As films need actors, actors need films. To achieve this, the casting process must take place. Many independent films, web series to student films and big budget films and television shows require a variety of actors and all one needs to do is audition for a part. For that reason, here are a few behind the scenes tips concerning auditions.
Casting directors see many people for one role, therefore, provide a headshot to remember you by. They use this to review your look for the role in harmony with your audition tape. Do not send these pictures through chat apps (It’s happened). If it is required before, send it on email or have your agent send it.
Understanding terminologies is very important. Casting calls bear terms such as, open audition, closed audition, callbacks etc. They hold meaning and will help you prepare for the right story to audition for. They also contain character details meant to clue you in on the inner workings and behavioural traits of the character. These will help in giving a very character specific performance.
Importantly, callbacks simply mean that a few selected individuals the casting director has in mind, return for another round of auditions. Callback dates are listed on casting briefs, take note of them. Calling prior to the date is something casting directors’ view as a faux pas, I would rather you do not. Wait to hear from them. If the date has arrived and there is no word, steel yourself and prepare for the next audition.
Unless stated, do not turn up for an audition in outlandish clothing and makeup. This goes for both men and women. Personally, I find it better when the actor appears as a blank canvas. A clean white shirt and jeans, or an outfit in this vein of minimal style are universally complementary and really prevent chaos in your performance.