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CASTINGS & CASTING DIRECTORS. PART I.
There is a lot to cover on this subject, so I am separating it into two parts. Throughout the series I will revisit this topic as there are always new revelations, and you will have questions around casting I am certain.
Each casting director operates differently, and has different likes and dislikes on how they expect you to present yourself, but there are some very basic rules and requirements that you need to be aware of, which I will explore in this two part episode.
How should you prepare the text before the audition? How should you conduct yourself in the waiting room, and how should you present yourself when you enter the casting suite? This is what we shall explore in the first part.
One essential tool in preparing for an audition when studying the text, and I believe every actor should posses it, is what I refer to as the actors' bible: ACTIONS: The Actors' Thesaurus. It is compiled by Marina Calderone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams with a Foreword by Terry Johnson, and published by QSM| DRAMA. You can purchase it on Amazon.
It is a 'dictionary of actions', which enables you to underscore your character's objectives and motives, and provide you with a subtext, by giving you a different action for each of your line sentences. Instructions on its use are contained within the introduction. You will find it invaluable in helping you not only book the job, but in executing the role when it comes to performance on stage or in front of the camera.
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Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus