FAQ

What are Breakdowns?
Breakdowns are complete synopses of the characters contained within scripts for episodics, pilots, feature films, commercials, print projects, theater, and many other types of projects that require acting talent. Breakdowns approved for release are sent out in real-time through our websites at breakdownexpress.com and actorsaccess.com

Who can receive Breakdowns?
Actors and Talent Representatives.  Licensed Talent agencies receive Breakdowns throughout North America. Personal managers in Los Angeles and New York can also subscribe to Breakdown Services.  Actors can get Breakdowns through Actors Access only. Casting Directors determine who can receive their projects.

How do I contact Breakdown Services?
We have offices across North America able to provide support 24/7, 7 days a week.  Find contact information HERE

For Actors: 

What does “Register for Free” on Actors Access® get me?
Free registration on Actors Access® allows you 2 photos, a resume, a size card, your 1st SlateShot®, and the ability to view Breakdowns 24/7. There are NO monthly maintenance fees to keep your profile active.

What is the difference between Actors Access® and Showfax®?
Actors Access® is the actor’s resource to maintain a profile including pictures, resume, SlateShot®, and videos, as well as view Breakdowns AT NO CHARGE. Showfax® is the companion website that provides sides for auditions. Additionally, an annual subscription on Showfax® waives all submission and transmission fees on Actors Access®.

What optional paid services are available on Actors Access®?
All additional profile elements are one-time fees:

  • $10/additional photo
  • $22/min of video
  • $11/min of audio
  • $5/additional SlateShot℠

What are the benefits of a Showfax® membership?
An annual membership of $68 on Showfax® will get you:

  • Free sides on showfax.com
  • Submit for free on actorsaccess.com
  • Transmit Eco Cast® videos for free
  • Free transmission of video clips with submission

Can you help me find representation?
Yes! Talent Link® is a service we provide to actors who are seeking new talent representation. It is a great way for you to put yourself in front of Los Angeles and New York talent agents and managers. Talent Link® has been very successful with more than half of the actors in each group receiving multiple responses from talent representatives.

Are there tutorials to learn how to best use Actors Access®?
We are currently completing a playlist of tutorial videos on using Actors Access®. Check back soon!

For Casting Directors:

What is the difference between releasing a project to Actors Access vs. releasing a project to Breakdown Express?
When you choose to post your project to Actors Access the Breakdown is visible to actors and you will receive submissions directly from them. Releasing your project to Breakdown Express allows talent representatives such as Agents or Managers to view and submit their clients to your project.

How long does it take to release a Breakdown?
All Breakdowns are reviewed and approved for quality assurance. The time it takes to post depends on pay rate, union status, and other variables within the Breakdown. However, most will post the same day.

How do I contact the actors interested in my project?
On Breakdown Express, you can easily schedule actors for auditions and send out appointment times. You can also request self tape auditions using the Eco Cast tool. Or, you can send basic messages to the actors and/or their representatives through our CMail messaging system.

Are there tutorials to learn how to best use Breakdown Express?
Yes! Click HERE to see a playlist of tutorial videos on using Breakdown Express as a Casting Director. We also have PDF tutorials available at these links:
Using Breakdown Express
Using Eco Cast

For Filmmakers:

How do I cast my project?
First, post a Breakdown of the roles you need for your project and you will be emailed a login and password to Breakdown Express.  From there, you will review the actors who have submitted to your project, setup audition schedules, communicate with actors and talent representation, and much more.

What is the difference between releasing a project to Actors Access vs. releasing a project to Breakdown Express?
When you choose to post your project to Actors Access the Breakdown is visible to actors and you will receive submissions directly from them. Releasing your project to Breakdown Express allows talent representatives such as Agents or Managers to view and submit their clients to your project.

How long does it take to release a Breakdown?
All Breakdowns are reviewed and approved for quality assurance. The time it takes to post depends on pay rate, union status, and other variables within the Breakdown. However, most will post the same day.

How do I contact the actors interested in my project?
On Breakdown Express, you can easily schedule actors for auditions and send out appointment times. You can also request self tape auditions using the Eco Cast tool. Or, you can send basic messages to the actors and/or their representatives through our CMail messaging system.

Why should I hire a Casting Director?
Casting Directors use their experience, taste, and skill to find you the absolute best actor for each role. Casting Directors and Casting Associates work at all budget levels and on all types of projects in film, television, theatre and new media.

Are there tutorials to learn how to best use Breakdown Express?
Yes! Click HERE to see a playlist of tutorial videos on using Breakdown Express as a filmmaker casting your own project. We also have PDF tutorials available at the following links:

Using Breakdown Express
Using Eco Cast

For Talent Reps:

As a talent representative, what does my subscription to Breakdown Express get me?
You can view Breakdowns, which includes television, feature films, theatre, commercials, student films, non-union projects, director’s reels and many other types of projects that require actors, and submit your clients to those roles.

How do I get my clients seen first by casting?
Actors submitted with SlateShots and performance media display first to Casting.

How can I make the most of my subscription?
We have a new client orientation offered monthly. Email training@breakdownservices.com to sign up for the next training.

Are there tutorials to learn how to best use Breakdown Express?
We will provide a link very soon with a playlist of tutorial videos on using Breakdown Express as a Talent Representative. In the interim, we have a PDF tutorial available by clicking HERE.