Here are 9 tips I learned along the way from Casting Directors.
1. “No” doesn’t mean never – just means not now. And definitely does not mean failure.
Most casting directors will say it comes down to fit. Sometimes a male role became female, the location changed for the role due to budget or local hire or nepotism, It’s not about you nor is it personal. Unfortunately a casting director does not have the time to follow up with everyone to give reasons why they didn’t go with you. Leaving an audition is a lot like leaving a gift in the room and you never know if they want it, open it, or deliberate over it.
2. Chances are if you are in the room then they can see you in the role.
You got t the appointment because you satisfy the role. Period. So dont look around and say wow they person is more suited. I say to my students instead look around and think – we all can play this part. Remember CD’s are rooting for you.
3. Honor the writer & yourself.
Every role will not immediately fit you as easy as others but you always should bring your sensibilities to it. Bring your interpretation from the writer’s point of view and from yours. This way it’s yours.
4. Have balance in your life and bring that in the room.
Use all of you! Whether you are a family person, animal lover, politically involved, lover of art & sports or all of the above. Bring that. Your feelings about family animals, art and politics will help them see YOU! We are all more than our resumes. Bring in your passions outside of your resume in the audition and if they ask “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” Share that.
5. Keep an audition journal.
Track where and when it was, what you wore and who you met. Greeting someone by name goes a long way. Also if a callback wear what you wore to the first audition.
6. What happens when you get a bland reader.
I stress this in my classes- get the reader out of the page and get them to look up. Make them act.
7. Is taking class useful to mention if asked?
Yes- it shows you are keeping your instrument tuned up for that audition. It shows you keep sharp, develop additional skills, and stay current. Be open to taking seminars continually. Training never ends.
8. Know that only one person will get the job for that role. If you don’t book it, then you should leave them with “wrong but strong” so the casting office will call you in for other roles.
9, Lastly, I often tell my students. Getting an appointment usually comes with the three “T’s” Timing, Type and Talent. When they are aligned- anything is possible. Sadly talent is last. You need the timing to get in the room! and the Type to help them see you in the role, the talent and understanding you bring to the material