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Photographer
SCAM Photography
Posts: 958
Mansfield, Ohio, US


I just got done looking through the casting calls posted by photographers in Illinois and out of the 25 or so ads I clicked on I saw maybe 7 people in total responded. I thinks that's pretty sad with a major city like Chicago in that search criteria.

My question is have many of you had success with posting casting calls or do you find talent using other means like Facebook and or Craigslist?
Jan 01 13 08:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Andrew Thomas Evans
Posts: 24,078
Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France


Maybe the other photographers sucked and no one wanted to work with them?

A lot of people have been or are out of town for the holidays, or had to work extra due to the holidays.



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com
Jan 01 13 08:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Sonn
Posts: 337
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


I think its because people just message directly, not reply to the casting calls.
Thats what i do anyway and what happens when i run a casting call.

However i stopped doing casting calls on mm because i get far more responses to the casting calls elsewhere.

I have still had good results on mm though, i just message models i want to work with directly.
Jan 01 13 08:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TrianglePhoto
Posts: 571
Chicago, Illinois, US


I've always had mixed luck with my casting calls - even when I get a lot of responses, I still doesn't always seem to translate in to having a shoot...

I prefer to just drop a message to models I'm interested in working with and pitch the project directly - I have had a lot more luck that way.
Jan 01 13 08:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SCAM Photography
Posts: 958
Mansfield, Ohio, US


TrianglePhoto wrote:
I've always had mixed luck with my casting calls - even when I get a lot of responses, I still doesn't always seem to translate in to having a shoot...

I prefer to just drop a message to models I'm interested in working with and pitch the project directly - I have had a lot more luck that way.

Good idea!

Jan 01 13 08:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,262
Salem, Oregon, US


i did a casting for boudoir and got three on CL and zero on mayhem. i did a casting for a vargas homage shoot and got two on mayhem.

i just respond personally to castings. i don't use the built-in response thingie.
Jan 01 13 09:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,794
Los Angeles, California, US


I have just posted castings and it's a lot of work compared to a year ago. I am posting annoucments and getting some interest but, wow, compared to a year ago around April, I was running hot. And I think maybe its MM castings may not show up very well on people's phones. I could be wrong. I am grateful to MM for the shoot Is have done through it, but I noticed people saying the number of threads on Photography Talk were greatly diminished, so I wondered if it's more difficult to see or access forums on some phones.

I seem to only have real success by directly contacting models.
Jan 01 13 09:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
R Michael Walker
Posts: 11,974
Costa Mesa, California, US


SCAM Photography wrote:
I just got done looking through the casting calls posted by photographers in Illinois and out of the 25 or so ads I clicked on I saw maybe 7 people in total responded. I thinks that's pretty sad with a major city like Chicago in that search criteria.

My question is have many of you had success with posting casting calls or do you find talent using other means like Facebook and or Craigslist?

Most people directly PM the person posting the casting. I always ask that they do this.

Jan 01 13 09:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SCAM Photography
Posts: 958
Mansfield, Ohio, US


I've posted a couple casting calls and the sounds coming from the crickets was deafening! Other times one or two hits.
Jan 01 13 09:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
El Roi Photography
Posts: 457
Elizabeth, Indiana, US


I post casting calls off and on, and depending on the time of year and availability of photographers that are closer to the model, that makes a big difference. Also many models do not respond to a casting call, rather they send the photographer a message and save time on waiting for the photographer to write them back...
Jan 01 13 10:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
bmiSTUDIO
Posts: 1,733
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


SCAM Photography wrote:
I just got done looking through the casting calls posted by photographers in Illinois and out of the 25 or so ads I clicked on I saw maybe 7 people in total responded. I thinks that's pretty sad with a major city like Chicago in that search criteria.

My question is have many of you had success with posting casting calls or do you find talent using other means like Facebook and or Craigslist?

Quality is a big factor in how many people respond and who responds. I posted a casting call for a male model and had a dozen responses in the first couple days. I suppose if my work sucked, I would get less response. I see lots of models posting casting calls. They tend to be less talented and less experienced. They get a few responses from photographers with the same talent level. It's pretty easy to see the correlation.

Jan 01 13 10:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Image Works Photography
Posts: 2,890
Orlando, Florida, US


To me casting calls cuts down on the time consuming task of individually contacting models. The ones that respond do have interest on what I am offering and the odds are on my favor. So far it has been working.
Jan 01 13 10:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lovely Day Media
Posts: 3,943
Vineland, New Jersey, US


When I place casting calls, I'm doing good if there is one response.  When I respond to casting calls, I'm doing good if I get a response.
Jan 01 13 11:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mickle Design Werks
Posts: 5,949
Washington, District of Columbia, US


I still think they are useful but for me it's hard to get the Models or Stylists that that I  want to work with through castings.

Once the Models or Stylist reach a certain level of confidence with their work they often don't need to cast for Photographers. They cast more for paying work.
Jan 02 13 12:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Stephen K Photography
Posts: 143
Sacramento, California, US


I think it depends on where you post the castings also. In a bigger, more populated area, you really get more responses than you even want to deal with (mostly via message).

