Can you email a casting director in order to get an audition/work?

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    Hey All,

    I am just wondering if it is acceptable to email a casting director about auditioning for their up coming projects? I am a Birmingham based actor and I am thinking about getting in touch with the casting director of Peaky Blinders to enquire about the show. Is this an ok thing to do? I know it seems like a silly question as I know emailing agents isnt an issue because many actors do it. Although I never really hear anything about actors emailing casting directors? I was once told by an actor that its fine to email people and be a nuisance because your young and ambitious! but is it ok to do?...I guess thats what the casting directors guild is for? Im just concerned they will tell me to go through someone else.

    Any advice would be great. Thank you x

    • 3rd Jul 2015
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  • Mark Joseph

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    Whoever told you it's fine to "email people and be a nuisance" know nothing about the industry at all.

    Yes, it's totally fine to email CD's yourself, but have a reason to do so. A new headshot, showreel, agent, show you're in etc etc, is more than enough reason to send a brief message.

    In terms of getting an audition, you're more likely to succeed if you're responding to a breakdown. If you have no idea if there's even a part available for you (ie the next series of PB), it can be fairly pointless. However, if it's polite and professional, it won't do you any harm.

    • 30th Jun 2015
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    Hi Ashlee,

    I guess sometimes it is the right time and right place. I have an actress friend who so wanted to be noticed she actually went upto the front door of a very famous play writer and asked whether she could have a part in a new play he had written ! He was so taken with her pluck she got an audition and got the the part ! This was many years ago but sometimes perhaps you have to really promote yourself in this very competitive market. Best wishes for your future.

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    If you are passionate about being part of a particular show, then go for it. I have a friend who did exactly what you wish to do, and got an audition. You have nothing to lose at all. This business is so tough, you have to hustle. The odds are that your email won't even be read, so you certainly won't annoy anyone; it could, however, be your lucky day. Always, always, keep writing and hustling. Good luck.

    • 3rd Jul 2015
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