Terminology Tuesday: Submission Notes

Submission notes are a feature that AA/BD offers that allows both actors and reps to include a note to casting when submitting yourself to a project. ⁠

Seems like a great opportunity to make your submission stand out or communicate with casting, right?⁠

Maybe… 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵.⁠

Sometimes an office may specifically ask you to notate a special skill or level of experience (i.e. military experience or dance). In that case, please do use the submission notes to be as clear and concise as possible. “12+ years ballet experience” is a perfect example.⁠

If they don’t ask for anything specific, most of the times, 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲.⁠

Notes like “would really love to be brought in for this!” or “would love to be on this show” are redundant. If you didn’t want/think those things, you probably wouldn’t be submitted. ⁠

We know you’re submitted because you want the audition. Period. ⁠

Make sure you watch out for generic pitches, as well. ⁠

Sometimes actors (and reps) will use pre-written pitches in the submission notes. And many times, these pitches are quite outdated. ⁠

Every CD has encountered a submission for a show the actor has already worked on, with that information in the submission notes. ⁠

Example: “So and so just booked a recurring guest star on Grey’s Anatomy.”⁠

Why yes, we are aware, as we hired them for Grey’s Anatomy 2 months ago. And now they are somehow being submitted for the show… again.⁠

Take the time to avoid these types of situations. While they are sometimes comical to us, they also take away valuable time. ⁠

𝕂𝕖𝕖𝕡 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕤𝕦𝕓𝕞𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕟𝕠𝕥𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝟙𝟘𝟘% 𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕠𝕝𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕢𝕦𝕚𝕣𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤. ⁠

Everything else can be left for the resume or a pitch email. ⁠

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