Jumping through hoops ....

  • Wayne Newport

    Actor

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed how job adverts are demanding more and more from applicants?

    I appreciate that everyone wants the very best person for the job - but let's be realistic. I've seen loads of jobs posted where an applicant needs to supply their CV, headshot and showreel, as well as recording a voice-over or self-tape. For this, the job will pay you £70 or less and you'll be expected to attend an audition and, assuming you get the role, get yourself to the job and provide your own refreshments.

    Does anyone respond to these type of adverts or do you just ignore them? Or, has the industry changed and I'm just being unrealistic?

    • 4th Oct 2020
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  • Nicola Howard

    Actor

    Hi Wayne

    It's not just you! I have been finding jobs ask you to provide a selftape on application alot now. I've done a number of these and find they often don't even get watched! I just don't have time to do this most days, especially if no one even looks at them!

    I would rather they shortlisted first..

    Nicola

    • 15th Sep 2020
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  • David Vale

    Actor

    Generally I ignore them. I did apply to a £150 job but said my minimum was £250. They then readvertised at £350 and gave me the job! Odd.

    I think that requiring a selftape with the initial application represents a huge waste of effort. I did complete one a couple of months ago (Spotlight, not Mandy) for a five minute monologue but was obviously not going to learn it - used autocue software to read it. I got the job and asked the director about the response. He received about 80 selftapes and said he watched them all.

    • 16th Sep 2020
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  • Stu Jackson

    Actor

    I'm a great fan of self tapes. It gives us the chance to do multiple takes to audition, we don't need to trek to a casting studio, and of course with the Covid situation it helps keep us safer!

    The hoops being asked to jump through for roles increasing however is a direct result of the industry being over-saturated. I'm old enough to remember the days when being an Equity member was a prerequisite to go for a professional production, and one had to prove they were professional through qualification or experience to be a member. I'm no fan of closed shop unions (now illegal in the UK), but in the unique case of Equity, they acted as a de facto regulating body. Now any amateur can claim to be an actor, and it's destroying the industry in my view. :-(

    • 29th Sep 2020
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  • Nicola Howard

    Actor

    Hi Stu

    I’m a fan of self-tapes too. But should you have to do a self-tape just to apply for the job? Yesterday I spent some time doing an elaborate self-tape for a job on here, in between working and ferrying my kids around. When I went to apply with my finished tape the job had been taken down and I could no longer apply!! What a waste of my time! Obviously like you say, the industry is so saturated that they had already received more than enough tapes from applicants who have more time on their hands than I do.

    It makes me so sad.

    • 29th Sep 2020
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  • Stu Jackson

    Actor

    I completely agree Nicola. I understand that within minutes a CD can be overwhelmed with responses, which makes it much more of a lottery (whether we happen to be available there and then to self tape) than one would hope for.

    Under normal times, I would like to think that a self tape is a useful tool to short list people you might bring into a casting studio. They still need to see how you are in eprson, whether you can take direction, how you look under their lighting, etc etc etc. With Covid however, I think a self tape is a good way to cast. If needs be, maybe backed up with a zoom call?

    • 29th Sep 2020
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  • Mike Capozzola

    Actor

    Wayne. I write them off as clowns. Utter unrealistic on their end.

    • 30th Sep 2020
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  • Mike Capozzola

    Actor

    AND speaking of hoops: While our self-tapes can simply be streamed, our reels must be downloaded at the other end to be seen on MANDY. This extra step is a nuisance for the casting person who often gets a few hundred applications for just one role.

    • 30th Sep 2020
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  • Mike Capozzola

    Actor

    AND speaking of hoops: While our self-tapes can simply be streamed, our reels must be downloaded at the other end to be seen on MANDY. This extra step is a nuisance for the casting person who often gets a few hundred applications for just one role.

    • 30th Sep 2020
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  • Kerri Hedley-Cheney

    Actor

    What I am seeing a lot of is requests that are so specific - 25 year old woman with 4 year old son. Woman must be able to hula hoop and be registered disabled with scars. No acting experience necessary. I mean honesty, these are appearing more and more - on spotlight too!

    • 30th Sep 2020
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  • Mike Capozzola

    Actor

    “Mr. Capozzola, the role of 'veteran detective' calls for a six-foot American actor, early 50's, with a New York accent, salt & pepper hair and a comedy background who is ALSO gender fluid. Do you in fact identify as gender fluid?”

    "I do NOW!"

    • 30th Sep 2020
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  • Rosanne Priest

    Actor

    I completely agree. To be clear, I've absolutely no objection to doing self-tapes, but I dislike doing them at the first round of application, and I think it would be beneficial to all concerned if the function to ask for them at the application stage was removed from the site - it only results in wasted time on everybody's part. I'm more than happy to spend time doing a self tape on request, when I'm actually suitable for the role and in with a chance, but I resent spending time filming them when they are never even watched.

    The other thing I find incredibly frustrating, is when employers request things that the casting platform doesn't actually allow. For example, please apply with a full length photo/family photo/selfie/range of facial expressions/picture of your dog... etc... or whatever the request may be, but you can only select one, professionally taken headshot to apply, and you're not even allowed to upload some of the other things I've seen requested.

    • 4th Oct 2020
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  • Stu Jackson

    Actor

    Roseanne - the way around this s that I have found is to put a photo ‘montage’ scene at the end of the self tape. I agree it’s frustrating not to be able to attach more than one photo though!

    • 4th Oct 2020
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