Where should I send my audition to?
How do I succeed in auditions? This question is an almost constant concern of budding actors, singers and dancers. It's not that much that you have to take to heart in order to score points with casters. StagePool has real expert tips for you. Seriously and consistently followed you have the best chances of your dream role!
Like everywhere else, good preparation is half the battle at a casting. The perfect casting therefore begins with thorough preparatory work before the appointment: inform, learn and plan!
One person who needs to know exactly is casting expert Uwe Bünker from the Federal Association of Casting. He says: "There are actually only four points that applicants have to consider in order to have every chance of victory".
His Favorite Four-List:
- To be prepared
Take a very close look at which employer and which production you want to audition for. Study all the information sent to you thoroughly, but also find out more about the role you are looking for. Above all, study carefully all of the audition material sent with you until you have mastered everything in your sleep - then even nervousness cannot harm your textual confidence.
- Appear on time
The biggest mistake that casters notice time and again in their applicants is being late. Anyone who comes to the casting too late presents themselves as unreliable from the outset - how should a producer know that you won't be late for rehearsals or filming and thus burden the whole team? Please take a good look at the way to the casting location in good time and plan plenty of time for any traffic jams or train problems. Also think about possible queues in open castings - they also cost time. Always plan in such a way that you will definitely be standing in front of the last door behind which the casting takes place a good quarter of an hour before the start of the specified time.
- Bring current documents
Always keep your application documents up to date. The CV that you bring with you, unless you have already submitted it in writing, must be completely and freshly updated. You have to be easy to recognize in your photos - never appear in front of the casters with photos that are two years old and hair of the opposite color.
- Choose an outfit that matches the role
Many torment themselves for a long time with the question "What should I wear?" Ideally, the producers will find an outfit that fits the role they are looking for. Then everyone can already form a relatively suitable visual picture of you in this role. So please do not appear in a suit when you call in as a member of a street gang. And just as little in a hoodie when you're supposed to be a business lady! If you don't have a specific role in mind or don't yet know it, then the following applies: Dress clean and well-groomed, but in a way that you feel comfortable in your outfit.
Audition / audition
At castings, of course, a certain role is often already known, and then you should prepare yourself particularly well for this role. Nevertheless, it makes a lot of sense to always have a larger repertoire of audition roles or songs ready in case the casters ask you for another lecture. And of course you are sometimes in castings that don't specify a specific material. In these cases, choosing the right pieces for auditioning or auditioning is not an easy task.
Harald Weiler from the Stage School in Hamburg knows exactly what he's talking about:
"One advantage is definitely to deal intensively with the audition role," he reports. "Answer the following question to yourself very precisely: 'What does the character I play have to do with me?' With every selected role there should be an aspect that triggers something in the actor himself. You can only score if you are authentic. "
Harald Weiler recommends always mastering two to three audition roles that differ as much as possible from one another - that is, not exclusively youthful heroes. Only you can find out for yourself which alternatives are right for you by thinking about what speaks to you personally, what moves you and what really suits you.
A certain amount of improvisation is also always required. "Flexibility is crucial," confirms Uwe Bünker from BVC. "All the skills an applicant claims must be able to demonstrate - immediately and without hesitation. If an actor claims that he is also good at singing, the caster may very well ask him to do something on the spot Then there must be no hesitation and no excuses: only those who can spontaneously sing a piece well stay in the race. " The same applies, of course, to dance arts, foreign language skills, dialects, etc. - if you say you can do something, you have to be able to prove it. So keep some of your abilities in the repertoire for spontaneous use.
Once you have arrived at the casting location on time and perfectly prepared, there is one thing you should stay with in particular: calm! Sure: you have to make the best possible impression in a short period of time. But don't panic; you can learn that! In front of the mirror, of course, or in front of friends who can give you honest feedback about your appearance. It is best to use every opportunity in everyday life to introduce yourself briefly to others as advantageously as possible: at parties, for example, in the theater or at concerts or in a club, you can consciously meet new acquaintances and pay attention to their reactions. Over time, you will get a sure feeling for what is going well and what is not.
Don't let any competition in the world intimidate you. You are as good as you prepared and that can take you far, perhaps in unexpected ways. So no matter who is auditioning for a role with you, do your best without thinking about the others. It happens again and again that candidates may not get the longed-for role, but the casters notice their professional demeanor and are then cast for other roles that were not initially discussed. Or prefer to be invited to the next casting.
And one more thing: It should actually go without saying, but applicants repeatedly violate the simplest basic rules of human interaction during auditions and so quickly kick themselves out! So: please stay always friendly and respectful. Don't try to look casual or funny. Above all, however, it also applies when there is a lot of pressure or you are concerned about certain things such as waiting times or the like. have to be annoyed: Don't let your nerves and annoyance show. You always have to survive as a team player on stage as in film and TV. Act like that too.
Thanks to our review at StagePool, you can be sure that advertisements on our StagePool site are always reputable. But if you find out about a casting through other channels, then you should always find out about the company or person who is posting the casting - you can easily do it via Google.
You should also carefully check the location where the casting takes place. Find castings No way at a private address or in a (single) hotel room. Such offers are dubious - please avoid them at all costs. It is best not to go to organizers you do not know alone, but take a friend with you.
Beware of anyone who promises to make you famous - no one can seriously guarantee that. Anyone who makes such empty promises is unprofessional and probably not trustworthy. Last but not least: Please don't be afraid to reject anything that doesn't seem right to you or that you really don't want to do. No chance can be worth working against your own limits.
Fraudulent casting calls
You can often recognize announcements by dubious organizers, fraudsters or rip-offs by their form. Be careful with invitations that contain:
- frequent misspellings
- Money claims from the sender (a casting should never be chargeable!)
- Missing details (e.g. "photos for a magazine" without precise information about the client)
To protect you from unpleasant - and expensive! - To protect consequences, please handle all types of contracts with care. First rule: never sign a contract on site, take it home with you first and give yourself a short time to think about it. If at all possible, have a lawyer examine it. At least read it carefully again and show it to someone else who knows what to do before you make a decision. It often happens that, especially at casting shows and larger events, contracts are given, the terms of which you certainly do not have to agree to. Only sign contracts that you consciously want to fully agree to in all points.
StagePool wishes you much, much, much success!
Photos: Daniela Glunz
Federal Casting Association
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