How to Hire a Freelance Actor or Actress
If you’re an aspiring director or filmmaker, it can be difficult to source the appropriate talent to act in your latest production, especially if you’re on a budget. And when you do eventually find someone, they might not always be the best fit for the job.
If you’ve ever found yourself in this position, there is a tried and tested method you can utilise to obtain access to the best possible talent, in turn increasing the likelihood of your next project being a success.
Draft a Person Specification
You should already have a very good idea of what your project is trying to achieve which will include a vision for each actor and actress. Now is a good idea to document this requirement if you haven’t already done so.
Your list of requirements should include:
- Whether the actor needs to be male or female.
- The required age and ethnicity of the actor.
- Whether you’re looking for a specific talent, ability or experience.
- A suitable level of detail in terms of what is required from the role.
This list is not exhaustive and can be expanded to suit your requirements but it will help you visualise what you’re trying to achieve as well as provide a great starting point for potential candidates.
Scour Acting Talent Pools
If you don’t have the relevant contacts within the industry to suggest a starting point for your search or anyone who could refer you to suitable candidates, you will need to make use of online talent pools.
These resources take many forms but a simple web search will usually produce what you’re looking for. Once you’ve found a suitable resource, create an account and commence your search.
You should start by;
- Using the filters available to you to narrow your search field to your local area unless you’re willing to work with someone who is going to need to travel to your location.
- Further narrowing your search using your defined criteria until you’re left with a small selection of suitable candidates.
This process may take a while but provides the best possible chance of making sure that the actors and actresses you shortlist are suitable. It also allows you to be selective if for example you only want to hire an actress under 20. Once you have your shortlist, get in touch with each of them to discuss your project.
Conduct Auditions and Hire Your Talent
Hopefully by now you’ve found at least one suitable actress or actor you would like to work with. In the event that you have found several that you can’t decide between, you will have to hold an audition.
Your audition process can be as involved as you want it to be, but you should have each candidate perform the role you’re casting for to give you an idea of whether they’re the right fit for the project.
Once you’ve hired your actor, all that’s left is to discuss their terms of employment which will include details of their remuneration as well as any expenses required to perform the role.