You’ve got a highly under-utilized commercial audition secret weapon in your pocket: your cell phone camera! Here are my tips on what to snap! CALLBACK AND BOOKING DETAILS Generally, the callback and booking dates for the job you’re auditioning for are posted near the sign-out sheet. Snap a photo so you can plan to be available after you crush it in the room. THE … [Read more...] about Your Secret Commercial Audition Weapon
Welcome back for Part Three of Auditioning for Commercials. Today we’re going to talk about the callback and get a little perspective from the decision maker’s side. A commercial callback is very different from your first audition. There will be many more people in the room watching you. These will usually include a casting director or assistant, the director, representatives from the ad agency, … [Read more...] about Auditioning For Commercials Part 3
In How To Audition For Commercials Part 1 we talked about how to walk into the audition room like a booking machine. Now, I’ll share a few tips for the actual read. We’ll discuss memorization, staying positive, and commercial improv. Let’s do this! SHOULD I MEMORIZE THE SCRIPT? Doesn’t hurt! However, it’s not uncommon to see the script for the first time when you arrive at the … [Read more...] about How To Audition For Commercials: Part 2
This series is for those of you hoping to find a home in the commercial game because they’re certainly a whole other animal than “regular acting.” Auditioning for them is another skill set you’ll need to refine. I’d like to share with you a few lessons I’ve learned over the years while auditioning for commercials. 1. WATCH COMMERCIALS. I totally get the desire to fast forward through … [Read more...] about How To Audition For Commercials: Part 1
After your solid performance in the audition room, the casting director gives you a few notes and has you do it again. Maybe even a third time. Finally you get a, "Great job! Thanks for coming in!" and they send you on your way. Now you're in the car, replaying the interaction and trying to predict your future. Ah, the old “Try to decode the seven words a casting director said.” game - I … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean When Casting Redirects Your Audition?
“Tristen’s got a checklist for everything!”My friends often tease me for my love of The Container Store, new iPhone apps, and checklists. They think I LOVE to be organized.But I’ll share my dirty little secret. I don’t love to be organized - I’m actually a bit of a mess. But I absolutely HATE being stressed. And that hate far outweighs my desire to be “laid back” about the important … [Read more...] about Leaving Your Auditions To Chance? Swipe My Free Checklist!