ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ACTORS!
2019 Regional Actors Showcase
Now in our 6th year, the New Mexico Film Foundation is going regional with its New Mexico Actors Showcase. The Actors Showcase is an opportunity for New Mexico’s great acting talent to present themselves to the public. And the showcase is meant to help actors raise the bar on their professionalism.
This is how it works: Actors will submit a 2 minute video audition using a monologue or a scene with a reader off camera. The use of video auditions is becoming a more popular way of casting, so it is important that actors know how to make a great video, including proper lighting, sound, setting, and of course their acting ability. Judging will be based on these qualities.
When the actor submits their video audition, they will place themselves in one of 5 categories, based on either age or experience. 17 and under is for young actors and they must be in this category regardless of experience. 55 and older is a recognition of seniors wanting to enter the acting world or who have acting experience and want to demonstrate that there is a place for older actors. These actors do have the option of entering themselves in one of the 3 categories based on experience instead.
The experience-based categories are contingent on the number of roles they have had in film. Background or featured background do not count as Roles. The Beginner category is 0-10 roles, Intermediate is 11-20 roles and Professional is 21+ roles.
The submitted videos will be judged and the top 4 actors from each category will be invited to perform live on stage. This live event will be in February as part of the Las Cruces International Film Festival. The live “audition” will have a reader, camera person and director on stage. The camera will project the actor’s performance on a large screen behind them. The actor will perform their side or monologue, and the director will give them some adjustments. They will then perform again. Judges in the audience will score each actor and the top actor from each category will be awarded a prize. Additionally each winning actor will be invited to attend the statewide actors showcase in Albuquerque in March.
Why regional? In our five years of holding the actors showcase, there have been few if any participants from outside the Albuquerque-Santa Fe area. The New Mexico film foundation recognizes that: there is talent outside this area, who are interested in acting in film, and that travel issues do arise. The efforts of the New Mexico Film Foundation, to grow the film industry from within the state do extend beyond the ABQ-Santa Fe area and indeed to all corners of the state.
Download the complete rules HERE
▸17 and Under
Below are some links on video auditions: