Casting Networks Update

Happy New Year!
Pilot season is upon us, which means now is a great time to update your profile! To help you put your best foot forward, we’re happy to announce some new features we released last week:

Product Updates:  

  • Repped Talent accounts now receive their first 2 photos FREE  

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An Interview with Award-Winning Director and Writer Laura Smith

Currently busy in development with a female led body horror and an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation in conjunction with Lunar Lander films’ BFI vision award funded slate, Laura is no stranger to hard work, grinding and getting the work done. Previously Laura directed five short films in the UK, Germany and Australia that were all commissioned by the BFI and Channel 4, amongst others, as well as directing countless episodes of television for some of Britain’s most well known shows like The Cut and Hollyoaks and developing feature films with support from financiers such as Creative Europe and the BFI. She is one busy lady. We sat down with Laura to find out what she is up to now, how she feels about casting actors, and the state of play for female directors in the UK right now – because it is a hot topic right now after all.

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Gabrielle Miller in THE OUTBACK MOTEL. Director: Laura Smith

 

Casting Networks: Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in the directing world, and how long you’ve been directing? Was it through studying at NFTS or did it start way before you were accepted into the highly prestigious NFTS director course?read more

Why Actors Should Stop Promoting Only Themselves on Social Media

Why Actors Should Stop Promoting Only Themselves on Social Media

By Lenka Silhanova

You may have been told by your agent, manager or by a casting director that you should use social media to promote your career. You’ve read all these “success stories” that actors were cast because they had a lot of followers on social media. So you created profiles and started promoting yourself like you’ve been told to do so… you share your demo reel, tell people to go check out your profiles on casting websites or to visit your own website. But what happens is that nobody’s reacting to anything you share and your follower count is not growing either. That is really frustrating and you wonder “Is this social media thing just a waste of time?”, right? read more

Casting Networks – A Quick Start Guide & FAQs for TV and Theatrical Actors

As many of you know, Casting Networks recently partnered with 20th Century Fox TV and Theatrical to be their exclusive software platform for the casting process.  We have been working as quickly as we can to make the transition as efficient as possible for everyone involved. The onboarding process has been a big undertaking, and we really appreciate your patience through this time.

Important Note

We are aware of the TV and Theatrical actor community’s concerns about having to join and pay for yet another service.  While much of the information that has been circulated is inaccurate, we are working as quickly as possible to make Casting Networks’ free offering for repped actors much more robust.  Effective immediately, we will:

  • Offer an additional free photo for new profiles (2 total)
  • Offer free media hosting to upload video reels and clips during this transition
  • If you have an existing casting networks profile, we are able to copy your resume, media and photos to any new profile, free of charge if it is on the same platform

In the first half of 2018, we will introduce a permanent new free offering that will be the best free offering on the market. This is our promise to you.   read more

Agents & Managers FAQs

Casting Networks – An Update for Agents and Managers

We have been working as quickly as we can to make the 20th Century Fox TV and Feature transition as efficient as possible for everyone involved. The onboarding process has been a big undertaking, and we really appreciate your patience through this time. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions, for a more detailed help page, please click here 

FAQs

1. My actors already have a profile with their Commercial agent, do they now need an additional profile?

2. How do I view my entire roster?

3. Where do I find my company code

4. How do I ensure my talent can add their 2 free photos without being charged?

5. How do I upload resumes?

6. My company is based outside of LA — will I still have access to submit to LA projects?

7. How do I upload my roster?

8. Do I have to enter my clients personal details (email address etc.)?

9. The theatrical casting notices are buried in non-union, background and commercial casting notices, is there anything I can do?

10. There are only a list of preselected headers (Film, Television, Theater) but there is no way to add your own header for something like Awards.

11. Will there be training available?

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Director and actress Aurora Fearnley spills the beans on her success

Director and actress Aurora Fearnley spills the beans on her success

Director and actress Aurora Fearnley has been making enormous waves on the UK film scene for some time now. Recently back from a trip to Sydney to attend the Sydney Film Festival with her short film Struck, there’s not many festivals her award-winning shorts haven’t been in locally, and even further beyond Britain. We were thrilled when Aurora agreed to be interviewed and talk about what it’s like to cast and direct shorts, to be an actress herself, and what she has coming up on the horizon with her thrilling sci-fi short Pulsar.

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Four UK Based Actors Share Their Journey About Starting Out

Four UK Based Actors Share Their Journey About Starting Out

This month we got up close and personal with four very talented, but also all round lovely actors, based in the UK who you’ve probably seen in films, on television, and treading the boards at various extraordinary theatres in and around London. Our aim was to find out exactly how they got started in the acting game, and what they do now to keep going week after week.

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Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Tom Hiddleston WFTVNominations now open for the Women in Film & Television Awards 2017!

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Wednesday 13 September.  Click here to get your nominations in today!

This is your chance to nominate a great woman for an award. Maybe it’s someone you’ve worked with – a terrific editor, production manager or cinematographer. Or perhaps it’s an exciting new talent you’ve spotted or someone you feel has made an important contribution to the industry over the years. It’s your chance to have your say. And the best bit….you can even nominate yourself!

We’re getting behind the team at Women in Film and Television because we love what they do for women in British filmmaking and television.

There are thirteen categories of awards from business to craft, project management to producer. A full list of award categories and their definitions can be found here.

The Women in Film & Television Awards 2017, supported by Sky, will take place on Friday 1 December 2017, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Tickets will go on sale at 11:00 am on Tuesday 03 October 2017.

And if you have any other questions about the awards, you can speak to Jenny Samuels, Awards and Events Producer, Women in Film & TV, via 020 7287 1400  Email: jenny@wftv.org.uk. Or visit: www.wftv.org.uk

The Director Behind Spaceship

The Director Behind Spaceship

UK director Alex Taylor didn’t always know he was going to make magic films. Starting in the music world as a saxophonist, he quickly took the film world by storm when he came second at SXSW with his debut short film Kids Might Fly. The rest is history. Here Casting Networks got up close and personal with Alex to talk about about spaceships, zany plots, casting real people and what he’s got coming up next. 

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