Thanks for sharing, and we'd like to help!
Group Auditions can be Tough, and they are one of the most common scenarios you will encounter when you walk into "that room". Especially in the Commercial World.
Thoughts and questions you may have:
Where should I be looking? Where is my Eye Line?
What does the Casting Director want from me?
How can I stand out?
I don't know how to join in?
I feel awkward, what should I do?
Should I be talking and does it matter what I am talking about?
Is it ok to mime what I am doing?
What do I do with a fellow actor who is standing in front of me?
What do I do if other actors aren't participating?
I feel like a deer in the headlights!
I'm always stuck on the end!
What's the most important thing for me to remember?
If I don't like what I did, can I ask to do it again with a different group?
I suck at improv.
I lost my job, broke up with my boyfriend, my car broke down, and I didn't get any casting notes...ALL RIGHT BEFORE MY AUDITION!!
I thought I was going in on my own!!
I thought I was called in for a different role!
AAARRGGHHH! I didn't get the script.
How do I look on camera?
Why are so many people going in all at once?
Everybody else is WAY better than me!!
The one size fits all answer is: It's all about You baby, all about YOU!
One thing to Always remember, especially in a group audition, is that THE CAMERA NEEDS TO SEE YOUR FACE! That's where all your good stuff is. That's where we can see your energy, your emotions, your Vibe. If we can't see your face, then there really is no point!
Second thing to Always remember, is that we want to see You. Your special unique self. Please try and relax into the essence of you. Be brave enough to look a little silly - also, sometimes your sincere awkwardness can be absolutely endearing. It shows you are "real". We can relate! Keep your energy UP!! STAY ENGAGED AND PRESENT until the Casting Directors says "Cut!"
It is easy to get totally wrapped up in the scene and not be aware of what's going on around you. Listen for suggestions from the casting director and make those adjustments right away. Be generous with your fellow actors in the scene. Your generosity is a sign of a great team player. Love it!
The photo above is of one of the groups in our March 6th Next Step Commercial Workshop. Totally engaged, having a blast, and So much fun to watch! This is their Second try at a group audition after being given some helpful pointers. Wow!
If you are new or are feeling a little unsure, Murdine and I would love to help you with Group, SOC, and Principal audition techniques for Beginners. You get the both of us for 4 hours of excellent instruction and Fun!
Here is the link to purchase your spot and join us. Workshop will be on Sunday, April 3, 12-4. (Just heads up, our classes have been filling up super fast, so please sign up as soon as you are able!) :)
Hope to see you there!
deb & Murdine