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You Never Know
Once, while acting in New Yorkin an all-day acting auditions workshop on the subject of industrials, we were afforded the opportunity to audition for a casting director who normally casts for corporate videos. It was a mock audition situation and she told us that she would do something in this class that we are almost never fortunate enough to experience in the real world. She said that she would tell us all after we auditioned, who would have gotten the job and why. Usually you just never know that information in an acting audition, so you'd better get used to it.
There were eight of us altogether and she told us that with regard to this particular acting audition that one of the women in the class would have gotten the job. She told us that the imaginary customer wanted to make an in-store video that spoke to women. She said that the customer made this change at the last minute. While in the beginning it could have been the right part for a woman or a man, they now decided that they only wanted a woman. The customer also made a request that the woman be a brunette, as she didnt want a blond, because probably she was reminded of someone with blond hair with whom she had a bad experience in the past on a video.
Lastly she said that if there had been no restrictions and if she, the casting director had to present the best candidate for that job, then she would have chosen me! Once again I was flattered and it made me feel good.
On a side note, I really feel that corporate videos or industrials are my strong point. I also believe I know my type: the lawyer, doctor, businessman, detective, father, husband and feel pretty natural in roles like that.
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Now all I have to say is, this is all great stuff in class, but show me the money!!! When I look at my results, I have gotten the best feedback on those types of acting auditions, which I think is fine, since Im really just starting out. I have absolutely nothing against being cast for what I am most suited for or because of what I look like or for my experience. Some actors say they want to have the possibility to play roles that are different from what they are really like. Ultimately, that could be what I want to, but Im not sure yet. What I am sure about, however, is that I want to work! So if the easiest way for me to get work is to get cast in roles that are most like me, then great! Im not going to complain. Ill continue studying and hopefully one day Ill be cast in other types of roles, if thats what I want.
Here are the before and after headshots of one of my students in the Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course. What a difference! Another Little Tidbit
Something else I remember was a piece of advice that a noted casting director gave us in a seminar. She told us that when you leave an acting audition, take the copy and throw it in the trash. She herself said that she probably shouldnt be telling us that, but she said that the chances that you will get the part are often times so slim, that you should just forget about it until they call you back, if they ever do. So dont call to see if you got the part, dont pester the casting director, as they hate that, just move on with your life and if they want you, they will let you know.
Dont get discouraged. Rejection is just part of the game when it comes to acting auditions.
Here is some more information that might help you to better analyse your acting auditions to get better booking rates!
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Just wanted to thank you for bringing me in to [audition for the video], meet you and chat this Saturday. I was really excited to hear about your working on actingcareerstartup.com and even took a look at it today - it's awesome! You are very well-spoken, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and it shows through the work that you do! I hope our paths in the industry will cross again and really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks, again and best wishes with your very important work!
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