I had some luck getting myself in a few music videos including a role as a bride in Luke Bryan We Rode in Trucks and a role as a best friend John Michael Montgomery If You Ever Went Away. I used those roles to help myself get additional work including a newspaper print ad and a supporting role in a local commercial. I wanted to share with you guys how to get yourself into a music video in Nashville. Whether or not your role helps catapult you into fame, you should have a lot of fun seeing yourself on the television.
You might get your start in a music video if you live in Nashville, Tennessee, because music videos are shot every week there. The music industry is booming so directors are constantly looking for new talent to have featured roles in music videos. Once you get yourself in a music video, you might have the pleasure of seeing yourself on CMT and GAC every few hours. Plus, if your video is nominated for a music video award, you might see the video played during an award show.
To start, scour craigslist for featured roles in music videos. You might want to avoid extra jobs that most likely don’t pay much and don’t give you screen time. Be really careful showing up for craigslist jobs because you don’t want to be the victim to a scam. Always make sure you understand what you have to do in the video before you show up on set.
Next, go to the local talent agencies. Talent Trek and Advantage Models are reputable agencies. Advantage does a good job with grooming talent, while Talent Trek is great with getting talent work. Your agent should have no problem getting you a music video. Video directors need all types of people including average looking people and the friend-next-door type. Just make sure that when you visit the agency that you make yourself look your best. An agency might turn you away if you look sloppy because you represent the agency when you go on auditions.
Finally, make friends with directors and explain what you want to accomplish. You can find directors at the local film school Watkins and at the Nashville Film Festival. Once you find a director you click with, he might be happy to give you a role that fits you.
After you get yourself in a music video, make sure to ask the production company for a copy. You can use the footage to make a reel to get more acting work. Also, you can sit down with your friends and family to watch the video together.