What You Should Be Doing With Your IMDb Profile | Workshop Guru

So many actors are out here in these streets freaking out about our websites.

“I need to get a whole new one built because mine is a mess, but I can’t afford it right now…”

“I need to add credits to my website, but my programmer is not replying to my emails…”

“My old headshots that don’t even look like me are on my website, so I don’t want to reach out to new agents…”

I’m going to tell you something important right now.

Don’t worry about your website, boo. If you want to be found online by casting directors, directors, producers, writers, anyone in the entertainment industry…?

Get your IMDB profile on point.

Websites are great, and I do believe you should have one eventually. It is like owning your online home… you can express your creativity, highlight what YOU want to highlight, share stuff in the format you want… and own the rights to your content.

People MIGHT see your website if ranks high enough in a Google search. But EVERYONE is looking at IMDB. That’s just a fact.

So go on ahead and get these tips.

In the video I explain five easy steps to optimize your IMDb page with IMDbPro. Step one is getting an account. At the moment I am writing this, you can start with a 30-day free trial. And after that, you gotta bite the bullet in order to maintain control of your content on your account. #costofdoingbusiness

Let’s make that IMDB page one that you’ll want to show off. 🙂

Your turn! Share your IMDb page in the comments below!

Show me yours and I’ll show you mine…

Ha! Kidding!

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.

77 COMMENTS

  1. Great tips, Ajarae, that a lot of actors forget!

    I also think it’s smart to add your Bio to IMDb because when people search for you on regular IMDb (not IMDb pro) the space to the right of your picture comes up as blank rather than filled in with a bio. The bio is a chance to tell more about yourself, too, and your credits don’t tell the whole story.
    imdb.me/beckidennis

  2. What a great episode. Although I have already done so, this is still refreshing, & keeps me up and in the loop. Please don’t forget to go to the bottom of my IMDB page, & leave a comment in my IMDB forum! I like hearing from fans, casting directors & other actors about my work. Without constructive criticism, how can I hone my craft?? http://www.imdb.me/josephsinger

  3. Great page, Harris! Do you have a vanity URL? They are convenient because they’re easier to remember, and you can always send someone a link! For example, mine is imdb.me/ajarae 🙂

  4. Thank you! Love your main photo (so much personality) and that you tell us how to say your last name in the bio. So helpful!! xo

  5. Allison! Thank you so much! Your page looks great. I love your photos, and it’s so evident what an accomplished writer you are. I’d love to see your theater credits on there too, just knowing how much you’ve done! xoxo

  6. Thanks so much, Molly! I’m learning so much from everyone else’s profiles too! I love your photos! Keep adding, and if you can add some video, that would be great too!

  7. Great point, Joe! Thank you for sharing! I got a 404 error when I used your vanity URL, but I was able to look you up directly… just a heads up, not sure why!

  8. Thank you for sharing! Love how you have your theater and voice over credits in your self-submitted resume and don’t duplicate the credits that already appear on IMDb… I’m going to copy that! x

  9. Thank you for making this video. I don’t ever think about updating my credits anymore. It’s something I was on top of when I had maybe 5 credits, but after that you sort of assume the production companies will take care of them.. but that isn’t always true.
    This is my page http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4620544/
    I’ll take any criticism you have to offer..but not about my hair..never about my hair:p
    Thanks

  10. Hi ajarae
    Are we related? Lol.I have a problem with Imdb that I don’t think anyone is aware of and needs to be addressed. IMDb allows anyone to post information about you on your page without your verification.
    Last year someone posted that I was married which wasn’t at all true. Someone voluntarily posted birthday information etc that I didn’t volunteer. IMDb charges a subscription fee however you do not have 100% control over the information posted on your page such as your birthday if someone post your birthday. I have repeatedly contacted IMDb about this. Their reply was we are obligated to have factual information about you . But how can it be factual if some random person you don’t know is posting false information about you that Imdb doesn’t verify with you?

    They finally removed the information about me being married but will not remove the birthday. We pay a yearly subscription to Actors Access and have total control over our information. It should be the same for IMDb both Pro and public page.
    So I have neglected to subscribe to them and give them any money for that reason.

  11. Your profile is great, and makes it very clear that you’ve been busy lately! Congrats, and thanks for sharing! 😀

  12. LOL Your hair is great, why would I criticize your hair?! Haha! Also love your photos. If you have a video clip or two to add, I think that would really round out your profile. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Wow, Sal.. your profile is very impressive. A great example for all of us. Thank you for sharing, and congrats on The Get Down!

  14. Thanks for sharing, Jon! I have 2 pieces of advice for you… I would have someone take a look at your bio and help you edit it, and also be careful of the uncredited roles. You want to make sure they don’t dominate your profile. 🙂 congrats on all your recent projects!

  15. Hey! I think your profile looks great, and nothing is wrong with indie credits. You have a lot of experience. You’ll add the more mainstream ones, if that’s where your goals and targeting lie. 😀

  16. I agree! Your profile looks great. And congrats on the Fringe award and nomination! Great example of something I would never know if you weren’t on top of it!

  17. Wow, Michela! I love the article! I highly suggest that others check it out – super clear, helpful, and informative!

  18. I hear you, Ms. Coleman. A lot of people are bothered by the fact that our ages are public on IMDB, especially when a lot of us don’t play our actual ages. And this is a fact that it doesn’t look like will be changed. I would just caution you against avoiding it altogether when there are other aspects of the profile that you can control, and it is such a widely-used and consulted tool in our industry. But, ultimately, obviously, it’s up to you.

  19. I agree! I do hope a lot of people will check this out. It is very informative and helpful to the users. Thanks for sharing and explaining the five easy steps to optimize IMDb pages. Hope to see more of this kind of content.

  20. Superb post however I was wanting to know if you could write a
    litte more on imdb? I’d be very grateful
    if you could elaborate a little bit more. Kudos!

  21. Hi! Thanks for your helpful site!

    I’m an English actor living and working in Paris, France. Here’s my IMDb page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051720/

    I have a couple of questions:

    The page has automatically rooted out some pretty useless video trailers that I don’t even feature in. What’s worse, one of them is actually up there hitting people the face as an ugly black rectangle as soon as they open my page. Can I get rid of these stupid things? As in, delete them?
    And THEN: I have uploaded two of my demo reels (one from 2011 and the latest one – check it out! – from 2019) and have designated the new one as my primary reel. What I’d really like is for this to be the featured video that people see when they open my page, instead of that ugly black rectangle. Is this possible, and how?

    My second question concerns photos.

    My most recent headshots are all on there, and I’ve chosen a principal one and six featured ones. Now I’d like to add a number of character shots from various things I’ve been in, but I’d like them to appear lower down, after the non-featured headshots. Is it possible to shift around the order in which photos appear? I’ve tried but so far haven’t managed to do this. I don’t want to add those character shots yet because they’ll make my non-featured headshots sink further down the page.

    Sorry to go on. Hope you can follow all this. As a technophobe I find it all rather complicated. In any case, if you have time to reply to my two questions I’d be so grateful.

    Once again, thanks for your excellent blog, and I wish you every success and some peachy roles!

    Paul Bandey

  22. I would love for you to take a look at my IMDBpro site and maybe return a comment or two.

    A couple years ago one could put commercials and videos they were in at the Resume function which has been gone now for a couple years, how can one put this info in?

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