Today I’ve been filming…the crew got to throw paint at me…twas awesome fun!!
Lunchtime break in the sun… Please stay out Mr Sunshine!!
Working today by the lovely Spinnaker Tower. Oh Portsmouth you are pretty in the sun…
Afternoon “tea” at sketch with Lauren and Mummy Hollowood!
(Hot Fuzz Accent) “My perfect Sunday….” ice cream, river view and wine time with Azbo!
Sun + Picnic + a lovely walk = a very good day!!
What a welcome gift!! I finally made it to loughborough after years of promises and this was my greeting. I’m a lucky lass to have friends like these…
London is both baking hot and covered in flags everywhere you go. A classy touch at London bridge though…
I’m not claiming that I have all the answers or that I know exactly how to “nail” an audition! However, over the last year I have taken to being the “other side” of the camera and played the role of Casting Director on several occasions. I cannot stress enough how invaluable this experience is for a performer! Not only do you get to see things from entirely new perspective, you also get to watch all the “classic” audition mistakes which we all fall foul to from time to time. Sometimes to witness a mistake is the only way you really understand why it is wrong. You can also flip this too; sometimes to witness someone doing it right is the only way you understand why it works. So I’ve come up with my Top Five Tips which should give you the best chance possible no matter who the Casting Director is. Some of it may seem obvious, some of it you may practice and some of it you may think sounds crazy. However, I urge you to have a read of each point and be really honest with yourself about the way you approach your career.
- It all starts before you walk in the room. How many of you out there apply for work yourself and send out a generic email to everyone that kind of fits what “they” need across the board? Well stop. Keep your emails short and to the point but make sure it is 100% tailored towards the role you are applying for. This IS time consuming. This IS boring. This IS worth more than you know. Obviously the Casting Director knows you are always actively looking for work. However, they don’t want to feel like 1 in 100 and this email has been fired out over and over for all sorts of roles. You need to get yourself through the door so being interested in the project, the role and indicating that you’ve got passion and an extra “spark” can do you no harm.
- Stop being so desperate. This is possibly the hardest one because most actors are desperate. We want to work, we want to perform and we need to earn some money. However, desperation is like fear; you can smell it. Being over-the-top polite and overly smiley and overly, “Yes Sir, no Sir” is actually doing yourself a dis-service. Firstly, you are not being yourself therefore, the Casting Director doesn’t know what it would be like to have you on set and secondly, it looks as if you never work which instantly turns off anyone before they’ve even watched your performance. I’m not saying be cocky, but be cool, calm, collected and confident. If you believe in yourself and the Casting Director can see that, they start the process expecting the audition to go well and pay extra attention to your performance.
- Don’t be lazy. If you are sent the script and sides. Read them, learn your lines, know your character. Look at the context of your scenes and know the relationship your character has with the other characters in the scene. You don’t always get the script but you often get the sides and you should try to become as familiar as possible. There is no excuse in the eyes of the Casting Director.
- Enjoy the audition. Be at ease and relax. The more relaxed you are, the more the casting director gets to relax and enjoy your audition too.
- Post-audition – don’t chase. They won’t forget about you and you sending an email just to say, “thanks for the audition”, doesn’t really serve much of a purpose. Just believe they will come to you.
Apparently my needs are known too well… How lucky am I?!
Summer has finally arrived!!! After work street drinking is in full swing :-)
Harry Potter Magical Wonder Day!! Lauren and I ate cake, geeked out over Potter knowledge and snapped, snapped snapped pictures!!!
Sneak peak of our shoot! I didn’t stop laughing ALL day!!
This guy!!! You can’t see sadly from the picture but..he was smoking the fattest cigar I’ve ever seen! He had the waiter pour his wine into a decanter and read his book on a Saturday night out in soho. What an absolute “try-hard”!
After the week I’ve had…hello Mr Wine!!!
Hmmmmmmm …how long until the Olympics?!! Stood for a solid two mins waiting for congestion to clear… I sense disaster!!!
