This weekend, at various venues across the country, we auditioned/interviewed the next generation of filmmakers. And, it went really well. A lot of attendees were able to network with each other and forge connections for the future. Not only that but those auditioning were able to see what a real-life industry casting would be like. They’re fast-paced, involve little direction and focused on one thing – to find talent! Overall, everybody seemed to really enjoy the day (nerves aside).
After a hectic weekend at we had a little chat about the auditions/interviews. We discussed all the different ways attendees could improve. We want to give the next lot of people auditioning some tips and also offer feedback to those who have already attended an audition…
1. Know where the camera is – but don’t look at it!
Actors! If you want to work in front of a camera, you need to learn how to stay in shot of the camera! We can’t judge your talent if we can’t see you – it’s as simple as that. So, next time you’re at a casting and there’s a camera, make sure it can see you. That said, don’t make eye contact with the camera (unless asked).
2. Dress smart-casual (not too smart, not too casual)
Basically, try not dress in any that will distract people from your talent. However, make sure you feel confident and comfortable in whatever you wear – this is a neat trick for boosting your confidence.
3. Don’t overact – this isn’t the theatre, this is the film industry!
Put your flappy arms down. Even if your training is in theatre, you need to bear in mind the film acting is a lot more subtle. The camera picks up your every move and your every expression, so tone it down a bit.
4. Keep your mind fresh
For those who are worried about forgetting your lines, make sure you’re well rested and hydrated. Relax, let your mind stay calm so it can soak up information. Our talent scout, Ben, suggested memorising a monologue each week to get your mind used to it. If you do forget your lines, it’s not the end of the world, don’t panic (this will come off badly) try to stay calm – the show must go on (well, the film).
5. You don’t need props!
If the scene involves a prop, you don’t need to then go and find something for the prop. If they wanted you to have a prop, they would have given you one! We’re not interested in that anyway, we’re interested in your talent!
1. Have a professional attitude
Make sure you’re not too friendly and you’re not too rude. It’s all about finding a balance and remaining professional. Also, even when you think we’re not watching – be nice to other people auditioning/interviewing, no one wants to hire you (or accept you onto a course) if you’re already causing problems.
2. Don’t waffle
The best way not to waffle is to be prepared. Make sure you know the points you want to bring up and talk about. Have lots of things to show physically rather than talking – we want your skills after all.
3. Make sure your laptop/iPad is charged
It’s not a great impression if your laptop dies in the middle of showing people something. Be prepared and get that laptop all charged up! That said, it’s not the end of the world if it dies so remember not to appear too panicky or stressed – the film industry doesn’t need any more stress than it already has!
4. Make sure you can back up your claims
It’s all well and good saying you’ll make a good director – but we need to SEE that you’re a good director! So, have something to show to back up your claims. If you don’t have a lot of experience, that’s fine, but even small things can help us see that with a little nurturing you could do great things.
5. Enjoy it!
Who doesn’t love bragging about themselves and making people look at your creative projects? Enjoy it! This is your time to shine.
That’s it from us! The rest is up to you!