A Casting Director Hunted Me Down for a Self-Tape
(The Anonymous Actor)
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I got in trouble with my agent for not submitting my self-tape recently. A casting director actually hunted me down to get an answer. In the process, my agent threatened to drop me.
I’m usually pretty good about submitting my self-tape on time. I do believe that auditions are a numbers game, to some extent. So, the more auditions you do, the better your chances.
But on this particular occasion, I was not in the mood to do a self-tape. I had a family thing come up and had to travel out of town unexpectedly.
The problem was, I was sent a self-tape request, and had already confirmed to do it. In my rush to get out of town, though, I forgot to go back and decline the audition.
Now, normally this is no big whoop. Casting directors view so many actors during the audition process that they barely seem to notice when an actor doesn’t submit a self-tape or show up for a live audition.
But, in this case, not only did the CD notice that I hadn’t submitted my tape. They actually called my agent to complain. Seriously!
Not only did the CD notice that I hadn’t submitted my tape. They actually called my agent to complain. Seriously!
My agent, then, relayed the message to me. She (my agent) wasn’t very happy about it, needless to say.
I explained my situation and apologized profusely for my lack of communication, regarding my inability to submit a tape. I even offered to do a late submission, in case they were still interested in seeing me for the role.
They weren’t! But at least I offered. And things have quieted down since then.
Still, I’m surprised that the casting director tracked me down and complained to my agent. I wonder if they really wanted to see my audition, per se, or if there were just so many actors who had not submitted self-tapes that casting was frustrated at the lack of interest.
Maybe actors just aren’t submitting tapes as consistently as they attended live auditions
Like I said, it was a weekend audition. Maybe the other actors were also busy with family like I was. Or maybe actors just aren’t submitting tapes as consistently as they attended live auditions in the past.
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