The casting process is one of the most important aspects of film and media production. A casting call is an opportunity for you to show off your acting or modeling skills, land the role you’ve always wanted, or continue to build upon your experience and resume.
It’s important to put your best foot forward during every casting call you attend, it is a type of job interview after all. And even if you don’t land the role, you want to make a good impression in order to continue networking in the industry.
However, standing out during a casting call can be difficult, especially if you’re up against a lot of other actors. When attending a casting call for a media production company, it is important to stand out in order to increase your chances of being selected for the job.
We host casting calls regularly and have the expertise to share what we look for when casting actors.
Here are some tips and tricks on to how really make a good impression during your next casting call:
Dress the part:
Wear clothing that would be appropriate for the role you are auditioning for. If you are unsure of what to wear, lean on the side of caution and go for something more professional. No matter what, you want to look clean, put together, and like you take the casting call seriously.
Be on time:
Show up to the casting call on time, or even early. This one is a no-brainer. Showing up late to a casting call will not only make a bad impression but also shows that you are not reliable. Casting directors are looking for people who they can count on, so be sure to arrive on time and be ready to audition. Punctuality is one of the most important aspects of a first impression when it comes to any kind of job interview.
Prepare ahead of time:
Before the casting call, take some time to research the company and the role you are auditioning for. You will want to have a few lines memorized, or at least be familiar with the script if there is one so that you can audition confidently. This way, you can be sure that you are a good fit for the job and be able to answer any questions the casting director may have. Additionally, preparing beforehand will help you feel more confident and relaxed when it comes time to auditioning.
Be polite and friendly:
When meeting the casting director, be sure to introduce yourself and shake their hand. Throughout the casting call, remain professional and courteous. This applies even if you don’t get the job – thank the casting director for their time and express interest in their future projects. Networking is an important aspect of this industry, and even if you aren’t right for this part, you’ll be making acquaintances with people who are well-connected. They might have the perfect role or job for you in the future or keep you in their database for future projects!
Bring your resume:
Make sure to bring along your resume so that the casting directors can see your previous experience along with a headshot so that they can put a face to the experience. If you don’t have much experience, that’s okay! Casting directors are often looking for fresh talent or willing to work with those who are willing to learn the trade. However, if you do have experience, be sure to highlight any relevant roles or skills so that the casting director can see why you would be a good fit for the job.
Casting directors are looking for positive and upbeat people that are easy to work with, so make sure to exude confidence and energy and show that you can follow directions. This does not mean that you should be overbearing or fake, but rather show that you are excited and interested in the role. Let your personality shine through so that the casting director can get a sense of who you are.
This seems like another no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people do not follow directions when it comes to casting calls. Make sure to listen carefully and do as the casting director asks, whether it is reading from the script or improvising. This shows that you are a team player and can take direction well.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions:
If you are unsure of something or want clarification on a scene, do not be afraid to ask the casting director. This shows that you are interested and engaged in the process and are not afraid to speak up. There’s no such thing as a stupid question! And asking questions helps you to get the information that you need in order to do a great job.
One of the best ways to stand out during a casting call is to be yourself. Be natural and let your personality shine through. Casting directors are looking for people that they can work with and that will fit the role, so being genuine is key. If you try to be someone that you’re not, it will be difficult to maintain that persona and you will likely not get the job.
By following these tips, you will be sure to make a good impression at a casting call and increase your chances of being selected for the job.
Where can I find casting calls to attend?
There are a few ways to find casting calls in your area. One way is to check online casting call databases such as Backstage, Casting Frontier, or Actor’s Access. You can also search for casting calls on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Additionally, many casting directors will post casting calls on their own websites or on online classified sites such as Craigslist. Finally, you can also check with your local film commissions as they often have lists of casting calls in the area.
C&I Studios hosts casting calls all the time! As a Professional Media Production Company, we are always casting for new projects. We produce all different kinds of media, so we are always in need of new talent. Models, actors, and extras of all types are encouraged to submit their information to us for future casting calls. We frequently post casting calls on our website and social media pages, so be sure to check back often!
We hire for all sorts of media productions, from commercials and music videos to feature films and television shows. So, whether you’re a seasoned actor or new to the industry, we hope to see you at our next casting call!