All Casting Calls: An In-Depth Look


The success or failure of all casting calls depends on the impression made. The casting agents want to see someone who is confident in himself or herself, yet are simultaneously able to take on an entirely new identity. At a call, you want to represent yourself as such. If you are a canvas on which the layers of your character are to be built, your clothing, shoes and accessories should reflect this.

However, just because you are not in full costume and makeup should not be an excuse for being ill-dressed. Dress in a way that highlights you at your best. Avoid the loud and gaudy in favor of the simple yet appealing. If anything on you is too distracting, it will take the focus away from your craft.

It is always a good idea to turn up a little early to have time to get your bearings, as there will be many people and a lot going on around you. Upon arrival, be sure to sign in, listen to and follow all instructions. You ought to be aware that even in the waiting room, eyes are upon you. So, behave professionally (no chewing gum, no drama).

Make sure to keep water and throat lozenges close by to keep your throat relaxed and your voice at its healthiest. Save your voice some more by avoiding spending time before the audition chatting unnecessarily. Instead, while waiting for your turn, go through the materials passed out by the crew or that you have brought with you from home.

If your audition involves singing as well as acting, additional preparation and training is required. Get a head start by gathering information about the audition, the venue, and any casting crew requirements long before you head in to perform. Have what you learn in mind when constructing your approach to the material, and when putting together your resume and head-shot. Attending several calls is the best way to get an idea of what to expect from an audition requiring you to act and sing, or even dance. Of course, each casting director should also give you an idea of what he or she is specifically looking for when you get there.

Your window of opportunity to impress the director and crew will invariably be small. Thus, it is all the more necessary to make an impact from the moment you enter until the moment you step off the premises. Since the people who are seeing you have many others to see, competition is especially high in open and free calls. However, regardless of how many other actors are vying for the role, what determines your landing the part really comes down to whether or not you have the qualities that the casting crew is watching out for.

When your name is called, be calm, collected and confident. Once at the front and center of the stage, let your performance take over. While you are performing, keep in mind that those in the judging panel want you to do well as much as you do. Strut your stuff to the best of your ability, and hope that they think you have what it takes for the part.

You won’t have to worry so much about feelings of panic as long as you are well prepared. In the unavoidable moments of anxiety bound to occur in a high-pressure situation such as a casting audition, focus on why you are there. Even if you do not get the part, all casting calls may still be considered successes if the casting director and crew remember you as someone with a positive attitude, who was enjoyable to work with. Regardless, you have gained more experience in auditioning, which is invaluable training in itself!

Source by Antony Maina


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