You asked, so I’ve just gotta give you the straight goods.
1) This ain’t no Disco!
This ain’t no party. This ain’t no foolin’ around! Everyone is there to do his or her best work. For sure it’s fun to see your friends and to socialize a bit, but please remember that your boisterousness can affect someone else’s ability to focus. Talking on your cell phone is distracting to others. Your loud guffawing can be heard in the studio where actors are auditioning, and picked up in the sound of their audition. Not cool. So be happy but chill please.
2) Being late is almost like saying you don’t care.
Your audition is a job interview. Be on time. When you arrive late it puts you in an agitated state – not the way you want to go into your audition! We’ve worked hard to put together our schedule. Sometimes we have you reading with a selected partner…you not being on time messes up everyone’s auditions. So… please arrive Early. Enough time to fill out your form, go to the loo, check there’s nothing in your teeth and run your lines if there are any.
3) Complaining gets you the wrong kind of attention.
Commercial castings can run late, often quite dramatically. Especially callbacks, where the director or agency may want to hang onto people a little longer than was planned. This is a great thing for the actors when you are in the room. Perhaps not so fun when you are the one waiting! But that’s the nature of it! There will be times your lines are changed or you may read for a character you were completely unprepared for. You might have travelled for an hour but be in and out in ten seconds flat. Don’t make a fuss. It makes everyone uncomfortable. This is what you signed on for. It’s part of the process. Be happy to have been invited!
4) Don’t apologize, it’s all good!
If you are just not on your game and you think your performance sucked, please Don’t Apologize! Just smile, say thanks, and go get on with our day. We may feel you did a good job. You saying sorry only brings attention to something we may have felt worked for you. Then it gets all awkward. J We like to see you confident…even through your mistakes!
5) Leave your Grumpy Pants at home!
Had an argument with your precious other before you came in? Traffic made you want go shit bong crazy? Spilled that pomegranate juice on your shirt and now you are a tie-dyed looking mess? WhatEVER! When you walk through that door we want to feel like you are stoked to be there! You are an actor right? If things are not actually peachy keen for you, then please Act as if things were never better! Bring a Light into the room! This is your chance to shine…make it so.
6) Hey babe, this is Not a Race!
When you finally get to do your bit in the room, relish it! Relax into what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to use up your time. When you rush it looks like you don’t wanna be there! Like you can’t wait to get it done and get outta Dodge! And that’s just weird! Cause what the heck are you there for then?!! We invited you to the party ‘cause we like you. If you are taking too long we will let you know. Embrace your moment in the spotlight…show us your good stuff!
7) There’s no room for Pinocchio or his nose in this process!
So don’t be a fibber. Don’t tell us you are an advanced skier if you can’t back it up. Don’t play it like you are a gifted long boarder when all you can do is stand on it and look cool on flat surfaces with no bumps or turns. Don’t check ‘Yes’ in the question box for stick shift if you’ve only ever driven automatic. Here’s the thing. On the day of the shoot, you Will have to perform. If you can’t do what you said you could do, it will not be good. You will hold up shooting. You’ll look like an amateur. It will be super cringey. Your inexpertise may also endanger someone’s life. Just tell the truth. Not sure about something? Ask for clarification and give an honest answer.
8) Big one here! You better be available!!
Remember that saying…”Things that make you wanna go hmmmmm?” You not being available makes our brains implode. Seriously. No point auditioning if you aren’t available to meet the Director and Agency at callbacks. And if you aren’t available for the shoot dates, then I’m gonna wanna smack you up the backside of your head! This is a business. Our business is to showcase awesome talent to cast in a commercial. Be available for us and for the shoot. That’s Your part of the business deal. Don’t make me say it again!
*Note: There may be circumstances where we will bring you in if you are only available on certain shoot days but not all. Or you may have been brought in and last minute booked one of our shoot dates on another project. In that case, please make sure to note any conflicts on your casting sheet, and alert the casting director or assistant so they can highlight it. We don’t want our clients to fall in love with you only to find out you can’t play. Horrific Scenario. Don’t do it!
9) A little Respect please!
Don’t sit on the casting assistant’s desk. Don’t take her pen. Don’t eat the food on her desk. Hellooo! It’s her Lunch!! Jeez! Don’t look through her files. Don’t look at her laptop. This is a job interview. Do you Want to get through that door? Honour that assistant. Make her your friend. Respect people, Respect!
10) Don’t shut down the party!
You may be asked to tell us a little bit about yourself. Here’s a hint.
Don’t tell us about your conspiracy theories. Unless you can make it funny, then we might just think you’re brilliant. Or not. Don’t tell us about your cat dying or your life story, or how you have always wanted to be an actor. Don’t make us get the hook out and drag you off stage! All we really want is for you to Engage with us. Make us smile. Make us feel like you are kinda neat and we could get along if we brought you on board. That you might even be kinda fun! That’s all. Keep it light and easy. Give us a little of what really makes you jazzed! See that light? It’s YOU! Brilliant.
Got any questions? I’d love to answer them! Just leave a comment here and I will get my thinking cap on.
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