Thoughts…? What was this guys “point”?!!
Ice cream naughtiness with minxy Miss Misha
Imagine my disappointment…I thought I’d bought a coke. It was only half way through I noticed it tasted…off! This. Sums. Up. My. Day!
Tonight I went with my Journalist friend to the Gala Performance of Revolution – a dance show. My Mum always told me that if I don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. However, I must tell you, if you are planning to go…Don’t! Kimberly Wyatt (PCD) and Adam Garcia barely grace the stage and when they do, their dancing is SO dull! Kimberly spends the first half just dancing with her arms while her feet stay planted to the floor and Adam appears three times performing what seems to be the same tap routine. Also all the dancers just pull odd faces at the audience. Note: Pulling your sex face on stage doesn’t make for a “sexy” face. On top of all this, the dancers were constantly bumping into each other on the small stage and losing their balance. They would stop performing before even entering the wings, which is one of my biggest pet hates – WE CAN STILL SEE YOU! The best girl in it is a pocket rocket blonde who doesn’t even appear to be in the programme, and even she lost my interest at the end. Trust me, we all saw better performances from kids on this years Britain’s Got Talent! I can’t believe something like this gets funding…
Inspired by the response my last post had, I thought I share another, more hilarious audition tale with you. I like to refer to this one as, The Tale of the Exploding Man!
It was one of those castings where your agent calls you up, you look at the breakdown (character brief) and think…”Erm?! I don’t suit this at all”. It was for a commercial too which, as I explained in my previous post, isn’t always plain sailing! I went along thinking the chances of me landing it were about as thin as a model at Fashion Week and I casually chatted to the other actors around me and gave the script a quick read.
Very unusually for a commercial casting, we were actually sent the script the night before and I’d had a read to see that mainly the two male roles spoke and us ladies were…fillers! However, on the day, the script we were given was entirely different and more scenes had been added. A couple of people asked if this is what other people had been sent the night before too, which everyone replied, “no” and smiled knowingly at each other that the script had just simply been changed overnight. No one really cared about it. It is the most common “problem” for actors to be auditioning with scripts they have seen just moments before.
Then, in comes the man…there is usually always one at every casting. The really LOUD actor who wants everyone else to notice them. He made a real song and dance out of the simplest of tasks; taking off his coat, finding a seat, filling out his form, it was all very dramatic. However, his look suited the breakdown to the ground; he was every bit the nutty professor with crazy big white hair and a monocle! The rest of us fell silent and went back to reading over our scripts, smartening up our hair or applying the last of our make-up.
After a few moments the man asks the group if there are any other copies of the script? I show him mine and he studied it for a moment, looked back at me and said, “No, the one they sent last night was different. That is what I am auditioning for.” I smiled and said, “Yes, I think they’ve changed it overnight. This is the new script.” – He blankly stared at me. – A few seconds went by. -
Then, out of no where, this man screams…and I mean SCREAMS! Everyone’s jaws were on the floor as we listened to him begin to rant and rave! He went on for a good few minutes, swearing every second or third word about the fact that he had stayed up all night learning his lines! He had cancelled work, cancelled a doctor’s appointment, and changed “everything” in order to be off script and word perfect…
When he stopped finally, the casting director came out of the audition room and politely asked if we could keep the noise down as every word could be heard. His face went very red and I thought to myself, you might as well go home now. A male actor offered up, “Never prepare too hard for commercial castings mate, they always change stuff” but it came out more sarcastic than reassuring.
Looking back, I feel quite sorry for him. Every now and then we all have that moment where the industry just chucks that final straw at us and we break. His look suited the job so perfectly, he had probably laid a lot of hopes on getting the part and done as much preparation as possible so that it would happen. Sadly, at a casting in earshot of the people you are about to audition in front of is absolutely the worst place for you to show your frustration.
I got lucky though and landed the job! I think the exploding man made me realise I could stand more of a chance than I thought…
I went to a garden centre …I must be getting old!!
To one and all….