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    October 4, 2009
  • The Secrets from the Casting Couch

    Secrets from the Casting Couch came to life because I know so many actors who say, “I'm just bad at auditioning.” Writes Nancy Bishop.

    The Secrets from the Casting Couch
    Secrets from the Casting Couch came to life because I know so many actors who say, “I'm just bad at auditioning.” There are many excellent actors who perform poorly at castings. Why? I spend the entire book answering this question. In this article, I can offer three tips to start with. The first reason that actors struggle is fairly simple. Many actors love performing, and it follows that they do it well; but they hate auditioning, and it follows that they do it poorly. The first step in improving audition technique lies in making friends with the casting process.
    Attitude Adjustment
    When I was casting Dune for the Science Fiction Channel, I met one talented actress, Anna Rust, for the role of Alia. We called her back to read with us a few times. In the end we decided that she was a little too young for the role (she was only four at the time). When I told her father that unfortunately we had not chosen Anna, he said, “It doesn't matter. She thinks she already did the film.”
    In a sense Anna was right. She did have the role. For those few minutes when she came in for her initial meetings, she was playing Alia in front of camera, for an audience of three; myself, my assistant, and the camera operator. We then showed it to the producer and the director. The casting was a film in itself. She played Alia in a mini-film

    There are many excellent actors who perform poorly at castings. Why? I spend the entire book answering this question. In this article, I can offer three tips to start with.

    The first reason that actors struggle is fairly simple. Many actors love performing, and it follows that they do it well; but they hate auditioning, and it follows that they do it poorly. The first step in improving audition technique lies in making friends with the casting process.

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    Attitude Adjustment

    When I was casting Dune for the Science Fiction Channel, I met one talented actress, Anna Rust, for the role of Alia. We called her back to read with us a few times. In the end we decided that she was a little too young for the role (she was only four at the time). When I told her father that unfortunately we had not chosen Anna, he said, “It doesn't matter. She thinks she already did the film.”

    In a sense Anna was right. She did have the role. For those few minutes when she came in for her initial meetings, she was playing Alia in front of camera, for an audience of three; myself, my assistant, and the camera operator. We then showed it to the producer and the director. The casting was a film in itself. She played Alia in a mini-film.

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    Published on October 4, 2009 · Filed under: Advice, Current Issue, Highlights, Magazine Content;

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One Response to “The Secrets from the Casting Couch”

  • Nick
    says:

    Nice little story and indicative of how it goes with some of the younger actors. I’m a actors headshot photographer and have had similar situations with very young actors posing for a headshot. They often think they’ve “been a model” which they have in some ways, and it’s great to see the enthusiasm they show.

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