If you don’t receive the audition or callback. Remember: it is not personal. It’s just about finding the right person for the role, and for reasons you likely don’t know, you weren’t it this time. But you may be right for the next one...
In an audition situation, avoid distracting and chunky jewelry unless it is absolutely appropriate for the character.
When working out the background and given circumstances for a role, it helps if you refer to yourself as the character in the first person. Rather than “he/she;” think in terms of “I.”
Your physical choices in a scene are just as important as your other “acting” choices.
Be sure to spend as much time figuring out where you are and what choices you want to make physically before you tape.
In order to succeed financially and otherwise in this business, you need to do a little of everything. If your main focus has been one area, be sure you market and sell yourself in every arena out there at your disposal: tv and film, of course, but be sure that commercial, voice over and even modeling are options too.
Do not discount anything.
Go back and look at an audition from 12 months ago and from 6 months ago.
What do you see? Is there growth?
The ability to critique and evaluate your work is a crucial part of your job as an actor.
If you receive an audition where there is a gunshot, have someone make a sound.
It does not and really should not sound like a gunshot, but you as an actor need a sound to react to in the moment. In fact, you just made your job exponentially more difficult by trying to play that you have been shot with nothing to respond to. Use a book on a table, slam a door, give me (and you) some kind of sound.
If you are paying for a service, it is absolutely alright to speak up. Whether you are getting new headshots or having an audition taped. It is OK to ask questions, and it is OK to ask for things. Certainly be polite and respectful, but if you know there is something you are looking for or wanting to do, then be sure you make it happen.
Are you ready for 2018 and Pilot Season? It’s still there even with all the added streaming services and opportunities that are happening year round these days. There will be a handful or more pilots out there that will be shot in the SE.
Be sure you have done absolutely everything you can to be ready for any opportunities that may be available to you.*
*See Monday’s CONTROL BLOG for more.