Sunday, June 14, 2009
Want an opportunity in Philippine television, film or advertising as an onscreen talent?
If you think you got what it takes and have the acting skills for the job, then here are some tips to get you started on your dream career.
Go to casting calls for TVCs. Submit your head shots at casting agencies (most of them are in Makati) and get yourself in their talent pool.
Go to auditions of indie films. The independent film scene is very active, it may not be mainstream or popular cinema, but you can give your acting chops some good exercise. You can build your talent reel this way. Being in an indie production is also a good way to network with key production people who have day jobs in the local entertainment industry. If you get yourself in their radar, chances are they'll give you a heads-up on any acting gigs.
Find an Agent or Talent Manager.
If you get around lining up for hours in casting calls, you're bound to meet agents or talent managers who can represent you. Managers usually take in a fee or percentage commission per project you get.
Be Seen at the Scene. Make yourself visible at malls, parties, hip clubs, events. If you hang around long enough and you really believe you have that IT factor, it wouldn't be so hard for a talent scout or Caster to spot you. There have been numerous celebrities, models and actors who have been approached this way.
Go to "GO SEEs" local term for casting calls or casting parties where models are made to strut around in a room or a party to be seen by talent scouts, designers and TVC casters in an informal or casual setting.
Overall, just be patient, courteous and be on time (even when most productions start late). There's always a job for everyone. You don't have to be strikingly "beautiful" to land a role, most of the time it's how you fit the part. Bank on your personality or the the vibe you project on screen. Most casters, clients or directors have the finally say on who the faces on their projects should be for the season. They always keep the industry fresh with new talent. Its the survival that counts and for that you need real talent to last longer in the cutthroat industry.
Philippine Talent and Modeling Agencies:
Cosmopolitan Promotions & Casting Agency
Rm. 41, 4/F Matrinco Building,
2178 Pasong Tamo Makati City, Philippines
1200 Tel. Nos : (632) 817-2460 • 892-7921 • 812-8214
2210 Suite cityland Pasong Tamo Tower
Pasong Tamo St., Pio del Pilar, Makati City
Tel. no. (02) 812-1976; 812-1970
Ad Management Team, Co.
2018 Cityland Herrera Tower
98 Herrera St. Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. no. (02) 753-1698, 7531699/0920-9270767
7508 Santilian St., Barangay Pio Del Pilar
Elan Models International
Unit 230 Mile long Bldg., Amorsolo corner Herrera Sts.,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel. no. (02) 890-9025
Cel. no. 0917-300-ELAN
Fax (02) 840-2316
Unit 2018 Cityland Herrera Tower,
VA Rufino corner Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City 1200 Philippines
Telephone No: (632) 753-1698; (632)753-1699
Tele-Fax No: (632) 817-1293 Mobile No: (63) 920-9270767