If you’ve been with us a while, you’ll hear me and the FIF Craft Certification Mentors talk about how the traditional method to get on camera and get speaking roles doesn’t work well in the modern industry. You can do hundreds of auditions but the people deciding who gets the role don’t know you, don’t have any familiarity with how you are to work with. There will be tons of actors auditioning for that same role that are in that same boat. There is a better way.
By getting on set through production, you will make critical connections with the people involved in casting. This includes the casting director, the director, and sometimes the producer. You can leverage those connections to get into the audition room more easily, and once there, they will have some familiarity with you.
In this video, Khuloud talks about getting put into a role just by being friendly and open about her industry goals. This happens more than you might think, and these opportunities will be invaluable on-camera experience, get you high quality footage for your reel, and net you more connections. Khuloud started her film journey in Dubai, but has since moved to LA and has worked on a lot of sets including BattleBots, America’s Got Talent, and Playa.
Every PA on set plans to get into something else and professionals know that. These conversations you need to have will come up naturally. Be honest about where you’re at in your journey so that they have a better idea of what they can do for you. You’ll be working hard to make each shoot a breeze, and they’ll want to help you out as a result.