BRITT’S 5 TRICKS TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP

BrittRentschlerBRITT’S 5 TRICKS TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP

 

 

1. Get Inspired 

Realize that it is a time for you to take ownership of your craft, and that you get that chance to be in front of a CD (that you are always hoping a rep would get you). Tune out the white noise of the other actors, just as you would at an audition. Focus. Show ’em what you got. Find the excitement in a chance to be in your craft and show your skills.

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2. Withdraw

Don’t give into the tension in the room between the other actors who are fighting for the CD’s attention. When/if you see other actors “showboating” and asking innocuous questions just to get the CD’s attention, don’t participate. Be the professional who shows up, does their work, and has confidence that it will be enough.

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3. Find YOUR Scene 

Find a scene that resonates with you! When you watch a TV show or a movie and think, “I want to do that kind of work!”, then do it!! Transcribe the scene, bring it in. As long as it is not obnoxiously recognizable, out of your castability, something that the CD cast (big nono), or an intensely climatic moment that will not play well taken out of context, then you should do it. Nothing looks better on you than a story you are passionate about telling. And yes, please find something in the genre of the show that the CD is currently casting. Do your homework.

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4. Go Often

At Actor Salon, we suggest starting off with a bang. A multi week workshop gives you a chance to make a stronger impression, right off the bat. If you haven’t been called in around two months later, try to do a one night to remind them of you. After that, move on to your next targeted show. Focused energy shows the greatest return.

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5. Maintain the Relationship 

Postcards and Twitter are best. I know their are multiple opinions on postcards, but when you get a flyer from Bed Bath and Beyond in the mail every month, you aren’t mad about it, right? You may throw it away if you don’t need it, but when you do need something from that world, they are in your mind, you use the coupon, and they get your business. But on that note, please be reaching out only with positive wins from your career! No messages just to say hello. Share new information that helps brand you as an auditioning, working actor. And lastly, if they give you an email in their workshop, use it sparingly as a direct line to reach out about  role you know you are right for, or an invitation to see your work (web series, short film, play, etc.) Don’t over saturate the tool.

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A Word on Stillness

Stillness creates TENSION and tension is fascinating to watch. For an actor, being still might be the hardest thing to master but those watching worship it.

This article has some great thoughts on the art of being still from actor, Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, In Treatment, Vikings):

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Shrinking the Gap Between Good Taste and Ambition

Here’s a great video by Ira Glass that we’re positive you will enjoy! If you’ve already seen it, share it with someone who hasn’t.

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On Auditioning

As you begin to dig into your sides for class, below are some thoughts to keep in mind:

Ask yourself why did casting pick these particular scenes to use to audition actors for this project?

They have a reason for why they have chosen the particular scene(s). Try to get to the root. My guess is that it’s a test of their story, the key moments for the characters and their personalities. These moments mirror the arc of the full script.

Try to ask yourself:

* What is the STORY of the scene? What is the ARC, of both the full script AND the audition sides?

* What is the style or genre?

* Where does each scene take place in the overall story?

* What is EACH SCENE about in relation to, AND independent of, each other?  How do they contribute to the overall story?

Once you have a firm grasp on what story is being told in your selected sides, you will have a better understanding of how to prepare to deliver that story.


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