Self-promotion tips for actors

Published / by Saranne Bensusan

We work with lots of different actors, and often give new actors opportunities to shine in front of the camera. So what if you are new and don't know much about how to promote yourself?  Here are a few tips to help you get your name out there:

1 - Get a website for yourself. There are many companies that do free or really cheap web pages with easy-to-fill-out templates that will give you a professional look. Some examples are Wix and GoDaddy. These make it easy for you to put photos up, share videos and allow you to blog about what you have been up to.  These sites are easy, even for technophobes!

2 - Have some professional headshots done. You don't have to fork out for an expensive studio shoot, but having a couple of professional photos will go a long way to getting your face in front of casting directors. Also you can upload these to your website, and social media pages. Secondly, make sure that they are up to date and represent you as you look now, not you from seven or eight years ago.

3 - Have a showreel cut together. You will need to ask the producers of the films you have worked on for the footage that has you in it, especially if you have dialogue. Asking your editor to download the film from YouTube isn't that great in terms of quality, and you are asking him/her to wade through the whole film to find the 30 seconds where you are speaking.  If you have worked on something where your payment has been 'showreel material' make sure you get it off the film makers as this is your currency to securing further work. Also, if you don't get the showreel material from the film maker you are just working for free with no benefit to yourself.  We can edit a showreel together for you at a great price. Email us on Contactus@fromthe3rdstoryproductions.co.uk

Secondly, make sure you have a reel that you can upload to Twitter directly. This will enable you to participate in the #ShowreelShareday phenomenon started by @KateDaviesSpeak. You can find out more about #ShowreelShareday here.

4 - Think about payment. As a professional actor, you will want to be paid for your work, so make sure that you have familiarised yourself with creating invoices. Admin is part of the business side of acting. You can find templates for invoices and other useful information here.

5 - Promoting other people on social media. If you would like people to like and share your posts to help you get ahead, then you will know that other people need that too. Promoting other people's work raises your own profile within the film making and acting community, and creates networking opportunities. If you are lucky enough to get an agent, promote your agent too and remember to thank people for giving you opportunities. Engaging people on social media platforms makes you more employable as producers and directors want to work with actors that will raise the profile of their film. This will attract fans, viewers and build an audience that makes the film attractive to funders.

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Anothropocene Chronicles Facebook Page Created

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Today we created a Facebook page for the Anthropocene Chronicles series of books, this is a collection of short stories that will be released in two volumes later this year.

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Festival event dates and deadlines approaching in July

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A brief guide to upcoming submission deadline and festival dates for July 2017

06 Hot Springs (deadline) (Oscar)

09-16 GOLDEN APRICOT – YEREVAN IFF (festival)

13-23 BIFAN – BUCHEON INTL. FANTASTIC FF (festival)

13-23 JERUSALEM FF (festival)

14-22 ODESSA IFF (festival)

15 Zinebi (deadline) (Oscar,BAFTA)

15 Cork Film Festival (deadline)(Oscar,BAFTA)

14 -03/08 FANTASIA IFF (festival)

20 CurtaCinema (deadline) (Oscar,BAFTA)

22-28 EURASIA IFF (festival)

30 Cambridge Film Festival (late deadline) (BAFTA)

31 Sitges (deadline) (Oscar)

 

 

 

Stills from Ménage du Trois

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Here are some of the stills that were taken during the production of Saranne Bensusan‘s short film Ménage du Trois

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upcoming festivals and Ménage DVD

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Whilst continuing our efforts to gain maximum festival exposure for everybody who worked hard on Ménage du Trois, we came across an old friend at Dorking, who screened Nicola's Shedim during their second year. They are now taking submissions for their third festival (all DVD submissions are free). This gave us the opportunity to create a DVD disc which we had not got around to doing yet.

For all of you hard working filmmakers, here are some other upcoming festivals for June (don't worry - Dorking's deadline is in November!)

1st Abertoir (BAFTA Cymru,Melies) (earlybird deadline)

2nd  Raindance (BAFTA,Oscar) (final deadline)

2nd Holly Shorts (Oscar) (final deadline)

6th-12th Hamburg Short Film Festival (BAFTA) (festival)

7th-18th Sidney Film Festival (BAFTA,Oscar) (festival)

9th Festival Internacional de Cine Indepente de Elche (Goya)

19th-14th Sheffield Doc Fest (BAFTA) (festival)

9th-29th Moscow IFF (festival)

12th-17th Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (Oscar) (festival)

14th-18th AFI Docs (BAFTA,Oscar) (festival)

16th Chicago International Film Festival (BAFTA,Oscar) (deadline)

17th-26th Shanghai IFF (festival)

18th Tarazona (Goya) (deadline)

20th-26th Palm Springs Short Film Festival (BAFTA,Oscar)

21st-02/07 Edinburgh International Film Festival (BAFTA)

24th Cork Film Festival (BAFTA,Oscar)(deadline)

26th Edinburgh Short Film Festival (deadline)

30th LA Shorts Fest (BAFTA,Oscar) (deadline)

30th TOHorror Film Fest (deadline)

30 Stockholm (BAFTA)(festival)

30th-08/07 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (deadline)

30th-08/07 Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (Melies)(festival)

30th-09/07 Fantastic Zagreb (festival)