When you wake up one day and find a sign in your neighborhood that says — ”actors wanted for certain roles’‘, and then you know there’s a film company in town. So if acting has been your dream career, then it’s likely that you’ll want to find out more about the opportunity being advertised.
You can actually fit in just about any role if you really want to. But first, you need to consider a few tips for succeeding in bubblegum casting. Here are some tips to get you started if you’re getting into it for the first time.
1. Be familiar with the audition notice
You should arrive at the auditions, ready to perform and present materials when needed. You should get a clue how many monologues you’re supposed to present when you read the audition notice. Again, make sure you match the material to the play itself. For instance, if you’re being auditioned for a role in Oedipus Rex, make preparations for a scene from Green Drama instead of The Odd Couple.
Again, if the casting director was looking for a role that is supposed to be played by an old bald man, don’t show up with your short stature, in your 25-year-old-self. They won’t change the script to suit you.
2. Be professional
Show some professionalism by arriving at least 15 minutes earlier. Don’t engage in idle talk with fellow actors or those around you. Instead, spend your time in a private manner, studying yourself. Some casting directors require you to bring along a head-shot, and perhaps a résumé. However, this is not always the case with theater productions. But you could just bring these along to make a good impression.
Think about it like a job interview. Just do the things you’d normally do in a job interview.
3. Dress appropriately
The way to go is to mix business with casual. You want to mix a dose of charm and professionalism, without necessarily having to look like a banker or a stock-broker.
You see, many would-be actors wear costumes when they go for their very first interview. But keep in mind that this will chuckle the casting directors under their breath. Sometimes they might be amused by this, but they’ll definitely not take you serious.
4. Perfect your monologue
If you’re bringing along a monologue, ensure you’ve perfected it thoroughly. You shouldn’t just master the lines, but master the characters as well. This will distinguish you between that person who comes on stage to say Hello and one who brings life on stage, promising to do even better.
Also, be flexible with the material. You see, chances are that they might ask you to read over a few lines and take another role/Personality. For instance, if the role you’d perfected demanded that you shade tears. Then they might ask you to act out the same line in a calm, icy-voice, and whimsical British voice.
5. Know the play in advance
Auditions will most likely involve sides. These are small, handpicked sections of an entire script — sometimes known as brief monologue. It’s difficult to know exactly what scenes you’ll be asked to read.
However, if it’s a popular play, you can prepare for those lines by purchasing a copy of the script online or in your local bookshop. It helps you get the general feel of what’s going on.
You can make it in bubblegum casting with the above tips. So if acting is your career, don’t lose focus because famous actors you see on TV today started here. You are not an exception.