Acting Web Site Review: Actor's Access
Access is a site that is owned and operated by Breakdown Services.
This is the same company that produces the "breakdowns".
Breakdowns, according to the company's web site are "complete
synopses of the characters contained within scripts."
Basically, "the breakdowns" (as they're known in the
business) are how agents and managers in Los Angeles subscribe to
the latest casting notices for their clients. You can
think of them as the job-postings for all the films and television
shows that are cast in Los Angeles and New York. This includes
everything from the hit TV shows, blockbuster films, and Student
Films. This service is the pre-eminent method for casting
notices for the film and television industry.
The Actor's Access web site is specifically designed for actors.
Using the site, Actors can register, and then upload their resume
and photos into the site. Once in there, the Actor can then
submit their photo and resume electronically through the system.
Additionally, the Actor can download any sides from casting notices
which are on the site.
Registration is free, and you have access to the casting listings
which are made available to Actors. Note, that this is not ALL
of the casting notices provided by the Breakdown Services as
mentioned above. The full Breakdown Service is reserved for
recognized Agents and Managers.
Although Registration is free, the ability to get sides and
submit yourself electronically requires a subscription to the
service. You have a choice - and can go a la carte (basically
paying for each side you download, or each electronic submission) or
you can pay $68 per year and you can submit yourself as much as
you'd like and download as many sides as you want/need.
Signing up was really easy for us - and once in, it was very
straightforward to create a profile, upload some photos and our
resume. Searching and submitting for casting notices was also
We interviewed a couple of Actors who currently use the service,
and they really liked it. They said that the real value
is in the access to the sides. Basically, now instead of
having to wait for the casting director and/or their agent to fax
them the sides. As soon as they know about the audition, they
can get on the site, download the sides and start preparing for
their audition. One of the actor's we interviewed said
"this site saves me hours".
So, The Actor's Life gives Actor's Access 4 Stars for cost vs.
benefits. And, because it's associated with one of the longest
and trusted services in Hollywood, you know you're getting quality
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