Today, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to the open auditions at Twickenham Stadium in London. I arrived at 4.30am with two good friends from East 15 Acting School and was soon joined with another in the queue. We waited in the dark, cold night unable to see if we were close to the front at all but keenly aware of the rapidly expanding queue behind us. At 6am, as stated, the doors opened and we moved into the stadium forming a snaking queue. To pass the time, me and my good friends sang a few cheerful songs and joking about the interviews we hoped to get through too. Finally, at 9.30 we filled out our forms; stapled our headshots and went into a tent to the first stage. Luckily, I and two others were successful in getting invited to meet a casting director. We entered a warm waiting room and then moved upstairs for a quick chat with a casting director.
1) Before you leave: eat a filling breakfast and have a hot drink. Pack snacks for the queue (I had Haribo and Pringles!)
2) Wrap up warm: lots of layers. You have to take them off before you see anyone who makes decisions anyway so it doesn’t matter if you look like an Eskimo outside.
3) Arrive early, at least an hour before the doors open.
4) Go with a group of friends, even if they aren’t interested in even auditioning, it’ll make the long waiting much more fun.
5) Have a good headshot! Even if its not professional, search what they look like and modify your best photo as close to their standards as possible.
6) They will ask you your acting experiences so if you really want to get through make sure you have some! (Could even be a school play.)
7) Typical casting director questions: What’s favourite film genre? What’s your favourite film? Who is your favourite actress/actor? What character would you like to play? BE HONEST WITH YOUR ANSWER- THEY WILL TELL IF YOU’RE LYING. Choose films you want to be in; performers you aspire to be; characters you love more than anything.
8) MOST IMPORTANTLY – HAVE FUN. Do not be disheartened if you aren’t recalled- the most likely reason is because you simply don’t suit the part or have enough acting experiences. As any performer will tell you; you can’t simply walk into Hollywood film industry, it takes time and hard work. Be happy with the fact you at least had the confidence to try out :)
I hope this is helpful to future auditionees and that you have as much fun as did today at the open auditions for the fantasmical STAR WARS :D
[One final note, unless you are able to play a young woman aged 16-18 or young man aged 18-20 then I would not advise attending the audition.]