Promote your Open Auditions on www.filmireland.net

If you would like to promote open auditions for any film/TV project on www.filmireland.net then send an email with all details to web@filmireland.net with ‘Audition News Item’ in the subject title. Please include any relevant image or company logo.

We will post it as a news item and spread the word through Facebook and Twitter.

When making a post looking for cast for an upcoming production, please include as much of the following information as possible, as suggested by www.filmmakersnetwork.ie:

  • Working title of the production
  • Details of the role / actor required (age / character description)
  • Start date and duration of the shoot
  • Whether it is paid or unpaid work
  • Whether you have insurance in place for the shoot
  • Contact details
  • Other information relevant to Other information relevant to the production such as shooting format, source of funding, the names of the project’s writer / director / producer / …

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All Ireland Talent Show open Auditions

RTÉ’s All Ireland Talent Show are looking for contestants of any age with any talent, for the third series. Applicants will compete for the winning prize of €50,000.

For those with engaging, exciting, impressive and entertaining talents, the auditions will be taking place on the following dates and locations:

The Dublin Auditions
Saturday 21st August for Dublin City and County at Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith Campus, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

The South Auditions
Saturday 28th August in The Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.

The West Auditions
Saturday 4th September in The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Road, Galway. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Galway, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo.

The North Auditions
Saturday 11th September in The Everglades Hotel, Prehen Road, Londonderry, BT47 2NH. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Tyrone.

The East Auditions
Saturday 18th September in The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny. The auditions are open to applicants from Counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow.

Registration for auditions opens at 7am and closes at 3pm on the dates outlined above. For more information and guidelines visit the website at www.rte.ie/tv/talentshow/ or join the The All Ireland Talent Show Facebook page.

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New online directory of talent and crew launched

CastingZone.ie, an online actors, model, crew and voiceover directory has been launched. The website is aimed at professionals, fresh talent, amateurs and students.

CastingZone.ie is being promoted to production companies, casting directors and PM’s in Ireland, UK and the USA.

Over 400 production companies, casting directors and photographers can access CastingZone.ie through their relationship with MovieExtras.ie.

The first 100 new members to sign up using the code ‘casting’, will only pay €40 and the first ten people using this code will only be charged €10.

To register please visit www.castingzone.ie

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Issue 131 – Business of Acting

businessofacting
Illustration by Dan Gaynor www.artofdang.com

How to get ahead in acting? Gordon Gaffney talks to the Gaiety School of Acting, actor’s agent Maureen McGlynn and casting directors Thyrza Ging and Maureen Hughes.

There are a huge number of actors available to work in Ireland at any one time. According to Amy Dawson, coordinator of the Gaiety School of Acting, 16–20 actors graduate from their full-time course each year, with another 90 or so graduating from the one-year part-time course and a staggering 1500 or more from their 10-week acting courses throughout the year. A recent casting seminar in Filmbase attracted 300 applicants and there are about 500 actors’ profiles on the Irish Equity website, which is only a fraction of the total number out there. With such a large supply of acting talent, it’s crucial that you go about securing work in the correct manner and avoid common pitfalls with the three most important weapons in an actor’s arsenal: the cv, headshot and showreel.

Casting director Thyrza Ging has cast the feature films Satellites and Meteorites and Savage and the television miniseries Prosperity, and is also guest tutor on the Acting for Film and TV training course in Filmbase, giving advice to actors on the business side of acting.

So you’ve photographed yourself in the mirror using your phone, is this enough?

Headshots
‘Your headshot is your calling card,’ explains Thyrza, ‘and the most important thing with a headshot is to give a true and fair view of who you are as a person. Some photographers say, “Please don’t smile” but if you are a very smiley person it isn’t going to be a good representation of who you are.’ Prices for professional headshots range from €80, where you may just receive your photos on a CD, to €200, which may include multiple A4 copies and personalised business cards with your headshot and contact details on them – very handy for schmoozing opportunities at industry drinks receptions, glamorous film festivals and in the Filmbase basement.

‘It’s very important to get it right, and for you to feel comfortable in front of the camera,’ Thyrza continues. ‘I recommend actors to at first play around with a digital camera in the back garden because it is important that you feel comfortable in front of the camera before spending hundreds of euro on a shot. The standard in the Irish industry and the uk is a black and white A4 photograph. In America it’s colour, but a lot of actors here, especially red-headed actors, get colour shots done.’

Have all casting directors embraced the information superhighway? Some common sense research will help. ‘A lot of casting directors will say it on their websites if they want you to forward a hard copy and not an email – or vice versa. If you do send a hard copy in, I would recommend that you put the headshot and the CV into a ring binder sleeve – it makes life easier for the casting director. Personally, I prefer email.’

The full article is printed in Film Ireland 131.

Special thanks to Dan Gaynor for his illustrations. You can see his work on www.artofdang.com

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The Business of Auditioning Seminar

Filmbase are hosting a Seminar on ‘The Business of Auditioning’ for aspiring screen actors on Wednesday 26th August, 6.30pm–9pm. The session is aimed at new and emerging actors who are looking to learn more about the casting and audition process for film, television and commercials.

The panel for the seminar includes casting director Thyrza Ging, whose credits include Prosperity, George Gently, Savage, Badly Drawn Roy; director Paddy Breathneach (Shrooms, Man About Dog, I Went Down); and actor Hugh O’Connor (Chocolat, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Summer of the Flying Saucer, My Left Foot). The panel will cover topics including headshots and CVs, preparing for castings, audition technique, taking direction, and how to be smart in the acting world. The seminar will conclude with an audience Q&A.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided on the evening along with an opportunity to meet and discuss the trials of auditioning with your fellow actors.

Places on the seminar cost €10 and are strictly limited and MUST be booked in advance. To book a place, contact Filmbase on 01 679 6716 or email info@filmbase.ie.

Aspiring actors may also be interested in listening to a podcast interview with Thyrza Ging on the Film Ireland website. The podcast can be found here: www.filmireland.net/2009/05/21/audition-advice-for-actors-from-casting-director-thyrza-ging/

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Audition Advice For Actors From Casting Director Thyrza Ging

Casting Advice Podcast
Casting Advice Podcast

Thyrza Ging talks to Film Ireland about her work as a casting director, giving practical advice on what makes a good actor’s headshot, CV and showreel and also what to expect in your first audition.

Contact Thyrza on +353 (0) 1 633 9090

casting@castingireland.ie

http://www.castingireland.ie/

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