Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New To Acting? Here’s the Casting Process; Simplified.

New To Acting? Here’s the Casting Process; Simplified.When you’re new to acting, there’s a lot to learn, even if you were born with the talent. For a right brained creative thinker, these logistics and details can be pretty overwhelming and actually sabotage the potential you have to succeed! It’s happened time and time again. It’s one of the reasons enrolling in classes or working with an acting coach is so beneficial. You get to become better at what you’re already great at, while getting properly prepared and strengthened where you might not know the ropes or be weak! And remember, there’s no shame in admitting where you’re weak. Because the truth is, everyone is somewhere. No matter how ahead you are in life, there are always new levels to achieve and new things to learn. If you can embrace that, you’ll achieve anything.

Let’s apply that to casting. You want to land a gig and find an audition. Great! Now what? Do you just show up, wait for them to tell you that you’ve got the roll and celebrate with your friends? No. Even though that’s the common perspective. There’s a process you need to be familiar with, respectful and prepared for. In the example below, I’m going to use an audition for a soap opera to illustrate the process simply. Keep in mind, it can go differently from audition to audition, but for the most part, it goes like this:

• The producers of a soap opera just received the script for an episode set to air next month.
• The producers call the casting director that they have used for years and describe the character role needing to be filled.
• The next morning, every agent reads the "Breakdowns", which is a publication that lists every role that is currently being cast. The agent goes through his files, searching for clients who would be right for the role He selects several photos and sends them to the Casting Director.

• The Casting Director receives envelopes from all these agents and will then have to through many photos looking for face for the role. However, even if a photo looks great, the casting director will still need to review the actor's resume and then narrow it down to around 30 of the best candidates to arrange for an audition.

• Next, each agent will call their client and inform him or her about the audition. He may either send her the sample script (slides) or have them come to his office to pick them up.

• Then the actor will go to the audition dressed as they feel the character would.
• After waiting and hopefully not pacing nervously, the actor will be called into the audition room and sit across a table from the casting director and the casting assistant. If the actor has read for that CD before, they may talk and catch up for a moment before starting the audition. The assistant will then read the other character's lines as the actor auditions.

• Assuming the actor has read with confidence, it will all go smoothly. The Casting Director will watch the performance closely, noticing everything.

• After the reading, the Casting Director will thank the actor and ask for another copy of their headshot and resume. The actor does as asked, smiles, then walks out past all the other actors still waiting for their chance to read.

• Then the actor will go home and live life as usual. After all, auditions come and go, sometimes you are called back and sometimes you are not. But if your agent DOES call you and inform you that they want to see you again, you know it's starting to get more serious. This is your callback. Sometimes there will be several callbacks for one role and sometimes just one.

• After narrowing down the hopeful candidates down to about ten, those actors will be called back for another reading. It's smart for the actor to wear the same clothing and act the same way. They should get into the character they believe the role calls for; which should be the same as the first reading. The casting director may ask the actor to do the same scene but slightly different, so see what else they are capable of and to see how they take direction.

The important part throughout all of this, is to show up professionally and deliver at your best, as you. Play the role, show you’re flexibility and talent for taking direction with enthusiasm. Be cooperative with the director as well as the other talent. This shows massive professionalism and an energy that people want to work with. And of course, you won’t always get the part. But don’t let that get you down! This is a process. Use each audition as an opportunity to learn and get even better and the dream your working to make come true!

For more information, coaching and classes, contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and we will be happy to help you out!

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