Tips for Kids to Stand Out at a Commercial Audition

So your child is about to try it out in a commercial audition. Most likely, the casting directors have seen hundreds or even thousands of other kids aspiring to be commercial actors and your child is just one of them. If you want your child to be cast, there should be something about him that will make him stand out. Otherwise, follow these tips on how to make your kids stand out during the audition.

1. Look like your headshot

Kids grow up fast. So the headshots they should be submitting should be updated or taken just recently. This is to save yourself and the casting directors from the hassle brought by being mistakenly called out. If your child’s headshot was taken when he was only eight but he’s already ten when he auditions, when the casting director takes a look at the child and realizes the photo is not recent, you will immediately be sent off. That will be a waste of time not just on your part but the others as well.

If you send an outdated headshot, you will be called in for the wrong jobs so be sure to insert a recent snapshot together with the headshot. And do not forget to include the birthdate, height, and weight information on the kid’s profile.

2. Dress appropriately

Kids are different from adults. You should dress them properly according to their age. Don’t let them show up with face full of makeup and wobbling in high heels. It’s also a no-no for children to wear provocative outfits. Boys don’t need to force in their Sunday best if they are uncomfortable on it. When unsure on what to wear,  take the role into consideration. Or let him wear his school uniform, it should be fine.

3. Be ready to take an adjustment

Parents have to make sure their kids can follow instructions during audition. Not only that, they should be adaptable because there are times when the director will want to try something a little different and the lines will be changed. Oftentimes, parents train their kids to familiarize a certain line or gesture so many times that kids are unable to change it according to what the director wanted.

So when prepping your child for a particular role, train him to try different scenarios or actions and focus not just on a single delivery.

4. Understand what you are saying

Instead of practicing them to recite a particular line, teach your child how to analyze the character. What it requires him to do, the problem he may encounter, the solution to overcome it. As an actor, the child should understand the role he will be playing so he can improvise, if needed.

5. Create a before scene

Stories don’t just start from void. There must be a story before the scene happened or at least pretend there is. Though an aspiring child actor won’t be doing that during the audition, it would help him to be in the character by shifting from the before moment to the present scene.

6. Master the first and last lines

It’s difficult to get one’s face away from the book during audition since it’s almost impossible to memorize long lines within a very limited time given to prepare. Hopefully the child will be able understand the character as he begins to read the lines. But it would make a better impression if the child can memorize the first and last lines, so he can start and end the monologue off the page.

7. Enjoy the experience

It’s refreshing to see kids coming into the room looking happy and excited. It’s helpful to encourage the kids to consider auditions as a chance to showcase their skills and talent to a group of people. It doesn’t make sense forcing children to do something they don’t like. Audition should be a fun experience for them. They should come to auditions because it’s their dream, not yours.

8. Let it go

Instead of looking at the audition as an application for a job, your child should focus on performing better during the casting. It’s a common mistake of parents to put pressure on their kids. Whether your child is booked for a role or not, you should be happy and celebrate for your child gave his best performance. This way, he will think of audition as like a lottery ticket—if you win, great, but if not, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, but rather a chance to do better next time.