What to Expect from an Audition
After applying to numerous casting calls, your child received a callback - congratulations! That means that now is the time to prepare your kid, as well as yourself, for your first ever audition. If you’re not familiar with the entertainment industry’s casting process, don’t fret. KidsCasting is here to help you every step of the way, with our must-read tips and tricks for parents of talented kids.
What's an audition?
Auditions are similar to job interviews. After you’ve applied your kid for the position (in our case modeling, acting or performing job), if the casting director is interested in your child’s application, you’ll get a callback, meaning an invitation for an audition.
How does the process work
If your child was invited to a casting for a modeling job, then all you need to take with you is their portfolio and a comp card. Babies won’t be asked to do anything rather than be adorable. During the audition, older kids and teens might be asked to strike a few poses, or even show their “walk”, depending on the project.
When it comes to auditions for television, movies and stage shows, the situation may differ. Participants might be asked to prepare a specific dialogue, song or dance. It all depends on the type of project your kid is auditioning for, and the requirements of the casting call.
Arriving at the audition you will have to fill out an audition form. A good bet is to arrive earlier to have time to complete all the paperwork. You will be asked to fill out information about your child, your contact details and your availability (bring your planner for any possible conflicts). You are likely to hand in your kid’s resume + headshot along with this form, so make sure you have hard copies on hand.
You and your child may be invited to the audition room alone or in a group with other kids and their parents. On some occasions, older kids might audition on their own. During the audition, kids will introduce themselves and the part that they’re auditioning for. From there, the casting director can either ask some more questions or ask to start the performance/monologue. Either way, make sure to talk to your child beforehand and explain the process. And don’t be afraid to pass out multiple copies of your kid’s headshot or comp card to the casting director if you are in the room.
Enjoy the experience!
Be patient. It can take some time to get a callback. Don’t put too much pressure on the outcome - in the end, it’s all about the experience, not the end result. And most importantly, praise your child. Auditioning is hard even for adults, so make sure they know how proud you are of them! Don’t give up. Practice makes perfect and your child will get cast when the right role comes along.