10 Rules + 10 Observations = 20 Audition *WoWs
*WoW ... Words of Wisdom ( ... or just some simple advice from a casting director)
1) Arrive at least 5 minutes early ... And be prepared to wait.
2) Bring 2 headshots with resumes attached to your audition (unless advised otherwise) ... Make sure resumes are correctly attached to headshots.
3) Do not blame your agent for YOUR mistakes (Eg: "I only got these sides 5 mins ago") ... Ever.
4) Do not press me to give you another 'take' ... When I have seen enough, I am ready to move on.
5) Look for your mark ... see it and stand behind it with your toes up to the line.
6) Know what a slate is before you arrive ... slate in the same 'temperature' (mood) as the character you are reading for.
7) The reader is your scene partner connect with him/her ... Do not look directly into the camera, unless instructed to do so.
8) Hair/Make up/Wardrobe for your character ... give this thought and don't go overboard.
9) Don't bring your process into my studio ... bring the role.
10) If you make a mistake or miss a line, it is not the end of the world. Choose to ... 1) Stop. 2) re-focus self and breathe. 3)start from the beginning, or go back a line or two.
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ...
How the actor behaves in my casting studio (under pressure) is exactly how they will behave on set (under pressure).
When the actor contacts me directly, via email or phone, or social media for information about auditions, it is a clear indication that they have no respect for my casting process or their agent/manager.
Actors who try to read my mind, usually can't. Actors who listen for my adjustments, and respond to them, always impress me.
In my workshops actors confide that the singular problem of the waiting area is chatty "actor-friends". If this is you: 1)STOP talking. 2)CONTROL your urge to download-load your nervous energy to others. 3) RESPECT those who draw inwards before the audition.
Get your online profiles, headshots/resumes up-to-date now. Why do actors leave 'business' until the last minute?!
A mediocre, indistinct or incomplete online profile is simply a reflection of a mediocre, indistinct or indifferent actor.
If a CSA (Casting Society of America) casting director offers a workshop - take it. There are only 500 CSA casting directors on the planet. (That's 2.5 CSAs per country in the world)
Actors who learn the 'role' rather than just the 'lines' tend to fare better in auditions.
The best advice I can give a screen actor is to master the art of listening as though their very life depended on it.
Find out how to pronounce my name, before your audition additionally, if I make it into the "Education/Training" section of your resume, have the good sense to spell my name correctly.
Nike Imoru, CSA