5 Simple Steps for Building an Amazing Actor Website
How to make your own website to boost your acting career & impress casting directors. Learn to do-it-yourself with free actor website templates & examples.
As an actor, it’s crucial that you make a great first impression both offline and online. If you’re serious about your acting career, you are going to need a website to showcase your work.
Both agents and casting directors view and share actors’ websites and it is a powerful platform that you can use to help shape your reputation and future. In this article, we'll show you how you can make an amazing actor website all by yourself, without any coding or technical know how!
Can Actors Make Their Own Website? Yes!
Hiring a professional web designer is often times out of the question for many actors just starting out as this can be a very expensive and unnecessary route. A custom designed website can cost well over $2000 where as you can make one yourself for free (by using a website builder, which I'll get to in a moment)!
You could probably find a freelance web designer online willing to do one for less, but why not try to make one yourself and save that money for some more acting classes?! Many aspiring actors make the mistake of assuming they can’t build one themselves or feel pressured into hiring a web designer that their agent or acting coach recommends. However, making a professional actor website is easier and faster than you think.
QUICK TIP: Making a professional website for your acting career is something that you can do yourself! Avoid being scammed into paying your agent or acting coach thousands of dollars for a simple website package!
Making Your Own Actor Website to Match Your Style
The best way for an actor to make his or her own website is to use a website builder, such as Wix. Website builders gives you everything you need to easily create your own actor website. It's a great tool because you don't need to know any programming or coding skills! It still takes time and dedication, but can easily be done yourself. I'd recommend watching our full video series guide.
Some Quick Actor Website Examples
Wix: Example Actor Website Template #1
This template from Wix follows the more traditional approach. It's direct, simple, and effective.
Wix: Example Actor Website Template #2
This Wix template is similar in content, yet offers a completely different design with some key information on the front page.
Squarespace: Example Actor Website Template #3
This Squarespace layout is using typography to impress. It's minimalistic but brings the message across.
Webnode: Example Actor Website Template #4
Finally Webnode follows a classic approach. Your photo takes the center stage.
Example of a Real Actor Website with a Customized Template
Listed below is a great example of a real site made by actress Olga Elliot. As you can see, this template is completely customized and she has done a great job of making it her own. It's also based on the Wix website builder.
You should aim to do something similar for your website where you'll take a pre-existing template and then fully customize it to make it your own.
REMEMBER: Templates are pre-designed to help give you a starting point. Use your creativity to fully customize them to fit your own brand & style!
How to Get Started With Your Actor Website!
Here’s 5 simple steps to get you started with your website:
1. Pick the Right Template
The first step is to choose a good template for your website. This is the design of your website. Check out the various website templates Wix or other website builders offer and search for an actor/model themed template.
Pick one that suits your personality and creative style. Then customize it with your own photos, reel, text, and more. Keep in mind that these templates are fully customizable and with a bit of creativity – you can truly make them unique and design it to fit your own personality.
2. Register a Domain Name
Next, you’ll want to register a domain name and link it to your website. Your domain name is the address of your website. But it’s also so much more. Having your own domain is a way to build your online brand, get your name out there, and set yourself apart. When choosing one, try to stick to your own name or stage name. For example, johndoe.com.
If the .com version of your name is already taken by someone else, you can always go for a .me, .actor or other domain endings (usually they are less than $20 per year). Also, if your name is lengthy or difficult to spell, you may want to consider creating a shorter version. Once you find the right domain name for yourself, buy it and keep it! Technically, you can’t buy a domain name (you lease them for a set amount of time), but make sure you don’t let yours go. It’s a part of your branding now!
3. Create a Business Email Address
Once you have your domain name registered and linked to your website, you’ll want to create a business email address with it. An example of this would be something like [email protected] You can easily create your new email address in Wix (or any other website builder) by going to “domains & mail” (or similar). A single custom inbox costs usually between $3-6 per month.
Although you should always list your agent’s contact information for casting directors, you may still prefer to let others know how they can reach you personally. From now on, you can finally stop using your old Gmail email address and use your new, business one!
4. Add Essential Content to Your Site
Next, you’ll need to fill your website with relevant content. This means all the pertinent information you’ll want casting directors, agents, and anyone else to see. Remember, your website is one of the most important platforms for showcasing your work and shaping your reputation—and fortunately, this is something you have full control over. Be sure to include your best headshots, demo reel, resume, bio, photos, videos, and more.
5. Optimize Your New Website for Search Engines
Now that your website is pretty much done, you’ll want it to show up on Google & Bing when people do a search for your name. To have this happen, you’ll need to start performing SEO (search engine optimization) on your website.
And that's the 5 simple steps for building an amazing actor website! As a professional in a creative field, you need a website that really reflects who you are and what you do. Remember to customize your template and design it to match your personality. Good luck, err, I mean “break a leg” with your new website!
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!