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1st Edition

Auditioning On Camera
An Actor's Guide

ISBN 9780415619028
Published July 25, 2011 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

To win a screen role, an actor must learn to contend with an on-camera audition. Understanding how to make the crucial adjustments to one’s craft that this kind of audition requires is vital to the career of any screen actor.

Auditioning On Camera  sets out the key elements of a successful on-camera audition and explains how to put them into practice. Joseph Hacker draws on 35 years of acting experience to guide the reader through the screen auditioning process with an engaging and undaunting approach. Key elements examined include:

  • textual analysis
  • knowing where to look
  • dealing with nerves
  • on-camera interviews
  • using the environment
  • retaining the camera’s focus

The book also features point-by-point chapter summaries, as well as a glossary of acting and technical terms, and is a comprehensive and enlightening resource for screen actors of all levels.

Table of Contents

Part 1: What the Camera Requires 1. You and the Camera  2. Nerves and the camera  3. Your On-Camera Interviews  4. Your On-Camera Entry  5. Agents, Monologues & Wardrobe Part 2: On-Camera Auditions  6. What the Structure of Drama Can Tell You  7. On-Camera Audition Strategies  8. The Importance of Where Your Character Looks  9. The Place Is the Circumstance  10. Audition Scene Preparation In Six Sections  Appendix A Sitcoms: Some Guidelines  Appendix B Auditioning for Commercials  Appendix C  Technical Secrets to Creating a winning DVD Audition 

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Joseph Hacker is an associate professor of theatre practice at the University of Southern California. He is also an actor and producer with over 30 years' experience, having appeared in such seminal TV series' as 24, Quantum Leap and the Twilight Zone.


Mr Hacker offers an invaluable set of skills for navigating the world of film auditioning. Every audition of my career, and indeed many times on the job, I have utilized his strategies. They are an excellent way to jump ahead of the pack and start with skills it takes others years to discover through trial and error.

- Deborah Ann Woll, Jessica Hamby on HBO's True Blood and a former student

Hacker's book is destined to replace Michael Shurtliff's 'Audition' as the auditioning guide for the 21st century. I use his methods every time I walk into the audition room and they never fail to leave a great impression.

- Robert Baker, Dr Charles Percy on CBS's Grey's Anatomy and a former student