. Clients would utilize this if they wanted to pre-select talent for their auditions or cast talent directly from their headshot. Talent with activated files have their own professional website that they can personally use to market themselves. In addition, those who activate can have up to 20 pictures, VO demos, and video clips on their personalized website.
No one is required to go active in order to be on file with us. Being active is a personal decision to invest in the marketing opportunities the software offers. Active or not, you are still in our electronic in-house database where Boston Casting staff can access your information and submit you for in-house auditions.
Again, it is your responsibility to make sure that all of your information in the database is current and updated regularly.
If I am Active on Agency Pro, does that mean I will get more work? Being active on Agency Pro can open you up to more opportunities if the client chooses to view people’s personal websites rather than have us schedule an audition. However, if you choose not to go active, we will still submit you for in-house auditions as we have done in the past.
Once I fill out the online application am I on file? If you are new to Boston Casting please fill out an application and submit it. You will automatically be entered into our casting database and considered for potential castings.
Now that everything is digital, do I still need to bring a headshot and resume with me to auditions? Yes. You should always bring a headshot and resume to every audition. Better yet, bring 2 as sometimes our client requests an extra one to be sent to their client.
But Agency Pro offers a Network Discount, what does that mean?
Agency Pro is offering a discount to people who work with multiple clients that use their software. Basically, if your agent uses Agency Pro software and you have gone active with your agent and now you choose to go active with Boston Casting, Agency Pro offers a discount for activating your second account utilizing their software. This is a discount Agency Pro, the software provider, offers. It is not any type of agreement or association between the companies who use their software.