It’s not unusual to see an actor deliver a fine audition but
there’s just something missing.

We all know that every casting studio occupies a neutral space.

It’s up to you to create the scene’s environment in your imagination.

If, for example, it’s an office scene create the space in your imagination – How many desks are there? Carpeted? Windows? Dark? Light filled?

When Kate Winslet is preparing a role she covers her office wall with post-it notes, does months of research, and endlessly analyses the script, including fully imagining a sense of place.
When she arrives on the set the background work she’s plugged into her imagination will help her to make the reality of the moment that much fuller.

Obviously commercial auditions are on a smaller scale but the process is the same.

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Audition Tip #3

Audition Tip #3

At an audition, before you look at the script, before you look at the storyboard remind yourself “This is a story about me.”

The actor’s job is to bring the story to life.
Hey, what better person to do that than you yourself.

Say it’s a scene where you’re unhappy with your credit card interest fee (And who isn’t!).
Well, anyone can frown and look unhappy.
What are you like when you’re unhappy?

The more you can put yourself into a scene the more creative you’ll be.
The experience of auditioning will be more rewarding.
And you’re chances of success will be that much greater.

Acting is listening, reacting and responding in a way that’s true to yourself.

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Commercial Audition Tip #2

The Commercial Script – Read It
Sounds obvious, right?
But actors frequently arrive at an audition, scan the script, quickly assess what they have to do in the spot and then proceed to visit with friends, go back to texting, or pace impatiently waiting to go into the studio.
The time can be better spent actually looking at the whole script; check out everyone’s lines and read the left hand column where the camera moves are laid out.
Why bother?
Why, because it’s to your advantage to have a full idea of what they’re going for in the commercial and how you fit into that overall picture. The goal should be to creatively personalize your audition in a way that fits the needs of the script.
You’ve driven all that way to the audition and no doubt struggled to find a parking spot. Why not make the most of it.

More on Personalizing The Audition in future blogs. Stay tuned.

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Commercial Auditions #1

June 21st, 2011
Going to a commercial audition?
First of all, get the word ‘commercial’ out of your head.
You’re auditioning for a short film.
If you were auditioning for a role in a short film would you be:
Looking at your watch, thinking I’ve got to get to the gym before the afternoon rush?
Visiting with friends?
Scanning your cell phone? Texting?
No, you’d be preparing to go in for the audition:

You’d be thinking about the environment of the scene, focusing on what you’re character wants in the scene, wins and losses, in short doing what’s necessary to prepare yourself to make your audition believable.
Well, it’s no different with commercial auditions.
You’re auditioning for a short film. Approach it that way.

And, of course as always, don’t forget to have fun.

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