Getting an Acting Audition
Getting an acting audition is the first step in securing any role, whether it’s a commercial, sitcom, theatre or a film. Auditions are usually acquired through an agent or by self searching open auditions.
If you have an agent then they will submit you for roles that they feel you have a good chance of getting a callback from. Additionally, you may hear about an audition and contact your agent to see about getting in for an audition because your agent may or may not know about it. If they are aware of the role and didn’t submit you then it’s because they felt it wasn’t the right part for you this time. Be sure to inform your agent of any auditions that you discover independently and they may be able to submit you in for it.
While there are some things that you can do to improve your chances of landing a role, there are also certain things that are just out of your hands. Don’t become discouraged if you aren’t submitted or given an opportunity to audition for a particular role. This has nothing to do with your acting ability. It just means that they had a different idea for that character; either in looks, talent or a combination of both. If a casting director is looking for a blond with a small stature and you’re a brunette with a big build, then there really isn’t any point in auditioning for that part.
The best way to improve your chances of getting auditions is to learn all that you can about the art of acting. Study and practice different expressions, scenarios, emotions and characters that you admire. Cultivate your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses whether it’s an emotion, gesture or specific personality. If you feel that you need help and guidance to propel you then you may want to take some acting classes or go to a reputable acting school.
Acting Audition: Getting The Callback
Getting a Callback is paramount to actually landing a role on a sitcom, commercial, music video or movie. However, most beginning actors audition for the role; with the role as the goal in mind. Getting a callback should be what every hopeful actor wishes for after the initial audition.
Getting a Callback means that the casting director liked your acting audition and feel that you have some potential to fit a specific role. You obviously did something that they liked and are interested in seeing you again.
If you have an agent and obtained the initial audition through them, then they will probably be the one who will inform you of a callback. If you don’t have an agent or acquired the audition on your own, then you will most likely receive a direct call from the Casting Director.
The most important thing to remember about getting the callback is to do exactly what you did the first time. Exactly. This means you should wear the same clothes in the same way; if your shirt wasn’t tucked in the first time then wear it the same way for the callback. This goes for everything from your hair style to makeup and nail polish to socks. They liked what they saw the first time, so you should make every effort to duplicate it.
However, your agent or the Casting Director may ask you to do something different. They may ask you to wear different clothes, a different hair style, less makeup, more makeup, enhance or downplay certain aspects of the character. Try to grasp and visualize what you are being asked to do. Your agent and the CD are on your side and want you to get the part as much as you do.
If you don’t receive a callback for a particular role, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean that you are a bad actor, it just means that you weren’t right for that role. Giving a role to someone who isn’t the right fit for it only makes everyone look bad, including the actor. Just keep trying and believe in your talent.