Fish & Tips - Adults
Your CV, Applying for Jobs and More
Getting the most out of your Profile
So, you've just created your Fishpond profile, how exciting and welcome to the pond!
We have a few recommendations to help you to maximise your chances of being called to audition.
Firstly, always keep your profile up to date with your headshots, training, showreel and skills.
Your main picture should be a clear headshot. If you don't have professional pictures, you can take some at home with a friend. Use a plain background and select a clear head and shoulders shot as your main photo. It's worth adding a few pictures, as it can be difficult for casting directors to get a clear idea of what you look like from just one shot. Check out the HEADSHOTS slide for more info.
If you don't yet have a showreel - we strongly recommend that you add an introductory video. You can film this with a friend using a smart phone or camera at home. Stand or sit against a plain background and talk about your experience, training and a bit about what you like to do outside of acting. If you've recently returned to the business, mention that here.
You can also record a monologue or a duologue with a reader. Choose a scene for camera rather than stage and try to work with another actor if your scene requires a reader. Take your time preparing, be off book and use the best quality take. Don't add it until you are really happy. This is your chance to impress!
You can upload your videos easily using vimeo. (There are step by step instructions on the site - it's very simple). Don't put a password on the video as casting directors without the password won't be able to view it. Check out the Self-taping slide for more tips.
Extra Work and Credits
If you are new to the business, extra work can be a great way to get on-set experience but you shouldn't include it in your acting CV. Ensure you add all of your training, and experience within the last 5 years.
Applying for a Role
Both independent and represented actors can put themselves forward for roles. Responses to represented actors will be automatically sent on to the actor’s agent, as well as appearing in their account. Agents can also suggest their clients for roles via email.
When applying for a role through the site, make sure you really fit the character brief before submitting your application. Casting directors are busy and don’t appreciate receiving applications from actors who clearly don't match what they're after so you're much better off biding your time until you really fit the bill.
Of course if you're not sure, it's fine to apply. But let’s just say, 25 year old women shouldn't be applying for granny roles. Read all the info on the brief carefully before applying and make sure you are fully available if selected.
If you are applying for a role in a commercial, remember other commercial work you have done can sometimes be a conflict.
The general rule is that if you are featured (recognisable) in one ad, you can't be in another while that one is live. If you're in an ad and unsure as to whether it's a conflict, just mention it in your application and the casting director can make the call.
It’s worth knowing the details of your current contract (when the buyout is due to expire etc.) and it’s a good idea to send a link of the commercial if possible so that the casting director doesn’t have to search online for the ad.
We're rooting for you!
If you have any burning questions about your profile or about applying for jobs, just pop us an email and we'll be happy to help.
Break a leg, we're rooting for you!
Scaly Kiss from,
The Fishpond Team