Acing That Audition
ACING THAT AUDITION
By Michelle Swink and Aaliyah Ellison
“Congratulations! You are being requested to audition…” It’s always exciting to get that audition notice, but auditioning for a role can sometimes be an intimidating process. As your Talent Agent, we here at MAGNA Talent Agency want you to shine, so here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward:
THE AUDITION NOTICE
When you first receive that audition notice, read it over thoroughly, and then read it again. Make note of your audition date and time, as well as the location. If you aren’t familiar with the location, look it up ahead of time. Google is our friend!
Look for your audition sides, if there are any, and check for any specific audition instructions. Double check to see if you need to bring a headshot and resume along with you to the audition. If it does not specify, bring two along with you, just in case!
Reply ASAP to let us know that you will be attending so we can mark you as “Confirmed”. If you have any questions, contact us and we will help make sure you have all the details you need!
Read over that audition notice a couple of times to be sure you don’t miss anything. Make certain that you have all your audition materials and take the time to study these materials. Check each page of your script to make sure you have the entire scene. Each page will list the number of the page out of how many pages are left in the script.
For example, if there are 3 pages in a script, and you are on the first page, the bottom right corner should read 1 of 3, (or other variants of this format like 1/3). If you do not have all 3 pages, make sure that your printer is functioning properly. If there is an error with the files you’ve received, please contact us immediately.
Do not imply that you were only sent a few pages from the materials. Casting Directors are familiar with the documents they send out and excuses will not be tolerated. Make time to prepare for your audition. Being memorized always looks better than staring at a script in your hands.
If you submit for a project, make sure you’ll be able to prepare for and attend that audition. If you do not have time to prepare, please avoid submitting and auditioning altogether.
Some auditions will accept video auditions, but the majority will NOT. If it is not explicitly stated that video auditions will be accepted, then you must be able to attend an audition in-person.
If you are auditioning for a commercial, your request to self-tape will be denied. If it is a film, video requests MIGHT only be allowed under special circumstances.
If an actor is unable to make time for a local, in-person audition then how can they be expected to show up for shoot dates? Showing up to an audition not only shows that you are committed to the project, but it also guarantees that your entire audition will be seen. You will also be able to take direction and critique to improve your performance. Unfortunately, if you send a recording there is a strong possibility that your entire audition might not even be seen.
When you receive an audition notice, it is best to do everything in your power to make that audition time work. If you know you might have a conflict during the day of auditions (school, vacation, work meeting), make a note along with your submission request with the times that you would be available. The Casting Director might not be able to accommodate, but we can let them know your audition availability in advance, just in case.
Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in talent requesting video auditions or audition reschedules. This is highly frowned upon by both your Agent and the Casting Directors. The Casting Director works very hard putting together an audition schedule, trying to fit as many people as possible into the day, and making sure that everyone is seen in a timely, orderly fashion. A slew of reschedule requests creates more work for your Agent, as well as the Casting Director.
You want to make a great impression and show the Casting Director that you are ready and willing to work, if booked, and that you are professional and easy to work with! You must be flexible in this business, as many Directors are unable or unwilling to work around individual talent schedules. If there is any chance you might not be able to attend that audition, then do not request to be submitted for the project! Wait for the next one to come along.
Billions of people are engaged in social media, including Casting Directors and your Agent, so be mindful of what you choose to post online. You are just a Google search away from your latest Twitter rant being exposed!
Ranting on social media about not being booked does not win any favors with Casting Directors or your Agent. Doing this makes Directors want to steer clear of your business to avoid potential drama and unprofessionalism.
Posting a message in excitement about an audition or booking is usually fine, but be careful that you don’t post any images or details that could be confidential! Some film scripts may be confidential and some commercial campaigns might not want details being leaked to competitors.
Show Casting Directors (and your Agent) that you are professional and reliable talent by showing up for your audition in-person, on schedule, and with all of your materials prepared. By doing this, you set yourself apart and increase your chances of getting a role and building good rapport in the entertainment industry. To maintain this good rapport, keep the lines of communication open, but be sure to keep personal problems with the industry off of the Internet. It could come back to bite!
Now, get out there and break a leg!
The MAGNA Team