How to… Get more Auditions
Work on your profile
Make sure you keep your Theatredor profile and any other online sites such as IMDB up to date. This includes your experience, show reels and headshots. Add new experience and don’t forget you can take down old experience which may no longer suit your purpose. Own your online profile. Agents and casting directors will be doing their own due diligence on you, make sure there are no surprises for either one of you.
Your CV: Make sure your CV has any new skills you might have learned (languages, accents, fighting skills). Starting with the basics make sure your stats are up to date. Weight, age, and hair colour. Don’t be afraid to be honest. Your CV can also highlight any talking points you want to make the most of with casting directors or agents.
Headshots: Look at your headshots and decide if they are up to date enough and if not, take this opportunity to upload some new ones. Have a selection of headshots which might work for film, theatre and commercials.
Showreel: You can have fun with your show reel and make sure it showcases the best of your talents. You can have different versions depending on the type of roles you’re auditioning for. Actors often make the mistake of sending out the same reel for every single one of their auditions. Tailor your reel for various types of roles you may be auditioning for. How well is your show reel going to serve you? Does it help its audience see you in the role you’re trying to get hired for? If you don’t have time to add material to your reel see if there are any subtle changes you can make perhaps to the order and prominence different parts are given. Your show reel should be under two minutes long. Make sure you’ve got a professional quality recording and no sound issues. (Don’t forget to add your showreel to our Showreel showcase!)
Don’t forget your calling card
Don’t leave home without a picture and a copy of your CV. or consider investing in business card. You can include a link to your thatredor profile. You never know when you’re going to need it and you don’t want to be the one people have to ask… who was that again? Don’t forget to check your contact details are up to date. Include your agents’ details, if you have one. Include your own email address. It might be useful to set up an email account which is dedicated to auditions.
Getting to know you, getting to know all about you: Working with your agent
We know all agents are not created equally. Your agent is your gateway to casting directors. The better your agent the more contacts and opportunities they can create. If you don’t have an agent getting one should be a priority. Focus on building relationships (with agents and casting directors), but once you have one remember this is the beginning of the journey. Try to stay in regular contact with your agent so you’re the first one they think of when a suitable role appears. Keep them up to date with any life developments which might impact your work and remind them you are still enthusiastic about finding work. You could schedule a monthly catch up. Use this opportunity to let them know what you’ve been up to and learn more about any work which may be coming up. They can also give you advice in how to stand out from the crowd. Make it easier for them, tell them why you’re suited to a particular role as well as experience and any role specific skills which put you ahead of the pack. Be professional, polite and courteous at all times, but keep in touch and stay at the front of your agent’s brain.
Get yourself out there; meet people and opportunities
Get out and about and meet casting directors, agents and fellow actors whenever you get the opportunity. Relationship building is key to finding opportunities. Look for talks and classes where you can meet casting directors and showcase your acting skills (watch out for opportunities on Theatredor!)
Make strong choices and stick to them
You may not know how a director or casting agent sees a part, but you do know how you see it. Actors command attention. Make a choice, stick with it, see it through and if you’re given direction roll with it.
Be courteous and considerate to everyone
You may have your eye on the prize and let nerves get the better of you but remember to give everyone respect. Greet everyone and show them courtesy. If you’re lucky enough to get this role, these may be people you end up working with. No one wants to hire or work with someone they find rude. You may be the world’s best actor, but this will amount to nothing if no one wants to work with you.
Audition, audition, audition. Never give up.
You might not have been right for the last batch of roles you auditioned for, but don’t lose faith. Use your network to find roles which are right for you and don’t be afraid to make the most of these opportunities. If this role does not work out, there may be another one further down the line which suits you to a T.
Prep and Research
Stay up to date with industry news, talk to people in various industry roles and in different locations and find out what they are up. There are always opportunities to learn, make the most of them. The more you know about what’s happening in the industry, the more you will have your finger on the pulse and be ready for opportunities and projects. You may find out about auditions which haven’t been widely publicised. You can find almost anything in the world online. Remember to prepare and research for roles you are auditioning for. Who is the casting director, what do they like and what roles have they cast in the past?
Do your best and don’t make excuses
Be prepared and be confident. Take direction and connect. If you haven’t learnt your lines, admit to this, but don’t make any excuses if you think you haven’t performed as well as you could have. Own your mistakes and do better next time. The best way to get better at anything is to practice. If you get too nervous and don’t think you’re doing your best, keep going. It will get easier.
Make your own future, create your own opportunities
Make the most of networking and use Theatredor to meet people with complimentary skills and collaborate and create your own work. Create the roles you know you were born to play, write your own scripts and film your own film and television and create your own opportunities.
The people who are auditioning you want you to be the person they are looking for. They are on your side and are willing you to do well. Be confident, ‘own’ the audition and good luck!