How To Nail Your Online Casting Submissions (with guests from CastingAbout!)
When actors join my Facebook group Actors Who Get It, I ask “What is your biggest frustration?” Can you guess what the top answer is?

Yup. Not enough auditions.

Maybe you can relate.

There are lots of ways to increase your auditions… this topic is something I can talk about all day.

I’ll be honest. Many of the most effective strategies involve some longer term marketing work. We should all be building relationships with people who are telling stories. And our opportunities will continue to increase over time.

But today I want to talk about something you can do TODAY.

Improve the quality of your online casting submissions.

Casting directors receive thousands of submissions from agents, managers, and actors every day, for every role. For the average co-star role, there are 2500-5000 submissions  for 20 audition slots (and that’s considered a full schedule).

So you need a way to stand out. Especially if the casting director doesn’t know you yet.

Actors Access/Breakdown Services is the #1 online casting site, so I met with the creators of CastingAbout (a Breakdown Services company). In this video, Blair Hickey and Brian Wold pull back the curtain to share exactly what happens after you or your agent clicks submit, and what you can do to improve your submission so that it is more likely to stand out.

I hope that helps! Now you can make sure your headshot, slate shot, video clip, AND note all convey the message that you are perfect for telling the specific story you are submitting to be a part of.

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If you missed the first video with Blair and Brian where we broke down the casting process, you watch that here.

And if you want to try out CastingAbout for a week for a free, you can visit Enjoy! It’s hands-down one of my favorite resources.

Ajarae Coleman | Acting Resource Guru



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Ajarae is an actress and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She founded Workshop Guru in 2012, which expanded into Acting Resource Guru in 2017, to help actors save time and money on classes and workshops, and give them a powerful voice by publishing anonymous actor reviews of acting schools, casting directors, talent agencies and management companies. You can see Ajarae on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on TruTV, and more. She raised over $17,000 and co-created an action comedy television show called SMACK Unit, currently has national commercials running, and has cultivated rewarding relationships with her agents and manager.


  1. Hi Ajarae,
    I loved your segment: on-line submissions. It was very informative, useful, and to the point. I often wondered about the number of submissions and the chances of actually being noticed. Thank you and your guests for offering steps the actor can take in order to stand out from the crowd.


  2. great,great video today from Casting About.I learned some fantastic tips which I intend on applying for submissions.
    Thank you so much Ajarae for this!

  3. Good info! One point you guys made is that clips are better than a whole demo reel, because you can highlight the videos that best suit the role you’re applying for. It would be nice if I could put those clips in the order I think is best. As far as I know, the clips are displayed in a random order. My 2¢.


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