Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part by Michael Shurtleff, Bob Fosse

By Michael Shurtleff, Bob Fosse

The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, the Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you ways you will discover your dream! completely every little thing an actor must recognize to get the half is the following: What to do this second earlier than, the right way to use humour; create secret; the best way to improve a unique variety; and the way to guage where, the relationships and the contest. in reality, Audition is an important consultant to facing the entire "auditions" we are facing in lifestyles. this is often the bible at the subject.

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Why Do We Have to Go Through the Torture of Auditions? Because no one has ever devised a better way to cast. If you think of one, let us know. Even if the auditors know an actor, even if they have worked with an actor before, it gives everyone a much better chance to find out if the actor reads for the role. It's not a surefire method, of course, how could anything so subjective be certain? It's long and it's difficult and it's very expensive and in many ways it's a lot harder on the auditors than it is on the actors, but it's the only way we've got.

Because it's a more considerate way to woo the auditors. Because it always gives you time to think before you speak. This is merely my view. If you want to beard lions in their dens, go right ahead. Prepare to be bitten. What Do I Do at an Interview? Most actors come into the interview situation wearing a thick mask, spending their energies to protect themselves. It's rough interviewing someone who is determined to keep himself hidden. It's a lot harder to interview people than it is to be interviewed.

The best way is through an agent. There are other, more hazardous ways, such as sending your picture to a producer or a director or a casting director, followed up by imaginative letters to interest them in you. Many actors "make the rounds" of production offices, pestering the people there into giving them a reading. Sometimes this system works, if you've got a lot of shoes and a thick skin that doesn't mind rejections in person. I think the same thing can be accomplished by the mails, making it a more pleasant process on both sides.

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