October 17, 2016 at 5:44PM

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How to hold auditions in small rural area?

Hey guys, you wouldn't have any input for me on having auditions would you? I live in a rural town of about 13,000 and so far posting flyers around town, posting on facebook, contacting the local college and university theater departments, or spreading the word verbally hasn't done anything. Am I doing something wrong??? I need to get this video made, I have been putting it off for three years now

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Have you made a standart call sheet?
Look directly into theater groups etc. and ask people there if they're interested. As you said you live in a small town and not in NYC. There would be about 1.000 people wanting to join you and your project. But in a rural town you have to look for yourself for actors etc.

October 18, 2016 at 6:55AM

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Eric Halbherr
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I did make a call sheet, I posted in various film and acting networks in my area, but I only got one response for a background character with very little screen time.

Samuel Rose

October 18, 2016 at 7:30PM

As I mentioned before don't wait for the actors to go for you, go to them ask them. If there is not much competition they won't call you. You have to make personal contact with them. F. e. go to a theatre and watch them. After that contact the actors you think might fit into your production.
This way it's much more likely they join your project because they can see what kind of person you are and maybe you make new friends this way.

October 19, 2016 at 7:58AM, Edited October 19, 7:58AM

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Eric Halbherr
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I'm actually in the middle of this experiment right now. I got the idea to run an ad on Facebook. I mean, what better way to reach everyone in a given area within your character parameters? Personally, my goal was to come across professional. I wanted to ensure actors/actresses could see that we were (1) not just screwing around (2) weren't trying to lure them into a shady situation.

I run a boutique videography company for businesses and bands, and built my site over the better part of a day on wix. So, I figured I'd just create an audition page off my site's main page. There, I posted the entire screenplay in pdf form, provided a link to our reel to showcase our work, and a blurb describing the characters we're auditioning for. I also provided headshots of our creative team, and short bios.

Finally, to keep things organized I added a form at the bottom. Wix provides app add-ons; I tailored a questionnaire form:
* headshot upload
* resume upload
* part desired
* schedule
* questions for us
Okay, so I've been running the ad for less than a week. I live in a town of 50,000 and I was specifically targeting people between the ages or 23-37. So far, I've received ten requests for audition. So, hopefully this answers your question. I don't want to spam outright, but let me know if you'd like a link for an example of what how we're trying to find talent. Good luck!

October 20, 2016 at 2:24AM

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TR Lawrence
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Hey Samuel, I'm curious to get some more detail on the ads you're posting. What do they actually say? How are you communicating the value of your project to potential collaborators?

In my experience, it's not enough just to post ads saying "open auditions" or "looking for actors" or anything like that. You've got to really get people's attention, be specific about why your project is worth a second glance, and then hook people in with your passion and dedication for the project.

Let me know if you want to chat more about this. I'm actually writing a book right now about this very topic (finding good collaborators no matter where you live), so I'd be happy to share with you some of the methods I've been putting together.

October 21, 2016 at 10:15AM

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Rob Hardy
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