Lights, Camera, Action! When most people think of acting, they think of the silver screen. They think of the huge Blockbuster movies starring the biggest actors in Hollywood! Everyone loves to go to the movies and many more kids and teens want to be in movies than ever before. The romantic idea of acting on the big screen is now considered an attainable goal for many.
Just like any other type of acting, acting for film takes luck, tremendous patience, hard work, proper training, and determination. Many people have the misconception that all you need is good look and the ability to read some lines to become a movie star. This couldn't be further from the truth! Film acting takes a tremendous amount of work. But, if you have the talent, it can be done. It starts with the audition.
It is important that an actor be well-rehearsed before going in for the audition. An actor should be involved in acting classes, and they will usually go to an acting coach before their audition to make sure they are as prepared as possible. It is also important to arrive at least 15 minutes before your audition time. Being late will almost guarantee that you won't book the job, or ever get called in for another audition with that casting director.
For a movie audition, the actor is usually required to perform a scene from the movie script, reading the dialogue of the character they're auditioning for. They will usually be reading the scene with the casting director, who remains seated with a dead pan face, and monotone voice. Sometimes, you will be reading in front of a room full of people, including the director, producer, choreographer, etc. The more prepared you are with the material, the better your chances of being able to succeed.
The audition process can be quite intense for movies. Some movie auditions can go on for months! There are many stages to the movie audition process, and an actor can get called in several times before either getting the part, or finding out they just weren't quite right for it. It can be physically and mentally exhausting. Although, the long wait and energy put into it can be well worth it if you end up booking the job. Once again, patience is a very important virtue if you want to make it as a film star.
It's important to remember that if you leave a good impression with the casting director, they will keep you in mind for future roles. Ironically, sometimes not booking a role, can lead to an even better opportunity in the future. That's why it's imperative to treat every audition with the same amount of professionalism. You can't win every time, but the more times you audition and give it your all, the better chances you will have of landing the role you've always dreamed of! Work hard and maybe you will see your name on big screen!