A few weeks ago leading Casting Director Dan Hubbard, who cast The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Bourne Trilogy and who discovered actors like Kate Winslet, Sienna Miller and Colin Farrell, visited my actors’ studio to talk with my one year students.
He gave some interesting insights. Here’s a list of 10 tips he gave:
1. When going for an audition read the whole script, not just your scenes. Sounds obvious, but it happens a lot.
2. Be enthusiastic and interested in the project.
3. Learn the script. Cancel any engagements the night before and work on the script.
4. Research the director, so you know their work.
5. Don’t talk to other actors in the waiting room before auditioning. Concentrate and focus.
6. Be directable. If the director asks you to do the scene in a different way you must be able to do this. Otherwise they will think you can’t take direction and this will severely handicap your chances of getting the job.
7. Bring your personality into the room. Be polite and personable.
8. Do not say anything negative, especially about the project.
9. Have an interpretation of the role. Do something with it.
10. Be thick-skinned. If you don’t get the job, keep going and go into the next one with a positive attitude.