It can be fun to watch videos of famous celebrities botching their first casting calls. As an aspiring actor or actress, you can breathe a sigh of relief once you know that even the most talented thespians also failed at some auditions (especially their first ones).
But even if some of the most talented performers failed at their first audition, it doesn’t mean that yours will be a disaster as well. The key is to prepare well for your first theatre or film casting call so that you can minimize your mistakes. Adequate preparation will also help you turn in a great performance – something that will truly impress the casting agents or director.
To prepare well for your first casting call and have a higher chance of acing it, here are some steps and tips you need to follow from a Primo Talent Management Agency.
Go over the audition notice thoroughly
Once you receive the audition notice, read it carefully. Check the requirements you have to submit at the actual casting call.
Find out if you have to prepare a monologue as well. If you do, make sure you choose the material matches the play, commercial, show, or movie you are auditioning for.
Check if you are given parts of the script or the lines that you have to use for the casting call. Find out if you have the complete and correct lines if possible.
Perfect your lines
It is crucial that you rehearse your monologue or the given lines properly and repeatedly days before the audition. When practicing, don’t just memorize or know the lines. You have to know the character you are becoming.
Practice in front of the mirror so that you can see your facial expressions and movements while reading the lines. You can then see if they are the most appropriate or if you need to change or improve them.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through the character you will be playing. Casting directors are always on the lookout for real talent and you can let them you know that you have it by putting your own spin or interpretation of the character you are auditioning for.
Prepare everything you need to bring for the casting call
The day before the audition, place your portfolio, copies of your resume and headshots, and other requirements you need to bring in an envelope or folder.
Put them in your bag or on a table or counter that you can easily see. By doing so, you will avoid forgetting to bring them to the audition.
Double-check the list of requirements for the audition as well to be sure that you won’t forget to bring anything.
Choose your outfit well
Picking out the right clothes to wear for your audition can help you in two ways: First, it can help boost your confidence and get you into character. Second, by putting some thought into your outfit, you will impress the casting director or agent. They will appreciate the extra work you put into researching your character.
However, don’t go overboard. Even if you’re auditioning for a dancing part in a musical, you don’t have to wear a tutu for the audition. Just make sure you customize your outfit to suit what you’re auditioning for and impress the right people.
Don’t do all your prep work the day before the audition
It is all right to double-check the things you have to bring and the outfit you will wear for the casting call the day before the event. But don’t do all the things you need to do to show up for the audition in tip-top shape the day before; you won’t have enough time to relax before the casting call.
This means not going to the salon to have your hair styled and your nails done the day before the audition. Don’t go to the dentist for a teeth whitening procedure as well. You need to get enough rest to look refreshed and ready for your audition.
Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep, too. This will also give you the energy you need to deal with the audition. It will help you stay calm and relaxed throughout the event as well.
Plan on arriving early and in great shape for the audition
Lastly, show up at the venue for the casting call at least 15 minutes before the schedule. Make sure you had a good meal and that you arrive well-hydrated at the audition. You can also bring a bottle of water so that you can take sips while waiting for your turn.
While waiting to be called, don’t pester other actors or the crew members with idle conversation. Spend this time going over your lines again or doing breathing exercises to prevent your anxieties from taking over.
To land your first acting gig, prepare well for the casting call. By doing so, you will feel more confident and, at the same time, less stressed about the whole thing. You will then have an easier time impressing the right people.
Jessicka co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.