How to apply for an acting job…

Perfect example of what NOT to do.

Ever since we made the email id for casting, public, we have been flooded with emails and pictures. For the record, it is casting@4lionsfilms.com. The absolutely crazy number emails have left us in a tizzy making us wonder whether it was a lapse in creating and giving out the email id? Who does that? Anyway, without getting into the details about the kind of mails that we have been getting, we would like to bring some order to the chaos. We understand that all those who want to act do not have pictures clicked by professionals, but still if we follow the simple guidelines posted below, it will help us deal with your mails better and your chances of getting rejected will be lesser.

GUIDELINES:

  • The pictures should be between 800 and 1200 pixels wide.
  • The accompanying mail should have between three and seven pictures, though you may send as many as ten, if that pleases you!
  • The total size of all the attachments should not be more than 10MB.
  • The subject line of the mail should ideally state your sex and age. For example: “Male, 32 years, seeking character role.”  ”Please sir give me just one chance” is not the ideal subject line for this kind of mail.
  • You should be alone in the picture. All by yourself! While we love dogs, babies and in rare cases, stuffed toys… For this particular picture(s), please leave them out! While we understand that you looked smashing at this cousin’s wedding and you think this is your “bestest” picture – the same applies to your cousin as well.
  • You facing forwards, looking straight towards the camera. Your friends might have told you that you resemble Shahrukh Khan or Katrina Kaif when viewed from the side or a certain angle – but we need to see how you look straight on! No really, no kidding… We really do!
  • Your eyes open and clearly visible with no sunglasses or heavily tinted glasses, and no hair across your eyes. Stylish as it might look we do want to see what those eyes look like and what beautiful colour they are!
  • If you prefer or wear glasses, please make sure there is no reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames should not cover your eyes. Although, honestly speaking, you may find it easier to just  remove your glasses!
  • We should see your full head, without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons. The right to make you look ridiculous rests completely with us. So please throw away that “FRIENDS” cap that you have saved from 1989. It does not make you look like Salman Khan. The same applies to all cowboy hats, baseball caps and that wonderful straw hat from that wonderful vacation.
  • Nothing should be covering your face. Please make sure nothing covers the outline of your eyes, nose or mouth. While we do plan to make some shows based on dacoits, bandits and the likes sometime in the future – please let us decide how to cover your face and when.

The body of the mail should have the following:

  • Your name – rockstar89 doesn’t tell us your real name.
  • Your address – geographical location is very important. We want to know whether you can come for an audition tomorrow or next month, after getting a visa.
  • Your phone number – please don’t make us send you another email asking you for a number.
  • Acting course undertaken, if any.
  • Previous work experience, if any. If not, please state that you are a newcomer.
  • Video links, if any
  • Website, if any.
Let’s see how well this goes.

20 thoughts on “How to apply for an acting job…

  1. Hahaaa would love to see illustrations of the things ur crazy lines of emails had with the all that they were NOT to have!!!! A great saying goes very well here: “Common sense is not common at all” Hehee im sure the follow up to this tutorial will be how to turn up to an audition!! Lool good luck 4lions in ur talent hunt frm this chaotic plan!

  2. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAH OMG LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  3. Loved the fact that the forum is responsible and serious enuf on the task….Kudos…am sure the guidelines, if taken seriously, will help the aspiring actors….and never know we might just get a bunch of brilliant actors on the screen….Kudos!!!!

  4. very witty!
    Now that is for people who are aspiring to be in front of the camara, what if someone wants to get hired to work behind the camera? where is it that one mails his/her resume in that case..obviously not on ‘casting@whatever.com’. So do u guys have a ‘crewing’ email address, for i do not see a ‘contact us’ link here.

  5. Jai Rabbaaa veee,

    First of all thanks so much to 4lions for a great show IPK n congratulations as it completes a year successfully…
    Everything is perfect in show… Everything goes well in show… But still something is missing, that’s what I researched since last triple a months, its editing…these days the editing of IPK is rele bakwas(I knw its rude) but its fact… Fr eg: yesterday epi wat a crap??u came up wid such a beautiful track but ur editing killed all the essence… So my request is plz change ur editing team or give me a job I will do it for u (don’t worry I work freely for u as ipk is my luv n passion)… Hope u consider my request in 1st case n will take care of it… Thanks to 3lions (I knw its 4lions but u 3ladies r lions na) for a wonderful epic… Take care and letz keep rocking…

    Jai Rabbaaa veee
    Silpa :)

  6. 1st OF ALL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH .THIS IS VERY INFORMATIVE.I WILL FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES AND THEN APPLY. REGARDS

  7. OMG do you guys even reply back to this. I heard a lot of people emiled them but never got a reply.

  8. can i get a temporary job in this production house like something related with computers as m waiting for my call letter n since IT market is down i knw have to wait for long so for the time being i want to do something behind the camera. I m a B-tech graduate.this year only.

  9. kbhi to rply kro, kbse mail krke wait hi kr rha hu, ya sirf reffered logo ko kaam mil skta apke yaha… Plz. Kch kijiye hamara b..

  10. SIR, 1,ST OF ALL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH .THIS IS VERY INFORMATIVE.I WILL FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES AND THEN APPLY. I’M THETAR ACTOR.MY FAV SER IPKKND MAI DIN MAI 5 TIMES DEK TI HU AND BARUN AND SANAYA IS MY FAV I LOVE SENT MY PROFILES TO CASTINGz@4LIONSFILMS.COM
    I;D LOVE TO WORK WITH 4 LION FILMS

    THANK U,
    SIR

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