Spotlight Link Casting Breakdowns

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    Hi all.

    For the first time ever in my life I'm c/o The Spotlight!

    Just been having a look at the Spotlight Link Casting Breakdowns they send me now.

    Am I being thick or am I missing the point?

    I'm finding it a bit confusing.

    Does anyone know what the Casting Director actually sees?

    Presumably I have to add my contact details in the comments bit because if not they have to go through The Spotlight to contact me, which is time consuming for them?

    Also, whats the bit about having different CV's about? How do you get 2 Spotlight CV's? Is that if you are in different directories?

    And, presumably you can't change your photo for a specific submission and attach that photo to that submission?

    Can't think of anything else that's confusing me right now, but there's time...

    :-)

    S x

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  • Paul Newbery

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    mmm i'm considering this as well sarah.Could you let us know if it has a positive effect when you've sussed it out.sorry can't help further.

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    Er... Its never going to be hugely positive going from having an agent to not having an agent!

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  • Blake J Askew

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    Sarah, that is debatable. If you have a losy agent hwo doesnt work for you and never gtes you aduitions, you are better handling your own affairs, until you get a bettr agent and a better job.

    Having an agent for some is a hindrance and you may get better work doing it on your own. There is no science to this career.

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  • User Deleted

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    Hi there,

    Can you actually apply for jobs on Spotlight yourself as an Actor? I thought only Agents had access?

    • 20th May 2008
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  • Andrew Lawden

    Actor

    yes you can apply for jobs , one of the best things that has happened in years

    xx

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    I get the strangest castings sent to me from Spotlight,ranging from twelve year old chinese kids to sixty year old Iranians....bizarre.

    No idea how their filtering system works!

    • 20th May 2008
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  • User Deleted

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    Sorry, how are you guys getting sent the castings? My Agent always says she gets loads through and she sends me for all sorts but she has sent me forward for about 6 auditions in two years. Help!

    • 20th May 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

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    You can only get it if you dont have an agent- and are C/O Spotlight. Theyt do not give all castings at all.. they only send stuff that is general, and you wont get the preferred castings that only go through agents alone. The CDs have a choice to put it in general or not.

    • 20th May 2008
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  • User Deleted

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    When you are c/o Spotlight,

    ie not having an agent registered with them, you will receive a limited amount of casting breakdowns. But only for castings where they are happy for everyone to see them. You will not really get all the good s**t!

    And it is not tailored to suite you, it is just everything that comes in, man, woman, child etc.

    Although saying all this, I managed to get a few castings this way, an since I've had an agent (Jan) I have not had one casting :-(

    • 20th May 2008
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    Sorry, as there had been a thread on this when Spotlight first started it, I thought people knew what happened when you become c/o Spotlight.

    Can anyone actually answer my questions though, as no one has yet! LOL!

    S x

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  • User Deleted

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    Hey Sarah,

    Basically the two cv's is if you're across more than one area and have presenting and dancing as well as acting. You don't actually get to choose a specific CV to put forward each time, it's just generic. Likewise with your photo.

    When you first respond the casting director gets pages and pages of just headshot along with Agent details and the 'extra info' section which you or your agent can fill out. Since you're c/o spotlight you should not provide them with your personal details but allow them to contact you through spotlight. Lengthy I know but it's for your own protection. Anyways - they can then click on the many hundreds or thousands of photo's they've received which then links them to your CV and all your additional photo's. That is all they see.

    That's pretty much the process. I only know as I've seen spotlight from the casting directors point before... Hope that's all you wanted to know.

    Ollie

    • 21st May 2008
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    Coming back to acting after many years away, I don't have an agent yet. Some people say it is vitally important and others say with the internet now, it not as essential as it used to be.

    It seems to be so difficult to get an agent to take an interest, always has been, I know!

    I do seem to be getting a lot of calls just from Casting Pro Call. Perhaps I ought to just concentrate on spreading my net wider through the use of the internet. It does seem to be the way to go now. Surely it is so much easier for a casting director to click through the pages of a website than a big thick book stuffed with photos?

    Should I get off my bum and make more effort to get the ellusive agent?

    • 22nd May 2008
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    Hi Ollie

    Thank you so much. That is exactly what I wanted to know. You are a star.

    S x

    • 22nd May 2008
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  • User Deleted

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    Hi

    It is a good idea to put at least your direct contact number into the comments box as I know a lot of casting directors prefer not to have to go through spotlight. Also, you can maybe write something REALLY brief as to why you should be seen as many agents do this to give their clients an edge. Basically, if your face doesn't fit, they won't bother with you anyway, but if you're a maybe, it might sway it your way.

    It's fun being an actor isn't it??! x

    • 23rd May 2008
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