Cazt

This is the website for a Los Angeles casting studio that also operates it’s own casting billboard. Casting Directors can use their studios for free as long as they upload the auditions to the Cazt servers (which is done automatically when you use their ipads to record the auditions). The CDs can list their breakdowns anywhere but they must also list them on Cazt’s breakdown system. They are encouraged to select some percentage of their candidates from the Cazt breakdown system submission pool and they are required to leave some feedback on each audition though only about 30% do in my experience. It’s annoyingly difficult to find out how much they charge until you set up a free basic profile. You don’t have to have a profile to audition at Cazt or to look at their breakdowns. Subscribing gets you the ability to submit to the Cazt breakdowns, watch your audition video auditions, forward your auditions to your agent, manager, or coaches and the ability to see the feedback on the audition. Members also can go in to do a video audition for free. I subscribed to Cazt for a few years but stopped a while ago. If you’re still building your reel, I’d think that it’s worth while to sign up to submit to the roles there. Roles looking for more experience will also post their breakdowns to L.A. Casting. I’ve heard complaints about their use of iPads to film the audition. In my experience, the shot is too wide and if its zoomed in, too grainy.  

Current Casting

This is a site that acts like a catalog of actors. It’s a nice looking site that promises to do 3 photosessions with the actor per year to insure that the headshots are fresh and up-to-date.  The price of $275/year seems excessive. Their search engine to find talent is quick and really intuitive – one of the best I’ve seen but the up-to-date images mostly look awkward. The actor profile looks great – clean, easy to use format, but they need to get a proffesional headshot photographer because the shots don’t look like something I’d want to share.

  • Subscription costs: Profile is $275/yr which includes 3 headshot sessions
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: Free
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: Los Angeles, New York

Hollywood Casting and Film

Los Angeles casting studios and submissions service (like Cazt). I signed up for them when they first started as I was helping cast a film and a friend I had done a film with in the past was running the business. This was before they were doing their own breakdowns. Eventually, they started sending notices but it was very beta and I opted out of the email. It looks like they have a number of breakdowns now. Like Cazt, you don’t need to be a member to audition at their studio. Subscribing gets you the ability to submit, notifications of new roles, ¨free remote audition/self-tape¨, free room rental for rehearsals or table-reads, audition invitations to HC&F featured projects. One differentiating feature is ¨Auto-Submit¨ which allows you to submit to a bunch of projects at once. I haven’t used it since I’m not a subscriber but it sounds like a great tool or a CD’s nightmare depending on the accuracy of the matches.

  • Subscription costs: Profile is free, $9/mo to submit to projects (you have to click through to submit on a project to see the features page)
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: Free
  • Example Profile Page – I couldn’t find one
  • Territory: Los Angeles