So you have submitted your acting resume and headshot and now you have attracted the attention of the casting director or the casting team.
They have asked you to submit an Audition piece or Monologue.
What do you do now?
A – If you have sent a demo reel or video samples of your acting then the Casting Team has seen what you have done and are most likely looking for something specific relating to the role you have applied for. Some Casting Teams are looking for certain elements or to see how you would play a character.
B – If you have not sent a link to your demo reel or samples of your acting the Casting Team still may be looking to see how you act, what your style is, and if you can you memorize lines.
In either case there is a few things you must do……
#1 READ VERY CAREFULLY WHAT IS BEING REQUIRED OF YOU – it is amazing the number of people who do not fully read what they are to submit and any instructions that are given. Read everything you are given several times. Make sure you follow the instructions and do them to the specs they have asked. Ask questions if you’re not sure. Not following the instructions and requirements could be the difference between being cast or getting a in-person audition, or getting set aside and having your material thrown out.
#2 WHAT CONTENT FOR A MONOLOGUE ARE THEY LOOKING FOR – Modern, classical, or is it a pre-written piece specifically for the film. Are they giving you an “open option” on what to pick. Some casting directors want to see a monologue of your choice to allow you to show your best qualities without putting the restrictions of a particular monologue on you. This is your opportunity to shine.
#3 SLATE THE AUDITION MONOLOGUE – “Slate” means you state your name and what monologue you are doing at the very least. So many people do not slate their monologue. This can be done verbally at the start or be done with graphics. Many people add additional info as well, such as the project it is for. But really it’s about the name and the monologue you are doing. If doing it in person it does not have to be done in character. Just be friendly with a smile on your face state the info and then go into character.
#4 NEVER USE SCENES FROM POPULAR FILM- Most industry professionals recommend not to use scenes from a movie. Often the scene is too recognizable and creates a distraction of comparing the person performing it with the person that played the character in the movie.
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