How To Get A Casting Callback.
Getting a casting call back begins with preparation. Once you’re booked by your
talent agent for all casting auditions, start preparing for it immediately. Get ready to deliver your best performance at commercial casting calls, TV casting calls, model casting calls, extras casting, or even an open audition by gathering your photos, resume, and appropriate wardrobe in advance of the date.
If you’re going to an acting audition read the sides provided, and memorize your lines to help you focus on the development of the character you’ll be auditioning for.
For a modeling “go see” make sure your portfolio is arranged to be presented with your best photos at the front of your book, and end with an attention grabbing photograph that will leave a strong impression on the casting director.
The majority of auditions you attend will require a headshot, and resume. Always have them ready to present to the casting director when you enter the casting area, and don’t make them have to ask to see it.
Carry headshots with you when you go out because they are like your business cards, and without them readily available, you won’t be prepared for any casting opportunity that may arise unexpectedly.
An audition that doesn’t require you to bring a headshot and resumé will be a very small number. Always take them with you, and secure your resume to the back of your headshot.
Don’t ask Casting Directors what type of person they’re looking for at an audition. You’re the actor, dancer, or model and need to be professional enough to present a unique character, or choreography to them for consideration.
Don’t drink, use drugs, arrive late, be confrontational or any destructive combination of this list. Exhibit complete professionalism to everyone you encounter upon entering and leaving the audition.
If presented with a different role than the one you were expecting, don’t question their decision. They actually know what they’re doing, and the part could be for a much bigger role that you’re perfect for. Don’t mess up your opportunity to shine by wasting their time with questions.
When reading with another actor, never give them direction, you’re the actor not the director of the production, plus it’s very impolite. Readers can boost your performance at an audition, always make eye contact with the reader unless you’re directed to read right to camera.
Don’t dress in costume, or period pieces even if the role calls for it. This is your job interview, dress as such and avoid patterns, stripes or logos.
Even when you feel like you’ve really messed up your audition, think twice about asking to do it again. If you ask to do it a second time and don’t do a lot better, the casting director will have your bad audition indelibly engrained in their brain.
Casting Directors take the time to select, and invite you to an audition because they see something in you that they are looking for, and they want you to blow them away with your performance. Give them the best you’ve got.
Regardless of how you think you’ve performed when you complete your audition, always leave gracefully and don’t ask when the casting callbacks are while at the audition.
This approach is considered very unprofessional and frowned upon. If you get the attention of the casting director or decision makers at the audition, the chances are very high that you will get a casting callback, and your talent agent will be more than happy to let you know about it.
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