What to Expect from Disney Channel Auditions If You’re A Newbie

This entry is from guest writer Marie Skillern

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Casting director Judy Taylor discovered Selena Gomez at a Disney open audition.

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.

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Auditioning for Television and Film roles can be unnerving, but no one said it would be easy

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Comments

  1. Jazmyne Mick says:

    I want to become an actress on disney channel but I don’t know where to get started.

    • Jazmyne – thanks for writing in, I think our guest author Marie gave some really great tips to help get you started! Good luck – I hope we see you on TV one of these days… – Brian

      • Mauwa Aombe says:

        I have been wanting to audition for disney channel but i don’t know what website to search so i can signup. Do you know the website that i could visit to signup? Please and thank you.

        • Hi, I also didn’t know where to start untill my mom found this website. It’s probaly too late for the disney audition thing, but the website itself will keep you updated.:)

      • aiven lumasac says:

        i want to know how can i be a actor on disney?

      • My dream/ goal in life is to be an actress. I live in San angelo tx so not much acting classes are here I do use YouTube to help. I will be attending the open call in San Antonio. Please email my mom to inform us in how that works please. I am 11 and a Disney fan I hope I do well even if I don’t get a lead role I’d still be thankful to be in the production. I can’t wait and thank you so much for reading Disney

      • Ashley Gillis says:

        What if you are a Canadian citizen I love modeling and acting I’ve been doing it for a year and abit now and really want to go further with it I’m 17 years old and just shy of 5’10

  2. hi, my name is savannah forrester and iam very outgoing and have alot of humor and i live in farrel PA, i’ve been working so hard on being on disney channel for a year now and im puerto rician white jamican and blackfoot indian (native american) i also and VERY heavy i weigh 254 pounds and i have brown hair plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!n contact me at 7243086620 or 13305599939 thanxs

  3. Avalon Dougherty says:

    Hi,my name is Avalon Dougherty.I am very interested in acting in fun ,happy but not super kidish Disney shows.I am only ten years old.I’ve done a lot of plays and I’v sang in a Christmas program at my school.Please write back or call me at 434-636-5592

    • Avalon I wish you the best, I’m sure you are a great singer and a wonderful actress, but we are not associated with Disney Channel auditions – this article was an insiders view of how it all works. The article has some nice advice and has an outline of upcoming audition sites. Best of luck – Brian

  4. Kyree Dyson says:

    My name is Kyree and i am 9 yrs old with an imagination and not afraid to use it. I love Disney Channel, Nick, Cartoon Network and someday, i am looking to have my own show. I am starting with you tube, but i am going to be big. Where can i write and have a audition. Thankx

    • Kyree- you sound like someone who has a goal and really wants to achieve it – best of luck to you! We are not affiliated with Disney Channel auditions so we can’t directly help you. The article provides some valuable tips and has a link to audition sites! Check it out – Brian

  5. manjot bains says:

    Hi
    I am 14 year old girl, and i love to dance , sing, and act, Acting and singing is my passion. I dont have my own manager or anything but i would love to be on the disney channel, and work with amazing actors such as zendaya, bridgit mendler! I live in Canada but i will be willing to go the USA for auditions,
    I am a hardworking , and a really passionate actress.
    I really need some information how to get started, if i can have an response as soon as possible it will be great

    • Manjot – You seem like you have great enthusiasm and I’m sure you are a very talented singer and dancer. Unfortunately we are not affiliated with Disney Channel, this article was an advice article on how to prepare for auditions from someone with insider knowledge… but we are unable to help you in your journey to be on Disney Channel. Best of luck – Brian

  6. Hey I’m Brooke! I love acting been in several plays, lots of stage experience. I’ve always wanted to be an actress and I’m not gonna stop trying till I’m on the big screen.. Any idea of who to talk to or audition for to get me their? I want this more than anything! Please help!! :)

  7. Hi I’m Carrie, I’ve wanted to be an actress for awhile, I’m even practicing for a play. I love singing more than anything. I even took a trip to Los Angeles, loved it. This is great advice thanks! :)

  8. My name is Antonio I am confident enough that I will be on Disney channel one day, but I have to wait until I am 18 years because I live in Trinidad and Disney don’t travel that far, so when I finish high school I will come to L.A to live and I will make you all happy and do great things for Disney in my years to come.

  9. Alicia Stuart says:

    Hi! My name is Alicia Stuart and it is my dream to become a Disney Channel actress and I would like to know if there are any auditions near me in Millsboro Delaware. I am 12 years old. I would also like to know what kind of stuff you guys are looking for to become an actress on Disney.
    Thanks!

