The two goals of the Virtual Showcase are:
- To provide an affordable and efficient marketing service for Chicago area actors.
- To provide a free casting service for Chicago entertainment industry professionals at all levels.
Actors participating in the showcase are scheduled for a brief recording session where they perform a few pieces of commercial copy I give them in advance as well as a monologue or scene of their choice. The fee to participate in the virtual showcase is $85; there are no other parameters for participation at this time although the showcase tends to be more beneficial for actors who have some performance experience and on-camera training.
The showcase link is then emailed directly to an ever-growing list of professional contacts I have cultivated in Chicago over the years. Included in this list are all the SAG franchised talent agencies in town as well as a long list of casting directors, independent directors, producers, college film departments and advertising agency creatives--over 200 contacts in all.
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Testimonials from Past Showcasers.
I always look at the showcase; it is convenient!
-Lynn Baber, Casting Director, Northlight Theatre
[We] open Matt Miller's virtual showcase as soon as we get the link each month! Often we are working on new projects and we will invite actors in from the showcase, or at the very least, if we see something we like, we bring the actor in for a general audition so we can get to know them better. If you are an actor without an agent, this is a great way for us to get a chance to see your work!
-Two Birds Casting
These virtual showcases are a WONDERFUL resource.
-Sam Samuelson, Theatrical Agent, Stewart Talent
The virtual showcase opened so many doors for me…within days of the showcase I was contacted for work! BEST investment I've made in my acting career - and it's active for a full YEAR. Thanks Matt, for providing this amazing opportunity to actors!
-Kristine Marks, October 2013 Showcase
It was a combination of your Virtual Showcase and what I learned in your workshops that got me cast in a music video, and, best of all, signed by one of Chicago's premiere talent agencies.
-Jay Delarosa, April 2013 Showcase
So far I got 2 auditions from your showcase. (One resulted in shooting a student film a couple of weeks ago.) The showcase is a great way to make new connections.
-Kari Keillor, October 2013 Showcase
This is a great, low stress way to get organized and have your work seen by a lot of people at once. The actually filming is enjoyable and the cost extremely reasonable. I had three calls within 48 hours: two audition requests and an agent! I intend to do the virtual showcase every year and I recommend it to anyone who wants to remind the Chicago acting community that you are here. Great opportunity!
-Martha Hansen, September 2013 Showcase
Matt Miller is great. Take his class. Do the virtual showcase. You'll be happy you did.
-Christine Martini, January 2013 Showcase
Matt Miller's Showcase is a smart decision for any actor. Working with Matt was easy and comfortable. A couple weeks after doing the showcase I was contacted by the Goodman Theatre for an audition.
-Alison Hixon, November 2013 Showcase
I landed two short film roles after having my work posted and have since been signed by an agent.
-Kelsey Jorissen, March 2013 Showcase
Last month I booked and filmed a job from doing your showcase. I just want to say thank you for telling me about the showcase. I didn't expect to make that money back so soon.
-Marcus Evans, November 2009 Showcase
My showcase was seen by a music video director and he offered me a role based on that footage. It's an effective and affordable way to be seen.
-Jospeh Adamczak, June 2009 Showcase
Because of Matt Miller’s virtual showcase, I rarely have to go in for an actual audition for student and independent films. I have been cast in many projects from the virtual showcase alone. This saves a lot of money on my part.
-Sandy Gulliver, May 2009 Showcase
I did get an Illinois Lottery commercial audition from this experience. I am hoping that more people see our showcases and present new opportunities. Matt's Showcases are a definite no brainer for newer actors to the industry."
-Sean Patrick Leonard, June 2009 Showcase
I was cast in a Columbia College project after the director saw my footage on the Virtual Showcase.
-Jennifer Oldham, January 2010 Showcase
Matt was wonderful to work with and I started getting called in to many big casting offices once the clip was up.
-Katy Carolina Collins, November 2009 Showcase
I got a call from an agency about 3 days after the showcase posted.
-Whitney Hayes, August 2009 Showcase
I was caught off guard when I got a call for an agency audition two days after the showcase posting.
-Katie Suib, August 2009 Showcase
I signed with an agent who saw me on the virtual showcase and called me in. Then 6 months later I booked a voice-over on a national t.v. commercial with that agent. The virtual showcase allowed me to jump right over agent mailings.
-Kevin D’ambrosio, May 2009 Showcase
I got a major theater audition from someone who saw me in the virtual showcase! It is such a great tool for actors, and I'm really glad I did it.
-Melanie Loren, May 2009 Showcase
The virtual showcase got me an offer for a student film and an audition at a major Chicago theater. It's great, super easy, fun, and it keeps working for you--24/7. Thanks so much!
-Sam Gleisten, August 2009 Showcase