Five Essential Things Actors Should Know About Commercial Auditions

If you’re a big star in Hollywood, then it’s not that difficult to land acting jobs or commercial projects. For working actors, however, who operate on an entirely different system, it’s a lot harder to get noticed by casting agents and audition directors, not to mention to actually get the job. If you’re an aspiring actor looking to land more commercial projects, here are the five essential things you should know about commercial auditions to help you get the part. 

What to Know About Commercial Auditions

1. First impressions last. 

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A lot of casting agents reveal that when someone auditions, that person’s audition is over before he has even said the first line of his assigned script. In other words, the casting panel usually judges you based on your overall appearance. This doesn’t just include your actual physical appearance but also how you carry yourself. Making yourself look presentable and neat is just one part of it; you must also pay attention to other details about your appearance such as your posture, body language, facial expressions, and the like.

2. Your fate is decided by a team of people. 

This team of people is usually pretty small, but they do hold a lot of power in that they get to decide who should get a callback and who should get the job in the end. While you have no control over what kind of perception they’ll make of you and whether they’ll recommend you for the job, what you do have control over is your performance. Do your best in the audition, and if you’re the right person for the job, they will see your potential.

3. You can make certain adjustments to look right for the role.

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The purpose of an initial audition is for the casting panel to determine if you are right for the job—as in you have the right “look” for it. Aside from making yourself look the part, you must also adapt your performance in accordance to what the job requires. For instance, if the job entails a somewhat exaggerated personality, then you must adjust accordingly. For the most part, though, most jobs require that you just act in a sincere and natural manner.

4. They will remember you.

Casting panels see hundreds or even thousands of people at every audition. But while they might not remember all the names or specific details of every person who auditioned later on, they do remember the performances who stood out for them and the auditionees who were particularly great. By the same token, they also remember those who were rude, arrogant, or displayed unprofessional attitudes. This is why it’s important that you take every effort to make a good impression on the panel. Even if you don’t get the job in the end, the positive impression you make on the panel might make them want to suggest you for other jobs down the road.

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5. Don’t talk more; listen more.

You wouldn’t know how many auditionees ruined their chances of getting the job by talking too much or not listening to what the casting panel had to say. In an audition, you’re being judged not just on your performance or acting skills; they’re also observing you on whether you can take directions well and know how to listen. When a director is giving feedback about you, don’t interrupt him. Instead, take mental notes and try to understand what he’s trying to tell you. You can ask a few clarifying questions after he’s done with his feedback. 

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