Child casting calls can be nerve wracking for both children and parents. However, there are a few mistakes that can increase that stress tenfold and prevent your child from getting a callback. In this article, we’re going to describe some of the most common mistakes people make in child casting calls.
Eating Chewing Gum
While this may seem evident for most people, you’d be surprised to see how many children go into audition snapping chewing gum. Unless this is a particular character choice you’ve made and you feel it would work well with the role you’re seeking, it might be a better idea to toss the gum beforehand.
Not Keeping Eye Contact
Inability to keep eye contact is one of the most evident signs that a child is not ready for acting. This is one of the first things performing arts programs like Premiere Program teach. Your child should know at least basic etiquette and know how to maintain good eye contact with casting directors.
Now, scenes shouldn’t be played out while keeping eye contact the whole time, but your child should at least maintain eye contact when introducing themselves. This will show confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Not knowing the Proper Decorum
Your child should know the decorum to follow during their casting to avoid making major faux pas that could end up hurting their chances of getting a role. First, they should introduce themselves with a clear and loud greeting while standing straight and keeping eye contact with the casting directors. Second, they should perform their scene to the best of their ability. And once they’re excused, they should leave with a simple farewell and thank you. Make sure your child doesn’t ask about how great their session went or if and when they should expect a callback.
Refrain from making Excuses
It’s perfectly normal for people, especially children, to make mistakes at auditions. For the most part, casting directors are very understanding and accommodating and will allow your child to redo their scene. The last thing you want to do, however, is to start making excuses. Casting directors often frown on this type of behavior.
Showing Signs of Tiredness
This is a mistake that is easily made. It’s essential that your child is well rested before the audition. Not only will they be able to perform better but casting directors will only remember the child in the state they took the audition. If you child is too tired or sick to audition, it’s often better to skip it altogether. You might be tempted to ask your child to push through it, especially if you feel this is an important role, but it’s better not to so you don’t leave the casting director with a bad impression and hinder the chances of your child getting a role later on.
Casting calls don’t have to be a nerve racking experience. Make sure you steer clear of the mistakes above and you’ll have a definite leg up on the competition.