What are you
looking for at the audition? || What if I can't bring a
partner? || What if my
partner doesn't get cast? || And if we're both
cast, we can do a scene together, right?
|| Okay, this all sounds
like a buttload of work.
are you looking for at the audition?
course we mention that we love actors who dig
improv and sketch comedy, but that doesn't mean
you can't show up with zero experience in those
arts, come in and do something from a contemporary
script, and still get cast.
We hope to see actors who get comedic
timing, who understand there is more than one type
of funny, who don't mind being the straight man if
that's what works for their scene, and who are
good with the "yes... and."
Definitely prepare a short comedic scene for your
audition (or be ready to cold read our comedic
sides). Three minutes would be a good target. Yes,
that's short, but y'know what? It's kind of like
listening to a new song on the car radio. You
don't need more than a few seconds to know whether
you want to change the station, right?
We do not
want to see you do a monologue. I know. You're
bummed. But we're looking for chemistry and
listening skills and the ability to bounce words
around with others (as well as checking out your
general talent, type, and vibe), which means we
need to see you interacting with another wonderful
person (rather than some fixed spot on the back
wall). See how that works?
Before you've even gotten the audition
appointment, we'll have reviewed your headshots,
resumé, and online demo reel. You'll also
have emailed us about your audition material and
showcase goals. But don't worry that your
marketing materials have to be "top notch" in
order for you to get cast. Part of what we do during the
showcase process is get your goods really
looking great. That's the Self-Management for
Actors component of being a part of this
cast. So, you needn't run out and get new
headshots before your audition (even though you
may need new ones before the showcase itself--but
honestly, we've been able to find "other shots" in
cast members' existing proofsheets that work
perfectly, so it's not always a "square one" kind
of thing). That said, our kick-ass sponsors give
our showcasers awesome deals!
|What if I can't bring a
problem! We can pair you up with other folks
auditioning who are also partner-free. You two can
either do material you've prepped and brought
extra copies of or you can do a good ol' fashioned
cold read together! Some actors need lots of prep
time. Others do better when they're working "on
the fly." If you're the type who needs to know your
partner and rehearse
your audition material, we recommend you find a
partner in advance or arrive way early for your
audition and pair up in the waiting area with
someone else who likes to rehearse.
|What if my partner doesn't
problem! You won't be the only person in that
situation, so we'll find a great scene partner for
|And if we're both cast, we
can do a scene together, right?
not. There is no guarantee that any actor will
work with another, nor is there any assurance that
you will be performing the material you used at
your audition or submitted for consideration.
"Hey! That's not fair! It's my money and I'll do
what I want!" Yeah... not here. You're absolutely
becoming a producing
partner in the showcase, but part of the
reason our showcase rocks so damn hard is the fact
that we're showcasing you as the industry wants to
cast you now.
If you have a burning desire to be seen only as you want to be
seen (and not how the industry sees you), you'd be
better served putting your hard-earned money
toward mounting your own one-person show or
shooting your own short film. We totally support
you in that goal. But that's NOT what this
showcase is about. Dig it?
(Please also see our Writer FAQ and Hyphenate FAQ, while
we're at it.)
|Okay, this all sounds like
a buttload of work.
is. No doubt about it. And it begins before you're
even selected for the showcase itself. You can ask
our previous cast members--and writers and
directors--and they'll tell you it was no small
commitment of their energy to get their headshots,
resumés, demo reels, websites, online
casting profiles, networking skills, and scene
work up to peak levels. But they'll also tell you
that even before the showcase performances, they
started reaping the benefits of using more
type-specific headshots, more goal-oriented
resumés, and more specifically-branded demo
reels to market themselves.
The benefits of being cast in this showcase happen
*way* before curtain-up! And they continue long
after we strike the set.
What a cool bonus to get your career focus
recharged! And really, would you want to be a part
of a showcase that didn't require you to take full
advantage of the industry exposure you're going to
get? Nah! Really, if you want the core criteria to
be the fact that "your check cleared," we're not
your showcase. You're actually gonna have to work
your arse off here. And you'll be better for it.