Casting Calls and open Auditions
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We are often asked “what is a casting call? And what does it involved?”
What is a casting call?
In simple terms, this is a process of one or a number of auditions in front of usually the casting director, producer and director. To create a cast, this may include actors, dancers, performers, singers and models. There are a number of types of casting calls, they include;
Open: This term is used when the casting is open to public where anyone can attend. This is mainly for large or community productions.
Closed: This term is used when only selected number of people are chosen to attend. In many cases the casting director will use their own private list of agents or organizations.
What does this involve?
A casting call may involve a number of different things. This could be a singing performance, monologue, role play, or even simply just turning up and doing nothing (If they are looking for a look).
How do I find them?
There is a number of ways to find casting calls, this may be looking in your local paper, ‘The Stage’ newspaper or by Signing up here and creating a profile here.
Another great way is to network. Talk to other people you know. Find out what they are doing to find work. The more networking you do the better. You can never network to much.
Always be prepared and arrive early. Make sure you read what the casting company/director is looking for. Most castings will come with a brief, so make you read it carefully. So for example if they a looking for an 85 year old man, and you are in your 20s you don’t turn up, as you will wasting everyones time. There is nothing worse than turning up unprepared. This would make you look really un-professional.
Build a hard skin?
Rejection is part and parcel of this industry, so never take things personal. They might tell you to leave after 10 seconds or cut you out during your first line. Remember this is the job of the casting director and they may know that quickly that you are not what they are looking for.
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