• Ray Watters


I admit to being curious each week as to where I scored on the IMDb starmeter. After my latest film, my starmeter hovered around 21,000, which is pretty good. However, as time goes by, that changes.

I have noticed a few Facebook pages that focus on helping one boost their starmeter on a quid pro quo basis. There are even people who advertise on the web that they will boost your starmeter by 20% to 50% depending on how much you’re willing to pay. The cost runs anywhere from $18.00 to $26.00 weekly…WEEKLY!

But, how important is it? Do Casting Directors look at your starmeter as an indicator on how good an actor you are? Do they even care?


Consider the following. You pay a bunch of money to boost your starmeter to a level indicating you are a popular actor with a ton of credits. People look at your IMDb page and see a starmeter of, let’s say, 20,000. That shows a level of popularity that is very high. However, your credits consisting of two student films and a supporting role in a couple of Indies simply do not match what your starmeter number indicates. What you have accomplished is to provide "click bait" in the form of an impressive starmeter, only to show something totally different when people look at your credits. Professional Casting Directors don't care about your starmeter, but they do see this. They’re not stupid…they can figure out how you managed that number. All you have accomplished is to show you're an amateur.

My friends, there are no shortcuts in this business. Save your time...save your money and stop stressing over your starmeter. It's meaningless.

Here's more what I have to say about it:


But, don’t believe me. Take it from three professionals in the business.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cRc8PjRQrA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrvijsOGniw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2ZOZUlOeEI&list=LL3gWJTpC_Pbc-M-3VrTFqCw&index=27&t=0s


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