10 THINGS THAT CASTING DIRECTORS WONT TELL YOU AT AN AUDITION
Once you get in the door as an actor, you don't want to blow it. At your next audition, try these ten tips. They might help you get a callback and BOOK the job!
1. Be the character from the moment you leave your home: Stay focused no matter what happens on the way to the audition.
2. Don't try to prove that you can act. Amateurs spend all their time trying to impress people so they will be taken seriously as actors. Professionals just show their best work.
3. Don't ask numerous questions about the director, the shoot, the pay, the cast members, how to play the part, etc. Getting the part doesn't mean aggravating the casting director. When you book the job you can ask- it's called negotiation and your agent/manager does that for you.
4. Try to cope with fear or anxiety-run around the block, jump up and down. Just DO something to focus your energy. You can even do vocal exercises in the bathroom outside the audition studio.
5. Be polite, humble, and gracious-get rid of the ego! Have fun! The point of an audition is to show your product-your talent, your personality, your professionalism.
6. Be prepared-bring the script, know the lines, suggest the character by your wardrobe, but don't wear a costume.
7. Be able to perform on the drop of a dime-emotionally as well as with a dialect, accent or specific character choice. Do not stand in the corner and prepare. ( EEEK! Wrong "method").
8. Take direction and change the reading if the casting director requests you to. Showing flexibility is a sign of a true professional.
9. You may be auditioning opposite a "reader" but you still have to be believable. And NO, it isn't their job to provide you with an excellent "scene partner." Do your best work NO MATTER WHO you have to read with.
10. Make the strongest choice you can even if it's wrong! Casting Directors love to be amused, surprised, and entertained. They can always give you direction or ask you to try something different. Guess what? If you have a 2nd or 3rd shot at the role -You've won! They'll KNOW you're a PRO. If not this job...another one down the line. You just made a fan and a really good player on your TEAM!
By Gwyn Gillis
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