Brooke Prince takes one for the team and gives us her honest review of LA CASTING and their online ‘Fee-Based’ casting service:
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So, I avoided this website / company  like the plague when I first came to Hollywood (LA CASTING  @ http://home.lacasting.com/), mostly because I thought that it was a scam and that there had to be other ways of getting casting calls, but just last week I finally caved and decided to create an account. I am so glad that I did.
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This site is completely professional, efficient, and incredibly easy to use. Sure, it’s $15 dollars a month, but honestly, you can make that back within a week as long as you submit yourself to every role that fits you and stay patient as you wait for auditions. It hadn’t even been a few days before I got my first one, and I’ve gotten another one since then, all within a very short amount of time. Yeah, it doesn’t sound like much when compared to the amount of submissions I sent out, but hey, I’m used to that– as I said in my Craigslist post, you only get about one e-mail back for every fifty you send out, and that’s if you’re lucky. So I’ve definitely gotten some success out of the site so far, and I can only hope for more as I keep using it.

Not only is it living up to my expectations as far as auditions go, but it’s also much more reliable and currnet than the other sites that I’ve used prior. There are no scams, and there is a huge range of variety in the posts, from feature films to TV shows to student projects to music videos– anything that you could possibly be interested in as an actor is on there, all for you to submit yourself to. You don’t have to be worried about the audition being dodgy, and you also don’t have to worry about having to attach your resume and headshot to every single e-mail. Literally all you have to do is press a little button that says ‘submit’ and your entire profile will be sent directly to the casting director, no middleman or anything. It’s so much easier than anything else I’ve tried.

Before I start sounding like some sort of salesman, I suppose I should probably give you guys some cons. Number one is obviously the monthly payment. No, $15 bucks isn’t a lot, but it’s still not free and that could be an issue for some people. Another thing is that nearly everything has to be approved before it can show up on the site, including pictures, media, you name it. I can understand why they’re doing it (so that casting directors will always be getting legitimate, clear information) but it can still be annoying, especially for an eager actor or actress who wants to start submitting themselves immediately. Waiting 1-2 days can seem like a lifetime for someone who’s chomping at the bit to get started.

Otherwise, though, that’s pretty much all of the cons I can think of. I highly recommend this site for any actor who’s looking for work and is tired of searching Google or Craigslist for hours on end. Take a chance and see what happens! I’d love to hear some success stories if you do. :)

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