Tips About Casting from Hesperidian

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Part 2 in a Continuing Series:

Auditioning for Hesperidian Productions

Looking for talented actors for Hesperidian Productions’ film projects is both exciting and challenging.  We cast our net widely and carefully review all the submissions that come our way.

After spending many hours selecting actors to audition, we hope that each and every one we see will demonstrate a level of ability that justifies our choice.  Here are some tips that will help you impress us with your talent, professionalism and knowledge of the industry:

  • Please look like your headshot. If you don’t look like your headshot, we are going to be very sad and very confused. Major photoshop on headshots is highly discouraged. Own your beauty.
  • Remember that your audition begins the moment you walk through the door. The door of the building, not our office. Please present yourself as the professional and talented person we know you are.
  • Never do Shakespeare for a film audition. Shakespeare is written for the stage. Theatre and film are very different media. Only do Shakespeare if the film you are doing is a Shakespearean film.
  • Don’t use accents or dialects when you’re doing monologues — unless it’s been requested as part of the audition process.  A faulty accent, while irrelevant to our casting criteria, may distract from an otherwise fine audition and leave us thinking of what you didn’t pull off, rather than what you did.
  • If you aren’t going to be at the audition that was scheduled, call us. If you’re running late for your audition, call us. It’s common courtesy.
  • Please prepare exactly what’s been requested for the audition. Coming in without being prepared looks worse than a call to politely cancel your audition. If you don’t take yourself and your craft seriously, no one will.
  • When choosing your audition material:
    • Choose monologues that you’d like us to associate with you. Unless you’re auditioning for a character that requires it, an offensive, disgusting or violent monologue may leave us with a disquieting impression of you.
    • For the same reason and with the same caveat, never choose a monologue that is violent or offensive to any social demographic. Screaming derogatory terms at Producers, Directors, and Casting Directors is not a winning approach.
    • Do age-appropriate monologues.  If you were to break the rule about Shakespearean monologues for film, which we hope you won’t, know whether you’re better suited to play Juliet or the Nurse and choose your scene accordingly.
  • There are a million different resume templates out there. Use one that is simple and easy for us to scan quickly during an audition.
  • On your resume, it is preferred that you list the project’s name, the director/production company, the name of the role, and then “Lead, Supporting, or Featured Extra” beside it. The relative importance of your role in the production won’t be evident in most cases just from the character’s name — unless you followed up your run as Blanche DuBois with a turn as Juliet Capulet before starring as Alice in Wonderland.
  • Look professional. Dress comfortably but look polished.
  • Scheduling your audition as early as possible will increase your chances of being called back since we will have fewer performances to compare with yours. Leave a strong and positive impression with us that can last through weeks of auditions.
  • Never criticize your own audition in front of the Casting Director, Director, and Producers. Be confident in who you are and the work you’ve done! Remember, someone called you in because they believe you fit the part.

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