19 Aug How to make Casting Directors Happy?
#Winning the Audition Room
We all love to receive that glorious e-mail, AUDITION NOTICE! Once the rush of excitement wears off it’s time to get to work. Seeing 5 lines or less can sometimes be discouraging right? Well, even with one line you have enough to create an entire story. What is your approach? Do you have one? Many of us may read an audition once, make mental choices, memorize, rehearse & tape. Quick, simple & easy right? WRONG 🙂 ..well sort of. Yes, making choices, memorizing and rehearsing are important but before any of that occurs you must become an audition detective.
3 Secrets from Casting:
Keep it Grounded but Personal
Actors who put themselves in the interpretation of a character are on their way to a successful audition. Avoid playing into the stereotype of your role. For example, don’t just play a “waiter” “barista” or “nurse” etc..bring them to life. Discover your choices, make the work personal. If it’s personal to you it’s personal to everyone else watching your audition.
We are not just seeking a look
Actors tend to assume if it’s 5 lines or less, the booking is based on a look well if that were true there would be no need for auditions right? 5 lines or less does not mean your scene is irrelevant. The writers and or show-runners created it to move the story along. Therefore, do the work and give it your all!
What is the moment before?
Is your scene taking place at night/day? What is the tone? Is your character attracted to the character they are speaking to? What were they doing before? What is their objective? What is standing in their way? Yes, with 5 lines or less you still have an objective, obstacles, fears, emotions–all of it. After all, you are still playing a human..right?
Feeling Overwhelmed? Don’t worry just Breathe 🙂
Find the approach that works for you and have fun with it!
Casting Directors are aware when you receive an audition you are piecing together a puzzle. Therefore, they are expecting you to be creative. Instead of viewing your sides as an audition look at it as a story. Ask yourself, what is the beginning, middle & end? In your acting classes or with your coach make sure you are getting on your feet and working through the details of your scenes. All of our students at BYC are informed on the business of acting and we apply those lessons into our scene-work and one on one coaching.
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Apply these secrets in your acting class and approach for your next AUDITION NOTICE
Until next time:
Stay Motivated & Creative
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