Last week while casting for a project that required an interview audition (no script just you and often the hardest audition to master) we stumbled on the BEST audition technique lesson EVER! The act of selling you! When it comes to selling you, I can’t stress enough how important it is to remember that you are the best person for the job. From the moment you enter the room and say hello until the moment you leave, you’re on.
In this case, during a simple conversation with an actor about what she does and who she is when she’s not “acting” it was revealed that she had a specialized skill and background. So many “actors” especially those who are just getting started or re-entering the business forget who they are. Everyone has a life outside of acting. If you don’t, then find one. In this instance, her life outside of acting happened to coincide with a special request/need that had just come from our client…I love it when the world aligns:)
My point is-when asked a question like “what do you do when you’re not acting”, don’t tell me “acting is all I do, I live for acting.” While that may be true, it add’s nothing that I don’t already know to our “getting to know you” conversation.
I know you’re an actor or at least trying to be one because I called you in. Tell me something I don’t know, something of interest. Be sure however to find a balance and always read the room. Know what to say and when you’re approaching the line of saying too much.
I can’t count how many times people lose me during the getting to know you/exchange of customary audition pleasantries portion of an audition. Whether’s it’s a case of being shy or just not knowing what boundaries exist and which to cross, I’m not sure. What I do know is that if you don’t show a spark in your personality or add anything of value to the conversation your audition may not be memorable at all and like the situation I mentioned above, you never know when something uncovered during that conversation might just strike a chord.