If you are hoping to get cast in a film, television, or stage role, there are some specific things that casting directors may be looking for in potential talent. These traits not only show these people how professional and prepared you are, but also give some insight into what it might be like to work with you. Put your best foot forward during auditions and casting-calls with the following tips.
Familiarize yourself with the project.
Directors and casting agents love when you know what they are working on and what they might be looking for during your audition or casting appointment. Take time to familiarize yourself with the project, the director, and the production company. Don’t be afraid to be inquisitive and ask questions; it shows that you are genuinely interested in the project.
Be modest, but not shy.
Demonstrate humility during your audition, but be sure to toot your own horn when the opportunity arises. Share any special talents that you may have during your audition, such as dancing skills, singing ability, or other role-related skills that could set you apart from other candidates.
Arrive well-rested and enthusiastic.
Present your best self by arriving at casting calls or audition wells rested and prepared. Show some enthusiasm for the part, regardless of how big or small it may be, and put the same vigor into your audition that you would for a starring role. This will go a long way toward impressing casting crews and directors.
Spit out the gum.
It seems like a no-brainer, but many folks still arrive at audition or casting call chewing gum. This may be due to concerns about bad breath, or simply a nervous habit, but spit it out before meeting with casting crew. Many people, including some casting directors, consider gum-chewing to be a nasty habit that can garble your words during an audition.
Look people in the eye.
Always address casting crew by name and look them straight in the eye. This not only displays confidence and integrity, but also gives you the chance to leave an indelible impression on those auditioning you for the part.
Leave the stage-mom at home.
Unless you are a child, attend your audition alone and without the presence of a “stage-mom.” If you do bring someone to your audition or casting-call, advise them to leave the questions, queries, and comments to you, and not to interfere or interrupt the process. Directors may take their intervention as a sign that you could be difficult to work with down the road.
Acting and performing can be a competitive market, but these simple strategies may give you a “leg-up” on rivals when competing for a part or a job. Don’t sabotage your chances at getting a call-back or hired for a part due to something that can be easily avoided during your audition or casting-call. Even if you don’t get hired for this particular job or role, you may leave a favorable impression on casting directors that could lead to future opportunities. Break a leg!