Secrets of Screen Acting

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Chapter 9


An audition is not just the moment of meeting a potential employer and perhaps reading for her; it starts when the casting people see your photograph and ends when you get back home after the audition/meeting/reading.

Since every actor has a set of photographs and is only too eager to send these out to potential employers, you have already accepted the concept of typecasting, that is, that we can get an indication of your acting from your photograph. Or, more precisely, we can get an impression of the type of acting you do from your photograph-the main factor being the way you look.

This has been dealt with in detail in chapter 7: Typecasting.

You can never tell when you will meet the person/people who will be auditioning you, so it is a good plan to get into your presentation mode from the moment you get within one hundred yards of the place where the audition is to be held. (Someone may, you see, be coming back from a coffee break and bump into you.) There was the actor who told the person she was sitting next to in the waiting room how rotten the script was that she was preparing to read. Since this was the writer-who had popped out of the auditioning room for a breather-this actor was quickly shown the door.

At the audition, you will often be asked to fill out a form with the most comprehensive list of your measurements-including such esoteric specifics as ring size, hat size, or glove size. Have these all written up (and kept up to date) on a separate card. (They do this so that, when they do cast someone,


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