The Best Internet Casting Site??

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    Hi Everyone,

    I just wanted to find out once and for all... What you all think is the best Casting Website?

    Casting Call Pro

    CastNet

    Equity

    Talent Circle

    Castweb

    Too Be Seen

    UK Screen

    PCR

    Shooting People

    StarNow

    Others...?

    I can only really afford one or two so I would appreciate your views on which sites you all believe are worth paying for...?

    Thanks very much

    Simon Higgins

    • 23rd Mar 2009
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    why CastingCallPro is the best of course! with green-room forum, application tracking and free showreel uploading! it's the best casting website around!

    (can i have my free membership now please?)

    seriously, i find them all to be similar in the standard of jobs listed. Mostly unpaid student films, the odd bit of extra work being passed off as acting roles, fringe theatre and every-now and then a really good paid job!

    there are a few i stick to, Talentcircle, Mandy and ccp. shootingpeople is ok, but i find it a waste of money- you get alerts every day but most of it is just private messages asking for house-share or camera equipment needed....

    • 8th Mar 2009
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    CastingCallPro is the best .

    • 8th Mar 2009
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    i agree. NOT pcr. i use equity (free with my membership anyway so might as well) and pay for CCP.

    • 8th Mar 2009
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    its not a casting site like this is, per se, but it has a job listing section which has some west end, occational screen, tour work etc.

    so not the same, but a free service none the less.

    • 8th Mar 2009
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Yes, Equity calls its service the Job Information Service - you won't find it unless you log in as a member, and to be a member, you have to hold an Equity card. In that sense, it is not 'free' per se - it is a benefit that is offered to those who pay their union subs. Unlike many other sites, it ONLY carries paying work, although its coverage is disappointingly limited. There are current discussions going on on the Equity forums as to how to improve the JIS so that casting directors will be (potentially) more interested in issuing breakdowns to it - however, you won't be able to access the forum unless you are an Equity member either!

    It is true that most subscription and free sites carry the majority of the same ads - this is not least because low budget setups who have few other resources need to maximise the likelihood of their getting a cast together, and it is, therefore, in their best interests to 'carpet bomb' as many sites as they can. This is quite different to how most high ranking casting directors cast - they tend to stick to very limited releases of breakdowns to very specific people. Occasionally, the odd high profile CD/director etc. does turn up casting on online sites, but generally in the hope of getting the cast on the cheap.

    CCP always gets my subscription because a) I like the user interface, which is extremely user friendly (and, in fact, should be a model for other casting sites, IMHO!) b) because the forums are an excellent additional feature and c) because I seem to be able to land auditions and jobs from it. I am also a Castnet subscriber - I find they are good at delivering on their promise to vet the breakdowns they send you with a certain degree of specificity, and they seem to have a half decent industry rep, which means many of the jobs offered are of a good standard. Castweb is also a distributor of worthwhile information and updated daily - but it offers no possibility of applying via online channels; you have to write and post letters/CV's etc. to the companies concerned in the old fashioned manner.

    All of these sites have significant subscription cost; there are some 'free' sites (or, at least, you don't have to pay for using 'lesser' features) - Mandy.com is like this, but I have always found it correspondingly weak - to a certain extent, you get what you pay for. PCR is, in many ways, outclassed by the online setups, who tend to get the majority of the same information out to recipients quicker, and in this sense it is a relic, BUT it is perhaps too easy to dismiss it totally - it can sometimes feature extremely decently profiled jobs that are worth applying for (though it's true that they rarely pay much). PCR is a real 'luck of the draw' publication, however: you can have a weeks' run where you could apply for every gig in sight, and another which is completely devoid of anything remotely useful to you. As you effectively pay for the issue to be delivered to you once a week (whether good or bad), and once its gone to print it's set in stone (though PCR do have a 'last minute breakdown' online service incl. in the price of subscription) this is probably less efficient than paying, say, a months' fee to CCP, and being able to access new data every day.

    • 8th Mar 2009
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    thats what i was trying to say .... in a much less eloquent manner!

    • 8th Mar 2009
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  • Reuben Liburd

    Actor

    Castingcall pro is the best casting website. Thanks to CCP I had my first TV role and I had a great time filming in Essexs Southend and everything about CCP is great so a big well done to the CCP team we should all buy chocolates and donuts and flowers of course for the CCP team.

    Thankyou CCP

    Reuben Liburd

    • 10th Mar 2009
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  • Law Ballard

    Actor

    I just recently subscribed to 'to be seen' and have been sent pretty much what ccp has sent me, except, less.So i will be unsubscribing.

    • 10th Mar 2009
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  • Alarna Carr

    Actor

    Hello

    I am a green room virgin, so please be gentle with me. I used to have a job, now I don't,so lots of free time on my hands!.

    Having tried all those casting sites listed, over the last 10 years, I would agree with the majority that CCP and Equity are the best.

    I hope that helps.??

    Alarna xx

    • 10th Mar 2009
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  • Andy Pandini

    Actor

    CastNet, by a long way.

    • 10th Mar 2009
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    CCP in my mind has the most professional jobs. However, I am also a subsciber to talentcircle and as I am based in Manchester and not London I find talentcircle has more regional jobs available although they are mostly unpaid.

    Just my thoughts

    • 23rd Mar 2009
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