Auditions Blog Posts

Insights from Casting Director Clifton Guterman
Dec 21, 2022

Insights from Casting Director Clifton Guterman

Much of casting seems shrouded in mystery. Actors routinely pour their hearts out before the camera for professional teams to examine, and then the selection process is made behind closed doors, with little or no explanation as to who was… Read More

Tips from Commercial Casting Directors
Dec 7, 2022

Tips from Commercial Casting Directors

Commercial auditions require actors to invest themselves in the preparation, be emotionally present and ready to convey a character, respond to direction, have a look and trustworthiness that engages the viewer, and exhibit professionalism. But what do casting directors want… Read More

Audition Tips From Casting Director Lucy Bevan
Sep 14, 2022

Audition Tips From Casting Director Lucy Bevan

Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan boasts a long and impressive casting resume, which includes “The Batman,” “Belfast,” “Cruella,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “Jungle Book,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Based in London, Bevan selects talent for British independent films, theater, and television,… Read More

Casting Directors on Actor Reels
Aug 10, 2022

Casting Directors on Actor Reels

Have you ever wondered how important it is for actors to have demo reels? And what exactly are casting directors looking for when viewing them? While every casting director is unique and has a different work style, it can be… Read More

Audition Dos and Dont's
Aug 10, 2022

Audition Do’s and Dont’s

Whether it be an in-person or virtual audition, the objectives remain consistent. Exhibiting professionalism, flexibility, and a positive attitude, for instance, are among the essential qualities needed in both formats as these qualities demonstrate an actor is hirable. At commercial… Read More

Casting Director David Rubin on Actor Idiosyncrasies
Jun 22, 2022

Casting Director David Rubin on Actor Idiosyncrasies

In a PBS News Hour interview, casting director David Rubin, who also serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, shares insights about casting. Rubin’s prolific resume includes an impressive list of box-office… Read More

Apr 7, 2022

Audition Lessons from Working Actors

There is a saying: “The most valuable lessons aren’t taught. They’re experienced.” In a “Film Courage” series of interviews, several working actors recount lessons they learned from audition experiences at pivotal points in their lives. The performers include Chad Lindberg… Read More

Mar 14, 2022

Actor Insights on How Strictly They Learn Lines

If there is one skill actors simply must learn to develop, it’s their ability to memorize lines. However, individual actors take charge of just how thoroughly they know their lines and how strictly they feel the need to stick to… Read More

Mar 7, 2022

Audition Terms and Their Definitions

When new to acting, it can take some time before you understand the many industry terms that are thrown around. As much as possible, it’s helpful to learn the audition terminology before jumping in the game. Pretty soon, you’ll feel… Read More

Feb 7, 2022

Advice for Actors from Voice Casting Director Linda Lamontagne

Casting Society of America Artios Award-winning voice casting director Linda Lamontagne shared valuable tips for voice-acting submissions during an interview with “Variety.” Lamontagne is known for finding the voices for “Invincible,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “The Angry Birds… Read More

Jan 26, 2022

How to Make Your Self-Taped Auditions Stand Out

With the shift to online auditions in recent years, you’ve dedicated yourself to mastering the various aspects of the digital format — purchasing equipment, learning the technical know-how, and setting up a designated space at home. Making sure you can… Read More

Nov 12, 2021

8 Tips for Answering ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

You’ve prepared for your audition and are eager to perform as you enter the room, when out of the blue, casting asks you, “Tell me about yourself.” Don’t be caught off guard by this prompt; instead, be prepared to answer… Read More

An actor wrapping up their self tape audition with a button.
Nov 12, 2021

Wrap Up Your Commercial Audition With a Button

How do you fill a potentially awkward moment in the audition room when you’ve run out of dialogue, but the camera is still rolling? It’s not the job of the actor to determine when the scene has ended, so it’s… Read More

Feb 22, 2021

Tips on How to Enter and Exit the Audition Room

“I just did what I consider to be one of the most difficult things to do in my profession of acting, which is to walk as yourself.” —Helen Mirren Walking and greeting people are actions that most of us take… Read More

Jan 11, 2021

Josh Gad on the Audition that Changed His Life

Josh Gad almost gave up on his acting dreams when The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway invited him to audition in 2005. In an interview with Off Camera, the 39-year-old actor recalls the memorable audition and the… Read More