The audition is your first step to getting noticed. It’s your job interview in the casting process. There are many kinds of movie auditions that you as an actor need to be aware of. Basically, the type of audition would depend on the preference of the director.
The entire process can be scary, especially if it takes up a lot of time, but if you know what to expect, you will feel more comfortable and relaxed.
A cold read is an audition that doesn’t give you a lot of time to prepare. You’ll get the scene on the day at the audition or the night before, but either way, you still have very little time to prepare.
In an on-camera audition, you will perform with a reader that is off the camera. You will be filmed while doing the reading. This is usually done in a first audition, and the film will be looked at by the casting director, producer, and all the other important decision makers.
After the bigwigs review the film, they have callbacks. In a callback, you will be performing in front of a bigger audience, and they may also film it. You have to be ready to take directions and show that you can adjust your acting style to what they want.
You may have several rounds of callbacks until they make the final decision. As an actor, you should understand that callbacks take time. It’s not unusual that auditions need four or more callback rounds, it’s just part of the business.
While a callback is still a typical audition, it is only for the candidates that passed the first round of auditions. During the callback, the actors will read scenes from the script. Once a lead actor has been selected, they will bring in candidates for the supporting role. They will read with the lead actor, looking for a right match. You’ll be assessed individually until the production company is satisfied with the dynamic of the actors in the cast. Callbacks are exciting, and you’ll be reading the script with experienced actors who will bring the characters to life.
Open casting calls or open calls are usually done in the theater world. The producers will post openings for a roll, and any actor who fits the description is welcome to try out for the part.
This type of audition is great when you need a lot of extras for the show. Open calls generate buzz and media coverage that will benefit the marketing plan of the film. Open calls are also called cattle calls, because herds of people stand in lines waiting to be seen and wanting to work on a movie. Reality shows love these open castings because it draws high ratings and is a cheap production filler.
If you plan on joining an open casting call, you’ll have to be extremely patient because the lines will be long. You’ll also have to prepare monologues and acting pieces that you can present when it’s your turn.
A set appointment is where directors meet an actor for the first time. When the director is seriously researching a specific role, they take the time to schedule appointments so they won’t have people standing around waiting hours in line.
If you appear right for the role based on your head shot, résumé, and reel submissions, or they like your look, they might want to set up a private meeting to learn more about you. You may be asked to do a cold reading or improvise.
Private auditions are the preferred method done by larger production companies. They look for a specific type of performer for certain roles. This is only accessible for those actors and actresses who already have full access to announcements like this.
This is a way for companies to see how the actors and actresses appear on screen. They check to see if the actor is capable and confident working with other. Screen tests are for roles that appear directly in front of the camera—TV shows, commercials, etc.
This is an audition that is not held in front of many. You will only perform in front of different agents and managers. A lot of actors and actresses are intimidated by this, since they will have to impress a lot of people. If you are successful in this type of audition, you will have plenty of job opportunities.
The process of going to movie auditions can be daunting. With this guide, you will know the different types of auditions. You can use it to further your knowledge in the industry because as an actor, you will constantly need to be updated on what is going on in the film world.