Fall in NYC marks the end of summer and the beginning of the busy season for pretty much every industry, especially the entertainment industry. With restrictions slowly, continuing to be lifted, productions are kicking into high gear and Broadway is officially back! Whoop Whoop!
But what about me, you ask? Good question. What about you? What are you doing? You’re probably still looking for representation or thinking about changing rep altogether? You’re looking to make some new industry connections with casting directors? Great!
Signing up to do a workshop with industry is becoming a necessary practice if you don’t already have connections in the entertainment world.
1000’s of actors sign up for these all over the country so here at We Are Actors we threw together a little checklist to give you the edge to separate yourself from the herd by being prepared, organized, groomed and well rehearsed. So let’s jump in!
Enjoy & Good Luck!
- Who am I meeting? Research who you’re meeting. If it’s an agent, look at their client list. Find out if they’re bicoastal or not. Not much point auditioning for a NYC based agent if you’re living in LA, Toronto or Atlanta with no plans to move there.
- Who am I? Rehearse a little spiel about yourself. This is for the moment that always seems to catch actors off guard. When someone asks you to tell them about yourself, have 2-3 relevant points to go into. Things like, other workshops you’ve done, other gigs you may have been involved in, your favorite hobby. Just keep it short and sweet, not longer than a minute. Ideally 30 seconds or so.
- What should I do? Pick your material wisely and thoughtfully. If you’re meeting a casting director that casts primarily for TV, it would probably be wise to keep that Shakespeare soliloquy in your back pocket and show them some TV sides, since that is what they are literally looking for. Try and avoid monologues in general as they are more often than not taken completely out of context and they don’t really demonstrate your listening skills as much as sides would/do.
- What is that from? This relates to the last point. Do your homework on your audition material. Nothing says, “I’m an amateur!” Quite like being asked what that scene or monologue was from and your response is, “I don’t know, I just found it online…” same goes for the question, “why did you pick that piece?” This question gets asked a lot so anticipate it being asked of you and have a real response ready.
- Can you even see me!? Do your due diligence for your sound and light set up. In this industry you want to be seen and heard. As simple and obvious as that sounds, you’ll be amazed at the amount of times I have seen people auditioning in a virtually darkened room or have their camera pointing up their nose. Frame yourself exactly the way you would for a self tape. Ideally a medium shot with a clean background. Even if it’s just a bed sheet draped over a bed frame. As long as it’s clean and not distracting (and take the time to iron out your backdrop). Also, if you’re auditioning on your phone, always, always, always have it horizontally (sideways).
- What am I going to wear? Dress appropriately. This ties into the last point. When you have signed up for a workshop, you are going in to present yourself as you, as opposed to going in to audition for a specific role. So this means how you dress should reflect your personality while simultaneously presenting yourself in your best light. For men, a clean button down shirt or an ironed t-shirt works well. Or you could go for business casual and throw on a jacket as well. For women, a simple blouse, button down, dress, t-shirt etc. avoid busy patterns. Minimal makeup if possible and hair groomed neatly. Of course, men should groom themselves neatly as well. We know the lumber jack look is in, but that doesn’t mean you should rock up to an audition looking like you’ve been off the grid for the last 6 months. I know these workshops happen in the comfort of your own bedroom a lot of the times, but trust me, a little goes a long way when you put yourself together as if you’re going in for a job interview which isn’t far from what is happening in this case. Also, look good, feel good. Right?
That’s all for now. Did I miss anything? Do you agree/disagree with any of these points? Please let me know in the comments below. And good luck!