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5 Tech Tools Every Actor Needs to Know

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BY CAT ELLIOTT
via www.castingnetworks.com

If you’re an actor looking to jumpstart prospects in the new year, keep reading for some game-changing tech tools. While you’re waiting to hear back on that audition, instead of indulging in some emotional eating or watching “The Office” for the tenth time, check out these resources that will help move your career forward. I guarantee Jim and Pam will still be there when you’re done.

Scenebot

Cost: Free

This little beauty seems to have flown under the radar, which is surprising since it allows actors to submit a self-taped monologue or scene once a month that can be seen by top industry pros. The app was co-founded by Nickelodeon casting director Krisha Bullock and boasts a list of 150 casting directors, agents and managers with whom it has partnered as well as 300 members who’ve gotten representation through using the app. It’s iOS and Android compatible.

CastingAbout

Cost: $48.95/year or $9.95/month

If you’re actively targeting casting offices and shows, this site is for you. It’s a division of Breakdown Services, updated daily and includes both previous and current projects being cast at the director, associate and assistant level. It not only lists the contact info or casting personnel but also the shooting details and episode order of projects they’re casting.

InShot

Cost: Free

If you’re stressing about self-tape auditions, this iOS and Android compatible app will make your life a lot easier. Need to trim or combine multiple scenes into one video? InShot has you covered. What about rotating or resizing the video? You’re still good. There’s even a text tool in case you want to add a title card. When you have a tight deadline for a self-tape audition, this tool is a one-stop shop for editing it all together, right on your phone.

International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA)

Cost: Free

Tired of going to YouTube for dialect prep and praying there’s a video that fits your specific needs? IDEA is your new best friend. It allows actors to listen to male and female dialects from countries all over the world that are organized by region, age of speaker and time period. The specificity makes this tool a game-changer for prepping roles that require a dialect.

Coach.me

Cost: Free

Acting isn’t a 9-to-5 gig. If you’re struggling to maintain personal or career goals while balancing a constantly changing schedule, check out this iOS and Android compatible app. Coach.me allows you to track habits in every area of your life, join a community for support and even hire a coach. Take a look if you want the new you to last all year long.  

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