Tom, thanks for speaking up. I'm so tired of logging into my email and seeing so many notifications from HAN. It's to the point now where it feels unnatural to get anything below a dozen a day. Tonight I had 45. That's pretty typical now. God forbid I'm unable to check email for just a day bc I know I'll end up getting 100+ emails from HAN. I know what I'm about to say is not supportive of fellow actors, but I really don't care if you "had a blast working on set yesterday for _____" or if "last night's episode was amazing" or you "hope to get called to work again." You're absolutely correct--yes we have the option to stop receiving emails from groups, but it also means we miss important info. I've seen casting notices posted just 2 days prior, and I've beat myself up for missing an opportunity just bc I wasn't able to log on in a while and see the notice. Not everyone has the luxury of having the time to check on what's being posted on the site several times a day. On the comparison to Facebook, omg sometimes the comments in groups feel like the longest and most annoying Facebook thread ever, like when you comment on a status and 31 others comment on it too and you end up getting a notification every time someone writes an additional comment. If HAN had the money, I hope someone is hired to police comments on HAN similar to a feature MySpace has for its users, the feature where the user must approve a person's comment before it's posted on that user's comment thread and is available for all to see. I really wanted to post this comment on the H5-0 group wall because I wanted to support you and drive home the point that this site is no longer serving its original purpose like it used to and is now more of a Facebook for actors, but I didn't want to be a hypocrite and do one of my other pet peeves: writing a comment meant for a specific person on a group's discussion board. I always try to write to the person directly, and I just wish all others would follow suit.
Tom, I completely agree with you about the unnecessary chatter in the discussion groups and the emails they generate. The groups should be for posting information relevant to the entire group or for soliciting information from a wide net of people. Answers to those solicitations, shout outs, and comments meant for a specific person should be made on that person's page. Like this.
Thanks for the info on Rachael Sutton. I'm not a newbie to this process, but I've never had luck with projects that Rachael has casted for. What do you recommend for getting my name into the mix? Is there an address we send a headshot and resume to? Or do we go knock on the door? Thanks.