Responding to a casting call or audition notice can be extremely intimidating. There are so many “what-ifs” that can turn a simple tryout into a dramatically frightening experience. Luckily, ClaimFame is here to demystify the audition process and help you get the job of your dreams!
- Know who you’re meeting
Just like in any job interview, it’s important to do your research on the project you are going out for. The most important person to know is the casting director. This is the person responsible for vetting and evaluating auditioners in the room. Look at the other shows this person has cast, and the types of people who end up on the show. How can you target your audition to match this person’s tastes? It’s important to know other key members of the production, such as the director and producer, but they may not have any input until the final rounds of the audition process. Using ClaimFame’s database of casting calls and other sites like IMDB.com, you can identify exactly who it is you will see when you take that first step into the audition room!
- Pick the right material
With the wide range of auditions available, it may be tempting to just use the same monologue or sides for each one. But hold on! Every casting director is looking for something different and every show has a different theme and tone. The Walking Dead’s casting director may not be interested in seeing how well you can twerk, and that audition for The Real World is probably not the best time to show off your incredible Hamlet speech. Adapt your audition materials to the production you are going out for, and follow the instructions that are on the casting call. They’re there for a reason!
- Know What You’re Doing
It can be a bit of a mystery as to what goes on behind the audition doors, but it doesn’t have to be! Do some research online for what to expect when your name is called. Larry Garrison and Wallace Wang’s post about auditioning at ForDummies.com is full of information from how to slate for the camera to where you should direct your attention while auditioning. Don’t go in unprepared!
- The Three P’s: Punctual, Polite, and Persistent!
While it may seem obvious, many prospective stars can sabotage themselves with their behavior in, and out, of the room. Show up at least 15 minutes before your audition time to check in and get ready for your audition. You may even get a little extra time with the casting director if someone before you doesn’t show up! Be polite to any assistants or staff who are helping out with the audition. Tryouts can often run long, and they may not have any control over that. Casting is a small industry, and the assistant you yell at because you haven’t gotten to audition yet may be casting the next big show! Finally, follow up with anyone you meet at the audition. Don’t go overboard, but one well-written thank you letter could be the first step on your path to stardom!
- Relax and Enjoy!
Auditioning in front of a group of strangers can be scary, so make sure you take some time to relax and calm your nerves before an audition. Taking a walk around the block, stretching and warming up your voice, or even just listening to your favorite pump-up jam before stepping through the door can help you feel collected, comfortable, and ready to grab any opportunity that comes your way.
These tips and tricks will give you an advantage before you even walk in the room. Now that you’re ready for your big audition, let’s find you the perfect casting calls. Get started by browsing hundreds of casting calls on ClaimFame and find the parts that are perfect for you!