It is important that you treat everything and everyone with professionalism, look at it as if you were attending a job interview or applying for that special role at school. Be dedicated, reliable, calm and most importantly POLITE, and you are more likely to be remembered next time.
Here are some top tips to help you out!
Turn up on time, or even a little early if you can. Plan your route well ahead of time if it’s somewhere you’re not familiar with.
Try to take the minimum number of people with you, just a parent or chaperone is ideal. Some castings are done in VERY confined spaces and the waiting area may be busy with other hopefuls.
Parents/chaperones - make sure you are prepared! Take a little notebook, or something that has your child’s info in it such as age, height, colour of hair/eyes, waist measurement, agents name, address, phone number, previous experience etc.
Make sure you arrive looking tidy and clean, comfortable and relaxed.
Take a drink and possibly a snack, and something to do. You could be waiting for a while!
Wear clothes that suit what you are doing. Comfortable clothes for a dance or singing audition or for a casting, something that might suit the role you are after.
If you have been asked to prepare something for the audition make sure you know it and don’t need to rely on the script or lyrics.
If you are unable to make the Audition or Casting, let your agent know as soon as you can.
When in the audition room be positive, confident and friendly. Remember that they have asked to see you so they’re on your side!
CAN YOU GUARANTEE ME WORK?
No agency can guarantee you work so we will never promise this. We will endeavour to put you forward for as many castings that you are suitable for but it is the casting directors’ final decision as to who they see and who they offer the job too. We would love for everyone to have lots of jobs but we cannot always make that possible!
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I'VE GOT THE PART?
WHERE WILL THE CASTING TAKE PLACE?
Castings can take place around the UK and some regional productions that require children will audition locally. For those living in the South however, the majority will take place in central London. If you are unable to travel there at short notice this may limit the number of jobs you are able to be put forward for.
HOW MUCH NOTICE WILL I GET?
We will try to give you as much notice as possible but some castings may require you the following day! Most auditions will take place between the hours of 4-7pm
HOW MUCH WILL I GET PAID?
It is very rare to be told on the day if you have been successful, however for some theatrical recalls you may be told there and then. The majority of the time the Casting Director will contact us directly to advise if they wish to see you again.
You will not normally receive feedback from an audition unless you reach the final stages so please do not ask for this. Casting Directors see so many children it would be an impossible task to provide comments on every child. If we do hear anything we will of course pass this on to you.
Although there are opportunities which do pay well, mainly commercials or film, the majority of work lies in TV and theatre where the pay is considerably less. The objective of joining the agency should be because you love performing and want new experiences in a professional environment, if money is the motivating factor then perhaps you should reconsider whether this is the right route for you.