IMDb Pro

I tracked the IMDBPro casting notices for a few months in 2014. I didn’t see any larger budget projects and I saw a lot of what just felt like BS postings. These postings seem all the weirder when the roles are reposted week after week or the same submitter posts 5 to 10 different “epic feature length film”s in a two week period and his imdb page shows that he has never been involved with anything but two short films three years ago. My guess is that people are putting up these features to get lots of clicks on their imdb profile to raise their starmeter. Seems like a waste of time. Checking it today, it’s 90% the postings from the same handful of people. I’m sure there are some gems there but it feels a lot like like sifting through the weird postings for actors on Craigslist. Also, if it’s a legitimate project, why aren’t they posting to a legitimate casting site (LA Casting and/or Actors Access)? No email notification of new roles. It may be worth signing up for IMDb Pro anyway as it is the only way I know to get your headshot onto your IMDb page which makes your profile look much more professional. I don’t know if you could sign up for a month, upload your photo, not renew your subscription, and still have your photo stay on your page. In addition to having your headshots you can also upload your reel to appear on your IMDb page. 

  • Subscription costs: $149.99/yr or $19.99/mo
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: Free
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: Global

Mandy

This site was set up for film crew to find work and they added actors into the mix. It’s mostly student or first time director films (nothing wrong with either of those). It’s free to set up an account and post to jobs but if you want more than a weekly listing of the new jobs, you need to pay $40/yr.

  • Subscription costs: Free or $40/yr for daily alerts
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: N/A
  • No Profile Pages
  • Territory: Global

Stage 32

This site wants to be a networking opportunity for actors. I opened an account when it first started but the constant requests to join random stranger’s networks so that they can advertise to me keeps me from putting any effort into it. Checking today, it looks like they have added a casting jobs page. The jobs for actors with 50 miles of L.A. all look odd or fishy and give me a real urge to run away rather than submit.

  • Subscription costs: Free
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: Free
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: Global

Star Now

This is a casting site that started in Sydney Australia where I went to acting school. At the time, it was the only online player in town. It was useful for student and lower budget indie films in Sydney. While they have a global presence, when I moved to L.A. there weren’t any local jobs on there so I unsubscribed. Checking the postings today, there is one project that fit my criteria shooting in LA – an unpaid student film consisting of 5 minutes of “mostly improv” for some London film students coming into town for 2 weeks.

  • Subscription costs: Profile is free, but to submit to jobs costs $4.99/mo
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: Free
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: Global – Best for outside the USA