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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 1162: are there big networking events that get actors, directors, casting directors together like a convention?

the question continued....."How do I find them?"

The answer is yes, Yes, YES! There are many conventions like ShowBiz Expo, Actor Fest, there are others that aren't necessarily targeted to actors specifically, like the Produced By Conference which has a stellar line-up of producers, tv writers, and more, which is coming up soon in Los Angeles.

The way to find them, is to visit actor hub-sites, which has a calendar, and Actors Ink. For a more general search you can google actor conferences, show business conferences, or writer conferences like June 2nd is The Great American Pitchfest in LA where I'll be speaking (say you're a friend of mine and get a discounted entry fee). You can get more specific by googling actor conferences in (insert your city and/or state). I'll also be moderating a panel for the SOC at Cinegear Expo on Friday June 1st. 

If you're in Los Angeles or New York, the big conventions definitely come there. If you're not, you may have to travel.

As always, with big conferences, it's important to have a strategy plan. Going to a conference and handing out Head Shots, is not a plan... it's a waste of time and paper.

Another place where all these great people come together is at film festivals. Again, you want a strategic plan for attending a film festival to make it worth your time and money.