Actors and Auditions..
Q: Any advice for actors when it comes to auditions?
A: So glad you asked!! When a casting director (or in my poor case, director) posts an ad for auditions, their inbox and mailbox can be flooded with hundreds upon hundreds of submissions. In my case I posted online at a couple different sites and got the majority of my submissions via email. The advice I can give is about organizing your email so that it will have the highest chance of being seen.
1) Your headshot photo file and resume file should both be named with your first and last name. Don't send files named, "summer blond hair." That might remind you that the headshot was taken last summer when you had your hair dyed blond, but when it's in my Casting directory, I'll have no idea who you are.
2) Cover letters always work! Write something about yourself and experience. If you know something about the character, talk about the similarities you share, and mention a role that you've played that might be similar.
3) I think submitting more than one photo of you always helps. Everyone who's done casting has their own great story about the headshot that looks nothing like the person who showed up for the audition.
4) Urls to your website will help but only if your email looks interesting. And when the website loads, long flash animations that do not quickly show your photo or provide information about you will increase the chances that the site will just be closed.
I hope this helps and really don't want to discourage you. We're all trying to make this happen, and I'm just telling you what happens on my side!!