Actors, do you know how to make a website? There are many tools I'd like to recommend, and a few simple things you should definitely put on your site.
Two easy to use tools for website creation are either www.weebly.com or sites.google.com. Weebly is easier to use but google offers more control. They are both free.
I would recommend creating a page for each of the following:
1. Your bio, headshot, and resume. These are definitely necessary if you have a website and are an actor.
2. A welcome page. This should be the first page people land on when visiting your site, and should welcome them there and give a brief description of what you do and who you are. Make sure there is a call to action as well, saying you are available for acting.
3. A contact form page. Make sure you have one to give people the opportunity to contact you.
4. A blog with your samples on it. Keep a weekly blog going where you add to it at least once per week with samples of work and your experiences, plus what you learned from each project. Remember, the more you write, the more often your site will come up in google for different things, especially if people type in the title of a project you worked on and it's listed in your site. So many actors don't have a blog because they don't realize how big of a difference it can make in not only google's perception of your site (your ranking) but also in people's perception of your site.
These four aspects are absolutely essential to every actor's website. If you don't have them, get them up as soon as possible. And really do the blog, it will show people how much you care about acting. You'll be very likely to get hired.
Next time I'll talk about a video demo reel.
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