Can IMDb Pro Help Your Acting Career?

  • Pin It

imdb-pro for actorsFor all the ill will IMDb got during the recent lawsuit that accused the website of fostering ageism in Hollywood and the reveling personal details, it’s worth noting that The Los Angeles Times did a recent article about how IMDb Pro has helped actors profoundly in the past.

The prime example used in the article is Robert Pattinson, a virtual unknown before being cast in the starring role of the Twilight film series.  When looking to cast the part, Summit Entertainment’s casting directors browsed IMDb when Pattinson’s name came up and based on the information on there decided to contact him.  $3.3 billion dollars in box office money later, Pattinson is no longer an unknown.

It’s something that IMDb founder and chief executive Col Needham points out that his website offers that social networks cannot.  He explains, “IMDb helps people in the industry find jobs and connect people together,” adding that an actors IMDb Pro account serves as a resume that anyone with the service can view, and the on-site ratings system STARmeter can indicate how popular an actor is based on page views of that actor’s profile.  

Another actor who attests to what IMDb Pro has done for his career is Romel De Silva, who has appeared in The Office finale and in an episode of the Arrested Development revival.   After noting that he was told by casting directors that they browsed his profile, he says, “Many things on an actor’s page including the STARmeter popularity rank and credits can make or break a casting director’s decision.  Young actors and actresses should use IMDb so they can know who they are working with.  It really gives new meaning to the phrase ‘In this industry, it’s who you know.'”

But going back to the ageism lawsuit, it’s important to note that actors have to be careful not to reveal too much personal information on their profiles.  For instance, the youthful-looking De Silva does not reveal his age on his IMDb profile — and he’d probably be wise to keep it that way.  After all, casting directors are watching and one never knows what — whether its age or anything else — might make them pass an actor over for a choice role.

2 Comments

  1. Tamala Baldwin via Facebook

    July 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for this article!!! I am not on IMDB because I focus mostly on theater… but reading this is making me reconsider using this platform.

  2. Daily Actor via Facebook

    July 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Glad you liked it :) Thanks for checking it out.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/dan-stevens-summer-in-february.jpg
Dan Stevens Recalls When Shia LaBeouf Disrupted One of His Broadway Performances: “I wish I’d had a broadsword then”
Though Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is billed as the final movie in the fantasy series, it still incorporates some new blood into the mix alongside franchise favorites like Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. The most significant new addition is Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey, who plays Lancelot. Lancelot doesn’t realize that […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bradley-cooper-the-elephant-man.jpg
Bradley Cooper Takes A Grad School Dream To The Broadway Stage With, ‘The Elephant Man’
Bradley Cooper is proving to be an actor who wants a career defined by strong work. Instead of solely relying upon franchises like The Hangover, the Oscar nominee is mixing it up again between the big screen and the stage. Cooper is starring in The Elephant Man on Broadway this theatre season. It’s a role […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bob-balaban-a-delicate-balance.jpg
Bob Balaban on Being a Character Actor: “It’s what I do and who I am and I really enjoy it”
With Glenn Close and John Lithgow in the cast of Broadway’s A Delicate Balance, it’s okay if you didn’t notice that veteran actor Bob Balaban is also in the cast. Balaban, who is probably best known for his roles in Christopher Guest‘s mockumentaries and for his supporting roles in dozens of other films, has returned […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/michael-c-hall-hedwig.jpg
Michael C. Hall on His Broadway Life After ‘Dexter': “There was a desire to perform an exorcism”
When it was announced that Michael C. Hall was replacing Andrew Rannells in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, it was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t that people thought Hall couldn’t pull off the role of a transgender rock star — he was previously on Broadway as the Master of Ceremonies in […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/margot-robbie-wolf-of-wall-street.jpg
Margot Robbie Finds That Fashion Makes All of the Difference in the Audition Room
Margot Robbie has had quite a year. Her breakout role in Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street last year was the film that put her on the map. However, her audition for the role of Naomi was almost a bust. The Australian actress came dressed in boots and jeans, much to the dismay of […]