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FAQ

EST. 1939 | NYC

ABOUT BARBIZONBarbizon was founded in 1939 on Fifth Avenue in New York City and is known as one of the oldest and most famous names in the entertainment business. From the beginning, Barbizon has been widely recognized for developing successful futures in the modeling and acting industry.Barbizon School of Modeling & Acting is a training center with studio locations around the nation.Barbizon Agency is a full service Model & Talent Agency, representing freelance professionals and new faces who are industry-ready. The agency does not provide training and operates independently of the school.

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JOINING BARBIZON AGENCYBarbizon Agency does NOT charge any fees for representation. We only make a commission percentage if we book you for work.
There are no other fees to join.
It is important for you to know, you should NEVER pay an upfront fee to any Agency!

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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.

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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. Please carefully read the information below and review all FAQ's we have provided on our FAQ site.

  • 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/or 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!

  • If you reside outside the tri-state area (NY, NJ or CT), the Barbizon Agency will have fewer opportunities for you. Please consider seeking additional agency representation local to your city/state.

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CHILD PERFORMER PERMITIf you are under the age of 18, you MUST have a Child Performer Permit to work in NY state. You cannot be hired without your permit.To apply for your NY Child Performer Permit, please refer to FAQ 5a.It is important to know, your NY permit is not valid in other states. Each state has different permit laws. For example, if you work in CA, you must have a CA permit for that state.For more information about the permit laws for each state, please visit the Children In Film website.

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NY CHILD PERFOMER PERMIT APPLICATIONIf you are under the age of 18, you must have a NY Child Performer Permit to work in the state of NY.Please follow the steps below.

STEP 1
Trust Account
Please 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 print and complete all forms (linked below) and mail to the Department of Labor. The address is provided on the top header of the forms. 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, please 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
If you would like to receive the forms via email, please contact Ellen at: [email protected]

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INDUSTRY-READYBelow is a check list for Models and Talent who live in the NY market. If you live outside this market the same will apply to you in your state.

  • I have modeling/acting training, experience, and 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 a local hire and live in or nearby the NY market.

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

  • I am under 18 and have my NY Child Performer Permit.

  • I am under 18 and have a parent/legal guardian who can accompany me on castings and bookings.

If you answered "yes" to everything applicable to you, then you are ready for the industry and you will have a greater chance of success.It is important to stay actively involved in your career development! Set goals for yourself. Have a vision of where you want to be and recognize it will take time to get there.

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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.Note: 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.)
If you are a Barbizon Graduate of New York, you receive a lifetime headshot update for free, so please take advantage of this.

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.

EST. 1939 | NYC

MARKETING MATERIALSTo be considered for representation with the 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.Note: 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.)
If you are a Barbizon Graduate of New York, you receive a lifetime headshot update for free, so please take advantage of this.

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.

EST. 1939 | NYC

MARKETING MATERIALSTo be considered for representation with the 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.Note: 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.)
If you are a Barbizon Graduate of New York, you receive a lifetime headshot update for free, so please take advantage of this.

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.

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


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.


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.
Photo shoots and comp cards are separate services and should never be purchased as an all-inclusive package.


DO-IT-YOURSELF COMP CARDSThere are also many ways to create a comp card at home. This is ideal for the occasional casting you might go on or for emergency needs. Canva.com and Microsoft Word are two very simple apps you can use.

👉 HOW TO CREATE A COMP CARD AT HOME


COMP CARD TIPSWhenever creating a comp card at home or professionally, there are a few important things to remember:1) Less is more—always choose quality over quantity
(we suggest 2-5 photos maximum)
2) Include your best professional photos only
(no selfies or snapshots)
3) NEVER duplicate an outfit
(each photo should be a different look/outfit)
4) Follow the standard comp card layout and size
(headshot on front/full length on back; card measurement 8.5" x 5.5")
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 your child, please include:
GIRLS
Height | Weight | Dress Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info
BOYS
Height | Weight | Clothing Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #1

This is one of the most popular comp card designs and ideal for models who have had several photo shoots. It is also the perfect layout if you are creating a comp card at home for email submissions.
All templates are created on a standard 8.5" x 11" page but printed front/back to 8.5" x 5.5 size.
If you are creating a card at home, you can fold in half for the same effect.


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #2

This is another popular comp card design and recommended for models who have had more than one professional photo shoot.


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #3

This comp card is my favorite design for models who are just getting started and have had at least one professional photo shoot.


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #4

This comp card design is 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 for email submissions or to print for in-person castings.



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!

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


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.


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.
Photo shoots and comp cards are separate services and should never be purchased as an all-inclusive package.


DO-IT-YOURSELF COMP CARDSThere are also many ways to create a comp card at home. This is ideal for the occasional casting you might go on or for emergency needs. Canva.com and Microsoft Word are two very simple apps you can use.