  10. Hi I am a actor and was wondering where to get an audition. How do you know if its official if you don’t have a agent. I have been in First Stage theater and had one year of academy classes. Is that enough? I was wondering if I could get an audition close enough so I don’t have to go across the country. Please answer all of these questions.
    Thanks!

  11. I am having trouble finding it. Can you link it in your response? Thanks!

  12. caleigh mcdermott says:

    hi i am caleigh and i live in new york! i want to get started in acting but im not really sure how. i have confidence and i think that acting is wonderful, and when i watch shows on nick or disney i think that, “acting looks fun! i could do that!” im not sure if anyone believes in me but i want to give it a shot! can you help me out?

  13. Lydia kauri says:

    I am lydia (female) and I am 12 years old.
    I can sing, dance, model and most importantly, act.
    I am in a choir, I take dance classes and I have acted in two musical plays.
    I’m wondering if there are any ways to audition for disney channel online (getting emailed a script and taking a video of me acting it).
    I am Finnish but I live in China and it would cost a lot of money to go all the way to the United States and not get a part (hope you understand my situation).
    I am also wondering if you could give me a directors email if that is possible (or anyone in Disney Channel who could help me in this situation).
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Lydia – I’m sure you are extremely talented and worthy of inclusion on a Disney Channel show – unfortunately we aren’t casting directors so we don’t have the ability to answer the questions you have asked, or the emails of directors. I wish you the best – Brian

  14. I am Kiara and I’m 12 years old. My dream has always been to act and sing! I love it to death and I’m also very talented and been working on my ability to act I love Disney channel and I also love the information you gave! Thank you so much! :)

  15. Hi,my name is Funmi.I’m 17yrs old.I love acting so much.I really want to come for an audition at Disney this year.I’ve been practicing so hard but I stay in Nigeria which is very far from L.A.I really don’t know what to do.About the information you gave,it has been very helpful.Thanks so much

  16. Yodit Woldegebriel says:

    Hi, my name is Yodit Woldegebriel and I am 16 years old. I have been looking for work for the past three years and I so far I only dealt with scams. It’s hard for me without the extra support from my parents so I can’t count on rides to auditions and acting classes but, that didn’t stop me, only motivated me. I’m taking drama at school and working on auditioning tapes so I can start sending them out. Disney Channel is such an AMAZING platform for many young and fresh actors to start out so if there is an email I can send them out to that would be awesome. I am very determined to become an actress and willing to put in work. Thank you for your time and information.

  17. Hi I’m Lauren and this is my biggest dream is to act on a show or movie and this has been my dream sense I was 8 and I was wondering if u can get me in

  18. Jayden Jackson says:

    Hi, I am auditioning Saturday for Disney! I was wondering if I needed a portfolio of headshots , and information about myself if you could get back to me whenever is convenient for you that’s be great ! Thank you !

  19. Reina Collazo says:

    Hello i really wany to be an actress.on disney channel but i think i would get really nervious at a audition because so i was wondering if theres a way i can audition on line please email me. :)

  20. I love to sing and act and i auditon for many thing and they dont want me and im verry talented person can u plz help

  21. Hi I’m janet I have really dark hair and I can’t say I’ve always wanted to be an actress and blah blah blah like what the other girls said because I know that I’m too good to fail my family you the world and myself .I look forward to seeing you this year . Comment and please give me some advice and please email me

  22. Oh and I really love disneys creativity.I can sing dance and act so I know I’m capable of anything you can give so throw me your best shot see you later oh and fyi watch your back cause I’m gonna be there.

  23. I was just wondering how do you get ahold of any like Disney casting directors? I don’t have a manager but I really want to be on Disney. Being an actress has been my dream for years, but I just can’t figure out how to get ahold of them to schedule an audition or something.

  24. Dominique lawrence says:

    Hi my name is dominique.
    I have always wanted to become an actress.
    I watch disney almost every day and love it.i’m thirteen years old.
    I just need some advice on where to start.i play many instruments as well.I can also play many sports to a high quality.

  25. Really want to be on Disney been in 7 different plays been in drama club how do I be on Disney channel

  26. Izabela says:

    I always wanted to become a child actress and now as im 13 i want to make a move. Im polish and i live in London but itd be dreams come true to be in New York. Have you got any tips whoch can get me started in london which can lead in to America?

  27. rosie randall says:

    Hi, my name is rosie and I really want to be an actress on disney channel. I am 15, with brown hair, brown eyes and my height is 5’7″. I come from London, England. I have been acting for 5 years and I want to do it for the rest of my life. My favourite disney show is Mighty Med and it’s a dream of mine to be on it. My acting inspirations are Bradley Stephen Perry and Andrew Garfield. Please email me on rosie.randall@tiscali.co.uk if you know how I can live my dream. Thanks!

