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Finding Actors

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:12 pm
by daveswan
Hello all.
For the past several months I've been trying to get my 30min short off the ground. So far I've written, re-written and re-re-written the script (I've lost count of how many times) and been making props.
The biggest problem has been actors. I'm a member of an Am-Dram group (Pisces Players, Ealing) as well as a film club, (Ealing Video and Film Makers) so tried there. So far two of my lead actors have had to drop out, and although I've had a notice posted at Questors theatre, no-one's come forward.
So, how do you go apout finding actors? I can't afford Pros, just amateurs who'll do it for fun and expenses.
This isn't meant as a trawling exercise, as I don't expect anyone to come forward from here.

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:16 pm
by Fingercuff
Hi Dave,

A website I have used on my last 2 films could be of a great help:

It is full of actors looking to build their show reels, who are willing to work for no fee. For one role I had about 50 CV's emailed to me! You may have to give them a few pounds for bus fare though. Hope this helps!


Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:49 pm
by daveswan
Cheers! I held off replying in case anyone else showed up. I'll have a look at that site.

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:01 pm
by Fingercuff
No problems Dave. I hope you find someone to help you out!

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 3:53 pm
by stingman
The Obvious way would be to look up Theatre groups in your area! Or better still, contact your local college!
My son is on an Acting Course and has done 3 years of the 4 year course or is it four years. It seems like ages anyway!

I`m sure that if you offer to pay a few quid in bus fares to anybody who is interested then this would sway them. My son has been in a few local stuff.

Make someone Happy Today ;-)

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:37 pm
by Betamax Kid
Another good one is
Good luck.

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:07 am
Not chuffed with TalentCircle. Their online support limited itself to single sentence responses with the rest of the email being form letter. They didn't make it easy so we just deleted our account to simplify the process of just not wasting any more time with them. :?

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:08 am
by Dave Watterson
Can you explain a little more about that, please?

On the face of it a standard reply with a customised sentence sounds reasonable ... but obviously you wanted/needed more.

Talent Circle ( and was set up by one indie film maker in 2003 and has very few charges indeed - none for most of us. It generally has a good rep ... I have no idea how many people it employs (if any) to run its organisation and website. Maybe it is basically one person in their back-bedroom.



Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:32 am
With 25 years experience in dealing with the public one learns to give the customer a good first experience (and every experience after that). It pays to give at least a paragraph in support.
Lexmark gave considerably more advice for a scanner problem I had and in all emails the form part was the least part of the content. All the advice needed was given in a single email so it amounted to several paragraphs. Several options were tried over 3 emails. Whilst the support failed to correct the issue, they made a greater effort to fix the problem. If they had given their advice sentence by sentence I think the scanner would have been hurtling out the window.
I recently worked as a customer adviser for a major broadband provider's helpdesk and can only say TalentCircle's support is the kind that generates screaming customers. We don't ask for the earth but a square foot of turf would be nice! :D

Re: Finding Actors

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:44 am
by harryfielder
There are 1000s of people out there just to get a dvd of there work....