So... You've booked that Audition. Congrats! Now take in these tips. After doing 20+ years of auditions, these are some of the five things we find that actors tend to do or don't do that can keep them from getting the part.
Tip 1 - Bring a Hard Copy of your Headshot and ResumeIt's amazing how many actors forget to bring this. When we're casting, we need to see your photo. Sure you sent us your headshot by email, but we like to sort things out in piles. If your headshot isn't there, we might forget you. That's never a good thing. So, always have that headshot on hand, just in case!
Tip 2 - Your Headshot needs to be CurrentWe casting people rely on headshots to know what you look like today. Do not give us a headshot that was taken ten years ago where you have a completely different hair style and color. We need to recognize you. Even if the headshot was taken last month, but you have since shaved your head, is no good. Again, we rely on these photos to remember you and your awesome audition.
Tip 3 - Know your Age-RangeEven before you apply for the audition, know the character description and the age-range. Make sure you're submitting for a part you could feasibly play. If you're 18 years old, you are probably not right for a 40-something medical doctor on the verge of curing cancer. If you're 50, you probably have to give up the dream of playing a troubled teen on the wrong side of the law.
Be realistic. Ask friends and family what they think is your age-range. Some people can look older than they are. Some can look younger.
Tip 4 - Dress for the PartWear something to the audition that you think your character would wear. Although, stay far away from anything that might be considered a costume. (Eg: Say you're auditioning a police officer. Do NOT come in a uniform. You come off as appearing desperate. Instead choose something that maybe mimics the colors of a police uniform.)
Also, if you are asked to a callback, wear the same thing you wore to the first audition. One more way for us to remember you!
Tip 5 - Arrive Early, But not too EarlyWe like people who are on time. We like it when you're early. It gives an indication of how it will be to work with you on set. 5-15 minutes early is just about right. But do not show your face any earlier than that. It may be an imposition on the casting team. And you do not want to be that actor that gets labelled as causing extra work. (Yes, even if you're just quietly sitting there.) Show up for the time you were given.
We have some upcoming auditions in Niagara. Check out the details at our website: http://www.cubecity.org
[Photo by Warren R.M. Stuart]