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The 4 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Auditioning

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Lacey Kaelani

Lacey Kaelani

·5 min read

Most people are aware that they'll need to prepare for an audition but are not really sure what this means. I've seen thousands of auditions, hosted hundreds of casting calls and have spoken to - who knows how many - on-camera talent from all walks of life. Here are a few mistakes I see happen often that are easily avoidable.

1.Know what you're auditioning for.
I know this may sound a bit silly - but hear me out. You'd be suprised how often casting directors come across auditions in which the talent doesn't know what show they're auditioning for. This can be for a handful of reasons - such as talent getting auditions mixed up (because their audition calendar is full and unorganized) or they're simply not prepared. In sum, preparation is key to nailing your audition. How do you prepare? Here are some pointers:

    1. Be on time.
    2. Practice your lines (if it's a scripted audition).
    3. Dress for the part.
    4. Research the production company and know what they generally cast for. 5. Remember to smile when your audition starts.

2. Be descriptive with you responses.
If you're auditioning for an unscripted show - such as a gameshow, talkshow or dating show - you'll be asked a ton of fun personality questions during your interview. The casting director will most likely ask you to answer all of your responses in complete sentences. For instance, if they ask you what your favorite color is, you should respond with "my favorite color is...". Because their voice will most likely be cut out of the interview, answering the question in full sentences will give the person who watches the video, context.

3. Be in a quiet space.
The talent that does video auditions in quiet spaces are unsung heros. This is your big interview, so treat it like one! Here are some tips:

    1. Quiet spaces are not cars or communal offices.
    2. Put your dogs in a separate room, and turn your phone on DNB.
    3. If you won't be in a quiet space during the time of your interview, ask the poster if you can reschedule. They'll appreciate that you were proactive!

4. Look like your photos.
On your Casting Depot profile, we make it easy to upload you media to your profile. Head to your Settings, and click Edit Profile.

If you've had a recent hair change, added some cool tattoos or got lasik eye surgery, it's most likely time to update your profile photos. We recommend renewing your photos at least once a year. Need a photographer? Head to your groups and ask the Casting Depot community for a recommendation.

You’ve finally gotten your perfect audition after what may feel like a long time coming. Your mom is proud, you’re excited, and you can’t wait to start dreaming of your future as a famous actor/actress. Let’s be honest - once you get in the door with those casting directors it’s all about what you can show them once they see you in person. So, use this article as a guide to help you to prepare and finally book that next gig.

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