Ace your audition (for Casting Directors/Agents) every time.
Auditioning for Casting Directors, Agents and Producers is often fraught with disappointment and all of us are used to dealing with rejection in this area. Not getting the part though, does not necessarily mean you didn’t do well in the audition – on the contrary, you could have made invaluable industry contacts with a Casting Director, Producer or Agent in the process.
Most people know the specific attributes you have to employ to make sure you come across brilliantly in an audition scenario…but few manage to stick to it every time.
I certainly know at least three people who seem to do incredibly well at EVERY audition they attend and even if they aren’t right for that specific part, they are called back by the Casting Director for something different in the not-too-distant future as a result. How do they do it, flawlessly every time? Well, it’s a number of reasons but there are a couple of things that I think are crucial to their constant audition success.
Here’s a five point guide to assist you on your way to ace every audition for Agents & Casting Directors…
- Be the same every time. It doesn’t matter what you’re going for, what material you’re presenting – you need to give an excellent delivery and presentation every time. In the early days, it will be the first time you’ve met the Casting Director and you will want to leave a glowing blue print in their memory for any future opportunities you have to meet them. Whether it’s a student film or a West End casting, your ‘brand’ should be equal through every meeting and every opportunity. All the time, young directors and producers and Casting Directors can be propelled up to the mainstream – just like actors can. It’s imperative that you show each and everybody the same product.
- Look presentable. This can sound obvious but not everybody adheres to it. Unless the casting breakdown insists you look scruffy – don’t. This was hard for me, somebody who is naturally quite a scruffy person.
- Do your research. What have the people auditioning you, cast – produced – directed – starred in before. They could ask you ‘what do you know about us?’ (they probably won’t) They could ask if you’ve auditioned for them before? Or perhaps you’ve worked with somebody who they’ve just worked with (don’t name drop unless prompted – they find it really annoying.)
- No gimmicks. That means two things. Don’t give them any reason to believe that you’re being false by trying to sell yourself or being overly energetic or keen (enthusiasm, politeness and kindness is great – just don’t pretend to be something you’re not.) With regards to gimmicks, I’m sure everyone is aware of not doing this, however, in my Oliver audition (don’t ask…I trained as an actor and didn’t think I was going to ever appear in a musical) a man sat next to me asked a nervous looking girl (this was the 3rd round) whether she’d mind saying in the audition that she’d ‘lost her watch’. The gentleman then said his plan was to walk in with the watch and say ‘I’ve just pickpocketed this from the girl outside.’ Oliver – pickpocketed?! I’m sure you’re staring at your screen in the same state of disbelief as I was that day. The receptionist told the Casting Director about him after he’d left…and guess what? He didn’t get it. Mind you, neither did I – but then I can’t sing or dance!
- So confident that you can’t get it wrong. You want to go in there knowing your material SO confidently that there’s no possibility that you could ever fail. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the part this time but all the while, especially in the early days you want to be SO employable that they have a conversation where they say ‘I wish we could take that person, they’re just too tall/short/blonde or fill in the blank. Casting Directors and Producers will soon get wind of the fact that you’re a really employable performer.
Adam (from the Already Labelled Team)