Auditions are an integral part of every performer's life. From getting into drama school through to a successful career in an overcrowded industry, Auditions: The Complete Guide offers crucial advice, resources and tried and tested techniques to maximise success before, during and after each audition.
Written by an established casting director and former actor, with over 35 years of experience on a wide range of productions, this book offers a wealth of personal and professional insights, covering:
* drama and theatre schools
* amateur and professional auditions
* contemporary, classical, physical and musical theatre
* television and commercial castings, movie screen tests and self taping
* voice-overs and radio drama
* recalls and workshops
* handling job offers, and rejection
From training to triumph, nerves to networking and camera to casting couch, Auditions: The Complete Guide is an entertaining, accessible and indispensable read for every performer.
Richard Evans CDG has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989 and, prior to this, worked as an actor for 10 years. He has devised and presented audition and career development workshops at many top drama and theatre schools worldwide, and at the Actors Centre, London and has written Auditions: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2009) and 'A Casting Director's Perspective' for The Actors' Yearbook, 2005. He is a member of The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.
Richard Evans CDG has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989, and worked prior to this as an actor for 10 years. He has devised and presented audition and career development workshops at the Actors' Centre in London and Manchester, and at many top drama and theatre schools, as well as writing 'A Casting Director's Perspective' for The Actors' Yearbook, 2005. He is a member of The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.
Contents Introduction Acknowledgements PART 1 BEFORE 1 How a Production is Cast 2 Where to find Auditions 3 Preparation and Research 4 Submitting Yourself for Work 5 Showreels 6 Showcases 7 Networking 8 Agents 9 Audition Log 10 Audition Wardrobe 11 Perceptions 12 The Power of Positive Thinking 13 Gatecrashing PART 2 DURING 14 Entrances and Exits 15 Nerves 16 Drama and Theatre Schools 17 Amateur vs Professional 18 Theatre 19 Musical Theatre 20 Actor/Musicians 21 Recalls and Workshop Auditions 22 Television 23 Films and Screen Tests 24 Self Taping 25 Commercial Castings 26 Roleplay 27 Corporate Training Films 28 Radio Drama 29 Voice Work 30 Presenting 31 Interview Technique 32 Awkward Questions 33 Is Timing Everything? 34 In the Mood 35 Friend or Foe? 36 Actors Who Know Too Much 37 Same Old Faces 38 Recasts 39 The Casting Couch PART 3 AFTER 40 Red Letter Days 41 Success 42 Negotiation 43 Rejection 44 Follow Ups 45 Turning Down Work 46 Help! What if . . . ? 47 A Diary of an Audition 48 Final Thoughts Index