Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Join now to apply to open casting calls. Here are some great tips to get you started.

If you're an actor who wants to star on your favorite soap, let them know! It's perfectly okay to send your headshot and resume directly to soap opera casting directors - just make sure you do it by regular mail instead of in person!

Important Notes:

-Don't just throw your headshot and resume into an envelope and slap on a stamp. Get the casting director's attention by writing a cover explaining why you are sending your headshot and resume. Keep it short and to the point. Explain that you would like to be considered for auditions and give the casting director an idea of why they should call you in for an audition. Be sure to include your age range, height, weight, and contact information on your resume.

-If you don't already live in the city where your target soap opera is filmed, consider that you will have to relocate if you get a part. Soap operas are filmed in New York and Los Angeles, while you can fly-in for an audition, if you are cast, you'll have to move to do the part.

-If you have a video, or "reel," of some of your acting performances, state that in your letter, but don't mail your reel unless they call or e-mail to ask for it. Even better, post your acting reel on your website and include the address of the link in your letter where the casting director can view it anytime.

-If the casting director thinks you are a good fit for the show, they may call you for a live audition. However, if they don't have anything in mind for you, they will most likely toss your headshot in the trash. The good news is that it is perfectly acceptable to send your information regularly (not daily or weekly, please). Send it every few weeks and try a different slant each time. Change your letter, change the font on your resume, and even consider changing the color of your mailing envelope. If you are persistent (not a pest) you just may get their attention and the audition you're hoping for.

*Remember* Getting the audition is only half of the process. You still have to ace the audition to get that part. To start the process, send off your information to the casting directors below.


Judy Blye Wilson, Casting Director
All My Children
ABC TV
77 W. 66th St.
New York, NY 10023

Mary Clay Boland, Casting Director
As the World Turns
CBS TV
51 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

Christy Dooley, Casting Director
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS TV
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Marnie Saitta, Casting Director
Days of Our Lives
NBC TV
3000 West Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523

Gwen Hillier, Casting Director
General Hospital
ABC TV
4151 Prospect Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90027

Rob Decina, Casting Director
Guiding Light
CBS TV
51 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

Julie Madison, Casting Director
One Life to Live
ABC TV
77 W. 66th St.
New York, NY 10023

Jill Newton, Casting Director
The Young and the Restless
CBS TV
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036