Get in front of the camera in a Student Film.
Acting in a student film is a great way to build your resume and sharpen your on-camera skills. You will gain experience and work with the Indie filmmakers of tomorrow. These film productions can operate under a SAG film agreement, however usually offer no pay. Your “pay” will be when you get a copy of your work, which you can use to build your reel. Make sure that the student director/filmmaker agrees to make the film available to you! If your main goal is to build your film reel, you might consider asking the student filmmaker to sign a simple contract, agreeing to make a copy available to you, by an agreed upon specified date. Good luck!
The following schools have Film Departments where undergrad and/or graduate students make student films. You can contact the Film’s Department Admin office and ask if there is a casting director or a specific person/place to send headshots and resumes for consideration in student films.
Columbia College: Cinema Art+Science.
Northwestern University Department of Radio, TV & Film
The School of the Art Institute Film, Video, New Media & Animation Department
DePaul University – School of Cinematic Arts