Actor social media accounts – Do casting directors and agents look?
A strong actor social media presence is so important. There are people who are winning with their actor social media game. As a result, it makes them seem bigger and more involved than those who aren’t. You need to have an outstanding actor social media presence. Regardless of whether or not you like it, it’s a necessity if you care about getting cast and or finding an agent.
Here are the top reasons to have a strong actor social media presence:
1. Do you have an actor social media account? Because more likely than not you do. Who doesn’t right? Well guess what, most casting directors have social media accounts too. It’s a huge way they are able to judge if you are a good fit for a casting. Casting directors are able to get a feel for the type of person you are by seeing what you post. More importantly, they can see what you have been in recently.
2. Having a strong actor social media game allows you to showcase your talent without being in an audition room. Sure, we’d all love to be in the audition room in person. Truth be told, nowadays most castings are done via self tapes. This means getting your foot in the door doesn’t have to be just a physical door. You want to catch the attention of casting directors on social media. Because if you do, you might be able to get yourselves a slot submitting a self tape. That’s huge!
3. Been looking for an agent? Well maybe you won’t be if you step up your actor social media game. Talent scouts are constantly on the lookout via social media. You might be struggling to get a meeting with an agent now, but social media can be a way to catch agents attention. It will be a way to get in the physical door and have those meetings you’ve been trying so hard to get.
So where do you start with stepping up your actor social media game?
Do you have a website? If yes, then thumbs up! If no, you should. Actor websites are the go to for casting directors now as well as your hub for all of your social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). It is the first place agents go when looking at new talent. If you don’t have an actor website you are hurting yourself way more than you may imagine.
Get an Instagram and Twitter and post 4-5 times a week. Additionally, you should be retweeting on Twitter. What makes Twitter really great is that you can tweet at casting directors. If a casting director or agent sees you tweet at them and goes to your profile you can have a link to your website in your bio. If you don’t have a website, this will be a major setback as the directors and agents can’t check you out any further and will probably assume you don’t take yourself all too seriously.
Make yourself a Facebook fan page. If you don’t have a fan page, you are losing out on the potential to keep friends, family, fans, and most importantly casting directors and agents posted on what you are up to. A major way casting directors and agents track potential talent is by following their Facebook fan pages to see what they are up to. If you don’t have a page set-up, then you aren’t giving yourself that chance for exposure. Again, it is important to share your website link in your Facebook bio as this is where casting directors and agents will go if something does intrigue them and they want to see more and or contact you.
So, don’t wait, go take action. The biggest thing that holds actors and models back is simple. It is their reluctance to do things that might be a little outside of what they are interested in. Setting up your actor social media presence might not be fun (although it certainly can be!), but it can bring a huge value in return. Don’t hold yourself back, be the proactive doer you are and take the industry by storm!
Remember how I said it can be fun . . . It can also be easy. I went ahead and put together a step-by-step guide on the cheapest, highest quality way to build your website. The website you will be using across all of your social channels to help get you cast more as well as help agents locate and sign you!