You're certain you're the next major movie star. You long to act in a highly creative independent film. You want to earn extra money being a bit player. Whatever your Hollywood dreams, it all begins with the audition. But finding credible auditions for film acting isn't easy -- unless you know where to look.
Get an Agent
The best way to find film auditions is to get an agent. A good agent will do the legwork for you; all you have to do is show up at the audition. But getting a good agent is notoriously difficult, especially if you're just starting out. According to casting director Risa Bramon Garcia and actor Steve Braun, one of the best ways to land an agent is to "take every opportunity to act in plays, web series and student films, etc...Good agents and managers go to plays."
Professional Casting Websites
Pro actors, even those with agents, turn to trusted professional casting websites to find work. These include Backstage, Actors Access, and Casting Networks (see Resources). Backstage has been helping actors find work for over 50 years. It includes both stage and screen jobs, and lists auditions for both the east and west coasts. Actors Access includes a special section for extras and puts actors' resumes in front of Casting Society of America casting directors. Casting Networks includes casting calls for principles and extras.
Free Job Sites
While professional casting websites require a monthly fee to access their job listings, certain casting sites require no fee at all. For example, Mandy lists calls for film and television actors (see Resources). Auditions Free includes film, television and theater auditions from all over the United States; actors can use the search feature to find auditions near their location (see Resources). Project Casting also lists film and television auditions, which can be searched by region (see Resources).
Actor John Henry Soto, writing for Friends in Film, recommends film schools as a place to locate auditions. Some film schools post casting calls on their websites. Other top film schools post audition notices only at casting notice sites like Project Casting and Backstage. At smaller, local schools, consider dropping off your head shot and resume with the school's film department.
When looking for auditions outside of Los Angeles or New York, Craigslist can be a good resource. Many amateur and semi-professional acting jobs are listed on Craigslist -- but so are scams targeted towards wanna be actors. Watch out for ads that lead to websites asking for personal or credit card information. Look out, also, for anyone wanting nude or partially nude photos, or audition calls claiming to be from big movie makers -- they don't advertise on Craigslist.