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Everything Actors Need... Online!
What is CAO...
CanadianActor Online was launched on August 30, 1998, to provide informed, accurate and down-to-earth responses to questions asked by those who are new to the business of acting, to provide guidance on entertainment industry standards of ethical business practices and to provide an online community for actors living and working across Canada.
Over a decade later, CanadianActor Online has evolved from a basic online information directory to a full-fledged, thespian cyber-community with
21 discussion boards and more than 2,500
free information links, accessible from CAO's home page. CAO's resources, professional contacts and community connections have helped actors across Canada pursue their goals, improve their skills and survive the realities of their chosen profession -- whether they are starting out, branching out or breaking through.
Almost everyone--actors, industry professionals and fans--who visits the site bookmarks it and comes back repeatedly. Many have made Canadian Actor Online their homepage.
Especially for Biz Kidz
(and their parents…)
If you are a parent of a child performer, you won't find a more reliable, more understanding or more accessible resource. Our
Biz Kidz Discussion
Board moderator, Theresa
Tova, and our member Biz parents know the ropes. They are quick to share tips and hints that can help you and your kids enjoy their time on set more and stay safe.
CAO Discussion Boards
CAO provides safe, reliable, discussion boards, moderated by industry
No flamers. No ads. No cyber trash. Just practical, legitimate information you can use. Ask about...
- Getting started
What you need and what you don't!
How to find and approach a legit agent
What to expect from an agent
What an agent expects from you
Standard rates for photographers/video editors
How to get solid training for adults and/or kids
Recommended schools, classes, instructors
What ACTRA and CAEA are
Who does what in the audition process for film, TV, in theatre
Student films, Community theatre and Fringe Festivals
Background Work and Commercials
Making the leap to better roles
What's hot on stage
What's shooting, where
How to be proactive
How to branch out
Union elections, policies and regulations
Debate issues, business politics...
Kudos for CAO!
...and anything else that has anything to do with acting and/or being an actor.
CAO is sponsored by ACTRA National, ACTRA Toronto Performers, Union of BC Performers.
And is recommended by Canadian Actors' Equity
Association, Equity Showcase
Theatre, Theatre Ontario,
Acting Modelling Information Service, The Agent's Book...
...and our members:
Topp, Executive Director, ACTRA Toronto:
Canadian Actor Online is an essential resource for anyone seriously committed to the art and profession of acting in Canada. The site also provides something of great value in an often lonely profession -- an online community, there every day.
Arthur Dent, Vancouver:
These questions…and all the emotions displayed therein, are what makes this work.
I've never really taken the opportunity to thank the CAO team for the amazing work you do! I really love CAO and it just keeps getting better...so...THANK YOU!
Sandi Ross, Toronto:
CAO has pointed so many young hopefuls in the right direction. It's fun being on CAO! It's like having an international community!
Mary Elizabeth Rubens, Toronto:
When pertinent questions or concerns arise they are dealt with within days if not hours -- sometimes even minutes. This is a huge leap in communication between actors across this country, and enables us to feel connected.
Thank you for providing this board which brings Canadian actors together to discuss, wrangle, preach, vent anger, hob knob, rub elbows with great minds etc. This board is a nice shelter from the sometimes cruel world out there. You are making a
Review in Playback Magazine:
Join the CAO online community!
Don't be fooled by the name. Canadian Actor Online may have been created with Canuck thespians in mind, but it has quickly evolved into one of the most comprehensive Web-based Canadian production resources
Stay in touch with actors working across Canada. Find out what work is like from Victoria to 'The Rock' and all points in between.
Find shared accommodation in Toronto or share a ride to Vancouver. Come share your frustrations, audition
triumphs and disasters, on-stage goofs and, of course, you can even post a notice about when and where you will be performing!
Who knows…. You just might find that you already have friends on CAO. They might live around the corner from you! And even if they don't, it sure feels like they do.
It's fun, it's informative, it's about us!
Join the CAO Discussion Boards.
CAO Discussion Board Membership:
- ACTRA/UBCP members $25 + HST per year
- All others: $35 + HST per year
CAO Discussion Board membership is not required to post audition notice on CAO.
CAO Hit Stats
Since its launch, CAO has grown exponentially from several hundred page views per month to several thousand per day.
CAO now averages almost 7,000 page views per day and generates about 250,000 page views per month.
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Canadian Actor Online has launched a formal sponsorship program for corporations and individuals to support and help expand the site. For more information:
CAO Sponsorship Opportunities
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CAO Site Credits
CanadianActor Online is owned and operated by
Canadian Actor Online Inc, a federally incorporated company. The independent web site is supported
in part by ACTRA, ACTRA Toronto Performers and UBCP. And receives corporate support from Telus
- CAO Founder:
Lynda Mason Green is the creator of CanadianActor Online and director of
CanadianActor Online Inc., and participates daily as moderator/administrator on CAO's Discussion Boards
CanadianActor Online Inc.