10 Rules + 10 Observations = 20 Audition *WoWs
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