Links of Interest

Here are some links to websites that can increase an actor's awareness of the business community they exist in.

 

List of Chicago Talent Agents
We've made a spread sheet of the talent agents found on SAG-AFTRA's local Chicago franchise list, as well as a few non-union agents.  This list is only updated periodically, and it might be wise to search further. The links given are typically to the page on their site that lists submission information. Please follow each agencies particular submission requests. They are not all the same! Help out your fellow actors and let us know if any of the links are not working, or if we are missing anything. 


Casting Networks
The site most often used by Casting Directors and Talent Agents in Chicago (and nationwide) for submitting actors on projects.
You MUST be registered on this site if you have an agent in town. It's free if you have an agent! There's a nominal fee if you don't have an agent yet. Get on it now either way!

Actors Access
Another site occasionally used by Casting Directors and Talent Agents in town for submitting actors on projects. Used a fair amount in LA for film & TV projects. Also useful for finding out about indie project castings.
You SHOULD be registered on this site. Go there now and register. It's free!

ShowFax
A great site that allows you to download audition sides. It has a yearly membership
fee of around $60-80 bucks a year, but it is WELL worth it.

O'Connor Casting Company
(Please use this site only as a learning tool! Email is typically not an appropriate
avenue for actor's submissions / marketing.)

Paskal Rudnicke Casting
(Please use this site only as a learning tool! Email is typically not an appropriate
avenue for actor's submissions / marketing.)

Claire Simon Casting
(Please use this site only as a learning tool! Email is typically not an appropriate
avenue for actor's submissions / marketing.)

Karge + Ross Casting
(Please use this site only as a learning tool! Email is typically not an appropriate
avenue for actor's submissions / marketing.) And if you post on their facebook page- look at how they spell their names first! I was shocked to see one actor's effusive thanks in a comment that spelled BOTH wrong.

Marisa Ross's website

 

The Cast Station
(Please use this site only as a learning tool! Email is typically not an appropriate
avenue for actor's submissions / marketing.)

 

iSpot.tv

A place to go to view lots of commercials when you want to do research, or transcribe things to practice on.


AICP
Association of Independent Commercial Producers, Inc. (view commercials)

Chicago Creative Directory
Links you to the Midwest production community.

www.talktheatre.com
Chicago's theatre community weblog. Get the news of the community!

Screen Magazine

Reel Chicago
Ruth Ratny's online magazine of Chicago's production community. Go register for this NOW- you'll get free weekly news emails about the biz in Chicago.

Performink
Online magazine of Chicago's acting community. Audition notices. Theater news.

Indie Feature Project

Illinois Film Office

Illinois Production Alliance

The IPA began in 2001 to bring our visual media community together to speak with one voice about broad industry related issues that affect every sector.

Midwest Independent Film Festival

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.


SAG Indie

SHOOT Magazine On-Line

Advertising Age

Internet Movie Database

SAG-AFTRA UNION

Mandy.com
A site that is dedicated to job postings for the tv/film industry, including casting notices.

Media-Match.com
A site that is dedicated to job postings for the tv/film industry, including casting notices.

Craigslist.org
Go to "Chicago" then search for auditions. There are certainly some valid offerings for independent film and even extra work for major studio films here. There are also some wackos out there. Be careful and use common sense- but don't pass up the valid opportunities.

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Video 2 - The Commercial Process
Video 3 - The Commercial Casting Prep (part 1)
Video 4 - The Commercial Casting Prep (part 2)
Video 5 - The BEST talent agent in town!
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