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Are You Bringing It?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 7, 2012

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Rowan AtkinsonWhen you audition for a role, let's say a character role, are you "bringing it" to the audition or merely paying lip service to the script?

After reading an article posted by Dave Courvoisier, it's sad to say that not everyone auditioning does.

Hear more about what some casting directors and producers expect when holding auditions in today's VOX Daily.

Getting Noticed...For All The Right Reasons

When you audition for a job, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism through your proposal, quote for the work and sample of your voice for consideration. Most talent, when presented with a script, opt to record a brief portion of it to share their interpretation with the client.

What many don't do, however, is bring their entire game to the audition.

What Producers Want

The people who post jobs more often than not want to hear you read from their script. The read doesn't need to be very long, but it does need to get their attention and give them something to chew on.

Most people are risk adverse. In this business, you can't afford to be, not when you've only got their ears for a matter of seconds. Each audition provides you with an opportunity to make choices, and while you're making choices, you may as well make them big. As some might say, Go big or go home!

Giving It Your All!

The lengths some people will go to when finding the right voice and interpretation may surprise you. In an article Dave Courvoisier published recently (an embarrassingly true story), a client went so far as to listen to 400 responses in search of the perfect take.

The moral of the story is to always put forth your best effort, and with characters, that can mean the bigger the better. Most casting directors and producers agree that it is easier to bring someone's performance down a notch than it is pulling teeth to get more out of a read.

What's Your Philosophy?

Let us know about how you audition by adding your voice to the conversation now!

Best wishes,


Related Topics: reading


    Yes (I go all out when auditioning for characters). I'm recording and producing an audiobook at the moment where I do 4 or 5 different voices/accents/dialects. Voices are cool.

    Posted by:
    • Chris Barnes
    • August 9, 2012 2:47 PM

      I audition like it's the final. I go all the way!

      Posted by:
      • Jay Stevens
      • August 21, 2012 9:45 AM

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