ABOUT BARBIZON AGENCYBarbizon Agency is a full-service Model & Talent Agency. We represent a diverse roster of professional models and talent and new faces who are industry-ready.Our mission is to guide and nurture every career toward success.We are different from the Barbizon School. We are an Agency and do not provide training.

ABOUT BARBIZON AGENCYBarbizon Agency is a full-service Model & Talent Agency. We represent a diverse roster of professional models and talent and new faces who are industry-ready.Our mission is to guide and nurture every career toward success.We are different from the Barbizon School. We are an Agency and do not provide training.

JOINING BARBIZON AGENCYThere are no fees to join Barbizon Agency.
We only make a commission-based percentage if we book you for work.

JOINING BARBIZON AGENCYThere are no fees to join Barbizon Agency.
We only make a commission-based percentage if we book you for work.

REPRESENTATIONBarbizon Agency represents all ages and sizes for all areas of the industry, including print, runway, showroom, fit, tradeshows, promotions, commercials, TV, film, and theatre.

REPRESENTATIONBarbizon Agency represents all ages and sizes for all areas of the industry, including print, runway, showroom, fit, tradeshows, promotions, commercials, TV, film, and theatre.

GETTING STARTED WITH BARBIZON AGENCYIf you are interested in representation with Barbizon Agency, there are a few things you should keep in mind when getting started and working with us.

  • Building a relationship with us takes time and it begins with communication. It is important that we can reach you quickly and as needed to confirm castings and bookings.

  • Your photos and all Marketing Materials must be current and up-to-date. This includes, notifying us of any changes to your appearance—hair style, hair color, braces, height/weight, clothing size, contact information, and availability.

  • Barbizon Agency is a non-exclusive agency which means you can work with other non-exclusive agencies. We do not take commission from any work you book on your own or through another agency.

  • We encourage you to be pro-active in the development of your career —stay involved, join the casting sites, and continue your training.

  • We love to hear of your progress and we are working for you on our end too, in every way we can!

  • Barbizon Agency is based in New York City and most of our castings and bookings are in the NY market. If you reside outside of NY or NJ, we will have fewer opportunities for you.

GETTING STARTED WITH BARBIZON AGENCYIf you are interested in representation with Barbizon Agency, there are a few things you should keep in mind when getting started and working with us.

  • Building a relationship with us takes time and it begins with communication. It is important that we can reach you quickly and as needed to confirm castings and bookings.

  • Your photos and all Marketing Materials must be current and up-to-date. This includes, notifying us of any changes to your appearance—hair style, hair color, braces, height/weight, clothing size, contact information, and availability.

  • Barbizon Agency is a non-exclusive agency which means you can work with other non-exclusive agencies. We do not take commission from any work you book on your own or through another agency.

  • We encourage you to be pro-active in the development of your career —stay involved, join the casting sites, and continue your training.

  • We love to hear of your progress and we are working for you on our end too, in every way we can!

  • Barbizon Agency is based in New York City and most of our castings and bookings are in the NY market. If you reside outside of NY or NJ, we will have fewer opportunities for you.

CHILD PERFORMER PERMITIf you are a minor (under 18), you MUST have a NY Child Performer Permit to work in NY state. You cannot be hired without your permit.Each state has different labor laws. Your NY permit is valid in NY state only. If you work in CA, you must have a CA permit for that state.For more information about the labor laws and permit requirements in your state, please visit the Children In Film website 👉 here.

CHILD PERFORMER PERMITIf you are a minor (under 18), you MUST have a NY Child Performer Permit to work in NY state. You cannot be hired without your permit.Each state has different labor laws. Your NY permit is valid in NY state only. If you work in CA, you must have a CA permit for that state.For more information about the labor laws and permit requirements in your state, please visit the Children In Film website 👉 here.

NY CHILD PERFOMER PERMIT APPLICATIONIf you are under the age of 18, you must have a Trust Account and NY Child Performer Permit to work in the state of New York.Permits are issued by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) upon approval of the required forms and documents.Please follow the steps below.

