Auditions are inevitable in the career path of every actor. The acting skills of the actors are being evaluated during the auditions. Most often the casting directors select the actors during the auditions as they believe that an actor puts his best effort at auditions. So if you want to land in a role, you must put in your best performance at auditions.
The process of booking an actor for a role is done in few steps. The initial short listing is done based on your resume and headshot. The resume should be professionally prepared with accurate description and updates. While preparing headshot, you must make sure that it would truly depict your normal looks. Never make it a beauty shot for acting auditions since the casting director would want to know your natural personality than a modified one. Once you are selected for the auditions, you must start preparing yourself. The first audition is known as pre-read in which you audition for the casting director. If the casting director is impressed by your performance, you would be sent to the producer’s session. Here you would audition for the producers and directors of the project. If they are impressed by your performance, they would book you for the job.
If you are interested in being an actor, you would have to impress the casting directors. They are the ones who generally cast the projects. So it’s crucial that you impress them. Basically the casting director or the project crew doesn’t hire ‘actors’ but prefer ‘people who can act’. So the best way to impress them would be to expose your personality together with your performance. Usually the actors tend to concentrate more on memorizing lines. But it has been known that the casting directors actually don’t care about the lines. What they look for is essentially the personality and the bones of the character. So the actor should take more effort in encompassing the character rather than merely reading through the lines.
Often the actors hesitate to ask questions to the judging panel and clarify their doubts. But it would be better to clarify your queries then and there as the casting crew is always welcome to such moves.
The main focus of the film audition is to check your on-camera skills. Most of the times, cameras would be recording your performance. Here, there is a general misconception felt among the ones who attend the audition. They feel that no one is interested in watching them perform and they would count themselves out. But this should be avoided since the casting director would be constantly watching the monitor to see how the actor looks on-camera.
Sometimes the casting director would want to know how you would look when you are not reading the lines. So it would be best to move on with life at the end of scenes rather than stopping abruptly. Most of the casting people doesn’t involve in schmooze and it would be appreciated if you would just leave the place promptly soon after the auditions. Also never look at the judges as though they are aliens. Try to be polite and pleasant throughout the audition.
Professionalism and experience plays a key role in determining the chances of grabbing a role. Experience can only be attained by attending as many auditions possible. However, showing professionalism lies in your personal talents.