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Being cast for a film is something that every actor or actress should strive for. When you are auditioning for a spot, there ...
is something all judges look for. Basically, you don't want them to know you are acting. Make sure you become your character.
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How to Get a Cast for a Film
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 bit about slating in character. Now, why is that important? And I’ll tell you what that’s important.
When you come in to an audition, you need to slate in character, you need to stay in character, you need to be in character. That is from your personality, your attitude, your accent, anything that embodies your character you need to become that character from the time you walk in the door until the time you walk out.
Let’s say your character has a southern accent. Well, when you’re introducing yourself to the director or the producer, what you don’t want to do is say, “Yeah. Hi. My name is Lori Wyman. It’s very nice to meet you.” And then it’s time for you to do your dialogue and you just get into this cute southern accent and you just think because you know what happens, they know you’re acting. They don’t want to know you’re acting. Don’t ever let them see you acting. I teach a workshop. And in that workshop I strongly stress, “Stay in character. Be in character.”
A few years back I was casting an episode of E.R. and I had a girl that I had met at a workshop who came in to audition for 15-year-old pregnant, white trash, trailer park, southern accent, backwoods girl. Well, she was actually 26 years old which I knew but she was such a brilliant actress. And not only that, she also it could look 15, 16 years.
So she came in. She did this fabulous audition. And right when she about to leave, the director said to her, “Excuse me, how old are you?” And I was standing behind the camera and I'm thinking, “Oh my gosh. She’s going to tell the truth.” and “Oh, I hope she learned. I hoped she listened.” And without skipping a beat, she looked at him and she said, “I’m 15, sir.”
And I was so proud of her. And she walked out, and she booked that role and he never knew otherwise.