An Actor’s Guide for Student Films

It would be best if you had trainingexperience and luck to be a successful actor. Student films are the best way to gain experience as a new actor. Students films offer actors a great opportunity to network with young filmmakers, practice their craft and meet other talented and enthusiastic people striving to make something useful for future employment. Unfortunately, these shoots can prove quite challenging for students who are still learning their craft. Student’s film is not a viable option for actors. A wise man once said, “You have to know when to hold them and when to stop doing student film in order to do larger professional work.”

Let’s just get started!

Where can I find student films?

You have now decided that this student film adventure is right for you. Now you are ready to go to the set. You’ve already attended a few classes and gotten a headshot. No? No!

Let’s get back on track. If you feel ready to go on set, you will need to know where you can find student film auditions. Facebook groups are a good place to start. You will be surprised at how many Facebook groups pop up when you search for your local town, ‘auditions’, or your town and “actor” to find local students looking for actors. The same applies to searching for your local school’s noticeboard. Register for all those pages, and when the audition notices start rolling in, find the most suitable ones and follow the instructions.

There are many casting websites that you can join besides Facebook groups. Mandy in the UK, StarNow in Australia, and Backstage in Canada or the USA. Notification boards can also be found on Actors and Casting Networks. Don’t be afraid of searching the internet to find out what is available in your area. You’ll be surprised. You will be amazed. You have to put your toolkit together and go out there!

Note: Please refer to the red flags section in our StarNow article for information on common red flags regarding advertisements. We know that not everyone has the best intentions, and we want you to be protected. This guide will help you make informed decisions before applying for any job.

How to Audit Student Films

You now know where to find student film audition postings. How do you audition? You can start by looking at the ad on the page above and then reading the casting brief. The brief should include a description of the film and the available roles. It also needs to indicate when auditions will be required. The brief should be read carefully. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t apply for a job that is 30 years beyond your age. This makes it look like you don’t know what you’re doing. You should also check the brief for common red flags: poor spelling and grammar, unrealistic expectations, no compensation (not even food!) Or a history of producing terrible or difficult productions. This last one is not easy to find. However, you can do a Google search of the people involved to ensure that you aren’t working with a serial killer.

You can either search for the right role or contact the production team to apply. Be careful not to send your email to anyone you don’t know. But if the opportunity presents itself, it is worth it. They will get back to you to set up a time and send you the script and sides for your audition. It’s time to get started!

There are many articles about auditioning. We also have a Scene Club that helps people prepare for the audition process. This article has taken you a long way, so you’ll want to check it out.

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