Your acting portfolio is probably the single most crucial aspect of your website. As a creative professional, the value placed on your accessibility by talent agencies is of the essence when you are competing for various roles.
Producers and directors are busy people and often won’t take the time to hand-feed your directions to you. They naturally expect that you know what you are doing, and if they see that you have the “stuff” they are looking for, then you are off to a great start.
Maybe things go the opposite when you arrive on set, and you have no clue of what’s going on.
Your heart starts to race, and your palms and knees start sweating while your face looks like a deer in headlights as you contemplate your next move. Your talent agency misjudges your abilities and recommends you for the wrong role.
It becomes obvious your out-of-place. The director quickly whips out his mobile phone and searches you up on Google.
No website or maybe you have one which is poorly made that gives off a sour impression.
They think to themselves, the wrong choice. Did the casting agency even look at this website or social media profile carefully?
Life is rarely easy, and it can be really difficult to stand out and apart from others, that’s why you need a quality website for your acting portfolio.
Free Website Builders
There are many free website builders such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, and many others. They are easy to use and take little time setting up.
They feature hundreds of prebuilt templates based on HTML5 to choose from.
An app marketplace is present on these platforms that allows you to add functionality to your websites such as shopping carts, surveys, and forms.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to these platforms, and it all depends on your needs and how vital your end goal is to you.
These website builder platforms are generally fast, secure, and are built on reliable cloud servers. That means quick page loading times for your visitors.
For the DIY users, platforms such as Wix offers the right solution. You’ll need to move up on a paid plan so that your domain name doesn’t display http://yourwebsite.wix.com/yourwebsite.
As with almost everything in life, there are downsides, and things are no different here.
While these website builders do make life easy, they belong to the respective companies hosting them.
That means, if you decide to build your website on Square Space, and want to move it to another platform, you will have to start from scratch.
Ultimately if Wix wants to increase their prices, or limit the type of content displayed on their platform, you are at their mercy when they decide to shut you down without warning.
If they choose to host banner ads on your site which forces you to select a higher-tier plan, there’s not much you can do.
In a nutshell, you will come up short when it comes to total control, and that could negatively impact your acting portfolio when it comes to landing new work.
Hiring A Web Design Firm
Sometimes the best way to get the best results is to let the pros handle it. They know what you need, and the best tools to get the job done.
When we take on a new client, we like to sit down in person or chat via the Internet, so that we can get a complete understanding of the person and project to make sure we are a great fit.
This is a more involved process with a personal approach applied. The result is a beautiful website with a stunning acting portfolio highlighting all the important components:
- Acting reel
- About pages
- Social Media
There’s more than just putting up a website and calling it a day. There are many technical factors that Google looks for in their ranking algorithms. On page SEO, and off page SEO are all important details that go into the entire equation.
As a creative professional, your time is valuable. Would you rather worry yourself about the technical details of site maintenance and security, or concentrate on your career? I think that the latter is the best option.
Furthermore, you own your website. You have a complete say over what goes on or off your page.
You’ll also have access to support, if you need to make changes to your site, and a set of analytic tools are available that show you the performance of your website.
Because you are getting a more involved service, the investment required is going to surpass free and low-priced DIY page builders. Teams of copywriters, designers, SEO experts, and developers all work together in producing a polished finished product.
You won’t get a website up and running in a few days. No, instead expect to wait 1-2 months before your site goes live. A lot of testing and debugging goes into this process.
Sometimes it’s hard to find a reputable service that can understand your needs. It’s critical for you to focus on your end goal, and how best to explain the details in clear and concise terms to your web professional so they can produce a quality product.
Your acting portfolio is apart of your personal brand. Without a proper online presence, you could be missing out on major opportunities that you are qualified for.
Think of your website as your résumé. In a sea of talent, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression.
You need to showcase your abilities and past work in a neat and orderly package.
If you don’t think a website with an acting portfolio is important, just look at the highest earning stars and see why they land all the big roles.
They make themselves easily accessible, with the most relevant information displayed on their website to land major roles.
Your brand is important, it showcases who you are and what you believe in. There are many ways to go about establishing one to get noticed.
The best brands don’t use free solutions, and they never cheap out when it comes to displaying who they are. If you would like to get more information on how to get a professional website please use the contact form below, and send us a message.