ACTOR TOOLS: HOW TO PREP FOR CALLBACK AUDITIONS

CALLBACK
Compiled by Thembi Zikalala

Congratulations! When you receive a callback, you’ve done your job as an actor. You left a great impression with the casting director at your audition, now ENJOY IT and show them that you’re definitely the right actor for the role.

Here’s a few Tips on how to PREP FOR A CALLBACK AUDITION

1. STICK TO IT!

Stick to what you did before, also take along with you a journal and note what you wore at the audition and the decisions you made on your performance (the casting director liked your acting performance, don’t change what you did before).

2. STAY FOCUSED

There’s no need to feel nervous. You are a courageous actor, don’t be intimidated by other actors, stay focused. Be yourself and embrace your individuality. Make sure that you arrive at your scheduled time, so you don’t put pressure on yourself but your psychologically and physically prepared. Be nice to everyone and own the room.

3. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Keep an open mind and be open for change. The casting directors are trying to cast as quickly as possible, they might want to see you perform a different part on the spot. Be ready for a last minute ‘cold read’, this is a reading aloud of the script your given with no rehearsal. Keep in mind the 80/20 Rule: 80% of your attention should be on your reader/ co-actor and 20% should be on the script, grasping the lines.

Use ‘dog-ear pages’ to note your ques on the script.

4. DO YOUR RESEARCH

Do your research, know the tone of the production you’re auditioning for, so you fully understand the style and tone of your character in the story. This will also assist you in making good performance choices.

Doing your research will also help you become fond of production houses, producers and directors you will potentially be interacting with.

5. GET THE UPDATED SIDES

After the first audition the sides may have changed, make sure that you are well prepared and that your agent has emailed the updated sides prior to your callback. “Sides” in acting refer to a scene excerpt from a script that your given to audition with.

6. LISTEN TO BE CHANGED!

The Director will be giving you notes throughout your performance, make sure you take them in and change your performance accordingly, actors are athletes of emotion, and the casting directors are looking if your performance evokes emotion on your co-actor and the audiences.

5. LET IT GO

Be proud of yourself, give your best performance, enjoy it then LET IT GO! Listen to the instructions, take in all the notes and come prepared to give a successful callback audition.

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