Auditions Blog Posts

persevering
Aug 14, 2018

Persevering Will Make You Lucky

Last week, I saw a former student of mine on a morning talk show. He studied and coached with me for a few years. I got him an agent and he began to audition. After many auditions, he booked a… Read More

Lisa Kudrow Describes Her Process of Finding Phoebe in ‘Friends’
Jul 22, 2018

Lisa Kudrow Describes Her Process of Finding Phoebe in ‘Friends’

While auditioning for a pilot, Lisa Kudrow was given a character whose life was full of tragedy and asked to play her in a comedic way. In this Archive of American Television interview, Kudrow describes how she found Phoebe Buffay,… Read More

Shay Mitchell Shares Her ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Audition Tape
Jul 17, 2018

Shay Mitchell Shares Her ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Audition Tape

Canadian actress, model, and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell brought her YouTube fans on a trip down memory lane, revisiting a very special audition tape–the one that earned her a starring role in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Shot in her… Read More

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Jul 4, 2018

Auditions: A Step By Step Guide On How to Prepare & What to Do

Some actors benefit from a big breakout role that puts them on the map. Most of us, however, still need to audition to prove how suited we are for any role we want. Even the big shots who land those… Read More

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May 25, 2018

An Audition is Not a Test

An audition is your time to perform for the purpose of showing how you would do a part in a film, TV show, commercial, etc. It is a chance to show a sample of your creative work. While this is… Read More

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May 17, 2018

A Guide on How to Book a Role

There is never enough time to be ready for an audition, especially when it’s the one you’ve been waiting for… the one you really want. When an audition comes, you usually have at most one day with the sides to… Read More

‘Maze Runner’ Audition Tapes of the Lead Cast
Feb 10, 2018

‘Maze Runner’ Audition Tapes of the Lead Cast

Maze Runner: The Death Cure was rated number-one at the North American box-office during its opening weekend. In fact, all of the films in the Maze Runner trilogy opened at number-one. The lead actors in the teen dystopian science-fiction action films… Read More

persistence
Jan 18, 2018

Persistence Pays

You read about it all the time: the actor who tells stories about what it took them to become an “overnight success.” They talk about auditioning for years, playing summer stock, auditioning, studying, auditioning, working as a waiter, paralegal or… Read More

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Jan 16, 2018

Conscious Auditioning (pt. 2)

Conscious in the Room This one would seem to be obvious—of course you’re going to be conscious in the room where you’re about to audition, that’s what you’re there for! But it’s sometimes harder than it sounds to remain totally… Read More

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Dec 14, 2017

Conscious Auditioning (pt. 1)

Auditioning is a solitary process. You receive your sides and read them alone. You do the work of exploring the material as well as your own emotional mapping to find the most interesting intersection between you and the character alone…. Read More

‘The Most Important Element of an Audition’
Jul 24, 2017

‘The Most Important Element of an Audition’

In this Backstage video, casting director Benton Whitley spotlights what he believes to be the most important element of an audition: Confidence. He is half of the New York-based Stewart Whitley casting agency which seeks talent for national theater tours… Read More

Audition Tips from a Commercial Director
Jun 21, 2017

Audition Tips from a Commercial Director

  Commercial directors are film directors who specialize in the creation of commercials. And they are among the professionals who are seated in the callback room ready to assess who’s best fit for a particular role. The commercial director’s opinion… Read More

Handling Audition-Room Mistakes
Jun 14, 2017

Handling Audition-Room Mistakes

Mistakes are an inevitable part of life. Even the most prepared and experienced actors experience blunders at the most inopportune times–namely, the audition room. In this video, Casting Director Erica Arvold and Acting Coach Richard Warner discuss beneficial ways to… Read More

Casting Director Lucy Bevan’s Audition Room Tips
Jun 7, 2017

Casting Director Lucy Bevan’s Audition Room Tips

Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan boasts a long and impressive resume which includes casting for Maleficent, Cinderella, Jungle Book, and more recently Beauty and the Beast. Based in London, she selects talent for British independent films, theater, television as well as… Read More

Mar 16, 2017

How To Stand Out From A Crowd When Auditioning

Auditioning is one of the most difficult things you can do as an actor. Memorizing lines, standing in front of strangers, and pouring your heart out is a continually stressful process. However, it is a necessary evil in order to… Read More