This is the first step towards gaining any sort of work. Finding an agent is crucial for exposure to any potential jobs. It also helps to look at websites, try student films
or even to check out local theatre groups.
Taking some acting classes can also boost your child’s self confidence in front of the camera and it also looks great on their portfolio. Remember, these classes can
even provide some handy connections!
Auditions can be nerve wracking, so it’s always best
to make sure your child KNOWS their stuff.
Check the script and practice until your child knows
it back to front. It also helps to do research into the background of the movie, TV, or ad they are applying for, so they can get a deeper understanding of the role.
Lastly, always remember to get the vocal cords warmed up — croaky voices are rarely a hit!
Depending on the type of role, auditions can
be a little different. They can either be for
theatre, TV and film, or even be self-recorded
or done over skype.
Remember that a lot of interviews may
require a monologue so it’s a good idea to
prepare one just in case.
It is best to keep in mind that less is more. Simple colours and plain styles are the order of the day as you want the casting director fully focused on your child’s talents.
Make sure that all clothing is clean and presentable and fits like a glove. Remember comfort plays a big role here too.
Nerves are normal for both parent and child, although it’s a good idea to try and ease those butterflies if we can.
First up make sure to practice (it really does make perfect). Before the audition, help your child to warm up and run over any potential questions the casting director may ask one last time.
Most importantly, you should allow your child a little time to relax and unwind before the audition gets started. You wouldn’t believe how much this can help.
Now it is time to shine. Both young kids and teens should relax during the process and be themselves.
It’s important to not over do it, but your child can still try to be a little different to everyone else.
One way to do this is by adding a slightly different tone to lines. Remember that while this is work, it’s still about having fun.
Once the audition is over, it’s time to sit down and wait. Your agent will let you know as soon
as a decision is made.
Just remember that landing a role can be extremely difficult so your child may not be successful at the first attempt. So keep trying and treat every audition as a learning experience.
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