Craigslist. Not all listings are trash, but research before meeting anyone in person.
When an organization contacts you & you haven't heard of them or don't remember submitting- take a beat. Sometimes when you put your information out there (ie craigslist) hack companies get your info and try to trap you into buying expensive head shots or signing up for phony classes.
Any agent or manager trying to charge to represent you. Not how it works, folks. They don't get paid till you get a gig - then they get their percentage
Any film/tv/play that charges you to participate
Avoid showcases from studios/companies not well known. You have to gage who will actually attend -- and if interns from companies are being sent to "scout" you...it's worthless.
Follow theater companies on twitter. This will get you connected to the community. Just by knowing what plays and theaters are out there, you'll feel a part of it all and often there are ticket discounts.
Seeing as much theater as you can. There are tons of rush/student policies that can get you into big shows for very little $
Submitting yourself for student films. There are always University film students needing actors. Even though it's no pay, you meet people and gain experience!
Checking websites like Playbill.com, Backstage.com, and Actors Access for projects you can audition for & Get involved with. Check everyday!
Looking into showcases of reputable networks (ie NBC, ABC, CBS). They offer diversity showcases many casting & agent folks attend.
Looking into extra work. We don't strongly suggest this, it's not for everyone, but some people dig it. The negatives? It can be boring, some of your fellow extras are crazy people, you have to be available at any moment so having a day job takes you out. The positives? The money can be great & you can learn more about what happens on sets. Central Casting is the big one in town. Also, once your career starts, ditch it if you can afford to.
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