How to Get Acting Work When You Lack Formal Training

Cast It Feedback Facebook sqIncreasingly these days, actors are getting work through online calls and video submissions. The days of traveling to a big city to get an initial audition are rapidly fading into history. But taking control of your online presence as an actor can be intimidating. It’s easy to fall into the trap of imagining an infinite pool of actors better trained, more experienced and more talented than you are. But as Napoleon put it, “Victory belongs to the most persevering.” Waterloo or no Waterloo, that was a man who wasn’t afraid to leap into battle. And on a more relatable note, neither was Nelson Perez.


Nelson Perez is an actor from Ventura, CA, where he deals casino games for an events company, as well as driving for Uber. It was when he was looking for supplemental income that he first stumbled across a call for extras. Nelson submitted, got called in, and began a practical training in life on set. From there Nelson began auditioning and doing short films, learning as he went. Says Nelson: “I’ve seen myself get better and better. Which is encouraging.”


Nelson discovered Cast It Talent during one of his many online searches for work. “The thing that has helped me the most I believe though is the feedback I’ve gotten from using the feedback feature on the Cast It Talent website,” he explains.  “It almost seemed too good to be true when I discovered it. The feedback I got from directors helped me understand acting so much better, which has helped my performance immensely.”

He wasn’t the only one who noticed. Nelson used the feature to improve his audition for a Steven Spielberg open call, attracting the attention of those at Cast It Talent. This is precisely how the website is meant to be used. If you need a reminder, Cast It Talent allows you to record and upload your audition video or scene from your demo reel and get feedback from a casting professional. It can be used to prepare for auditions or improve the quality of demo reels you might be submitting to agents or casting directors. This kind of critique is an invaluable tool that can help an actor zero in on what those on the other side of the table are seeking.

When asked if he had advice for new actors, Nelson demurred. “I don’t know if I feel comfortable giving out advice just yet. Since I’ve yet to acquire any form of success.” Well, on behalf of Cast It Talent, I have some to give. Follow Nelson’s lead. Don’t have formal training? Get some experience. Seek those who can give you advice and feedback. There are a million reasons to stand on the sidelines and let your career pass you by. Nelson didn’t let that stop him from diving in, and neither should you. The courage to try is its own triumph, and more success will follow. After all, as Napoleon put it, “He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.”


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Rachel Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at

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  1. Posted April 25, 2016 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    The acting techniques that get actors listening carefully can also help you get focused on many aspects of your life.
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