STEP 1
Trust Account
Visit your bank and request to open a trust account in your child's name. The account must be one of the following types:
1) UTMA
2) UGMA
3) Blocked Trust
Bring a copy of the Trust Account Form (linked below) to the bank so they can complete and stamp it while you are there. Also, bring your child's I.D. in case it is needed by the bank for verification.

STEP 2
12-Month Permit
Please complete all required forms (linked below). Mail to the DOL or upload to the application portal, along with any necessary documents. To access the portal, you must create a NY.gov ID for your child.
Read more 👉 here
Permits are valid for 12 months and should be renewed each year before they expire. There are no fees to obtain a permit.(By clicking on the forms, you will be re-directed to the DOL website. To return to this page, use your browsers' back button.)Application Form
School Form
Health Form
Trust Account Form
Emergency Contact Form

ONE TIME PERMIT
15-Day Temporary Work Permit
The 15-day temporary work permit is for one time use only and valid for 15 days from the date of issue. The application can be obtained online at the link below and should be used at the time of an immediate booking (and NOT before), and only if the 12-month permit has not yet been obtained or is in the process of application.
Please be sure to have a printer connected to your computer as you will need to print the temporary permit. If you do not have a printer, take a screenshot and save a copy.
15-Day Permit Application
For more information about the NY Child Performer Permits please visit the NY State Department of Labor👉 here

INDUSTRY-READY CHECK LISTIndustry-ready means you are prepared for the expectations of agents, managers, casting directors, and other industry professionals. If you can check each box below, you are industry-ready and will have a greater chance of achieving career success.

  • I have experience and training in modeling, acting, dancing, singing or other related performance skills.

  • I have a passion for the entertainment industry.

  • I have professional Marketing Materials.

  • I am fully available Monday–Friday for castings and bookings, as needed, including weekends.

  • I am pro-active and continuously seeking career development.

IF UNDER THE AGE OF 18

  • I have a valid Child Performer Permit required by the state I reside or wish to work in.

  • My parent/legal guardian is readily available to accompany me on castings and bookings.

INDUSTRY-READY CHECK LISTIndustry-ready means you are prepared for the expectations of agents, managers, casting directors, and other industry professionals. If you can check each box below, you are industry-ready and will have a greater chance of achieving career success.

  • I have experience and training in modeling, acting, dancing, singing or other related performance skills.

  • I have a passion for the entertainment industry.

  • I have professional Marketing Materials.

  • I am fully available Monday–Friday for castings and bookings, as needed, including weekends.

  • I am pro-active and continuously seeking career development.

IF UNDER THE AGE OF 18

  • I have a valid Child Performer Permit required by the state I reside or wish to work in.

  • My parent/legal guardian is readily available to accompany me on castings and bookings.

MARKETING MATERIALSTo be considered for representation with Barbizon Agency, it is the responsibility of all models and talent to provide us with their marketing materials. We do not service any materials below but are happy to provide you with the professional guidance and direction to obtain them.TIP: Other agencies/managers may have different requirements. Please always provide them with the materials they need to represent you.

HEADSHOTS
All models and talent must have at least one professional headshot.
(Snapshot photos are fine for babies and toddlers.)

RESUME
A resume is required for TV, Film, and Theatrical castings.

PORTFOLIO
Models should have three or more professional full-length portfolio photos, in addition to a headshot or a beauty shot.

COMP CARDS
If you are pursuing a career as a fashion model, we recommend professional comp cards for any in-person castings and auditions you attend.
Commercial print models and minors do NOT need comp cards—your headshot/resume is acceptable. A comp card is optional.

DEMO REELS
Slates and video footage of any professional work you have done, if applicable.

INSTAGRAM
It is optional to have an Instagram page although we recommend creating one for your career to increase exposure and collaboration opportunities. If you are a minor, your page MUST be monitored by a parent/guardian.

MARKETING MATERIALSTo be considered for representation with Barbizon Agency, it is the responsibility of all models and talent to provide us with their marketing materials. We do not service any materials below but are happy to provide you with the professional guidance and direction to obtain them.TIP: Other agencies/managers may have different requirements. Please always provide them with the materials they need to represent you.

HEADSHOTS
All models and talent must have at least one professional headshot.
(Snapshot photos are fine for babies and toddlers.)

RESUME
A resume is required for TV, Film, and Theatrical castings.

