THE VIRTUAL SHOWCASE
The Virtual Showcase is a service for Chicago area actors to gain more exposure with local casting directors, agents, theatres, young filmmakers, and other industry professionals. Think of it as the digital equivalent to a traditional headshot mailing. You can view a sample showcase and read more actor and industry testimonials like the ones below on my site: www.mattmillerdirect.com
Participating actors will be scheduled for a fifteen minute recording slot. The actual showcase footage will consist of a brief personal interview, a small piece of commercial copy I give actors in advance to prepare, and a one minute monologue or scene that actors bring in on their own. (Note: this is not a class or a coaching, but I will try to make you look good!)
After your recording session, I will edit your footage and post it to a link on my website that is then distributed to an ever growing list of industry professionals (for starters, the link is sent directly to all the major casting directors in town, every legitimate SAG franchised agency, a bevy of small to mid-sized theatres, and close to 85 directors, photographers and independent producers/casting directors.)
The cost is $70/actor to cover space rental, equipment costs, and my time.
(FYI, the rate just went up slightly from $60 to cover rising studio costs.)
Actors participating in the showcase will also have the link emailed to them for approval before it is released.
There's no guarantee, of course, but the likelihood of these professionals watching the showcase footage is much greater than just cold submissions in the mail--especially because I have relationships with almost all of them. At the very least, it is MUCH more cost effective than a traditional headshot mailing. (Mailing a headshot to a quarter the people this link goes to would cost you well over $70.)
Also, and perhaps most importantly, industry folks can hang onto the link for future reference. It's active for a year.
Registration is only through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited, so please email me promptly if you would like to participate. Or let me know if I should put you on the list for next month!
This is an incredible way for actors to be seen as we have signed numerous talents from his Virtual Showcases.
-Marisa Paonessa: Agent/Owner, Paonessa Talent
Whenever I'm looking for talent for a project, my first stop is Matt's Virtual Showcase. And if I can't find a great fit on my own, I know he'll point me in the right direction. Matt Miller is an invaluable resource!
-Katie Suib: Senior Consultant, BrandTrust
I always look at the showcase; it is convenient!
-Lynn Baber: Casting Director, Northlight Theatre
[We] open Matt Miller's virtual showcase as soon as we get the link each month! Often we are working on new projects and we will invite actors in from the showcase, or at the very least, if we see something we like, we bring the actor in for a general audition so we can get to know them better. If you are an actor without an agent, this is a great way for us to get a chance to see your work!
-Erica Sartini & Hannah Fenlon: Two Birds Casting
The virtual showcase is a great resource. It’s an invaluable way to find new, under-the-radar talent. It’s like a monthly present in my inbox.
-PJ Powers: Artistic Director, Timeline Theatre
Hi, Matt. I booked a commercial today that your virtual showcase helped me get, it will start airing on the networks next week (CBS, WGN, Fox, & WCIU). I did not have to audition, they chose me based on my showcase video! Thanks!
-Sandy Gulliver: Actor, 2011 Virtual Showcase
These virtual showcases are a WONDERFUL resource.
-Sam Samuelson: Theatrical Agent, Stewart Talent
I love this!!!
-Laurie Hamilton: Print Agent, Shirley Hamilton Talent
cannot even describe how much I got out of Matt Miller's on-camera and
character workshops. His wealth of experience combined with his
excellent coaching and personal attention make him the best in the biz.
And when it came time for the most important audition of my career to
date, I called Matt Miller.
-Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live