Also depends on what you post in the casting call, because people do read them believe it or not.
Jan 02 13 12:33 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chris David Photography
Posts: 428
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


I rarely put up casting calls but each time I have I felt flooded with responses which came back more as private messages then tags. From at least 20 for a very last minute shoot to close to a hundred for one during an overseas trip.
What your casting for and the type of images in your portfolio could also have an impact. I've had a number commented that they wanted to work with me because my port did not have any nudes/implied nudes in my port regardless if I do shoot that style or not.
Jan 02 13 12:50 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Miroslava Svoboda
Posts: 555
Seattle, Washington, US


I always just directly PM the person who put out a casting but the ones that interest me lately are rare.
Jan 02 13 12:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Photographer
Robb Mann
Posts: 10,113
Baltimore, Maryland, US


I agree. Most people respond via PM, and not through a posting.

I had a great response to a casting call I posted in December.
Jan 02 13 01:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
WMcK
Posts: 5,257
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom


SCAM Photography wrote:
I just got done looking through the casting calls posted by photographers in Illinois and out of the 25 or so ads I clicked on I saw maybe 7 people in total responded. I thinks that's pretty sad with a major city like Chicago in that search criteria.

My question is have many of you had success with posting casting calls or do you find talent using other means like Facebook and or Craigslist?

How do you know only 7 responded? Casting calls give you the option of replying by either a public or private message. I suspect there could have been more private than public replies.

Jan 02 13 02:00 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Harold Rose
Posts: 2,925
Calhoun, Georgia, US


SCAM Photography wrote:
I just got done looking through the casting calls posted by photographers in Illinois and out of the 25 or so ads I clicked on I saw maybe 7 people in total responded. I thinks that's pretty sad with a major city like Chicago in that search criteria.

My question is have many of you had success with posting casting calls or do you find talent using other means like Facebook and or Craigslist?

MM has not been a good place for good models,,  but I still use it at times.. and I must say,  with some (a few)  good results..

The method set up for response seems to be the problem..

Jan 02 13 02:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Light and Lens Studio
Posts: 1,257
Sisters, Oregon, US


WMcK wrote:

How do you know only 7 responded? Casting calls give you the option of replying by either a public or private message. I suspect there could have been more private than public replies.

This.

A number of posters have indicated that they normally just drop the model a direct message if they are interested.

That's basically what I do. 

Basically, I don't conduct business in forums.

Jan 02 13 02:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Photography by Riddell
Posts: 632
Hemel Hempstead, England, United Kingdom


I normally get the opposite problem. I normally get an enormous number of replies and have to spend loads of time filtering out all the unsuitables to make a shortlist to send to the client.

Paul.
www.photographybyriddell.co.uk
Jan 02 13 03:00 am  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
MainePaintah
Posts: 1,701
Saco, Maine, US


I have posted only one casting call in the 2 years that I have been on MM.

Over 50 models looked at it but only 4 responded to it.

I picked one model (I know now, stupid of me, I should have picked all 4) who was the most enthusiastic!

Shoot was 3 weeks away, and e-mails went back and forth.

I get an e-mail from the model the night before the shoot. She says, "I can't make it tomorrow, I forgot I have to move"!
Jan 02 13 03:04 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Yan Tan Tethera
Posts: 4,162
Biggleswade, England, United Kingdom


MainePaintah wrote:
I get an e-mail from the model the night before the shoot. She says, "I can't make it tomorrow, I forgot I have to move"!

This made me smile. The best yet ?

Jan 02 13 03:11 am  Link  Quote 
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Posts: 395
West Palm Beach, Florida, US


Jan 02 13 05:54 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chicchowmein
Posts: 14,348
Palm Beach, Florida, US


I have found MM casting calls to be pretty much useless. It is just easier and more effective to contact an agency to do a pull for me.

I have had better luck by browsing models in my area and contacting them directly.
Jan 02 13 05:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Glenn Hall - Fine Art
Posts: 431
Townsville, Queensland, Australia


...you should see things from my neck of the woods...not a single casting call or anything within coo-wee of the black stump. I still soldier on and pay my dues to MM wink
Jan 02 13 06:04 am  Link  Quote 
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Photographer
-JAY-
Posts: 6,363
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I made a casting call at about midnight last night. It is now 3:00pm, and I have had three responses and nine PMs.
Jan 02 13 03:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SCAM Photography
Posts: 958
Mansfield, Ohio, US


-JAY- wrote:
I made a casting call at about midnight last night. It is now 3:00pm, and I have had three responses and nine PMs.

I made one yesterday to see what I would get and I got 30 views and 3 pm's. I see it helps to have a clear concept of what you want to do. I would like to post on Facebook to see what type of response I would get but I don't want to have to tell half of my friends list no.

Jan 03 13 06:12 am  Link  Quote 
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