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The Casting Call 411

We've all had dreams of making it big as a movie or rock star, but have you ever tried making those dreams come true? What if we told you we had the inside scoop on how you can land a part in a movie, TV show or even a music video? Take a look at what casting directors look for when you're heading off to those nerve-racking casting calls!

Movie and TV Audition Tips - Getting The Call

When a casting agency is putting out an open casting call, they'll often advertise on local radio stations, on the internet, in newspapers and even get in contact with school drama departments. More often, casting calls and auditions are closed to the general public and you have to be a member of an actor's union to be invited.

Movie and TV Audition Tips - Get Noticed!

  • Don't cause yourself any unnecessary stress. Show up for an audition 10-15 minutes early and be prepared to wait.
  • Once you've made it to the audition, you want the casting director to remember you. If you've been given lines to read ahead of time, rehearse them with anyone you can. Being unprepared won't score you leads in feature films!
  • Try not to be nervous. We know you're bound to be anxious, but just remember that casting directors are people too and you'll do a much better job if you're relaxed.
  • Walk in with a big smile and a lot of confidence. Nothing blows casting directors away more than peeps who exude self-confidence.
  • Practice makes perfect! If you have the opportunity to take a drama class at school or at your local community center, do it. Just like in sports, you have to keep stretching and training your acting muscle if you want to land that big part.
  • Need more help on landing yourself an acting gig, getting into a union or snagging an agent? Click here for all the best info!
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    AimeeJury
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    6thBeatle
    6thBeatle posted in Style:
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    6thBeatle
    Don't worry too, you'll grow up too and live on your own, I noticed that my aunt is unfair to children (except to her child) and I can't wait to be an adult (she's afraid to adults). And when you grow up, don't make revenge to your parents, I know that you still love them. Trust me, things would get worse if you make revenge.
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    6thBeatle
    I understand you, but those things are worse than my experience. I am a very lonely nerd and I don't have friends. When my mom goes to work she leaves me with my unfair aunt. My aunt is so unfair, she always blames me and ignores my explanations, she always defends my 5 year old cousin even though she's wrong. She's so unfair I wanted to drink bleach or hang myself but I realized that there are more people who love me. When I was months old or maybe 1 year old my dad broke up with my mom because our family doesn't like him because he hurts my mom physically, called my grandpa a liar even though my dad knows how honest he is, and he always blamed things on me when I was a baby. I met him a month ago (maybe), and we were supposed to talk about important thing like if why he left me and other stuff like that, but instead he boasted about being the best pilot in the airport, he did nothing but boast. I never want to meet him again. My problem with my mom is that she hurts me horribly like jumping on my back, and she says hurtful things like she wanted me to die and that she loves her boyfriend (who is a jerk) more than me. I have to admit, I'm the one who started the mess, but that's no way to discipline your child. I apologized to her, but she is still pulling my hair. After we relaxed for about 40 minutes, she apologized. That's it, but my mom is really hard working and is very patient to me (but when it's too much, she gets crazy). There's always a good side of someone. I hope that there are more of your relatives and friends who love you, my advice is to write a letter to your parents, and if it didn't work well, you could always talk to the guidance in your school or your teacher, that's the only one I could think of.
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    QveenAvi
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    The way they are doing it is wrong,however it sounds like your parents really love you and really want the best for you. they have faith in you. when you get a 3 if they know that you can get a 4 so they address you want it. not that they don't love you.Your parents were the ones who raised you and introduced you to this life so you should always respect them and think them as your god.
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