AUDITION DO'S AND DON'TS

 

What to wear?

◆ Wear whatever is comfortable (jeans and a t-shirt if that’s your style).

◆ Avoid dressing like the part when possible (we have imaginations).

◆ That said, if you’re auditioning for a preacher, you could wear a white collared shirt just to hint toward thecharacter if you wish.

◆ Don’t dress in a way that’s distracting.  A well-known actor came in once and had enormous holes in his jeans.  We could do nothing but stare at his skinny legs.

◆ If you’re searching for comfort, try a cool t-shirt.

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Questions to ask in an audition (and not to ask)

◆ If you have specific questions about the character or script, feel free to ask before you begin.

◆ Avoid general questions like "Can you tell me anything about this character?" or "What can you tell me about this script?"  

◆ This makes you sound unprepared and is extremely annoying to the person who has to answer (usually the Casting Director).

◆ Typically, it is preferred that you come in, audition and leave.  We will likely have been auditioning all daylong and will be tired.  

◆ However, if you are asked questions, then be prepared with some answers.   

◆ Have an agenda ready – be prepared to fit into conversation why you are right for the part, how the character relates to your experiences or your past roles, etc.

◆ If you are going to comment on the script, be sincere and specific.  Sincere flattery is golden.

◆ Like any job interview, you should do a little research before the audition (at a minimum, IMDB theDirector, Producer and Casting Director).

◆ Always, always, always read the script!  You would be surprised how many actors don’t.  Not a good time to say how busy you have been lately.

◆ This is a job interview and preparation is everything.  Don’t try to wing it with your charming personality or skills.  Someone else is always more prepared.

 

What are "sides" (and where do I get them?)

◆ Sides are what you read during the audition.

◆ You can usually obtain them from www.showfax.comwww.sidesexpress.comlacasting.com, or nowcasting.com.

◆Do not show up to an audition without them ... you’d be surprised how many actors are “unaware” that there are sides.  What do you think we’re going to do, talk about life?

◆ Remember to read the full script, as well.  If it’s not posted on line, try to find it.

What are "breakdowns" (and where do I find them?)

◆Breakdowns are project listings that agents, managers, and actors use to find out about new projects.  

◆ They include salient details (director, shooting dates, etc.) and detailed character descriptions.

◆ If you’re going to an audition and don’t have the breakdown, you should request it in advance.  

Following up (postcards, thanks you’s, calling a Casting Director)

◆ Postcards and thank you’s after an audition or a meeting are nice gestures (but keep in mind they often don’t get read due to the high volume of mail).

◆ Unless you need to reschedule an audition or obtain a script, it’s rarely appropriate to call a Casting office,regardless of the reason.

◆ Use your agent or manager if you have one.

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