  28. Iyana Chapman says:

    Hi, my name is Iyana, I attended Studio’s of Mi. Also John Casablanca , I love to act and Dance and model. I’m a people person and can be silly and serious . I would love to audition for Disney, I really can’t wait. Please send me information on how to apply.

  29. HI i am Ariana. I love to sing, dance, and act.I would love to be an actress on disney channels new show girl meets worlds. if there is like a mean girl or a friend or a nice girl any kind of part i just want to live my dream. And i am 10 years old, i have blonde hair, brown eyes, and i weigh 65 pounds. So if you want to contact me just email me on gmail at adedonato2@bostonk12.org. Please do all you can to make my dream come true

  30. Dayanaris says:

    Hey i signed up for an audition , i havent confirmed if i am going yet . Ive always wanted to act on disney channel and my friends say i am good , but i am extremly shy and i get super nervious infront of people , then my heart starts raising sooo fast and i feel really cold so i am scare if i go i am just going to enberres my self . And ruined my chance but if i dont go then i may never do it , i am really confused right now can someome help me .

    • Dayanaris says:

      Also i have never done anything like this so i dont know what to do or bring could u help me .

  31. Vanessa Elumelu says:

    I would love to be an actress but i have know where to start can someone please help me with some advice

    • omara atkinson says:

      hi Vanessa I don’t know much but maybe look up things like Disney acting calls that might help see ya later

  32. omara atkinson says:

    hi I am Omara, I am really wanting to be an actress but don’t know if it coasts money and I don’t know if other people can do auditions if there not in America? can you please answer PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Omara – happy to answer. If you want to be part of an American show chances are auditions will take place here in the United States, but you should search Google and see if there are casting calls in your country. As for if it costs money, generally speaking most actors and actresses take classes or participate in theater, so I’m sure there is some cost involved. Sometimes though, people get discovered in different ways…so you never know! – Brian

  33. do u have to have experience to audition for disney channel

  34. Jalen Shurn says:

    Hi im Jalen, i was wondering if you knew how many opens calls there are each year and when the next one is closest to Chicago, please and thanks.

  35. Sherymae says:

    Hi I’m Sherymae. I really want to become and actress in disney but I find it really hard because I live in the Philippines. Is there any chances that disney will come in the Philippines to conduct some auditions? or maybe they accept online auditions?

  36. Hello, i’m Znovia and I would like to be an actress for disney channel. I sing, dance, act, model and write poetry and short stories. I am very aware that you aren’t casting directors, nor talent agents, but I would really appreciate if I could ask you some things.. like,

    * If you’re a newbie, how would you go about finding a talent agent?
    * Would I need a talent agent to be on disney?
    * Will disney let you make short movie’s for they’re television shows?
    * What do you personally think would impress the directors?
    * If I were to be chosen to act for one ( Or a few ) of their television shows or movie’s would I be introduced as a guest star, or would I be like an extra, that only says a few lines every show or movie?

  37. My name is Emma I love to act I don’t live anywhere near LA and most auditions are there if I want to send a video audition in for a show or movie on Disney channel how do I know what to say if I don’t have a script?

  38. What if I want to audition online because I live far away from where all auditions are who would I have to contact or what website would I have to got to, to be able to do that?

  39. Myles Lewis says:

    Does anybody know where to find a good acting agency?

  40. I would really like to audition for Disney but I live every far away..

  41. Hi, Im Jade I know that you are very busy and that you probably dont want to be bothered with me but I have always dreamed of being on stage, on tv, well pretty much any where that I can show off my talent. I am an actress,im a girl, I am 12,years old and I would be sooo happy if i could get a role in any thing you could offer.

  42. Kaitlin mcculloch says:

    Hi I live in Glasgow and would like to go to audition but do they do any in like London or do they even take people from London I am very good at a american accent and take. Lots of acting classes I am 13
    Dark brown hair
    Green eyes
    Fashionista
    Like peyton list
    5″6

  43. Hi, my name is Carnie and I’m 14. My dream is to become an actress but the problem is that I don’t live in the USA. I know that I can’t audition in another country but is there a chance the If I’ll have roles in plays here I can (someday) audition in the USA? Thanks

  44. Hey, I would like to know if there is anyway to submit an online audition or Showreel?.

    to Disney or to anything that will be recognised?

  45. Christal singh says:

    Hi, I’m 14 years old and live in Canada. I’m currently with an agency that sends my to some modeling auditions, ive gotten a few modeling gigs like being in a science text book, but I really want to be an actress.I can sing, play the piano, act and model (ive had lessons on all besides modeling). I got into a preforming arts school for singing, acting, and dancing. I’m just wondering where to start when getting an acting agent and wondering how good my chances are given the circumstances and my age?

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