What To Expect At Auditions

Thursday, January 10, 2013
If you are called to an audition, expect only a handful of people to be present, and not a very large crowd. In addition to yourself and the casting director, the other people that matter, may be the director, a camera operator, if the audition is being taped, and perhaps a representative of the advertising agency, if the audition is for a commercial.
By the time your turn to audition arrives, the casting director, may have already auditioned hundreds of people, which means by this time, they may be bored and perhaps irritable. You can seize the instant to create a "Wow" moment, and make the directors' job easier, or you can be unprepared and destroy your chances of getting any role.

After some brief introductions, you may be asked for your headshot and resume. Some one may even ask to take a picture, so you should smile and look your best. Depending on the role for which you are auditioning, your clothing should be appropriate. If you're auditioning for a role as a business person, it would be best to wear a crisp business suit. If the role is that of a cowboy, you should at least look like a cowboy, perhaps by wearing jeans and a shirt. The key is to be subtle while looking like your character, and not being in a costume, which can help you in being more distinguishable from other participants.
If you're auditioning for a commercial, your appearance is critical, because you effectively become a salesperson for the product, and you may be asked for different profiles, including front, back and sides. With television commercials, you may be asked to slate, which means to state your full name, before being directed to start acting the role. If the role is for a movie, TV show, or theatrical play, you may be asked to sit in a chair, stand still or walk around. Depending on the script, you may even be asked to portray a different character in order to examine your versatility. Be always prepared to expect the unexpected, be ready to work in unusual situations in a moment's notice. Many performers practice the art of improvisation, in order to prepare for the unexpected. Improvisation can help to perform spontaneously in the event of unexpected occurrences, while you still remain in character.
You may be asked to read the script several times, with the casting director suggesting some changes, perhaps as being angrier, softer or more forceful. This can be seen as a good sign, because you have his attention and she may find you of interest. With interest being piqued, you stand a better chance of receiving a callback.


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