INFORMATION = POWER
Training in one place is like only ever reading one book and hoping for a well rounded education. Here are some other great training centers and websites we love.
ACTING STUDIO CHICAGO - Downtown
VAGABOND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - Ravenswood
ACCOMPLISHED ON CAMERA - Lakeview
SECOND CITY - Old Town
iO THEATRE - Goose Island
CHICAGO FILMMAKERS - North Side Chicago
IRON SHARPENS IRON - South Side Chicago
NO FILM SCHOOL - Online
MASTER CLASS - Online
All of us have been stuck waiting for footage that seems to take years to receive, if you receive it at all! This contract is a template for actors and producers for narrative content, keeping both parties safe, and making sure that those who work for free/cheap get the footage they are owed in a timely fashion.
The Forge and its employees are not an attorneys and do not certify that this form protects any particular legal interest. All forms and documents provided are for educational purposes only and any user should consult licensed legal counsel for any specific purpose or concern.
Too often resumés aren't looking their best. Here's a template you can use to start your work.
Use fonts that are easy to read and professional
Stick to two fonts max
DO NOT put your home address
Use your agent's contact information if you have one
CHICAGO CASTING OFFICES
4312 N. Lincoln Ave.
Karge & Ross Casting
c/o I.O. Theatre
1501 N. Kingsbury St
1219 W. Madison
10 W. Hubbard, #2N
2558 W. 16th St., 5th floor
CHICAGO SAG AGENTS
GROUPS TO KNOW
Women in Film Chicago - For more than 30 years, Women in Film has been building a global community of film, television, advertising, digital and on-screen media professionals. With 6,800 members in the United States and 12,000 members internationally, Women in Film is the preeminent organization for the advancement of women in these industries
Independent Film Alliance - IFA believes in Chicago as a place where all media creatives can achieve their dreams. Independent Film Alliance Chicago provides the community and resources needed to build a diverse and sustainable industry of independent content creators.
HELP TO GET
Noise Floor - Starting with just two sound designers in 2005, NoiseFloor has grown to a strong ten member staff of sound designers, music composers, producers, audio implementators, mixers and location recordists.
Camera Ambassador - Our favorite camera rental house in Chicago and a female owned business? Hell yes.
Johnsonese Brokerage - A Chicago film insurance company who knows the industry and will have your back.
OTV - Open Television is a platform for intersectional pilots and series, supporting Chicago artists in producing and exhibiting indie series
Full Spectrum Features - Full Spectrum Features is committed to driving equity in the independent film industry by producing and distributing the work of women, POC, and LGBTQ+ filmmakers.