PORTFOLIO
Models should have three or more professional full-length portfolio photos, in addition to a headshot or a beauty shot.

COMP CARDS
If you are pursuing a career as a fashion model, we recommend professional comp cards for any in-person castings and auditions you attend.
Commercial print models and minors do NOT need comp cards—your headshot/resume is acceptable. A comp card is optional.

DEMO REELS
Slates and video footage of any professional work you have done, if applicable.

INSTAGRAM
It is optional to have an Instagram page although we recommend creating one for your career to increase exposure and collaboration opportunities. If you are a minor, your page MUST be monitored by a parent/guardian.

COMP CARDSIf you are pursuing a career as a fashion model, we recommend professional comp cards for any in-person castings and auditions you attend.Commercial print models and minors do not need comp cards—your headshot/resume is acceptable. A comp card is optional.


COMP CARD LAYOUTSThere are many different layouts to consider for your comp card. When choosing a layout, it will depend on how many photos you have.

👉 COMP CARD LAYOUT #1👉 COMP CARD LAYOUT #2👉 COMP CARD LAYOUT #3👉 COMP CARD LAYOUT #4


PROFESSIONAL PRINTINGYour comp card will stand out at a casting if it is designed and printed by a professional comp card company. There are several online sites to choose from, as well as local printers specializing in comp card design.
Order the minimum number of cards—usually 25. You can re-order more, as needed, and update with any new photos at the same time.
TIP: Photo shoots and comp cards are generally separate services and should never be purchased as an all-inclusive package.


DO-IT-YOURSELF COMP CARDSIf you are new to the industry and just getting started, Canva and Microsoft Word are two simple apps you can use to create a temporary card for your first couple of castings.

👉 HOW TO CREATE A COMP CARD AT HOME


COMP CARD TIPSWhenever creating a comp card at home or having it printed professionally, there are a few important tips to remember:1) Select only your best, most professional photos
(do not include selfies or snapshots)
2) Less is always more—choose quality over quantity
(we recommend 2-5 photos maximum)
3) NEVER duplicate an outfit
(each photo should be a different look/outfit)
4) Follow the standard comp card size and layout
(card measurement 8.5" x 5.5" with headshot on front/full length on back)
5) Include your name on the front and back of your comp card.
(it is common for models to use their first names only)


STATS & INFOIn addition to your photos, you must include your stats and contact info on the back of your comp card.WOMEN
Height | Bust | Waist | Hips | Dress Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info
MEN
Height | Neck/Sleeve | Waist | Inseam | Suit Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info

If you would like to create a comp card for a CHILD, please include:
GIRLS
Height | Weight | Dress Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info
BOYS
Height | Weight | Clothing Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info


COMP CARD LAYOUT #1

One of the most popular comp card layouts and ideal for models who have had several photo shoots.


COMP CARD LAYOUT #2

Most traditional compcard and recommended for models who have had more than one professional photo shoot.


COMP CARD LAYOUT #3

Our favorite layout for models who are just getting started and have had at least one professional photo shoot.


COMP CARD LAYOUT #4

Most suitable for models who are new to the industry and have very few photos. It is also an easy card to create at home.



HOW TO CREATE A COMP CARD AT HOME
To create any comp card at home, open a blank 8.5" x 11" page in Microsoft Word and change your layout and page setup to 'landscape'.
Insert headshot photo and crop/position to the left side of the page. Then choose a full length(s) photo and do the same for the right side.
Add your name, stats, and contact info.
Print. Fold in half. Done!

HEADSHOTSA great headshot needs to be professional and look like YOU!
Importance should be placed on lighting, framing, proper wardrobe, naturally-styled hair, and makeup (if age applicable).

👉 HEADSHOT #1👉 HEADSHOT #2


When investing in your headshot, we strongly recommend working with an experienced industry photographer.Some things to consider when preparing for your headshot session—

  • Hair should be styled natural and how you wear it most days.

  • Makeup is acceptable for ages 16 and older but it should be fresh and natural (no heavy eye shadows/liners, false lashes, or dark lipsticks, etc.)

  • If you are under 16, face should be clean with NO makeup.

