Tuesday 9 March 2010

Things to consider 4

When you have learned to focus on yourself and on your audition instead of external circumstances, there are other things to consider. One valuable lesson is to:

Get known by your talent NOT your personality 
As I have mentioned yesterday and as should be ingrained in every actor, be prepared, be on time, be courteous and do your best for every audition you go to. When you enter a casting room leave your baggage at the door. No one cares about how your day was or how hard it was for you to find time to learn your lines etc. Casting directors and their clients are busy people and simply don't have the time to be you personal shoulder to cry on. Harsh? Imagine looking at dozens of auditionees a day, being under time and budget constraints and trying really hard to get a job for those you invited to audition. What do you want to see? A well-prepared auditionee who is courteous and on time or a windswept ball of nervousness who is late and didn't learn the script? A humble professional or a loud and obnoxious diva?

It is also important to learn to deal with directions or lack their of during an audition. You're finished after one take? Great! Go home, have a cup of tea. This may or may not mean anything or it may beyour first take was exactly what the casting director wanted to see from you. Good on you! You may be asked to repeat your scene or to tweak your performance. Go with it! Many casting agents are trained actors and have extensive experience in getting your best performance out of you. Take it as an opportunity to learn and grow and again, just do your job and give your best.

As heard from the horses mouth: Casting directors appreciate a stand-out audition much more than a stand-out personality. It's the former they may remember to invite when it comes to casting their next project and the latter will be discarded as difficult to work with.

Until tomorrow. Happy thinking!

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