An audition is your chance as an artist to show a Casting Director, Director and possibly Producers, what you will bring to the cast for their project. When you are requested, they already have shown interest in who you are from your resume, headshot and reel.
Audition Protocol and Verbiage
What to Bring:
- 2 Heashots with resume stapled to the back, and TRIMMED To FIT THE Headshot!
- Water, so your mouth doesn't get dry
- Great Attitude!
1) Professional etiquette: (How to not be viewed as an amateur)
a) 15 minutes early = on time! DO NOT BE LATE!!! If you are going to be one minute past your call time, call your agent.
b) Don’t wear perfume/cologne in case of sensitivity or allergies.
c) Always carry multiple headshots/resumes, stapled and trimmed with you at all times.
d) Don’t talk to others at the audition. If they want to talk to you, just tell them, quietly, you’d love to chat with them outside after you’re both done.
e) Turn cell phones to silent, or off, not vibrate.
a) Get your sides (film) or copy (commercial) (This is your audition script)
b) Find a quiet place, and read flat, no inflection, to get information in your head.
c) Create background, personalize. DON’T jump to a stereotype, i.e.,
“bad guy”, or “dumb blond”, for example. Create a real person, with specific
details; then practice the scene out loud, with your background influencing
your read emotionally.
d) Bring in your environment, “shake hands” outside of frame, but not actually touching the . OC reader. Or whatever physical thing is happening in the scene that is supported by dialogue.
a) Wardrobe, no red, black, white, thin stripes (they moray), no logos or fluorescent colors. Hair OUT of face!
b) Come in, great energy, being yourself. Do not extend your hand to shake hands, UNLESS casting director extends hand first, in which case you hand them your headshot if it is in your hand, and then if the re-extend their hand, you may shake their hand knowing that is what they are intending and initiating. (germophobes)
c) Hit your mark. (tape on floor in front of camera)
d) Determine if you read into camera or to an off camera reader for commercial; always to an off camera reader, for film, unless otherwise specified.
e) Determine your eye line on the opposite side of camera from the reader, if establishing multiple characters to react to. (pick a spot on the wall, or light fixture, etc.)
f) For a film audition, ask if they are cutting after slate and between scenes,
and ask any other questions you may have at this time.
g) Slate your name, & age if under 18, and then if they ask, agency, or independent
if you aren’t represented. They will tell you any additional information they may want in your slate, such as location or if you are available for local hire.
h) You can ask if there’s any other way they’d like to see the scene. Thank them and leave promptly when finished. Don’t get chatty, unless they prompt it.
4) Getting The Job
a) After “Callback” (wear same clothes, do same thing that got you there), then comes “Right of First Refusal” -They are narrowing their choices to 2-5; you’re very close!
b) “Booking”- They’ve chosen you. Wardrobe will call to tell you what to bring.
c) Ask wardrobe if you come to the set “camera ready”, meaning hair and makeup fixed and ready for the camera.
d) Be ‘off book’, meaning MEMORIZED, not kinda memorized.
e) Listen to direction, be quiet, be available, be responsible, don’t disappear, let the First A.D., (First Assistant Director, know where you are at all times)