Monday Myth Debunkers – IMDB STARmeters Matter.

The STARmeter is IMDB’s ranking system based on searches done by the website’s users. Basically, the more you’re searched for on IMDB, the higher your star meter is. These rankings are updated weekly.⁠

We’ve seen actors go through great lengths to get that coveted star meter up. ⁠

And we can’t help but wonder.. 𝘸𝘩𝘺?⁠

Here are a few reasons why your IMDB STARmeter does not matter:⁠

1. If we’re on IMDB, it’s to find contact info or to figure out the actor we are thinking about from that one show (not to check their star meter).⁠
2. Even if you’re number is 4,170,210—we don’t care.⁠
3. Even if you’re number is 1—we don’t care.⁠
4. We are far far far far far far far more interested in your acting chops.⁠
5. If we’re in between 2 people for a role, we’ll never use the star meter as a “tie-breaker”⁠
6. We tend to forget star meters are even a thing.⁠
7. They just don’t matter.⁠
8. Are you seeing a pattern?⁠

Let’s give a quick example:⁠

2 actors are pitched to us for a role.⁠

Both have comparable resumes, both have similar levels of training. ⁠

Both are totally right for it, in theory. ⁠

Actor A has a star meter of 400 due to a recent horror film that came out and made a big splash internationally. But their materials are slim—mostly a couple of indies that don’t show much and a co-star role where we can barely even see the actor.⁠

Actor B has a star meter of 65,000. But their materials are captivating. We see strength, vulnerability, range & an amazing self-tape seals the deal. ⁠

Who’s getting the audition? ⁠

And most importantly, where is your time better spent?⁠

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it until we’re blue in the face:⁠

Time is precious. 𝙒𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙮.⁠


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