👉 HOW TO CREATE A COMP CARD AT HOME


COMP CARD TIPSWhenever creating a comp card at home or professionally, there are a few important things to remember:1) Less is more—always choose quality over quantity
(we suggest 2-5 photos maximum)
2) Include your best professional photos only
(no selfies or snapshots)
3) NEVER duplicate an outfit
(each photo should be a different look/outfit)
4) Follow the standard comp card layout and size
(headshot on front/full length on back; card measurement 8.5" x 5.5")
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 your child, please include:
GIRLS
Height | Weight | Dress Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info
BOYS
Height | Weight | Clothing Size | Shoe Size | Contact Info


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #1

This is one of the most popular comp card designs and ideal for models who have had several photo shoots. It is also the perfect layout if you are creating a comp card at home for email submissions.
All templates are designed on a standard 8.5" x 11" page but printed front/back to 8.5" x 5.5 size.
If you are creating a card at home, you can fold in half for the same effect.


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #2

This is another popular comp card design and recommended for models who have had more than one professional photo shoot.


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #3

This comp card is my favorite design for models who are just getting started and have had at least one professional photo shoot.


COMP CARD TEMPLATE #4

This comp card design is 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 for email submissions or to print for in-person castings.



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!

EST. 1939 | NYC

👉 HEADSHOT TEMPLATE #1👉 HEADSHOT TEMPLATE #2


A great headshot needs to look like YOU!
Some things to consider when planning a 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!

We strongly recommend having your headshots taken by an industry photographer who has experience working with talent.Traditionally, headshots are framed chest up and taken horizontally or vertically. They are printed 8" x 10" in size, with your first and last name on the front. Your resume must be attached to the back, face up, and cut to the same size as your headshot—8" x 10" (with no paper overhang).All talent should ideally have 2 headshots—Commercial and Theatrical.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 commercial print castings.
THEATRICAL HEADSHOT
A theatrical headshot is generally more dramatic in contrast to your commercial headshot and 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 and submissions.
ARCHETYPE HEADSHOTS
Archetype headshots are entirely optional. For actors interested in exploring this further, please google for additional info.


HEADSHOT TEMPLATE #1

This is a commercial headshot.
Big smile, bright lighting, and casual solid-colored top.
Set-up is vertical, also known as portrait, with a white border.
First and last name on front.
Reminder: Headshots are 8" x 10" in size. If you are printing your headshot at home, please cut to this size.


HEADSHOT TEMPLATE #2

This is a theatrical headshot.
More dramatic with a softer expression.
Set-up is vertical, also known as portrait, with a white border.
First and last name on front.


The same photo below but with a horizontal set-up, also known as landscape. Either set-up is entirely acceptable for any of your headshots. Landscape tends to work well for more dramatic shots.


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BEAUTY SHOTSBeauty shots, also known as glamour shots, tend to be more flattering and captivating than headshots, and ideal for models' 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.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. Having a mix of indoor and outdoor photos is ideal.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 for adults to keep in mind when choosing outfits for your portfolio shoots 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.

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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.

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👉 RESUME TEMPLATE


The purpose of your resume is to showcase your professional experience, training, and skills and to ultimately grab the attention of a casting director and/or interest from an agent!Things to 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

  • Voice 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 to 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

When formatting your resume, please use the standard template below and ONLY include any classes you know you have taken at Barbizon.Cut your resume to fit the same size as your headshot—8" x 10".
Staple it to the back, face-up. Never leave any paper overhang.

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DEMO REELSDemo reels are a compilation of your professional acting work, edited into one video, and no more than 3-4 minutes long.Demo reels can also be created for:
Modeling
Singing
Dancing
Voiceover


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SLATEYour slate is a brief introduction of yourself and often the first impression you make at an in-person casting or 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.
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.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.Note: 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, 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

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.

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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.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, 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.
Note: 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.

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HOW TO TAKE MEASUREMENTSIt is important for all models and talent to keep us updated with any changes to your measurements.
Below are instructions on how to measure your child.
The same instructions apply to adults.

INSTRUCTIONSHEIGHT: Please be sure your child is bare foot and standing straight. Measure from the highest point of the head all the way to the floor.CHEST: Your child should be 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.WAIST: Your child should be standing in an upright position. Wrap the measuring tape around your child's natural waist. See TIP below.HIP: Your child should be standing in an upright position. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your child's hips.TIP! To locate the natural waist, have your child bend sideways at the waist—this is the natural waist. Return your child to an upright position before measuring.

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VACCINATION REQUIREMENTSIn general, the larger the production is, the greater the need to be vaccinated.

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CASTING SITESThe casting sites are one of the best ways to build your resume and stay actively involved in your career. We recommend joining one (or more) of the casting sites below and self-submit for projects.👉 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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