Long gone are the days when you could sit at a drug store soda counter and have a big-name director “discover” your latent acting talent. Yet while those drug store soda counters are history, there are new ways to market yourself, from creating a channel on YouTube to doing videos for TikTok. Some other ways to find work:

Find acting jobs

ExtrasManagement is a talent agency that specifically focuses on finding projects for “background artists” — a.k.a. “extras.”  Working with dozens of casting agencies in and around Los Angeles, the site asks actors to fill out a detailed profile that includes their availability, willingness to travel and other details that could help them score background jobs. Those other details include your talents — dancing, swimming, golf, etc.; how far you’re willing to drive for work; and your physical characteristics.

(You may also want to read our blog post on being a movie extra, which lists many of the casting sites.)

An offbeat idea for actors is to sign up with Fiverr. Fiverr is a broad-based service platform that allows freelancers to post their availability to do almost any legal service. Some 1,400 actors and models have posted here, offering to do brand photos and videos. You set your own prices; the site takes a 20% fee for finding your clients and collecting the fees. 

Actors Access is the one of the few acting/casting-job websites that allow you to put up a profile without paying a monthly fee. Like other sites that offer a free profile, Actors Access will try to convince you to sign up — for $68 annually — for a premium service. But you don’t need the premium service to put up headshots, a resume and basic profile information, including your age, height and weight (which casting directors need).Be aware, however, that if you hope to make it big, you’ll probably need an agent, not just a web site. 

Find casting calls

Playbill is a news site for people interested in acting and actors. However, the site has a very nice job board, where actors and t.v. personalities can search for jobs and find out where to apply for them.There’s no need to sign up or pay a fee. However, the site also doesn’t provide any marketing services. Still, the job board is a great place to start looking for casting calls. And anyone who is serious about acting should probably read Playbill regularly to keep up on industry news.

Teach acting

If you think you could teach acting, there are two sites that can help you find clients:

Lessonface is an online marketplace that connects students with music, language and acting teachers, who can teach online or in person. The site has a great online interface that makes teaching online a breeze and charges some of the lowest fees in the industry, ranging from 4% to 15%.

Another alternative: TakeLessons. The site connects music, art, dance, acting and language teachers with students wanting to learn these skills. Registration for teachers is free, but TakeLessons will take a big bite of your pay when you book a new student. The site’s commission structure is graduated to take the most — 40% — when you have a new student, who has completed less than 5 lessons with you. The site cuts its commission to 30% for that same student’s 6th through 10th lessons; to 20% for the 11th through 15th lesson; and to 10% when the same student takes more than 15 lessons. 

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