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How do I hire people (actors, set directors, costume artists, musical score orchestras) for my movie-production company ?

How do I hire people (actors, set directors, costume artists, musical score orchestras) for my movie-production company?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Wyatt !

There are many ways you can audition actors and interview tech for your production company. One of the quickest ways would be to place notices on the website Actors Access where you'll probably get a lot of response. You can also list openings in Backstage. There is always Linked In, although not too many actors use it, but it would be good to open an account on Linked In and post openings on your feed. I think there might be more tech people that use Linked In, though.

Decide if you want to hire union or non-union. Some of the tech people may all be union, but some actors may not be union but regardless, it doesn't reflect on how skilled or talented they are. You would have to pay union wages if they are affiliated with SAG/AFTRA. If not, you would be considered Independent and can offer the salary according to your budget. Also go to any of the local theatres in your town and post a flyer or mail the flyer to them and to any acting schools (the teachers may even be interested). You can decide on your personal audition process. Many are doing video auditions/submissions remotely, by the way.

This is just a super exciting venture and I would advise that if you have a Facebook account, post the openings for positions on your feed. Casting Call Hub has a page on their website for Minnesota and I have left a link for you below. For Set Directors and Costumers, one way is to e-mail or send a flyer to all of the nearby colleges that have a theatre or film department. Contact any Student Services Centers on campus to let them know when you are hiring. Also find out which technical schools offer a film program and send notices to them.

If you have a website for your company, put employment and casting notices on your website. Also check with any fashion schools to let them know that you're hiring a Costumer and the additional crew the costumer may need. In no time at all, talent from all over your state will be responding to your notices and you can than structure an audition process for the actors and how you want to do the interviews for the tech and costume people.

I hope that this has been of help and I wish you all the best !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

MINNESOTA CASTING AND HIRING RESOURCE https://www.castingcallhub.com/auditions/minnesota/
Thank you comment icon Thank you for sharing your perspective. Wyatt
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Steve’s Answer

If you're all set to kick off your production with a well-developed and budgeted script, and you've secured the necessary financing, then it's time to assemble the rest of your team. If you're new to the world of production, don't worry - there are plenty of online resources that can help you understand how to navigate.

A key member of your team will be an experienced line producer. It's crucial to find one who has a wealth of resources and contacts. Together, you can build the rest of your team. It's important to hire individuals who have experience, particularly in areas where you might lack knowledge. Employing people who are more knowledgeable than you in their specific field can greatly contribute to the formation of a robust team.

There are numerous production resources at your disposal. Websites like mandy.com, jobs.creativecow.net, and staffmeup.com, to list a few, can be invaluable tools. These platforms allow you to post job openings and assess potential production hires.

Don't forget to enlist the help of an experienced casting director. This individual will understand how to guide your vision to reality. If you're planning to shoot locally, it would be wise to cast local actors to save on travel and accommodation expenses.

Best of luck with your production journey!
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Jim’s Answer

You may want to consider placing an ad in one of the trade magazines. Variety or The Hollywood Reporter are examples. Not sure that Minnesota is a hotbed for those types of folks but it is worth a try, plus you are near Chicago which has a lot of film productions. Take into account if your production requires union sanctioning. SAG AFTRA is the leading union organization for actors. Many crew jobs are also covered by unions.
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Wyatt,

Securing Actors

To secure actors for your film production, consider connecting with talent agencies like Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and William Morris Endeavor (WME). These agencies are home to a myriad of talented individuals eager for acting opportunities. Additionally, consider posting casting notices on platforms such as Backstage and Actors Access, designed specifically for actors in search of roles.

Engaging Set Directors

Set directors are key to ensuring your film's visuals align with your creative vision. To engage a set director, seek out candidates with a background in production design and a robust portfolio of their work. The Directors Guild of America (DGA) offers a database of qualified set directors. Alternatively, you can advertise the position on industry-specific platforms like ProductionHUB and Mandy.com.

Recruiting Costume Designers

Costume designers are instrumental in bringing characters to life with their clothing and accessory choices. To recruit costume designers, look for professionals with experience in film or theater production. The Costume Designers Guild is a great resource for finding professionals in this field. Job listings can also be posted on fashion and design-centric websites like Fashionista and DrapersJobs.

Sourcing Musical Score Orchestras

To source musicians for your film’s score, consider contacting music unions and guilds such as the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) or the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). These organizations maintain databases of professional musicians ready to bring your creative vision to life. You can also search for composers and musicians on music-focused platforms like SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

Remember, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is a premier talent agency representing a wide range of industry professionals, including actors and directors. Directors Guild of America (DGA) is an organization representing set directors, and the Costume Designers Guild is a professional organization representing costume designers. These resources can be invaluable in your search for talent.

Stay Blessed!
James.
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