Acting agents aren’t only necessary for a thriving acting career but they are absolutely vital to your success as an actor. There are many businesses out there who want you to believe that you can make it in this town without proper representation. That you can self-submit to acting roles. But they fail to mention that only acting agents and managers have access to the legit job postings. Only they can submit you to the real “breakdowns”.
What are The Breakdowns?
Think of “the breakdowns’ as Indeed.com but for actors. Every day casting directors from all over town post breakdowns for the types of characters they are looking for right now. A casting director for the show Scandal might post something like this:
Male – 20-30 – Rookie police officer. Good looking. Must be available on June 3rd. Guest-star role. $1,000 plus 10%.
There are dozens of these great jobs posted every day, jobs that you as an actor would qualify for. But only your agent and manager will be able to submit you for this.
What about the sites that advertise that I can submit myself?
The projects listed on these sites are very small scale projects such as student films, webisodes, ultra low budget projects. And generally, they do not pay. There is nothing wrong with doing work like this if you are in need of a reel and you have all the time in the world as most of these projects never get finished and a good amount of your footage you will never receive. If however, you want to be on TV shows such Scandal, Modern Family, or House of Cards, only an acting agent or manager can submit you for these roles via The Breakdowns. You as an actor simply do not have access to these lucrative jobs and for very good reason.
Why do only acting agents get to submit on The Breakdowns?
You see, even on a basic job such as the one mentioned above, a casting director will get on average over 2000 submissions via The Breakdowns. Imagine how many submissions they’d have to go through if they opened up the system and allowed anybody to send in their headshot and resume. It would be a complete disaster. So, in order to run actors through a vetting process, the first want to make sure that an actor is being vouched for by a reputable acting agent or manager.
So, if you want the juicy auditions and if you want to get on your favorite TV show, focus on getting an acting agent who will consistently submit you for juicy auditions.
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