  • Wardrobe should enhance your appearance, not distract or overpower. Choose solid colors, in jewel tones, no busy stripes or patterns, no ruffles or other ornamental necklines, no logos, no crop tops, no hair accessories, no jewelry.

  • Get plenty of rest the night before!


There are 2 primary headshots that actors need—Commercial and Theatrical (also known as Legit). Below is an overview of both.COMMERCIAL HEADSHOT
A good commercial headshot has high energy and big smiles. The lighting is bright, hair is natural, makeup is fresh, and wardrobe is casual. These headshots are perfect for commercial and lifestyle print castings/submissions.
THEATRICAL (LEGIT) HEADSHOT
A theatrical headshot is generally more dramatic in contrast to your commercial headshot, with a subtle but noticeable difference in lighting, hair/makeup, and wardrobe. Your energy is more contained and your smile is softer. These headshots are ideal for TV, film, and theatrical castings/submissions.
ARCHETYPE HEADSHOTS
Archetype headshots are entirely optional. For actors interested in exploring this further, please google for additional info.


PRINTINGProfessional headshots are printed 8" x 10" in size with your first and last name on the front. It is optional to have a white border or "bleed" over the edge. These are personal choices you or the printer can make.CASTINGSWhen attending an in-person casting, your resume should always be stapled to the back of your headshot, face up, and cut to the same size—8" x 10" (with no paper overhang).


HEADSHOT #1

Below is a commercial headshot with a traditional vertical set-up, also known as portrait, and a white border. First and last name on front.


HEADSHOT #2

Below is a theatrical headshot with a horizontal set-up, also known as landscape, and a white border. First and last name on front.


The same headshot (above), but with a vertical set-up and white border.


The same headshot (above), with a horizontal set-up, bleeding over the edge (no white border).


BEAUTY SHOTSBeauty shots, also known as glamour shots, tend to be more flattering and captivating than headshots and are ideal for model comp cards and portfolios. Beauty shots require a photographer who is skilled in lighting and does not use camera filters or heavy photo editing. Focus is on the model's facial attributes such as eyes, lips, complexions, and hair, etc.TIP: Beauty shots are suitable for models over 18 only.

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PORTFOLIO PHOTOSIf you are pursuing a career as a fashion or commercial print model, you should have three or more professional full-length portfolio photos, in addition to a headshot or a beauty shot.We recommend a mix of studio and outdoor shots to create more diversity.The purpose of your portfolio is to showcase different wardrobe/looks which might encourage or inspire a brand to book you.For minors, we recommend portfolio photos in casual wear, athletic wear, trendy wear, back-to-school fashion, and special occasion.For adults, we recommend any wardrobe looks suitable for your type and age range. Keywords when choosing outfits are—simple, fashionable, approachable, stylish, trendy, lifestyle, athletic, leisure, and business.
PORTFOLIO BOOK
All fashion models must have a portfolio book with their 10 best photos (no more)—test shoots with photographers, print work you have done, and any professional runway photos can be included. NEVER put selfies or snapshots in your portfolio (save them for your Instagram page).When attending in-person castings, it is recommended to have an iPad portfolio or a traditional portfolio book.Please NEVER show your portfolio or Instagram on your cell phone at a casting or during an agency interview.

INSTAGRAMInstagram has become one of the most important marketing tools in the modeling and acting industry. We encourage you to create a page to showcase yourself and increase exposure and collaboration opportunities.Having an Instagram page is not a requirement for representation with Barbizon Agency. Please use your discretion when creating an account for yourself or your child's career.If you are a minor, your page MUST be monitored by a parent/guardian.Please note: Barbizon Agency is not an influencer agency and we do not focus on follower count or number of likes. Never put that kind of pressure on yourself! We are specifically looking for content that might be useful to us when considering you for projects.Acceptable photos or videos to consider posting on your page can include any/all of the following:

  • Professional photos such as headshots, beauty shots, and portfolio photos, etc.

  • Sports or other activities you like to do—skateboarding, gymnastics, running, drawing, etc., and anything you might include under Special Skills on your resume.

  • Career progress, such as stage rehearsals, classes/training, castings, or auditions you have attended.

  • Industry events such as IMTA, performances, and career-related outings—look for logos, event signs, or step and repeat to feature in your post.

