The number one thing I hear agents suggest to their talent is always in reference to keeping their casting profiles updated.
It seems simple--we book a new job, we update our resume, we request footage, we upload said footage.
However, it's easy to forget, especially after a long day of shooting. If you're like me, I just want to veg out on the couch for a day.
So what's an actor to do?
PICK A DAY
Look over your calendar.
Which day of the week is typically the easiest for you to dedicate to updating your casting profiles? If it's Friday, then pick one Friday for the month and dedicate it to updating your profiles.
Let's say it's Friday.
If you already have a standing date for girls' night the first Friday of every month, then maybe the last Friday of the month works better.
Give yourself at least an hour to comb through all of your sites.
It might not take that long, but it always takes me longer than I think it will, and we don't need to feel rushed since this is our calling card!
We need to be diligent in this practice.
SET A REMINDER
Now that you know which day of the month (i.e. the last Friday of every month), set a reminder in your phone.
This is really important.
We might not always carry a planner with us, but we typically always have our phones, and it's stupid easy to put it on repeat once a month.
When you look over your calendar for the week, you'll know Update Casting Profiles is on the agenda.
This will help you mentally prepare for working on your acting business.
It will also help you guard that time in your schedule.
MAKE A LIST
Without fail, I always forget about a casting profile I've filled out somewhere on the interwebs.
Brainstorm every single place you've ever uploaded casting info, even if you didn't pay for it.
You'll be shocked at how many out-of-date profiles you may have swimming out there on the internet.
People can see those!
So let's make life easier, and create a master checklist of sites to update.
You'll also realize that you've uploaded footage to one site, but forgot to upload it to the rest of your casting services.
This practice also reminds me to request footage.
Most people just need a reminder, and a nice email once a month will keep you from being too pushy.
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