Hollywood East is bright with hot to trot Hollywood film crews all over New England. And lucky for us, our inboxes are filled with casting calls, workshops and classes.
We know there can be a lot of dilly dallying between gigs especially with the winter we had, so we thought we would share some hot happenings to keep you in the loop this spring.
Want to be a movie extra? Right now is the time to try it out here in New England. With Ted, Here Comes the Boom and I Hate You, Dad currently shooting and gearing up for shoots, casting companies such as Boston Casting, C.P Casting and South Shore Casting are looking for you.
An extra helps create the reality of the location, making the scene look just right for the main actors. It may not seem like important work, but it’s what makes the flick real. And being an extra isn’t as easy as you might think, with early morning starts, wardrobe changes, waiting in the “holding area,” and possibly working a 12-14 hour day. But over time, these experiences allow you to grow and develop your craft as an actor in the background.
This weekend, Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of South Shore Casting and Sande Alessi Casting — the Los Angeles based casting directors of Pirates of the Caribbean, Social Network — will be holding an open casting call for background extras on May 21st and 22nd at Carson Place (next to the Bay State Expo) South Boston. If you can’t make that event, there will be another casting on May 28th in Cape Cod. These casting calls are for union and nonunion actors. Become fans of South Shore Casting on FB to stay connected!
Boston Casting has sent also out at least a dozen emails announcing casting calls for extra work on Ted and Here Comes the Boom. Most of these castings don’t require a specific type and extra work isn’t the only casting going on at the hip agency. Web videos and commercial opportunities are on the rise.
How do you sign up to be an extra with Boston Casting? They offer a free agency pro tool where you can upload a head shot and resume to their database, and submit yourself for many types of auditions.
Once you’re in the Boston Casting database, they’ll contact you if you’re what they’re looking for, as long as you’re available for the entire day of the shoot. If you like this agency pro tool you can upgrade for a small fee which will give you access to your own website where you can upload more head shots, reels and even look at traffic on your site. But you don’t need to upgrade to get extra work – it’s free! So sign up and start submitting to some of these casting calls.
While your there, check out the Media Performance Center at Boston Casting. They have a fabulous spring line-up that could make any actor blush. Not only will you get the chance to perfect your craft but you can schmooze with some of the agents on site.
One workshop we’d like to spotlight is called Nailing the Audition with the acclaimed casting director, Angela Peri, founder of Boston Casting, on May 28th. With Peri’s fine eye, actors will leave with valuable insight and get connected with one of the busiest casting directors around. Room is still available, but seats are filling up fast.
Right now is the time to be part of the growing TV and Film industry in Hollywood East. Stay tuned for more upcoming casting calls and don’t forget to check out the Hollywood East Connection’s Career Scene page for more work opportunities!