Auditiona, Casting and Call-backsCall-backs

After you audition, it is likely that the director will move forward with those who met the following elements during their audition:

  • They were relaxed.
  • They revealed themselves to have discipline and depth.
  • They were able to provide a unique sense of humour if the audition was for a comedy.
  • They had thought processes in line with the character.
  • They were no over coached or over rehearsed.
  • They were able to implement direction if given easily.
  • The directors enjoyed being in the room with them.
  • They connected to them emotionally and intellectually.
  • The directors were excited by the actor.
  • They fit the role.

If you were able to secure a call-back, then congratulations! Receiving a call-back is just as exciting as actually booking a job. When you get a call-back it means you grabbed someone’s attention; you stood out. Only the best are brought back for a call-back.

Some actors fit in the role of “straight to producers” wherein they are so well know that those in the room looking for talent already know they fit it 100%. Those actors are often booked before open auditions.

It is not always in your best interest to skip the pre-read, as it is only during this time that the casting director has the time to help the actors know what the producer wants. It is during this time that they can help the actors get the job. During the call-back is not the best time to receive advice or take direction. Producers are very busy people who cannot take time away from writing to hear casting sessions. It is for this reason that it is recommended that actors meets with the casting director alone, before they audition.

If you received a call back from a pre-read then you absolutely must recreate the final audition, the one which nailed you the audition in the first place. Do not go home and try to add to it or take it away. If you receive a call back from the pre read and you return with something very different, it will irritate the casting director. The casting director is there to help you. They know what they are doing so listen. You do not want to come across as difficult and argumentative, nor do you want to embarrass the casting director who worked so hard to help you in the first place.

During your call-back you want to keep the casting director happy and always do your best.

A call-back for film is much less stressful than for TV because you meet with the director. When you meet for TV you have to audience for the next episodes during the time that the producers are filming the current one. This creates a distraction for them and for you, and the atmosphere is frantic. For film, the pace is much more leisurely since the audition is for a single movie.

If you are auditioning for a role in a single episode the producer and director will not be able to take the time to get to know you outside of the role for which you are auditioning while with television, the director wants to get to know you. The director may even ask about your life or give you the freedom to go off script.

No matter what, be flexible and listen to the director. You are not required to be exactly who the character is or who they wanted the character to be, but rather, you just have to impress them, own the role, show the producers and casting director that the role is yours and no one is going to take it from you. You need to show passion and take disciplined risk. Abandon yourself to the role you want to play and avoid being self-conscious at all. You must demonstrate to the casting director and producers that you have depth and command the role, no matter the emotion.

What is good acting?

Good acting does not necessarily require a large amount of formal training. Success and training may be related, though not strongly in this instance. Actors can get jobs whether or not they graduated from Julliard. Good acting draws in the audience; it translates intellect into the physical and emotional self.

Good acting is “no acting”. It means that the audience does not see the work or the acting as a job, but rather, that the actor transforms into the character seamlessly. It comes from the heart and the gut, revealing many emotions at the same time. A good actor should also listen and connect to other people in the room, react in the moment. Overall, you must demonstrate charisma.

How can I stand out?

You stand out by showing your natural charisma. You want someone who can connect and communicate with other humans. You can even have contradictory emotions, as this is the root of the human condition. You might express:

  • Anger
  • Passion
  • Frustration
  • Joy
  • Sadness
  • Intelligence
  • Humour
  • Sexiness
  • Insecurities
  • Fear
  • Courage
  • Bitterness

If you encompass these, you might only show strangers two, close friends five, and all of them when you were alone. You want to connect with other humans by always showing at least five of the qualities in every audition so that people there see you for you. You have to be comfortable in your skin and let others in immediately. Do not protect your emotions, even the darkest ones.

Top Ten Ways to Demonstrate Charisma

1. Reveal Natural Sexiness.

This means showing your core charisma through the eyes, the attitude, and the level of confidence

2. Create Chemistry.

Do this by making it about the other person. All good scenes are not only about your character, but also about the desire for those people involved on stage or on screen to connect. You must react to the other person in a natural and honest manner.

3. Express Vulnerability.

You need to show humanity and vulnerability to draw in the audience no matter the role. There should always be a real life quality.