There are many casting directors that discourage the use of props in auditions. However, props play a subtle but crucial ...
role in determining if an individual gets the part or not. Learn more about how props can enhance your chances by watching this video.
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How Props Can Enhance Auditions
On behalf of TVLesson.com, I'm Lori Wyman. With Lori Wyman casting and I'm going to be bringing you audition tips today from my new book The Organic Actor.
Let’s talk a little about props and how they can enhance or not your audition. Many times if you go to an acting class on auditioning class or read some of the auditioning books, they tell you that props are a no-no. I have written an entire morsel in my book the Organic Actor about props because I think that they are crucial.
What if somebody asks you, “What time it is?” So, you’re natural reaction would be to pick your wrist and tell them what time it is. Well, which one looks better? Somebody says, “Hey, what time is it?” You do that? What you’re looking at? Nothing. Somebody says, “Hey, what time is it?” You do this, “Oh, it’s -- oh, it’s 11 o’clock.” Which one looks better?
How about this? Let’s say you’re working for the county, okay? You have government job, that’s your audition. You’re reading for the part of the secretary who has a government job. And you need a pad and pen, because the casting director is asking you questions that you’re going to write notes down. So you come into the audition with a steno pad, and a pen. Which pen would make more sense for secretary who worked for the county? The Lori Wyman casting pink highlighter? No. The orange highlighter? No. The wonderful telluride film festival that goes up and down as you turn it? No. How about the plain black Papermate? Yes. Can you see it? A subtle prop can absolutely make the difference in your audition. Keep them simple, keep them real.