Representing Professional Actors and Print Talent in the Southeast

Audition Protocol

Audition Protocol:
  • If you get the script the night before, we expect you to know it and not use the sides.
  • Allow yourself an extra hour of driving time to get to the city where the audition is being held. There is always the chance of traffic, construction, wrecks, weather, etc.
  • Arrive in parking lot 20 minutes before your call time and walk in 15 minutes before call time and sign in.
  • Do not take family or friends with you into your audition.
  • Once you sign in you must not leave the holding area.
  • The person signing you in can answer most of the questions you have. If not, ask director when you go in.
  • Turn your cell phone off before you go into the audition.
  • Walk in smiling and shake hands firmly, look them in the eye and smile.
  • Don’t have sweaty palms, dry your hands before you go in.
  • Move to the spot where they want you to stand. Leave your bag just inside the door..
  • Ask all your questions before you do the first take.
  • You may ask for one retake, after that it is obnoxious. It doesn’t mean you’ll get it either.
  • Cheat actions like walking.
  • Know what your intention is and your moment before.
  • The key in comedy is reacting, timing, and playing the relationship.
  • Everyone wants you to be right for this part — trust your own instincts and sense of truth.
  • You must stay in character until the director says cut. They often wait about 3 seconds after you finish to say cut to make sure they did not cut you off — stay in character.
Commercial auditions:
  • Ask how to pronounce the product name if you are not 100% sure of it.
  • Framing of the shot — ask how much space you have to move around in.
  • When you slate your name they will usually film you in full body.
  • Once you get into the audition they will shoot you in a close up, usually from the shoulders up, so be aware of that and the fact that you can’t move around much.
  • Non-speaking commercial audition:
  • You’ll be asked to slate and then be prepared to answer questions, or do an improv.
  • Possible questions: “Tell me something about yourself, or what do you like to do?” Directors have probably heard 200 people that day talk about themselves.
  • Don’t tell them your age, marital status, children, or hobbies. Instead, tell a brief interesting story about yourself, preferably funny. They want to see some personality. Be prepared with 2 stories about 15 seconds each.
  • At improv auditions you will be given a scenario. Don’t stop doing it until they say cut.
Your physical appearance:
  • You are expected to stay in shape, this is a strenuous job and you must be prepared for it physically. This requires routine exercise, not just the day before.
  • White teeth — can’t say it enough: stained teeth can cost you the job.
  • Actors should not be too tanned, red, sun burnt or peeling. Sunscreen is a must.
Audition Wardrobe:
You will not have proper lighting at auditions, so you must compensate with what you wear and how you do your make-up and hair. When you get the job, you will have a full crew making you look great. We will let you know what you should wear if they have requested something specific. If no request has been made, dress the part following these guidelines:
  • Red, black and white tops generally don’t film well
  • No logos
  • Solid colors only
  • Shirts should be tucked in if they hang way below the waist. They want to see your shape. Trying to hide it only makes you look bigger on camera.
  • Don’t wear a shirt the same color of your hair if your hair touches your shirt.
  • No jewelry except small stud earrings, no glass or diamond earrings that reflect light.
  • Necklaces and watches are distracting and reflect light. We are selling you, not jewelry.
Audition Make-up & Hair:
  • Youth – Blot your face and/or wear light powder to eliminate any shine if needed. Cover-up on any temporary blemishes if appropriate. Use Chapstick if lips are visibly dry. No eye make-up or lipstick on girls.
  • Men – Blot your face and/or wear light powder to eliminate any shine if needed. Cover-up on any temporary blemishes if appropriate. Use Chapstick if lips are visibly dry.
  • Women – you should wear base make-up and/or powder. Use cover-up on any temporary blemishes.
  • Eyes – no frosted eye shadow, only skin tones and do not wear eyeliner on your bottom lids. This will add darkness where you don’t want it.
  • Lips – lipstick color appropriate to character and time period of project.
  • Hair – They need to see the length of your hair, do not wear it up.
For long hair, keep a rubber band on your wrist, in case they would like to see your hair up, you are ready and don’t have to move off your mark and go through your bag looking for one.