Want a post about yourself pinned to the top of Facebook actor groups with membership totaling over 200,000?

You can now have a post pinned to the top of Facebook actor groups with membership totaling over 200,000! There is an opening now for the month of October, 2017. And for today only, you can sign up for 1/2 off the regular fee. I am offering one person the chance to have a post about them pinned to the very top of all of the groups listed below for the entire month of October, for only $49 (the regular fee is ordinaraly $99). I will also publish the post on my Verified Facebook Profile (https://www.facebook.com/alanbaltes) and Verified Twitter Page (https://twitter.com/alanbaltes). The Facebook groups and pages listed below that I run have over 200,000 members which includes top people from many areas of the entertainment industry including casting directors, talent agents, directors, writers, and producers. You can write the post (including photos), or I can write the post for you. Your post can be anything you would like, promoting you and/or your Facebook profile, IMDb profile, YouTube Channel/Videos, your website, a product, your business, actor demo reel, promote a script, project fundraiser, anything you choose. You can include any photos or videos, and as many links as you wish. Here are the pages and groups that your post will appear:

Alan Baltes Verified Facebook Profile (followed by 14,563 people)

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This offer is now for the entire month of October, 2017.

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Backstage now offering free casting director and talent agency submission labels



Are you serious about your acting career? Do you send postcards to casting directors to announce performances or to invite them to plays? Are you signed with a reputable talent agency? The majority of lead roles in films and starring roles on television shows are cast through talent agents. I can provide you with a completely free set of casting director and talent agent mailing labels, along with a free subscription to Backstage Daily. The labels have current addresses for casting directors and talent agencies, and are updated constantly. Backstage Daily lists casting calls, auditions information, and talent searches for feature films and television series, for all areas. If there is one good piece of advice I can give to actors, it is to take advantage of this opportunity. You can get the free mailing labels and free subscription exclusively by signing up with the following link - http://goo.gl/nX8qDn

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Still no 'Best Casting By' award at the Academy Awards

Why don't casting directors have a category for "Best Casting By" at the Academy Awards? To comprehend this issue, you have to have a deep understanding of how the casting process works. Casting directors are contracted by production companies and/or studios to cast specific projects. The casting directors (and their associate casting directors and assistants) filter through massive amounts of submissions for specific roles, mainly through talent agents. The casting directors then audition actors for the specific roles being cast. They then choose what actors that they personally deem "right for the role", at their discretion, and they subsequently advance those actors to a "call back", to audition for the director, writer(s), producers, and for major roles.. the studio executives. Eventually, the right actor for the role is hired. The actor is not hired directly by the casting director, but rather the director/production company/studio. Other than for small speaking roles on TV series, the casting director does not have the ability to hire actors, they simply select a certain group of actors to advance in the casting process. I am not talking about extras. Extras are cast directly by Extras Casting Directors/Companies. For there to be an Academy Award category for principal actor casting directors, the voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences would have to be able to see all of the hundreds (and even thousands) of actor's auditions for each role by the "Best Casting By" nominee, to be able to judge whether or not each casting director nominee did the best job. And just to narrow down the casting nominees, there would have to be a massive amount of that material available to the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominating committee. That is a logistical impossibility. Directors, producers, writers, and studio executives have the final say in who is cast in specific roles, not casting directors. The best casting directors do a great job, and they have a great collaboration with those who do hire the actors, however there is no definitive way to establish a criteria for an Academy Award category for "Best Casting By". I can elaborate much more about the casting process, however that would require much more than I can post here, it would be a complete eBook. I do want to elaborate about why casting directors are never credited in films as a Casting "Director", but rather credited as "Casting By". The Directors Guild of America does not allow, by contract, any other persons on a film being credited with the word "Director", unless they are actually a "director" i.e. 1st AD (First Assistant Director, etc). That includes the Cinematographer (widely called "DP" or "Director of Photography" on the set). Casting directors are some of the hardest working people in the entertainment industry, but there you go, that is why there is no Oscar Award category for "Best Casting By".