  • Inspirational quotes or images that personally resonate with you.

  • A random day in the life of you!

  • Shout outs to other industry people.

RESUMEYour resume should highlight any professional experience, training, skills/interests/hobbies, and additional languages that you have. Ideally, you want to grab the attention and interest of an agent, manager, casting director, or brand.When attending an in-person casting, your resume should always be stapled to the back of your headshot, face up, and cut to size—8" x 10" (with no paper overhang).

👉 RESUME TEMPLATE


Things you should INCLUDE on your resume:

  • First and Last Name

  • Contact Number

  • Email Address

  • Union Status (SAG-AFTRA, AEA, if applicable to you)

  • Height and Weight

  • Hair and Eye Color

  • Vocal Range (if you sing)

  • Profile photo (optional)

  • Industry Experience (Commercial, TV, Film, Theater, and other performance-related work)

  • Training

  • Special Skills

Things you should NOT include on your resume:

  • Full body measurements

  • DOB, Age, or Age range

  • Objectives

  • Public School, College, or University education (unless related to performing arts)

  • Other unrelated employment experience


RESUME TEMPLATE

Be sure to format your resume to industry standards—pay attention to headings, alignment, and spell check for typos.

DEMO REELSA demo reel is an edited compilation and highlight of your professional work, typically 3-4 minutes long.Demo reels can be created for:
Acting
Modeling
Singing
Dancing
Voiceover


SLATEYour slate is a brief introduction of yourself and often the first impression you make at an in-person casting or for a self-tape audition.The secret to a great slate is to be friendly, upbeat, and confident.
Your voice should project loudly and clearly.
IN-PERSON SLATEAlways slate directly to camera at an in-person casting.
TIP: If there is no camera at the casting, find a focal point on the wall in front of you. NEVER look directly at casting directors when slating.
VIDEO SLATEIf you are recording a video slate at home, there should be no distracting noise in the background or busy walls behind you.Your video slate should be approximately 10-12 seconds long (unless you are asked to include a short bio about yourself).Please refer to the 7 steps below when recording your video slate.TIP: These instructions are standard for the industry and should be followed for every video slate unless other direction is provided.

STEP 1
Camera Prep

You can use your cell phone to record your slate (if you do not have professional video equipment). Position your phone horizontally so you record your video slate in landscape view.TIP: If you are recording your slate to upload to your IG or TikTok page, you should record it vertically for best viewing on those platforms. However, NEVER submit a vertical slate to a casting director.


STEP 2
Location Prep

Find a quiet area in your house or other location with a blank neutral-colored wall. The area should be well-lit, preferably with natural lighting or a ring light. Clear the wall of pictures, mirrors, or other distracting objects, and pick a spot without light switches or blemishes on the wall that might be visible in the background of your self-tape. If you don't have an uninterrupted wall, invest in a self-tape backdrop.


STEP 3
Wardrobe Prep

Your wardrobe should enhance your appearance and not distract or overpower. Choose a solid-colored top in a jewel tone. NO busy stripes or patterns, no ruffles or other ornamental necklines, no logos, no crop tops, no hair accessories, no jewelry.


STEP 4
Hair & Makeup Prep

Hair should be styled natural and how you wear it most days, including men with facial hair. Makeup should be fresh and natural. NO heavy eye shadows/liners, false lashes, or dark lipsticks, etc.
If you are under the age of 16, face should be clean with NO makeup.
IMPORTANT! If your slate is for a request casting based on your headshot submission, your appearance MUST look like your headshot.


STEP 5
Record Prep

Stand a few inches in front of the wall so you are not touching or leaning against it. Your posture should be straight with your shoulders pulled back. Face to camera with your body in frame waist up.
Position your phone horizontally so you record your video in landscape view—see diagram below.

IMPORTANT!
Do NOT shoot full length or too close-up.
Do NOT press record until your phone is horizontal, otherwise the video will record and save sideways.


STEP 6
Ready to Slate

Look directly into the camera when slating.
Smile and take a short beat before and after your slate to avoid an abrupt beginning and ending to your video.
SLATE
1) Hi, my name is First/Last name
2) I am X years old
(for adults, you may state I am over 18)
3) My height is X' X"
4) And I live in City/State

TIP: The above is the standard info for in-person castings and video slates, however some casting directors have other preferences. Always follow any direction you have been given if different from the above.


