Going for an audition is one of the most feared and, occasionally, brutal times in an actor’s life. Getting the part often comes down to impressing a casting director. If you can figure out how to stand out to a casting director, you’ll stand a much better chance of being successful in your auditions.
Read on to get tips on getting a casting director’s attention and landing those pesky auditions.
People try all sorts of things to get a casting director’s attention, from wearing bold and exciting hats to backflipping into the audition room. And that just might work! However, there are also some more tried and true methods for getting a casting director’s attention.
Make the casting directors job as easy as possible. Dress to assist with the story, DON’T overdo it, just simple clothing that assists with the scene popping, is always a better choice.
It’s about making the scene pop, that’s how you impress the casting directors.
As important as it is to hire the person who is ‘right’ for the role, casting directors will often have a natural inclination to recommend people who seem as though they’ll be easy to work with. In short, keep it professional. There are very simple things you can do to impress:
It sounds simple, but you’d be astonished by how many people fail to check those boxes. Try maximising professionalism, and see for yourself just how much of a difference that can make in terms of standing out to a casting director.
Part of the genius of the Meisner technique of acting lies in looking externally, not focusing too much on the internal aspect of what you’re doing. That’s a principle you can use for your auctions to impress casting directors.
Some casting directors are hard to get a read on. They stare, stone-like and inscrutable, and it’s very hard to tell whether or not you’re doing a good job. On the other hand, some casting directors are extraordinarily expressive. There might be signs a casting director likes you or likes certain choices you’re making with your audition, and these are helpful to look out for. It might be things like:
The best way to impress a casting director is with your incredible acting technique. For acting classes in Sydney, check out The Actor’s Pulse.