always ask the Nevada Film Office (NFO) how to break into the acting and
production world. I’d like to say we have super powers, that we are a real
force to be reckoned with when it comes to the interests of our local
production community! We laugh in the face of union strikes and we don’t
sleep until everyone is in front or behind a camera! There is no rest for us
until every talent has an outlet!
Unfortunately, this is not the case. While the film office is an
answer team, a resource for the community, my gold lasso collects dust. The
reality is that the Nevada Film Office is in charge of promoting Nevada as a
film destination, and acting as a liaison between productions and the state,
which includes intergovernmental and permitting departments as well as our
local community of camera operators, production companies, make up artists,
photographers and all the other skilled production personnel.
The two main areas of production we do not have direct
influence on are financing and talent. We cannot pay for your movie to be
made, nor can we cast it. We are a nonprofit state agency, our services are
free, our answers are free, and our resources are free. So, we may have a
utility belt, but no Batmobile (we do have a state owned minivan for
location scouts, though).
this being stated, it should be clear that the NFO can not do anything with
an actor’s headshots or an indie film’s limited budget. We can, however,
offer a few ideas and resources for those with talent deserving of their big
break, but just need to take a crack at it, first.
Nevada Production Directory
Nevada Film Office publishes this annual directory of the businesses,
services, and individuals in Nevada’s production industry. It is the
ultimate resource for productions looking to hire local crew.
other talent can peruse the directory for Casting Facilities, Talent
Agencies, and Acting Coaches.
categories to list in, crew personnel can market themselves to producers and
key decision makers all over the globe. Categories include everything from
Make-up Artists to Editors, to Composers.
On a local
level, Nevadans can use the directory as a job hunting guide. Students,
inexperienced and experienced individuals should take advantage of having
the local industry at their fingertips by reaching out to the Production
Companies, Equipment Houses, Studios and Stages, Sound and Lighting
Companies, etc. After all, these are the people who make up the industry
and they may be looking for a great new employee, assistant, or intern.
directory is sent out to directors, producers, studios, and other key
decision makers all over the world and is distributed at industry trade
shows and film festivals by the thousands.
directory is free and available to anyone by calling the Nevada Film Office
1-800-NEV-FILM, or by visiting www.nevadafilm.com
Nevada Film Office Hotline
in need of local crew, open casting calls, auditions, and special projects
request to be announced on the Nevada Film Office Hotline.
receives over 800 calls per month and is a main resource for crew and talent
to remain “in the know.”
every week, there are always opportunities, as well as useful information on
networking and collaborative websites and meetings.
to the public, any professional in the industry may request to post an
announcement. Perhaps a student film needs actors, or a local photographer
is running a promotion on headshots and needs to get the word out to the
right people, the hotline is the avenue.
is available 24 hours a day at (702) 486-2727.
and the Art Institute of Las Vegas are incredible resources for networking
and learning. Take a class, attend a seminar, enjoy the film festivals,
audition at casting calls, join a film appreciation group, and meet future
filmmakers, producers, photographers and actors.
Institute of Las Vegas
Review Journal columnist, Carol Cling, writes “Shooting Stars,” every Monday. It is
an entertainment column where she informs readers of what’s shooting in Las
Vegas as well as announcing cast and crew opportunities and auditions.
Carol’s column can be found on the Review Journal’s website,
internet search for industry publications, entertainment websites, blogs,
and columns. Absorb as much information about the industry as possible.
advantage of online networking and marketing. Create a free MySpace page for
marketing and networking with others in the same field.
message boards such as Nevada Film Alliance,
Craigslist.org for production opportunities and other job seeking search
Google Alert for industry keywords to receive email news about companies,
projects, and people in the business.
these are merely suggestions of online resources, not endorsements or
recommendations. Each person must research the credibility of any company,
website, or organization.
business is a machine. It only works as well as the people running it. And,
breaking into this business requires more legwork than a bicycle. Sure, the
old axiom is true, it’s “who you know,” but it is also what you do to
get there. There are many tools to aid you, but you must be your own