What better way to display and promote your acting career than through a website. In fact, with a website, you can promote your acting career on several levels including:
- To prospective hiring persons (studios, directors, producers);
- To your fans (build up your fan-base with your website – see below for tips on doing this);
- To potential agencies to represent you.
If you’ve been searching even a little around the internet for ways to create a website, you no doubt have discovered many ways to build a website, even for actors. Generally speaking, you can hire someone to do it or do it yourself. This article offers an inexpensive solution for creating a media-rich and interactive website using WordPress themes that I believe are excellent for actors.
Which type of WordPress themes are good for actors?
Choosing the right WordPress theme boils down to the style and the functionality you want. In my view, magazine and portfolio WordPress themes are perfect for actors because it has built-in functions to display images and in some cases video.
Otherwise, all WordPress themes are easy to add interactive components so you can converse with fans and build up your fan-base.
WordPress Themes for Actors
The Style Theme by ElegantThemes
Musician by Templatic
Magazine Theme by StudioPress
Motion Picture by Obox Themes
Phanatics by Kreative Themes
BoldNews by WooThemes
Magazinum by WPZoom
VideoZoom by WPZoom
Aperture by WooThemes
Happy Hour by Allure Themes
Delicious Theme by StudioPress
Crystal Theme by StudioPress
Daily Notes by ElegantThemes
Builder Theme by iThemes
bSocial by iThemes
Zephyr by RocketTheme
Mini Magazine Light by Templatic
Phiyaz Theme from ThemeForest
Represent Theme by Viva Themes
Media Themes from TemplateMonster
Tumblog WordPress Themes for Actors
Tapestry by StudioPress
If you prefer to design your own theme and want an easy solution, check out the following themes:
Builder, Catalyst, and Headway are theme that without knowing any coding enable you to design many elements of your website including layout from scratch.
Artisteer is a true WordPress theme generator which also uses drag n’ drop technology.
Don’t forget about creating a Mobile-Friendly Version of your WordPress Website
Read my Handheld plugin review to learn how to create a mobile friendly version of your website in minutes (I use this for all my business mobile websites) .
Turn your Website into an iPhone App
Reach the massive and growing iPhone app market with your website. Learn about a WordPress iPhone app plugin here (again, I use this for my business websites).
How to build up your fan-base with a website
The key is two-fold:
- Creating a content and media-rich website; and
- Offering several ways for your fans to interact with you.
1. Creating a content and media-rich website
WordPress is an ideal platform for publishing content and media. Types of content include:
- Blog posts
- Your CV / filmography
- Videos of your work (or snippets) – be careful not to violate copyrights.
- List awards, accolades, links to interviews – include as much as you can mentions of you and your work.
- Fan forum
- Blog commenting
- Links to your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc.)
- Q & A portals
- Any other content that revolves around you and/or the work you’ve done.
2. Presenting several ways for your fans to interact with you
Actor websites are the perfect platform to share yourself with your fans.
Give, give, and give. Get personal and be professional. Your fans are interested in you and your work.
An actor website is unique from other types of businesses because you can weave in personal posts and articles with content featuring your professional work. It’s a great mix that actor fan bases love.
A NOTE of Caution
If you implement interactive elements to your actor website, be sure to participate. Your fans won’t be impressed if you offer several methods for them to engage with you only to discover you never reply, post, and/or engage.
If engaging isn’t your thing, then create more of a CV or brochure site focusing on your work.