This entry is from guest writer Marie Skillern
Not every Hollywood story begins with being discovered by talent scouts while walking through the local mall.
Most actors have to work at it, often appearing at dozens of auditions before getting even a sample of the big lights. For youthful actors, one such opportunity is attending auditions for Disney Channel, which take place across the country and throughout the year.
You will fare well in Disney Channel auditions if you are well-informed of everything that goes on, not just in the entertainment industry, but also how things work specifically at Disney.
Arming yourself with the right information is the best way to begin the process of realizing your dreams.
The Types of Casting Directors
The casting directors for Disney auditions are grouped into two classifications:
1: In-house Casting Directors
In-house casting directors most often audition actors who are already established in the industry for starring roles in their regular television series or for Disney Channel Original Movies.
Judy Taylor, Senior Vice President, Casting and Talent Relations for Disney Channel, is an example of an in-house casting director. Taylor will travel to find talent, but usually only starring roles, such as her recent trip to San Antonio for an open casting call for a new family-series and upcoming Disney movies.
Do your research before attending any audition for Disney Channel, if one of the in-house casting directors is running the event, chances are they are scouting for some larger opportunities.
2: Freelance Casting Directors
Freelance casting directors usually handle nationwide castings, although they do hold auditions for known actors as well. There are also times when they bring in newbies to audition for lead roles, if they believe that they are suitable for specific roles for television shows or feature films.
If during your preparation you realize the casting director is not an in-house casting director, that’s ok, it’s still your chance to make a name for yourself and start making a positive impression. Just don’t expect to be starring on Jessie next week.
What Casting Directors Are Looking For
By understanding what casting directors are looking for you have a better chance of standing out from the crowd, even if you have little to no credits to your name.
- Live Theater Experience - find opportunities to be part of community theater, youth theater groups or summer acting camps. It is not just a great deal of fun, but it also provides a learning experience that is essential to growing your talent. Being involved in theater will allow you to hone your craft and practice nailing your lines in real time. This usually means that it will take you lesser time to perfect a scene when you are hired to work in a television show or a film.
- Having real coaching - it is imperative that you have worked or trained with reputable actingor singing coaches. Often reputable coaches will bring in casting directors to see their students perform, so it is worthwhile on many levels to get proper training and exposure.
- Make the script your own – casting directors don’t want to see you do an impression of one of their current actors, they want to see your unique take on the script. That doesn’t mean be the crazy wacky person, it just means feel the script as you would feel it, not as you interpret how someone else would. It’s always wonderful and important to watch other actors to see what you like and don’t like, but make sure you don’t try to emulate anyone. What sets you part is…you.
- Have fun - Have you ever seen a depressing, glum, boring, angry Disney Channel show? “We want everyone at the open call to have fun and enjoy the audition process,” says Taylor. “As casting directors, we love what we do and we want you to enjoy the experience just as much. Anyone who comes out to this open call has already succeeded – you made the effort to participate in something you really love and shared with us your unique talent.”
The Chances of Being Discovered at and Audition for Disney Channel
If you are a newbie in the entertainment industry, and you make a positive impression during your audition, you are most likely going to start out in supporting roles, which could over time grow into something larger. It is rare for someone to burst on the scene and immediately be thrust into a starring role – making your way at the Disney Channel can take time.
But, there is a new trend lately.
Despite the fact that only one or two of the thousands of people that show up to Disney Channel auditions actually land a role, more and more studio producers are battling to find fresh new faces in the crowd.
The chance still remains that you might be the face and talent they are looking for.
Guest Author Marie Skillern enjoys blogging about Disney auditions and the rags to riches stories that go with them. Over the last 4 years, she has written and published numerous articles on these celebrities in different local and international publications.