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Auditions

The Complete Guide, 2nd Edition

By Richard Evans

Routledge

332 pages

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Auditions are an integral part of every performer's life. From getting into drama school through to a successful career in an overcrowded industry, Auditions: The Complete Guide offers crucial advice, resources and tried and tested techniques to maximise success before, during and after each audition.

Written by an established casting director and former actor, with over 35 years of experience on a wide range of productions, this book offers a wealth of personal and professional insights, covering:

• drama and theatre schools

• showcases

• amateur and professional auditions

• contemporary, classical, physical and musical theatre

• television and commercial castings, movie screen tests and self taping

• voice-overs and radio drama

• networking

• recalls and workshops

• handling job offers, and rejection

From training to triumph, nerves to networking and camera to casting couch, Auditions: The Complete Guide is an entertaining, accessible and indispensable read for every performer.

Richard Evans CDG has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989 and, prior to this, worked as an actor for 10 years. He has devised and presented audition and career development workshops at many top drama and theatre schools worldwide, and at the Actors Centre, London and has written Auditions: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2009) and 'A Casting Director’s Perspective' for The Actors’ Yearbook, 2005. He is a member of The Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgements

PART 1 BEFORE

1 How a Production is Cast

2 Where to find Auditions

3 Preparation and Research

4 Submitting Yourself for Work

5 Showreels

6 Showcases

7 Networking

8 Agents

9 Audition Log

10 Audition Wardrobe

11 Perceptions

12 The Power of Positive Thinking

13 Gatecrashing

PART 2 DURING

14 Entrances and Exits

15 Nerves

16 Drama and Theatre Schools

17 Amateur vs Professional

18 Theatre

19 Musical Theatre

20 Actor/Musicians

21 Recalls and Workshop Auditions

22 Television

23 Films and Screen Tests

24 Self Taping

25 Commercial Castings

26 Roleplay

27 Corporate Training Films

28 Radio Drama

29 Voice Work

30 Presenting

31 Interview Technique

32 Awkward Questions

33 Is Timing Everything?

34 In the Mood

35 Friend or Foe?

36 Actors Who Know Too Much

37 Same Old Faces

38 Recasts

39 The Casting Couch

PART 3 AFTER

40 Red Letter Days

41 Success

42 Negotiation

43 Rejection

44 Follow Ups

45 Turning Down Work

46 Help! What if . . . ?

47 A Diary of an Audition

48 Final Thoughts

Index

About the Author

Richard Evans CDG has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989, and worked prior to this as an actor for 10 years. He has devised and presented audition and career development workshops at the Actors' Centre in London and Manchester, and at many top drama and theatre schools, as well as writing 'A Casting Director's Perspective' for The Actors' Yearbook, 2005. He is a member of The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER001000
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General