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Using IMDB to Find Work

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A lot of enCAST actors are on I MDB Pro and it can be a great resource to find work if you use it properly. Watch the video to find out how to use IMDB Pro to get work. (For full details, see below.)

NB there is no speaking on this video, only background music.

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IMDB Pro can be awesome to find jobs… but that’s not easy. It’s not laid out well for actors to find work and there’s a lot of clutter and noise getting in the way. Plus, of course, it costs quite a lot to join (currently about €18 per month or €130 per year).

First things first, if you’re not already on IMDB Pro, think about joining the site. Some actors swear by it and have found work through it; other actors keep clear of it so the choice is really up to you.

At the moment there’s a one month free trial which will give you a good chance to see what’s available and whether it’s for you. (But do remember to make a note in your diary so you can cancel your credit card before it’s charged if you decide not to continue with the trial.)

Once you’ve joined, set up your profile and add in all your credits, photos, videos and so on. Professional casting agents will use your IMDB profile as a first stop to see what you have done and get a quick idea of what you are like so it’s worth keeping this up to date.

Searching for casting notices.

For European actors IMDB Pro is, to be frank, not very good when it comes to the casting calls it offers so don’t expect much here.

The films you need to find.

To get work you need to look for films inpre-production or development and this is where IMDB comes into its own and where actors find work and link with casting directors.

This is what you are paying for: use it well and you’ll get back your investment a hundred fold, use it poorly and you’ll have wasted your money.

What you want to do here is find films in pre-production or development in your country. (There’s no point in looking at films already in production as they’ve already cast who they need and you won’t get a look in.) Then from this list you need to take out all the films which are stagnant (that means the films which have been sitting on IMDB for years without any movement; who knows why they are there but there’s no point in trying to get a role in them).

And then you’re left with a list of films which are actively being made. From this you need to find promising looking films and contact the casting director for each one and see if they’re still looking for actors.

Actors like you.

How to search for viable films.

Go to https://encast.eu/imdbprolinks where we’ve put together a list of links for each country in Europe leading to IMDB Pro and films in DEVELOPMENT and PRE PRODUCTION

When you click these links you’ll get a long list of films which could potentially have roles for you.

The next step is to click each of the links on the results page. (Note, if you clickCtrl-Right Click it will open them up in a new tab without leaving the original results page which means you can open up loads of pages and go through them one at a time at your leisure.)

Check to see if a film is worth going for.

A lot of the films you see are NOT worth applying to. Here are some simple rules:

forget films which were updated more than a month ago

forget films which are animations (which don’t need actors) or short films (which probably don’t pay) forget films which are already cast

forget films in languages you don’t speak

How to apply to a film.

But let’s assume you find a film that’s being prepared in your neighbourhood. It’s a big film, the cast isn’t set, the IMDB Pro page was updated just last week and it looks like it could be worth checking out.

First off, look in the credits to see if there’s a casting agent. If there is check them out:

If they have an email address displayed then write to them there.

If they don’t, do an online search for them and see if you can find their casting company with an email address.

Maybe check them out on Facebook; if you use Facebook as a tool to find work you may well find you’re indirectly linked to them through actor friends and you might be able to contact them there.

But if there’s not a casting agent, you can contact the production company or director directly again by checking out if there’s an email address for them directly or their production company.

For a sample email you can send them see here: https://encast.eu/imdbprotemplate. And that’s it!

IMDB Pro does work but you must be thorough and consistent. Check it each month for new films and updates and keep a strict record of those casting agents and productions you apply to.

Chances are you won’t hear anything from the production when you apply s( ee here) but every so often you’ll pick up a role you would have otherwise missed completely.

Good luck!

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