Hawke wants aspiring filmmakers to know that great directing means “thinking like an actor” and “not being afraid of your actors.”
Essentially, there are four ways to send your photos to local and international acting agencies. You can send them yourself by email or mail, have your existing agency send them, have an online acting scouting company send them for you, or try your luck with social media.
Having an experienced agent or professional acting scouting company do the work for you is always the best approach. However, if you want to do it yourself, it’s important to do it properly.
Many new and even experienced actors think if they just pop their photos in the mail or attach them to an email that’s all they need to do. But, many actors don’t realize that it’s not only the photos that agencies are looking at. It is also HOW an actors photos are presented to them. How you send your photos says a great deal about you.
If you send your photos in a sloppy fashion, then it makes agents wonder if you are sloppy as well. If you don’t pay attention to details, or you are too casual in your email or letter, rather than professional and business-like, it makes agents wonder if you will be too casual with their clients.
Here are the top seven tips for submitting your photos to acting agencies.
After you’ve taken the time to submit your acting information and you’ve paid attention to every detail, don’t mess it up by having an unprofessional voicemail message or by missing an email.
Your voicemail message should be short and to the point. Your message should state your name and that you will return the call as soon as possible. Speak slowly and enunciate your words when recording. Check your mailbox regularly to make sure it’s not full. Also, check your email spam and junk folders regularly for emails that may have collected there by mistake.