Casting directors want you to wow them.
They want to come away from the casting call knowing that you’re perfect for the part, just like you do. But you have to prove it to them – they’re not mind readers after all.
You might be the most confident, inventive, imaginative actor you know, but if you can’t perform when it matters, the casting director just isn’t going to fall in love. Knowing what they’re looking for is the key to giving them what they want.
They need to know that you’re not going to fall apart on them if they give you direction and that you’re happy to take direction and work with it, if you’re required to do so.
The casting director needs to see certainty from the moment you enter the room – no stalling, no umming and ahhing, just stride on in, gracefully and gratefully, but like you belong.
If something goes wrong, the worst thing you can possibly do is make an excuse.
Baggage does not make someone attractive to work with, even if they’re the best actor in the world – it’s not professional, so leave it outside.
Own your decisions, and be proud.
Take constructive criticism gracefully, and never apologize for your art.
A meek, shy person will walk in and take up their tiny pocket of space, and the room will have to come to them.
A confident actor will have the skills to just walk in and immediately engage the people inside the room.
They will be interesting, effervescent, and genuine. It doesn’t require a lot of movement and running around, stillness can be a great mechanism when what you’re doing and saying is engaging.
There is nothing more embarrassing by proxy than someone who has come for an audition, only to show they know nothing about the project.
People give blanket applications all the time in the hope that work will come out of it, but a good casting director will see right through it. When you’re looking for roles on sites such as Auditions HQ, focus your search on roles which work for you, and be sure to do your research on the project before you turn it.
Read everything you can get your hands on, and be ready to ask questions.
When you’re invited into the room by the casting director, they want to see you own the space you take up.
They don’t want you to shuffle in apologetically, tail between your legs, waiting for direction.
Don’t be obnoxiously loud and abrasive, but don’t stand around meekly awaiting instruction either.
Whatever your style of acting, it’s yours. Acting directors want to see your individualism; they don’t want to see someone desperately trying to contort themselves into a role.
Take pride in your artistry, and allow your true colors to shine into the role. If you’re not right for the role, that was inevitable either way, so own it!
With insight into a casting director’s wants and desires, it’s far easier to appeal to them while you’re on stage.