20 Questions a Casting Director will Ask you

Prepare!




Preparation is key. It will boost your confidence you will feel agile and ready. You will make an impression and you will enjoy so much more.

Use every audition to shine, to enjoy yourself and to let yourself be known.

Practice being the greatest Actor you can be. The Actor you are in your vision.

Joy radiates good vibes. Be happy and be ready to blow them away.

These are the questions they might ask you directly and the questions they will be internally asking themselves while they listen to you and watch you. Prepare this well to maximise your potential for success.

I’m also giving you clues as to what the best answers can be.

You need to prepare the questions for single audition. Most of the answers will tend to be different from project to project.

Introduction

Tell us about yourself

You must be clear, engaging and to the point. Tell your casting director about your most relevant experience. What are you passionate about and why. Describe what makes you

stand out from the rest, without saying “I stand out from the rest because of….” of course.

Let this fact casually drop. Be passionate and show that you are. I cannot stress this enough.

The person who is auditioning you is there because they are passionate about the industry so passionate that they have reached a position where they can open the doors for you. They want to see the same passion that drove them where they are when they are auditioning candidates. We are not into actors who have no passion, who are trying their luck and thinking that this is as good as any other job.

Write, 3–5 sharp, crispy, tasty sentences about you, learn them well, and be sure to sound natural when you tell them.

QUESTIONS

WHAT IS YOUR ACTING EXPERIENCE?

Go ahead and give details of the type of acting you have done, TV, film, commercial, student, shorts, web, including roles, productions and name the directors and producers you have worked with during your career. Also, be sure to highlight anyone well known or famous person you have worked with, in the past. Tell them as much as possible as long as the information is relevant.

2. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT?

Here you need to show that you have done your research and that you know everything you need to know about the role and the project.

3. HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE DIRECTOR’S PREVIOUS WORK?

Again, do your research. Show that you know about the director you might be working with soon. Let the casting director know what you like about the director’s work and if there is a genuine affinity between the two of you. Why would you be a good match?

4. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PROJECT?

Explain what makes the project so interesting that got your attention. Let the casting director know why you think the project should be done and why is it potentially a success.

5. WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE IN THIS PROJECT?

Here is where you go deep into sharing your passion for the project. Get your listeners more excited about the project than they already are.

6. HAVE YOU PLAYED A SIMILAR ROLE BEFORE?

Be honest. Find the similarities that there were in other roles you played and explain in detail. Prepare this well as this will give your casting directors great insights into how knowledgeable of your craft you are.

7. WHAT MAKES YOU AN EXCELLENT CANDIDATE TO PLAY THIS ROLE?

Your knowledge of the role and the project are crucial. Your passion for the craft, your admiration for the director. Your love for the story and your ability to make the story yours and pass it on must be clear when they ask you this.

8. HOW DO YOU RELATE TO THE PART?

If the conversation has gone deep, you might be asked this question. Here compare your own life experience with that of the role and find the common elements, the meeting points. Giving as many in-depth details as you possibly can.

9. WHAT HAVE YOU PREPARED FOR THE AUDITION?

Let them know, the title, production and author of your monologue or piece.

10. WHY HAVE YOU PREPARED THIS PARTICULAR PIECE?

This matters. You need to have a reason why you chose the monologue you did. Your reason needs to be clear and exciting.

11. ARE YOU EASY TO WORK WITH?

They will not ask you this directly, but they will be looking out for signs to confirm if you are or not easy to work with.

12. CAN YOU TAKE DIRECTION?

The casting director will not ask you this, but they will be assessing if you can take directions, paying very close and careful attention to this. If you can’t take direction and you are not easy to work with you will not get the role, regardless of how talented you are and how well you deliver your monologue. You will not be chosen.

13. CAN YOU ACT THE WAY THE DIRECTOR INSTRUCTS?

Not only can you take directions, but can you act accurately and as the director directs. Do you understand what the director is looking for when he communicates with you? The casting director will be looking to see that your are perceptive and that you understand direction easily.

14. ARE YOU CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR ACTING?

How you act and how you carry yourself indicates how confident you are about your level of ability and the mastery of your craft. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. Be prepared, be confident.

15. ARE CONFIDENT ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK?

Again if you are not feeling pretty or fit or endearing, your casting director will notice this.

16. ARE YOU FRIENDLY AND EASY-GOING?

Be a light in the darkness. Be a breath of fresh air. Make their day. Help them do their job and go home satisfied.

17. ARE YOU FUSSY ABOUT ANYTHING?

We are very particular about this; if someone is fussy, complaining or standoffish, we don’t want them in our team.

18. DO YOU HAVE AN ATTITUDE ISSUE?

As hard as it can be to believe some people walk into there auditions, stressed, moody, angry with an attitude, and they are happy to show this to the casting director. Don’t be this person.

19. ARE YOU AVAILABLE DURING ALL THE PRODUCTION DATES?

This is a given, but if you tell them that you might not be available for filming dates, you will not get the job.

20. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you do have a question ask, if you don’t have any questions there is no need to make up any. It is ok to say no.

REPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE

By simply preparing for this you will have 10X confidence and it will show. Your success potential will significantly increase!


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