Guest blog: Maximise Your Chances Of Getting Selected For Auditions

While we may be experts at helping our creative clients with their tax returns and advising them on their finances, we admit that providing them with acting advice is not our area of expertise! With this in mind we have asked our friends at To Be Seen to write a guest feature for our blog with their top tips to help you nail that audition....

Your photos are the first impression so ensure they are good. Your headshot should be taken by a professional photographer. Your main profile photo should show head and shoulders only and you should be directly looking at the camera. Have a plain background. Photos should look like you (avoid excessive make-up and hairstyles). Natural lighting is best, but in its absence a light source from behind your photographer will do.

It is essential to have a showreel. It’s your calling card, and your introduction to casting agents, managers and talent scouts. A showreel should be short (ideally about 3 minutes) and show a number of short clips from your work (three to five clips should suffice). Always end the reel with your name, contact details and best headshot.

If you haven't already, make sure you fill in a profile on To Be Seen and and ensure all fields are filled in. Take time completing the experience section. Focus on the past 5 years ideally. List your experience in date order with most recent at the top. Include details such as year, production and your role. At the end of the experience section list any relevant qualifications. Remember to check for spelling and grammatical errors!

Always ensure your contact details (email address and phone number) on your profile are correct. These details on your To Be Seen profile will not be visible to the public. They will only be visible to the production company/casting director when you apply to their castings.

Check the To be Seen website daily as new jobs get listed on a regular basis.

To Be Seen is a leading casting website for TV, Film and Theatre auditions. Auditions and casting calls are posted daily on the website seeking actors, extras, presenters, voice-over artists, comedians, singers/musicians, dancers, models and reality TV contributors. Talent can create a profile with experience, headshots and showreel (optional) and apply directly for jobs and opportunities advertised.