What to prepare for an audition?
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So, you’ve created a resume, got your kid’s headshots ready, and now it’s time to apply to auditions. But where to start? Thankfully, with KidsCasting you can apply to 1000’s of casting calls, submitted by leading fashion magazines, photographers, as well as entertainment giants like Disney, Nickelodeon, Netflix and more! Even better, by creating a portfolio on our website, your child can be discovered by leading casting directors and model scouts, who are looking for new talent daily!
Below you can find some tips and tricks on how to nail that first audition!
7 Rules to Successful Auditioning
1. First, carefully read the casting call notice - are there any specific requirements? Sometimes it’s already stated what kind of dialogue your child needs to prepare, or if there’s a specific performance they’re looking for. If not, then depending on the type of casting, your child needs to have a monologue, performance or a song prepared. If it’s a modeling casting, you child’s portfolio should be enough.
2. Before every audition, do your research. Look up the casting director or the production company that’s setting up the casting. See whether they are legitimate and that they are not related to something you may end up being uncomfortable with.
3. Make sure you have a printed version of the resume and a couple headshots - even if you applied online. It’s always important to give the casting director and crew a hard copy so that they can look through it during the audition. Don’t forget that with KidsCasting, you can easily create a professional resume which you can then save, share and print!
4. Make sure your child feels comfortable in their clothes. Nothing should distract them or even worse, upset them before the audition, so avoid itchy or heavy fabrics, and opt for something simple, comfortable, but still presentable.
5. If your child is going to an acting audition, or if they’ll be required to sing, avoid giving them foods that can irritate their vocal chords, such as dairy and nuts.
6. Don’t forget to bring enough water and snacks for your child. Chances are, you’ll have to wait for your turn to audition, so it’s crucial to have something on hand in case your child gets thirsty or hungry.
7. Make it fun. Auditioning, especially for the first time, can be overwhelming and stressful for a child, but only if you make it so. If your child is auditioning, that means they like acting/performing, so just try to make a process as fun and hassle-free as possible!
What to expect from an audition?
Arriving to the audition you will have to fill out an audition form. It usually contains 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.
Your child may be invited to the audition room alone or in a group with other actors.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 kid beforehand and explain the process.
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 goal.
Most importantly, praise your child. Auditioning is hard even for adults, so make sure they know how proud you are of them!