Why Actors Should Join Twitter
Social networking has become an important marketing tool for actors in recent years. If you are taking the time to read Backstage, then chances are- you are serious about your career. Allow me to offer up a solid piece of advice: JOIN TWITTER.
Why, you may ask? Simply put, Twitter allows you to have direct contact with Casting Directors, Agents, Producers, Actors, Directors, etc. No other online community provides this invaluable connection. I know, I know…another social media site? I was the first person to say, “Ugh! I will never join Twitter!” I mean, what the hell can I possibly say in just 140 characters? And why does everyone have a @ and a # in their tweets? What does it all mean?! I gave up before I even knew I wanted to start.
You mean I could talk to Cate Blanchett about how I think she is completely brilliant? Or tell Jim Carrey that his performance in ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ was totally underrated and that he deserved more recognition for that role? An actor friend of mine was also pushing me to join. He said quite simply: “Tamara, twitter allows you to have a direct link to casting directors, coaches, agents, etc. You would be foolish not to join.”
Okay…maybe I could try this out.
I started my profile (ps- it was easier than Facebook), put up a headshot and stated that I was an actress in my profile. I provided direct links to my website and online reel. I began “following” casting directors, agents, directors, acting magazines, online casting services, etc. Slowly but surely, some of these people began following me back. While I was slow to start, I began to realize that this was actually a wonderful way to connect with people that you may not otherwise have a connection to. Some of these people post casting notices directly on their Twitter feeds, some will vent their frustrations about actor faux-pas giving invaluable tips on how to behave in a casting office, while others will upload links to websites with insider information on classes, seminars and workshops in the area.
What really sold me: I booked the lead in a short film through Twitter. How, you may ask? I saw a casting notice on LACastings and submitted myself. I didn’t hear anything back, but I knew I would be perfect for the role. By chance, I checked to see if the director for the project was on Twitter and sure enough, she was. I sent her a tweet and got an audition within the same day. I booked it. Another example of why Twitter is a great tool for actors: I was invited to a free screening of ‘Horrible Bosses’ just last week, all because I follow a film critic (Ben Lyons). I also saw a casting notice on a twitter feed that didn’t really apply to me, but was perfect for a friend of mine so I sent him the information. He begins shooting as the male lead next week.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to take hold of your career and make something of it. Hopefully this little clue will help you take the reigns.
Follow me on Twitter: @tamaradhia