10 Things NOT To Say To A Casting Director In An Audition
by Esther Bishop, posted 29 April 2015
1. What's The Pay?
No matter how casual you try to sound, asking how much money the role is paid will always sound amateur, it will annoy the CD and you will definitely not get an answer. This is one for your agent.
2. I Like Bananas And Can Play The Piano Under Water!
No-one is interested in whether you can fly-fish, juggle or make great scones. Rule of thumb is if they want to know something they will ask.
3. How Many People Are You Seeing For This Role?
This is literally none of your business - quite simply it doesn't make the audition process any different and it just shouldn't matter to you when auditioning.
4. Do You Want Me To Perform To Camera?
Yes, always, once they give you the go ahead then make the lens your best friend and don't break eye contact with it until you're finished your piece.
5. When Will I Know If I Got The Part?
It is not ultimately the CD's decision who gets the part, so asking them is pointless. If you haven't heard after a week, chances are you didn't get it. Move on.
6. I'm Sorry. Sorry... Sorry... Okay Sorry.
Stop this. Now. No-one likes it.
7. Wait, I Can Do It Better...
Professing that you can 'do it better' every time but not delivering will bore people. Know your ability.
8. So What Did You Think? How Did I Do?
Asking for feedback after an audition is needy and unprofessional, the CD is not your parent, friend or teacher. You are there to showcase your talent not hone it.
9. I Feel Faint.
Auditions can involve waiting for long periods of time in windowless casting rooms often resulting in feeling faint and tired. CD's do not want a mini casualty on their hands! Feed and water yourself beforehand.
10. Here's My Head Shot
As lovely as you may look in your head shot there really is no place for it in the hands of a CD, everything is online and your head shot won't tell them anything that To Be Seen, Spotlight or Google hasn't already. Be digitally aware and think of the planet!