It’s a dream for all the aspiring actors/models to get entry in the industry. In process, please take notice of some guidelines. These guidelines are based on complete research and experiences.
Whenever a casting director calls you and inform that you are selected for a certain assignment.
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Friends, dream is something for which we never ever compromise. Our Passion and belief always give strength to perform at its best. In this regard, don’t get influenced by any of the agent you met. There are numbers of cheaters today roaming and try to take all your money and you will remain hopeless. Please, this read carefully before joining this fascinating lucrative carrier.
Many young teenagers will plead with their parents for thousands or lakhs of rupees they have been told is necessary to start a career in modeling / acting.
Be cautious / careful of Advertisements that seeks Models / Actors / Kids for Movie / TV Serial / TV Commercial / Print Advertisement etc. through internet, television, radio, flyer, newspaper & email.
It’s a business idea that they propagate that they have created more stars than any other company & that their clients are well known Film Makers & Production Houses. Hoping to become a movie star you will call the advertiser besides mailing your details & photos in response to the advertisement.
The visions of glamour & money flash before your eyes, so you go to meet him at the venue filled with lots of other aspiring model & actor like you.
Advertiser understand your passion and they try to cash that sentiments and will ask you for a fee in thousands for screen test / audition / artist card to determine whether you / your child will be one of the selected few likely to obtain paid work as an actor or model.
The screen test / audition consist of few minutes session taped with a video camera, conducted at a temporary venue most of the times. They encourage you to buy a copy of the screen test / audition for additional fees.
Then, in the name of evolution they give you a fraud letterhead by showing you that your ward has passed the audition/ screen test and assure you about their bright future. But, of course all’s fake.
Then he will ask you to spend few more thousands or lakhs analyzing your financial strength for the portfolio/ photographs you / your child might need to interest other casting agencies or casting directors or film makers besides joining their grooming program.
Casting Director assured you that they recommend your talent but committee of industry experts will make the final selection. Then, he asks money for workshops at another stage and they will also ask you to pay a deposit for the workshop which is fully refundable if you are not accepted by the selection committee. He can even guarantee few acting or modeling assignments for you, if selected.
The casting director will claim that the aspiring talents who buy & complete their grooming program have a high rate of success.
Being excited about your future career in acting / modeling, you agree to purchase the expensive service package sold by their agency.
To make an influence on you they show their photographs with celebrities, Association memberships and even previous assignments done. He will tell himself to be an independent, charitable, educational organization formed to protect you / your child from unethical business practices in the entertainment / glamour industry. They can also encourage you to check out their credentials through various links provided by them.
After you buy the portfolio / grooming program, they will groom you besides getting your portfolio done & providing you with addresses of few modeling agencies & film makers.
Now if you complain to them or ask for a refund, they will refuse. They claim you waived the right to a refund when you signed the papers that state they have fully explained the portfolio / grooming program, that you understood the program, & that you agreed that no refunds were available.
Hence, it turns out that the screen test / audition was not a reliable evaluation of whether you / your child will obtain work as an actor or model. Actually it was a marketing ploy designed solely to induce the purchase of portfolio / grooming program to cheat you of your money.
In fact, their talent management companies are not selective in screening & reviewing consumers for marketability as models or actors. Their principal source of income is not client-paid commissions but fees paid by aspiring actors / models for their modeling & acting grooming program / portfolio. It is almost impossible for you ever to obtain paid employment as a model or actor through them.
Also, you can be approached by a talent scout from nowhere who states that you have the looks that could get you work as a model or actor. He will give you his card or flyer & will ask you to call him later. Most of the times the card will not have any address & the promotional brochure will read that we are looking for fresh faces. The hunt is on for new faces. One of the largest talent management & scouting company in the country require new faces. With offices in all major cities we have everything you need to enter the entertainment & glamour industry.
Important Points to be remembered:
Be careful of any newspaper classified or internet display ad looking for any kind of model or talent etc. Infect, this type of news one can get from their references.
Frankly speaking, no agency or individual can guarantee you assignments as actor / model in entertainment / glamour industry & if someone claims it that then is a Big lie.
They can just guarantee of promoting you among the film makers, modeling / casting agencies, production houses besides updating you about the latest auditions & castings.
You should conduct a background check of the company conducting auditions.
To avoid being cheated, aspiring talents should attend audition / casting calls at reputable modeling / casting agencies. Well-known agencies usually conduct auditions monthly.
Acting & Modeling Schools claim to provide grooming for a fee, in Acting, Singing, Dancing, Dubbing, Editing, Animation, Sound Recording, Mass Communication, Media, Journalism, Camera & Digital Photography, Radio & Films Arts, Poise, Posture, Diction, Skin Care, Make-Up, The Proper Walk, etc. but do not necessarily find work / job for you. After finishing their classes, you may be on your own.
Do not respond to roadside, public transport or classified ads that promise modeling & acting jobs to aspiring talents with no experience, or of all ages & sizes, besides without detailed job specifications. They all are ridiculous.
If an agency charges money for auditions, it usually means that they do not have enough modeling work for either the agency or the aspiring talent to survive on.
In Acting & Modeling career, you will not have the flexibility to choose your own hours, so beware of the claim that you will be able to work full or part time as per your preference.
Be sure to get all the promises in written.
Beware of companies that only accept payment in cash or personal bank account. Take it as a b signal that the company is more interested in your money than your career.
Often, what you thought was a genuine audition / casting turns out to be an intelligently planned sales pitch for modeling or acting classes or photo shoots that can range in price from several thousand to lakhs.
Any Acting & Modeling agency, professional casting director, agent or manager has an office & regular office hours. There is no reason to discuss employment opportunities late at night or in an apartment.
Your hard work, sincerity, persistence, patience & finally talent can only guarantee you of making Big name in the entertainment / glamour industry.
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What is Casting Couch
Before celebrities catch their big breaks in Hollywood, they have to go through what every other aspiring star has to go through – auditioning. There is so much competition in Hollywood that some struggling actors/actresses will do whatever it takes to get the role. This desperateness on one end, and surplus of power on the other end, has led to the ‘casting couch’ mentality in the entertainment industry. The ‘casting couch’ refers to the exchange of sexual favors for film roles between casting directors or film producers and aspiring actresses or actors.
Some of the allegations from "casting couch" candidates *
* source- News/Media.