How to Start Auditioning

Auditioning is a process you should master a habit of today. This will be something you will have to do over and over until you reach the point you no longer have to be prescreened. A-list actors enjoy this perk stemming from their success. There are ways you can start auditioning like a professional yesterday. Auditioning is your job as an actor.

Before you even begin auditioning you should figure out the medium you want to work in. As an actor there are so many places of employment available doing a range of many different types of roles. If you’re into film and voiceover work, it’s best you have your journey in LA (That’s were most “Studios” are located). Commercial acting odds are increased in either LA or NY. New York City is still the Mecca of theatre.

You can pursue any genre in LA or NY but your chances are increased for the medium if you go were the majority of work is for that medium. It only makes sense. Some professionals may argue that. Like theatre, although you can pursue it in LA, NYC would be the place to prosper. Every sector has a prosperity zone, go live in that zone were the odds are increased.

Another plus to theatre actors is that they have the world, there are traveling theatre groups, cruise ships as well as Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway in NYC. Television Actors you have a choice, daytime television LA or NY, Primetime television LA or NY. But Film, film is still prosperous in LA. LA can tape year round ‘on location’, so it only makes sense. So step one would be living in the zone where your medium of choice is more prosperous and plenty.

Now that we have this figured out the next step is to have a professional headshot and resume. You should have a headshot that shows you off on your best days. Try to keep it simple with clothing and make-up choices. You want to come off as an intriguing blank canvas to be used in a production. Attract casting directors, directors and executive producers to you with a headshot that turns heads. Be the best ‘You’ in the headshot.

There are plenty of photographers in your town or near your town. Do you have a friend with a good ‘eye’? Well have them take a nice photo of you and get it enlarged to a 8×10 [nothing larger or smaller than a 8×10]. Since your just starting out, there is no need to go crazy and get a glamour photo session. You just want to get ‘started’.

So let’s assume step two would be to get a headshot of you to start marketing. What’s the next step?

Now… you have to get work. If you have no prior work, get started! Join a theatre group; you can start in your local theatre house or community center, most theatres host independent acting classes and theatre groups, visit them and find out what they offer. [Soyouranactor.com has a free directory of theatre groups in NYC] You can also get started by doing extra work. Join websites like actorsaccess.com, NYCasting.com and actorsfirstny.com.

Actorsaccess.com is a free to join site [pay per submission] that hosts casting breakdowns for LA, NYC, Toronto, Texas and more. If you’re in NYC you can join actorsfirstny.com for free casting breakdowns for film, theatre and some industrials in your inbox weekly and/or daily. There is also nycasting.com or lacasting.com that is affiliated with Central Casting, the biggest background-casting agency in the USA.

NYCasting.com also known as ‘Castings Network’ is a monthly subscription site but if you visit a Central Casting office in LA or NYC you can get a free profile on the Central Casting part of the website. The free profile will be mostly major primetime television and film casting breakdowns.

The ‘free’ Central Castings profile will host a digital picture of you; with the pay membership you can post your headshot. A NYCasting.com or LACasting.com profile without visiting Central Casting offices will get you breakdowns for web series, independent and student films and some television; principal and non principal roles.

Please visit centralcasting.org for specific hours you can visit. There are special days for Sag and non-sag, men, women and minors. Craigslist.com under ‘gigs’ in the ‘talent’ section is also a gold mine for major casting breakdowns. Be aware of scams though.

Once you live in your acting medium city of choice, get your headshot taken and reprinted on 8×10 sheets and accumulate theatre and/or film/television/commercial credits you will then be able to tackle bigger principle roles. Start preparing for your principal roles by taking classes for your medium of choice. If you’re into film take film-acting classes, theatre, take theatre-acting classes and so on.

If your not acting, be studying acting and preparing for your principle roles. Do meet ‘n’ greets with industry professionals, seminars, free acting related classes and keep auditioning. The more you do the better your odds of success.

You’re profiles on actoraccess.com and nycasting.com will land you auditions. The more you submit for the higher the amount of auditions you get. Keep submitting, keep submitting and keep submitting. That’s the first step to auditioning. Everything else mentioned in this article is just laying your foundation. Bonne Chance!