As an up and coming actor or actress, there is bound to be some questions about acting that you have floating around in your head. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions for actors.
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Q: What acting skills should I have before I start acting?
A: One main skill you must be able to do is improvise. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s basically acting on the spot, making up lines when given something to act on and a place to act in. If you can pull that off, you may be able to land a job. Also, comedy work with improv can mix, although it isn’t the main kind of improv. Comedy alone during an audition is sort of awkward, so do avoid being totally committed to comedy being your only skill for acting.
Q: Is there a proper attire for when I Audition?
A: When you Audition, keep in mind of what you are auditioning for. Your attire should be able to portray the role you will be playing, whether it be fancy or a completely different costume. However, do not focus too much on having a showy wardrobe, the people there are looking at your amount of talent. Plus, if you really want to impress them, the best color for a screen is a medium-shaded blue. Try to incorporate that if your character can match up with the need for that color, usually if you’re playing a part as a business man or woman.
Q: What are the casting agents looking for?
A: If you appear as desperate, pushy, or shy, they may not put you in. Their job is to find a person who has the talent and won’t cause the person’s idea of the movie or show to slow down because of the actor/actress. Take it seriously, and do not mention times when you can get contacted or for a callback (NEVER DO THAT. ASKING FOR A CALLBACK ISN’T EXACTLY LIKE PASSING OUT CANDY). If they like you, they will happily call you in!
Q: How can I be sure if a Audition will be right for my criteria?
A: Gain intelligence. It sounds military, I know, but being able to know as much as you can about what you do right before is impressive and helpful. This allows you to understand more about the piece, and by reading the full script instead of your own piece, you can have conversations about the director’s work during the audition. Also, try to find out as much as you can about the director and his/her previous and future work. To be sure it’s right for you, you just have to know what’s being thrown at you.
Q: How can I appear to audition professionally?
A: When directors work with you during auditions, you must be courteous and have patience. If you happen to receive a call back, make sure there is nothing that can conflict that date, and any other dates after. It’s crucial that you don’t have them working with you on anything besides your work as an actor. Having them make phone calls for you or making dates besides the date given is out of the question.
Q: I have a daughter that want’s to pursue acting, what should her first steps towards that goal?
A: This is an excellent question! Having a child actor can be a very big step for the parent. Let’s begin with the set-up. Before you actually get work for your child, you should take a look at the child acting laws. There are very specific and important laws to working with child actors, and meeting those guidelines are quite a big deal. After that, you can be able to get to work on getting your child actor jobs, while keeping in mind the rights a child actor has in working with directors.
Q: Is there certain experience needed?
A: Basically, everything you have done that gives experience will help you get the roles you want. The main thing to remember is that the experience that you choose to reflect you when you put it on your resume will show victory. You can put on anything you believe to be a big accomplishment and they will use that for consideration. It really helps to do workshops before, because the experience you get from there is amazing, and it can be put on your resume if the program is very successful.
Q: Are acting classes needed for me to succeed?
A: It isn’t required, per se. It is something you should think about if you have a big role or want some help with technique or acting in general. However, if you have the knowledge of technique and what you are required to perform, you should be fine.
Q: What exactly is a “Cold Read”?
A: Being one of the toughest struggles to endure, a “Cold Read” is when the directors hand you a script and tell you to perform. This is a nightmare for some people, because they don’t give anyone who does them time to prepare. You’re basically improving with a script. Luckily, there are actual ways to prepare for these kinds of surprise scriptings. Learn about the piece you are auditioning for, and try to catch information about your character before you perform. It’s very often there is some information given to you about who you play before you are given the script. However, do not overdo it; being over-prepared or burned out can effect your “Cold Read”s. Just be positive, and use your basic instinct when you get on the spot.
Q: How can I be able to recover from rejection??
A: If you ever have a bad audition or performance, don’t take it personally! It’s doesn’t mean that they think you are a bad person, so don’t end up thinking that when it’s over and the results are in negative. Just move to the next audition, don’t let a bad audition stop you from pursuing your career! Every successful person knows it takes a few failures until you reach success.
Q: How do I advance my career?
A: Take as much work as you can possibly take. Even if they are huge roles in the area, or some of them aren’t exactly for you, you may find that you fit the picture that a director is looking for. If you can only get yourself into student films, do as many as you can. Good acting experiences will come, and when you have a encounter with one, you will find yourself as a very successful and experienced actor.
Q: Where should I network online?
A: We constantly post acting jobs and have helped a lot of successful actors land jobs. So definitely bookmark 2014Auditions.com and check back daily for new casting calls and auditions for movies and tv shows in your area.
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