This week, The New York Times highlighted the movement of casting from traditional calls to online. The article, “Hopefuls Sing Out From Afar as Broadway Scouts Go Online,” opens with the story of Julie Tan, who auditioned for her first Broadway show last month – from 2,500 miles away.
A rite of passage for young actors — waiting in long lines to be seen by Broadway casting directors, clutching head shots with I-hope-I-get-it fervor — has faded, as more producers and directors have abandoned the long-held assumption that they need to be in the room to assess stage presence and other qualities.
And Broadway is last in line on this trend – the TV and Film industry has already embraced video, especially on the West Coast. This is excellent news for NYC actors – why pay $400 for a coast-to-coast plane ticket when you can pay a fraction of that for a professional audition video that makes you look and sound great while controlling your first impression?
This shouldn’t be a surprise to any New York actor. In the words of one of our ActorIntro clients, “having tape is no longer an option.” Even when you’re not submitting an audition video, you’ve got to have a reel or Intro video online working for you 24/7.
Casting offices and some directors spend [hours ]surfing the Internet nowadays for fresh faces. While no breakout theater star has been discovered solely through online auditions, several casting directors said it was only a matter of time.
It’s only a matter of time – will you be ready?