What’s a SlateShot and Why Should I Care?

This is one of the best questions you could ask because a SlateShot on your Actors Access profile is a game changer. Everyone who submits via Actors Access or other casting sites should have at least one SlateShot on their profiles.

If you don’t know what Actors Access is and why it’s critical to a successful acting career, you should start here.

SlateShot and Slate: Is There a Difference?

Many actors have heard of slates when doing an audition but are less familiar with the SlateShot. The first is a very specific request for a very specific audition. They usually want your height, availability for shooting, etc. The latter is a five to seven second live headshot of you saying your name. It should absolutely match the vibe and wardrobe of your headshot. It gives casting directors a tiny glimpse of your personality and lets them see what you look like on video. 

Why is a SlateShot Important for Actors?

But most of all, the SlateShot boosts your status on sites like Actors Access. I’ll demonstrate why.

More than 100 actors will be submitted for that role you want. Usually, several hundred to thousands depending on the caliber of the project and the role. Casting directors are busy people and don’t have the time to look at every single person, so there’s a bit of a hierarchy on Actors Access.

In addition to seeing your headshot, which needs to pop off the page, casting directors can see if you have a resume, photo gallery, reel and SlateShot on your account.

You want your submission to show up as close to the top as possible for the best chance of being seen.

Be Seen: The Hierarchy of Actors Access

  1. If you have a headshot, a SlateShot and a reel, you will be among the first listed when casting directors are viewing submissions. 
  2. If you have at least a headshot and a SlateShot, you will appear in the next grouping of submissions a little bit down the page.
  3. If you just have a headshot, you will be among the very last listed and may not even be seen at all.

I know what some of you are thinking. But I don’t have a reel! That is perfectly okay as there are a significant number of people who don’t have a reel. The majority of people submitting for roles right now in this market only have a headshot. By having a professional SlateShot that matches your headshot, you are keeping yourself in the game.

A casting director recently said that it’s a good idea to have one neutral SlateShot on your Actors Access account and attach it to every single headshot. If you go this route, keep it simple with a plain black t-shirt that lets us focus on you.

Best case scenario is that you would have a SlateShot for every headshot you have on Actors Access, but one is a great start.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about SlateShots or getting started on Actors Access.

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  • Disinfecting equipment after each use
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