STEP 7
Save your Slate

The default setting on most cell phones should automatically save your slate as an MP4 file, which is the best format for sharing and uploading.Review your slate to be sure the audio and video are clear. Record it again if it isn't perfect.Save your slate and title it:
first and last name_slate
If you are sending your slate together with a self-tape and/or with your headshot/resume, it will be too large to submit by regular email.
Please send via WeTransfer.
Do NOT send your slate, or any self-tape submissions, via Google Drive or as a youtube/vimeo link, unless instructed to do so.

SELF-TAPE AUDITIONYour self-tape is a very important part of the audition process. Please follow the 7 steps below when recording your self-tape.TIP: These instructions are standard for the industry and should be followed for every self-tape audition unless other direction is provided.

STEP 1
Camera Prep

You can use your cell phone to record your self-tape (if you do not have professional video equipment). Position your phone horizontally so you record your video in landscape view.


STEP 2
Location Prep

Find a quiet area in your house or other location with a blank neutral-colored wall. The area should be well-lit, preferably with natural lighting or a ring light. Clear the wall of pictures, mirrors, or other distracting objects, and pick a spot without light switches or blemishes on the wall that might be visible in the background of your self-tape. If you don't have an uninterrupted wall, invest in a self-tape backdrop.


STEP 3
Wardrobe Prep

Your wardrobe should enhance your appearance and not distract or overpower. Choose a solid-colored top in a jewel tone. NO busy stripes or patterns, no ruffles or other ornamental necklines, no logos, no crop tops, no hair accessories, no jewelry.


STEP 4
Hair & Makeup Prep

Hair should be styled natural and how you wear it most days, including men with facial hair. Makeup should be fresh and natural. NO heavy eye shadows/liners, false lashes, or dark lipsticks, etc.
If you are under the age of 16, face should be clean with NO makeup.
IMPORTANT! If the self-tape is for a request casting based on your headshot submission, your appearance MUST look like your headshot.


STEP 5
Record Prep

Stand a few inches in front of the wall so you are not touching or leaning against it. Your posture should be straight with your shoulders pulled back. Face to camera with your body in frame waist up.
Position your phone horizontally so you record your video in landscape view—see diagram below.

IMPORTANT!
Do NOT shoot full length or too close-up.
Do NOT press record until your phone is horizontal, otherwise the video will record and save sideways.


STEP 6
Ready to Audition

Please SLATE first before your audition, if instructed.
Look directly into the camera when slating. Smile. Be confident.
SLATE
1) Hi, my name is First/Last name
2) I am X years old
(for adults, you can say I am over 18)
3) My height is X' X"
4) And I live in City/State
After your slate, take a short beat, then perform your AUDITION.AUDITION
1) Keep your face and body straight to camera when performing.
2) Your eyes should look slightly off-camera at your reader.
3) Your reader should stand across from you out of view of the video.
Your eye line should be level with your reader's eyes. Do not look directly into the camera when performing your audition.

The key to a great self-tape is to be yourself!
Your SLATE should be friendly like when you first meet someone.
Your AUDITION should be natural. Study your lines and be sure your eyes look up, particularly at the start of your audition when delivering your first and second lines. Keep your script in your hand, out of the camera frame, and glance down for other lines as needed.
Take your time and connect to what you are saying.
TIP: Only slate for a self-tape audition if instructions have been given, otherwise do not slate.


STEP 7
Save your Self-tape

The default setting on most cell phones should automatically save your self-tape as an MP4 file, which is the best format for agents and casting directors.Before submitting your self-tape, please review it to be sure the audio and video are clear and you are happy with your slate and audition. Record it again if it isn't perfect.Save your self-tape and title it:
first and last name_role or project you are auditioning for
Self-tape files are generally too large to send by regular email. Most agents and casting directors prefer to receive large files via WeTransfer.Do NOT send your self-tape via Google Drive or as a youtube/vimeo link, unless instructed to do so.

SELF-TAPE AUDITIONYour self-tape is a very important part of the audition process. Please follow the 7 steps below when recording your self-tape.

