Auditions for television shows aren’t much different from auditions for film and TV. Although, the main difference is one little thing called “time.”
Since TV shows are aired weekly, the producers don’t have as much time to hold auditions and meet with potent ional new cast mates. 1 script is written in a week, after the script is written there is 1 week of casting and then 1 week of shooting. Since there are not too many reoccurring roles on TV shows unless you are a main character, a lot of the auditions you will go on will be for guest roles and extras. Eventually, you will work your way up to being a regular on a tv show!
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Casting agents have come to an understanding that most actors only have a few days to review a script and memorize lines. However, Some casting directors don’t. With that being said, our main piece of advice is to, no matter how long you have to rehearse, ALWAYS know the content. Use any and all free time to memorize your lines so you are as prepared as possible.
During your audition, its acceptable to read the lines directly from the paper but if you do this make sure you keep constant eye contact with the panel so they aren’t staring at the top of your head or the back of the script the whole time. They want to see your face and hear your words! Sometimes the casting director will ask you to read with the casting assistant in the room. Majority of the time the casting assistant is not an actor and wont have as much energy as you’d like but don’t let this discourage you. Stay focus on your parts, do your best and worry about your energy, not theirs.
When entering the audition room, introduce yourself loud and clear, announce the piece you will be performing and what role you are auditioning for. Make sure you hand your resume and headshot to the casting assistant in the room before you introduce yourself. Be quick with your introduction and wait until the casting agent asks you to begin. When it comes to casting calls for television shows, the panel of people you will be performing in front of will most likely be the casting agent, their assistant, the executive producer, or the writer of that 1 episode, and sometimes but very rarely, a camera man. Some of these auditions are filmed so the panel can go back and review different candidates for the role. The producers of the show put their trust in this type of panel because a lot of the time the head honchos of the show cant attend these auditions and believe that the panel will cast the roles perfectly.
After you’ve completed your audition, thank everyone and exit the room quietly and fast. There’s a chance the casting director might want to speak with you or hear you read again so hang around in the lobby for a minute or two. If they don’t call you back, sign out and leave the building. If you had a bad audition, don’t let the other actors see it on your face! Walk out of there confident, knowing you did your best.
The main difference between TV auditions and film audition isn’t the time to cast but also the time you have as an actor to prepare for the role. A casting agent might see your headshot and want to meet with you THAT day! If this ever happens just stay calm and remember that you deserve this! Walk in there confident, even if you aren’t prepared and do your best. You’ve been asked to come in because they like you or your look so prove that you are flexible and can make the best out of any situation like a true professional.Image copyright Idea Girl Consulting