September 3, 2013 | by Jack Sitch
Casting calls and auditions – unless it’s for the job you really want why should you care about them? Well if your dream is truly to be a screen or on-camera actor (actually this should even include stage acting) then any chance you have to participate in a casting call or audition is almost mandatory. Why? Well if you are staking your big career break on a skill you are not practicing a lot, then you may be throwing away the one chance you have to “make it”. Sounds like mandatory to me.
You need to stop and think about this statement …”any skill not practiced on a consistent basis is a skill that becomes a weakness”. Can you imagine Tom Brady or Peyton Manning NOT practicing passing the football, or Michael Jordan NOT practicing shooting the basketball? It’s the same for an actor. If you are NOT practicing the skill of auditioning then you are leaving your career up to chance. In Los Angeles actors participate in hundreds of casting calls a year and they STILL go to class to sharpen their auditioning skills. In the Black Hills there’s not even a hundred casting calls in a year so you really have to look for the opportunity to practice these skills.
So mark your calendars. Every Wednesday from 3PM to 6PM the Black Hills Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts holds an Open Casting Call for actors. Just like a professional audition, you’ll come in and present your monologue or a cold read of a film or TV side on camera. You might want to do both. It helps you practice the skill, or maybe even give you your first chance ever to participate in a casting call for on-camera work. For those of us looking to find actors for our projects, it helps us review the talent available in the Black Hills. It truly is a win-win.
Plus this Saturday is the BHIBCA (On-Camera) Audition Techniques mini-session in our studio. It’s a three hour session offering training in a)What to expect in an audition for an on-camera role, b)How to take control of the room and the audition, c)How to prepare for the on-camera audition, and more. The actors will participate in monologue and side cold read auditions. Each audition is videotaped and critiqued with the actor. It’s a great training for the aspiring on-camera actor and a great refresher for those who have experience. Don’t leave your big break up to chance; make sure you participate as much as possible so that you are ready when the door opens.
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