What is the secret to a great audition?
According to Bernard Telsey, Casting Director behind the leading casting firm Telsey & Company, a great audition is when an actor comes in prepared and delivers an emotional performance from a demanding material.
“When somebody comes in and surprises you and takes you to an emotional place that the material is demanding but you wouldn’t have thought of. What that involves: completely prepared, making performance choices. It makes you want to be in a room with them longer.”
What is the secret to a great preparation for audition?
According to Daniel Swee, Casting Director from Lincoln Center Theater, it is the mastery of the script.
“The key to preparing is spending time with a text, figuring out who this character is to you. For Seth Numrich in ‘War Horse’ he gave a lesson in brilliant auditioning. He was completely prepared with the text. He had developed a great British accent already. He was completely present, which meant that he was able to listen carefully to the other actors, to take direction. You can see so easily when an actor is not listening.”
What is the secret to making a great impression?
According to Jim Carnahan, the Casting Director for Rounabout Theatre Company shows, actors make great impression by being natural.
“One of the biggest traps that actors fall into is trying to be what we want them to be, and that’s not what we’re looking for. It’s like a blind date. You’re better off just being yourself. And on the other side, with directors, it’s getting some of them to spend more time getting to know actors.”
So there. To win a role during auditions, actors must be prepared to deliver a great performance while trying not to be somebody else. The casting process is the most critical part in creating a Broadway production. This is why Casting Directors rely on a good cast, just as the production rely on good material and star power (for lead role).
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