The One Thing To Have In Every Audition

What is your goal in an audition? To get the lines right? To be the best actor? To deliver the drama and conflict of a truly dramatic performance? Guess what? So is every actor. That is what I expect you to aim for. Sit in my seat for a moment. The Casting Director’s seat. I am seeing countless auditions – …

How The Audition Game Has Changed

Years ago I was in LA pressing the flesh at the significant studios and networks – hoping they would use me to do their Australian casting for their next slate of projects. Yes, that is how it works for a freelance Casting Director. Like an actor, we are out there taking meetings, leaving resumes, hoping to deliver a meeting that …

Who Is The Best Person To Play This Character?

Share this Post To regular viewers of my blogs here, you’ll be aware of a couple of things. The first thing is I’ve had a haircut. Yes low and behold I’ve had my annual haircut, and the second thing is we’re no longer in Kansas. No I’m in Italy at the moment. So how does one, in a foreign country, …

What Do Casting Directors Want From Your Audition?

Share this Post My journey in terms of a day of auditions.. and you just deal with it entirely from your perspective don’t you? You sit in the waiting room, you’re worried, nervous. You walk in and do your best job. What do I want? What does the casting director want? I want you to be fabulous. I want you …

3 Ways To Take Ownership Of Your Audition

  The tried and true process of screen tests is not going to change anytime soon. Actors prepare a character and deliver in front of a person or panel who sit in judgment. Now add the technical strait jacketing of a audition studio and you have an environment akin to a creative gulag. I have a different impression to share …

Why Didn’t You Get The Part?

Share this Post Why didn’t you get the part? You did a fabulous audition, you feel really comfortable and confident about it and then you hear you didn’t get the part. Then an agent will ring me and say ‘Oh they thought they did a great audition, can you tell them what to do next time so that they do …

Find Your Own Rhythm In Your Auditions

Share this Post You know when you see Kristen Wiig acting in ‘Bridesmaids’ there’s all these little ‘ums, ahhs, ohhs’. There’s all that kind of territory. Do you think if you read the script of that film do you think all those moments would be on the page? No. There are two different versions of every character. The writer’s version, …

What Is The Role You Were Born To Play?

Share this Post I want to pose a question to start you thinking and that is what is the role you were born to play? To which many of you will go ‘I can play any role’. Yes, you can play any role. But what is the role you are absolutely right for? So you hear they’re casting a guy …

Wouldn’t It Be Great To Play A Role In This Series?

The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Australian series ‘Wentworth’ begins airing on April 4th. The prison drama has been highly lauded since its initial release in 2013. With well-written scripts and fantastic casting, the show is a terrifically tense affair. Now that we are only a few weeks away from release, it’s safe to say that any auditions for …

How Memorable Are You?

Share this Post I had an actress in for a go-see recently, gorgeous, blonde, 20s, caucasian. She was having issues because the last role she played was ‘Party Girl 3’ and prior to that ‘Danny’s Girlfriend’. She was playing all these nondescript roles. The point I’m trying to make is – how memorable are you? Memorable you say? Well I’m …