During the course of my 20 plus of years of teaching, I have continuously stressed to my students that acting is a business! Yes, it is important to train, but just as you should be working at your craft everyday, you should also be working on staying organized, being professional, and marketing yourself to industry professionals.
The following is an excerpt on preparing for auditions from my new book, The Business Of Acting: Motivational Tools For The Actor:
Preparing For The Audition:
- Check your voicemail and emails for auditions,
as it is common for Casting Directors to schedule
“same day” and last minute auditions.
- Keep headshots and resumes in your car. Even if Casting Directors don’t ask you for them, you
will be prepared. Casting Directors may ask for your
Barcode instead, which can be printed out from
- If your role has dialogue, please make sure to be
prepared and have sides downloaded prior to the
audition. ( you can help your child memorize the
material…. By explaining what it means or the story
behind it… BUT DO NOT TELL THEM HOW TO SAY
- If the copy is not attached to your audition notice or
emailed to you by your Agent or Manager, sides are
posted on LA Casting for projects casting through
their service, Casting Frontier for projects casting
through their service, as well as Showfax for Actors
Access projects (www.showfax.com).
- If you are running late to your audition, please
CALL your Agent immediately and they will notify
the Casting Director.
- Please use GPS and/or use www.googlemaps.com,
which tends to be the most accurate, for directions
to the casting studio.
Judy Kain is the author of I Booked It. She currently teaches The Business Of Acting, Advanced Callback Class, A-Z Commercial Class , and Wednesday Workouts at Keep It Real Acting Studios. You can watch Judy's work in Amazon's critically acclaimed show, Hand Of God.