As mentioned in “Networking in Hollywood East,” countless mingling opportunities are just a few clicks away thanks to the wildfire popularity of social media. But one website has gone above and beyond the casting call of duty, building a platform for members of the New England acting community to promote their talents, share tips, and get hired.
Enter industry mogul Bradley J. Van Dussen–actor, professional speaker, voice-over artist, host, team-building facilitator, print model, and founder of NewEnglandActor.com. According to Van Dussen, NewEnglandActor.com started as a social networking site in May of 2008, but quickly left Facebook in its dust with favorable features for acting talent.
“I started working and manipulating the site to begin promoting myself as an actor,” said Van Dussen. “Uploading my acting reel, voice-over demos, modeling photos…I soon realized this site can be used by the actors to promote their talents.”
Testimonials on the site’s homepage emphasize the benefits of such features. “Tools like [this site] help make talent more competitive in this industry,” said John Campanello of BetweenGigs Casting. “[NewEnglandActor.com] was a big help to the producers of The Pond when they were looking for talent to call in for auditions.”
Matt Boudry of CP Casting echoed his sentiments: “…[I]t would be foolish for me not to look at NEActor.com for every job I’m hired to cast.”
As the website’s success stories accrue, membership continues to grow; NewEnglandActor.com currently hosts over 450 member profiles. But membership isn’t for every actor and his brother; according to “My Pledge to You” on the site’s “About” page, “New members must demonstrate their sincerity to the craft of acting, modeling, or voice-overs” by completing tasks like uploading professional-quality photos, presenting a resume, and taking acting classes or auditioning.
One last requirement: members must be from New England, of course. So make the move, west coasters. Big things are happening here.