Talent Casting Call
Walking through those casting
call doors can be a terrifying experience. As an actor,
you need to put on your best first impression and
avoid making beginner mistakes that will get you immediately
Arriving early at a casting
call is critical to starting off on the right foot.
If you're late, the casting director will automatically
figure you for a person who is always late and will
be late for the filming if you're hired for the role.
If you're expecting "sides"
or pages that you're going to be given for a cold
read, arrive as early as possible to get the most
amount of time to prepare for the audition. They may
not expect you to memorize lines but that doesn't
mean you can't use that time effectively.
The first person you'll probably
encounter is the casting director's assistant. He
or she will give you the sides and sign you in. Even
though you may be tired from waiting in line for an
hour or two, make sure you're not rude to this person
whom you might consider a peon. The peon may be best
friends with the casting director. Plus, even if they
don't know the casting director, it's been said that
CD's will ask the assistant who was nice and who was
a problem. Nobody likes to work with a problem person
and by asking the assistant what everyone was like,
many of these people can be weeded out.
As you get called into the
room to audition, take note not to shake hands with
the casting director unless they go to shake your
hand first. These people have to deal with hundreds
of auditioners every day so they don't have time to
shake everyone's hand. No need to take this personal.
Just accept it and get through the audition by going
along to get along.
Before you start your audition,
hand the CD your resume and headshot and state what
piece you're going to perform. Then begin the piece.
Once done, thank the room and
leave. The last thing they want is to have to listen
to you explain why you didn't do a good job or ask
them what you could've done better, etc. They're busy
and just want you to leave.
As you walk back out into the
waiting room, hang around for a few minutes to make
sure you're not wanted back in the room to do the
scene one more time.
Use this advice to nail your
next audition. Now go break the proverbial leg!