STEP 1
Camera Prep

You can use your cell phone to record your self-tape (if you do not have professional video equipment). Position your phone horizontally so you record your video in landscape view.


STEP 2
Location Prep

Find a quiet area in your house or other location with a blank neutral-colored wall. The area should be well-lit, preferably with natural lighting or a ring light. Clear the wall of pictures, mirrors, or other distracting objects, and pick a spot without light switches or blemishes on the wall that might be visible in the background of your self-tape. If you don't have an uninterrupted wall, invest in a self-tape backdrop.


STEP 3
Wardrobe Prep

Your wardrobe should enhance your appearance and not distract or overpower. Choose a solid-colored top in a jewel tone. NO busy stripes or patterns, no ruffles or other ornamental necklines, no logos, no crop tops, no hair accessories, no hats, no jewelry.


STEP 4
Hair Prep

Hair should be styled natural and how you wear it most days.


STEP 5
Record Prep

Stand a few inches in front of the wall so you are not touching or leaning against it. Your posture should be straight with your shoulders pulled back. Face to camera with your body in frame waist up.
Position your phone horizontally so you record your video in landscape view—see diagram below.

IMPORTANT!
Do NOT shoot full length or too close-up.
Do NOT press record until your phone is horizontal, otherwise the video will record and save sideways.


STEP 6
Ready to Audition

Please SLATE first before your audition, if instructed.
Look directly into the camera when slating. Smile. Be confident.
SLATE
1) Hi, my name is First/Last name
2) I am X years old
3) My height is X' X"
4) And I live in City/State
5) Fun Fact about yourself
After your slate, take a short beat, then perform your AUDITION.AUDITION
1) Keep your face and body straight to camera when performing.
2) Your eyes should look slightly off-camera at your reader.
3) Your reader should stand across from you out of view of the video.
Your eye line should be level with your reader's eyes. Do not look directly into the camera when performing your audition.

The key to a great self-tape is to be yourself!
Your SLATE should be friendly like when you first meet someone.
Your AUDITION should be natural. Study your lines and be sure your eyes look up, particularly at the start of your audition when delivering your first and second lines. Keep your script in your hand, out of the camera frame, and glance down for other lines as needed.
Take your time and connect to what you are saying.


STEP 7
Save your Self-tape

The default setting on most cell phones should automatically save your self-tape as an MP4 file.The file will be too large to send by regular email. Please send via WeTransfer. You can create a free account here.Do NOT send your self-tape via Google Drive or as a youtube/vimeo link.

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HOW TO TAKE MEASUREMENTSIt is essential to keep us updated on any changes to your measurements.Below are instructions on how to measure yourself or your child.

INSTRUCTIONSHEIGHT: Standing straight, in bare feet, measure from the highest point of the head all the way to the floor.CHEST/BUST: Standing in an upright position with both arms down, wrap the measuring tape across the back, underneath the arms, and over the front of fullest part of the chest/bust.WAIST: Standing in an upright position, wrap the measuring tape around the natural waist. See TIP below.HIP: Standing in an upright position, wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of the hip.TIP: To locate the natural waist, bend sideways at the waist—this is the natural waist. Return to an upright position before measuring.

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CASTING SITESJoining a casting site is one of the best ways to stay actively involved in the development of your career.Below are some of the most popular casting sites in the industry.👉 If you click on any casting site below, it will redirect you to their website. Use your browser's back button to return to this page.

BACKSTAGE
(for actors and models)

CASTING NETWORKS
(for actors and models)

ACTORS ACCESS
(for actors only)

CASTING FRONTIER
(for actors only)

PLAYBILL
(for theater actors only)

If you are interested in background/extra work, you can also register with these castings sites:

CENTRAL CASTING
(for background/extras)

GRANT WILFLEY
(for background/extras)
Please also follow Grant Wilfley's IG for daily casting notices

The casting sites above charge a monthly/annual fee, except for Playbill and the background sites, which are free. We recommend visiting all sites to decide which one(s) might be right for you.

⭐ IMPORTANT
Keep in mind—most castings will be found in the bigger markets. If you live in one of the smaller markets, there may be fewer opportunities.

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