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The Do's and Don'ts of Auditioning

Tips from a Top Casting Director

Hello fellow actors! Welcome to my acting blog. In this week's post I want to share some

Portrait go the Host Angelica Novak and the Guest Leila Bertrand
Portrait go the Host Angelica Novak and the Guest Leila Bertrand

golden nuggets I learned from my podcast interview with renowned casting director Leila Bertrand.

Leila has cast for film, TV, and theatre for over 25 years. She started out as an actress herself, so she knows the inside world of auditioning and what casting directors are looking for.

Here are Leila's top tips:

Choose Audition Headshots Wisely

A great headshot captures your essence, not a character. Leila cautions actors not to pigeonhole themselves by looking too "typecast" in their headshots. Show your range! She also advises keeping your headshots current as you mature.

Listen Actively in the Audition Room

Leila stresses the importance of listening and connecting with your scene partner. Don't get in your head about "acting" or trying to impress the casting director. Be present and responsive. Let go of your ego.

Ask for Clarification

If the casting director gives you an adjustment or note you don't understand, don't be shy to ask for clarification. It shows you want to do your best work.

Trust Your Natural Accent

As an international actor, Leila assures it's fine to use your native accent for roles. Don't force an unnatural accent that takes you out of the moment.

No Flubs in Self-Tapes!

When self-taping an audition at home, don't submit any takes where you mess up lines. Leila warns this looks careless to a casting director. Always do multiple takes and submit your best.

That's a wrap for this week! Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions for casting directors. Never give up on your dreams! Success could be one audition away.

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