virtual open call 2017 – casting complete


happy holidays – virtual open call

Mid-Atlantic actors, we want to see how you’ve developed your craft over the last year!

As 2017 comes to a close, we invite you to share a short monologue or scene (showcasing your self taping skills), and tell us about how you’ve grown as an actor this year. If you have never auditioned for us, please take this opportunity to introduce yourself. We want to meet you.

Please follow the instructions below to submit. For best consideration, please complete and submit tapes by 8:00am EST, Tuesday January 2, 2018.


STEP ONE: Please fill in the form at the following link: Virtual Open Call Submission Form

STEP TWO: Please send your tape, headshot and acting resume to [email protected]Please read and follow the detailed instructions below when taping.


Please submit one tape with the following parts. Please keep tape under 2.5 minutes.

SCENE: A tv/film monologue or tv/film scene of your choice that highlights your abilities as an actor. This should be no longer than 90 seconds.

Start with one quick full body shot (no more than 2 seconds) and then zoom into a head and shoulders shot.
Please state:

1. Name
2. Height
3. Location – Please clearly state your home base (city and state where you live)*

INTERVIEW: In no more than 30 seconds, tell us about how you’ve grown as an actor in 2017. This is a chance for us to get to know you, or get to know you better!


Please send tape in a secure and downloadable format. We suggest that you use an online service like iSelf Tape or WeTransfer when sending large files. We do NOT accept .wmv files, or .avi files, or YouTube links.

If you do NOT have a headshot and/or acting resume, please instead include a recent close-up picture (cellphone pic is fine) and any relevant information about yourself and your background.

Use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your materials email (personalized to YOU):

Your First and Last Name, City, State, VOC17
For example: John Smith, Arlington, VA, VOC17


Please keep in mind that production value of self tapes is important. We need to be able to see and hear you clearly. Pay attention to lighting and sound quality.

Shoot scene, slate & interview against a solid ­colored backdrop or wall.

Please use head and shoulders framing (medium shot) for scene.

Files should be titled “Firstname Lastname VOC17”
Example 1: John Smith VOC17

New to self-taping? We have a slew of videos to help you get started.

assembling your own self-taping kit – arvold CONVERSATION
making your self-tape stand out – arvold QUICK TIP
technical tips for self-taping – arvold QUICK TIP

Looking for some more in depth tips and advice?

casting directors’ advice on self-tapes – arvold CONVERSATION
how to light yourself for a self-tape submission – arvold QUICK TIP
should you follow up after submitting a self-tape? arvold ASK

* Here are a few reasons why it’s important for us to know where you are located.

what is a local hire & why are they necessary? – arvold DEFINITION
submitting as local hire – arvold ASK
the risks of misrepresenting yourself as local – arvold ASK

And lastly, please note the difference between a talent agent and a casting director

how an agent works with a casting director – arvold QUICK TIP
the best & worst things you can say to a casting director – arvold CONVERSATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

If you fill out the form, email your tape, headshot & resume AND type the subject heading as instructed, your submission is considered complete!

Thank you for following our instructions. This is a virtual open call only. We will NOT be holding in person sessions. Submitting according to the above instructions is the only way to participate. We look forward to seeing how you’ve grown in 2017!



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