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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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    SimplyAda
    I can relate very much.  :e  It happens a lot. But here's one thing, try not to date. At my middle school, everyone literally dates everybody and relationships never last. Part of the reason is that most of us aren't in that mature phase yet (mostly boys). As the days go by, we're growing. But, it's completely normal to have a crush on a boy. :) :thumbsup
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    Sorry for the late reply, but I'd love to help. If they don't want to talk to you, or don't like your jokes, don't talk to them. They probably don't like you, so you shouldn't try to make it better. You should hang out with your other friends. They'll make you feel better about yourself. If you don't have any friends in your class...that's the problem.  That's exactly what happened to me last year. But I started hanging out with the guys more, and they were really nice and had a lot in common with me. Maybe the guys will be nice to you and accept you. I hope I helped you. :)   
    reply about 7 hours
    SmartSunnyShadow
    Aw, that's sad. I know this is a late review, but I would love to help you make new friends. There are kids that do nasty things at every single school, trust me, you'll never find a perfect school, and if people are reporting this form of bullying, teachers are probably supervising children more, so don't worry about that. :) Now making new friends, ahh, that's very difficult. I can be shy myself, but it honestly depends. What I usually do is observe different groups of people, and see how they interact with each other. If the person seems nice, wait until the time is appropriate and greet them. A friendly "Hi, I'm new, could you maybe show me around, or help me with this, or tell me about this school?" That will start off a conversation. :)  As well, I tend to make jokes, or go to my funny side. I usually make way more friends that way. You could try to make slight jokes, and gradually make them less implied and more clear as you joke around.  If there are any other new kids, or shy kids, definitely talk to them. If there are any kids that look lonely, or sad, maybe take some time to approach them. If they look like the want to be left alone, leave them alone. If you're not sure, it's best if you see someone else interact with them first.  If you're bisexual, that doesn't really matter, and don't bring that fact up in a conversation. That's kind of personal, and when you get a little closer, you can say that. It's not really important, and necessary for people to know that. And it's personal too. So don't bring that up unless you really want to.  I hope i helped you! Sorry for the late advice. >_< 
    reply about 7 hours
    SmartSunnyShadow
    Several people are having the same problem as you. Whether they're the same gender or not, many people crush on some of their closest friends. So don't feel alone, remember that. I know this is some late advice, but I hope so far things are going good. Many people are feeling the urge of confessing like you. Yes, I think you should confess to her clearly, but when the time is right. She may not like you, but if you really really like her, you should absolutely confess to her. But be aware that confessing to one of your friends can ruin your friendship. You have to be cautious, confess when the time is right. 5 months may be long for you, but honestly, that's a short-term crush. Don't rush your confession, and don't give up unless you think you should. Getting over someone can be incredibly hard too, but you're either going to get over her, or confess to her. When the time is right, confess. When the time never seems to come, I'm sorry, but unfortunately, I think it's best if you get over her, because you have to be 100% sure before you confess to someone. You're risking your friendship to, so think if it's really worth it.  I hope I helped you. :) 
    reply about 7 hours
    vwala_12
    vwala_12 posted in Friends:
    I guess I mean I have been in a lot of drama since the school year started I also recommend if the bullying gets worst tell someone and don’t just walk away it will be worst if you do and if there gonna beat you up just run and tell a teacher or tell your parent so always keep alert!
    reply about 8 hours