As a new actor or actress, walking into an audition room or a casting call could be horrifying! There are tons of other people there gunning for your spot at the top but don’t let these little pressures distract you from your task at hand. As a professional, you need to make sure you leave a fantastic first impression with the casting panel and try to avoid making any sort of amateur, rookie mistakes that could get you eliminated quickly!
Arriving at your audition early is a step in the right direction. Don’t be too early and don’t be too late. Getting there about 15-30 minutes ahead of time is sufficient enough to get yourself signed in, aware of the setting and to find a nice, quiet place to prepare yourself for your audition. If you are too early, you might think you’re in the wrong place and could find yourself lost. However, if you’re too late the casting assistant or casting directors in charge of the casting call will assume you are a person who is always late and would probably be late to filming if hired for a role. Time it out perfectly so you are comfortable and prepared.
Depending on the casting directors, you might already have your script in hand when you show up to your casting. This is always great because you’ve had time to practice at home, with friends or at your acting class. However, if you’re expecting “sides” or a script that you are going to be using for a cold read, you’re going to have to arrive as early as possible to have enough time to mentally and physically prepare yourself for that monologue. Usually when it comes to “cold reads,” the casting directors never expect you to fully memorize the given lines but that doesn’t mean you cant use your time wisely to get as ready as possible for your audition.
When walking into your casting call, the first person you will meet is the casting directors assistant. He or she will be the one in charge of signing you in and giving you the script, if need be. Even if you’ve been waiting in line for 2 hours or have had the worst most stressful day ever, never let that project through at your audition. Always be courteous and NEVER be rude to the casting assistant. The assistant may be the best of friends with the casting director and will pass the negativity on to them or they might not even let you audition. Even if they personally do not know the casting director, it’s known that they often ask the assistant who was the nicest and most respectable in the waiting room before hand. Nobody likes a negative Nancy, especially on a set and by the CD asking their assistant what everyone was like in the waiting room; many of these bad seeds can be thrown out.
As you get called into the audition room, never go to shake the casting directors hand unless they offer first. This panel of executives has probably had a long day of meeting with over 100 people and don’t have time to get personal. No need to get offended, just remember this is all business. Accept it and move along. Hand them your resume, headshot and any other paperwork you were asked to bring. Introduce yourself loud and clear and announce what piece you will be performing. Then, quickly begin your lines or monologue.
Once you’ve completed the audition, thank the panel and leave the room. The last thing you should do is hang around inside the audition room and ask questions like, “how did I do?” or “Did I get the part?” This is unprofessional and looks desperate. Be confident in how you did and leave with your head held high.
As you make your way back into the waiting room, hang around for a bit to see if they want you to come back in for a second reading of your material or their script. If they don’t, sign out and head on home.
Follow these simple rules and you will nail your next audition! Now go break a leg!Image Copyright Project Casting