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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 1208: How do I branch out into the bigger things like major feature films, commercials?

Here's how the entire question read: I am an actress here in Akron/Cleveland OH and there are some really good projects going on independently that I am working to become apart of, but how do I branch out into the bigger things like major feature films, commercials and things?

I wrote back and asked: Are you referring to major projects that come to OH or major projects outside of your area that you would be willing to travel for?

To which she replied: I was referring to both, I'm just looking for genuine opportunities, whether it is in front or behind the lens.

There are actually multiple questions in here:

1. How do I transition from independent work to major projects, as an actress in Ohio?
2. How do I generate work as an actress out of Ohio?
3. How do I generate work behind the lens?

I will answer #1 today and #s 2 & 3 tomorrow and Monday.

To transition from independent work to major projects as an actress in a smaller production city, there are some actions you must take:

1. Get to know EVERY casting director in your area. If there are bigger cities in your state where casting directors work, make the trip and get to know them. There are many ways to do this. For example, many casting directors or their associates teach workshops. 

2. Go (in person) to your city's Film Commission, and get to know the people who work there. Film Commissions know when big projects are coming to town. When you have relationships with people who work there, they can keep you in the know about the who, what, and when of major projects.