davidlowe

About davidlowe

David fell into commercial casting as a “day job” while pursuing acting. His years of experience running casting sessions will help you be more effective when auditioning for commercials. (…and yes, most of what he will share with you can be applied to theatrical auditions as well.)

EXCUSES AND APOLOGIES…

I have touched on this topic before, but just the other day in a casting I heard all the excuses and apologies I have heard in the past. So, just to recap because it is a new year…

I know it is polite to apologize, that is the right thing to do when you may have offended or harmed someone, but apologies are NEVER appropriate in an audition. LET ME REPEAT – Continue reading

Hey, that guy booked my commercial! Part II (or casting myth’s-part II)

After  my last post, I worked two solid weeks in casting and got a lot more material for this blog… The one thing I can assure you is not a myth, is that working in casting does get you more opportunities to audition, by sheer proximity to auditions and casting directors. The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Could not be more accurate when it comes to casting directors. That being said, leads me to… Continue reading

Hey, that guy booked my commercial – part1

I was thinking about a lot of misconceptions that other actors have about session runners who also act and that they have a perceived “unfair advantage” when it comes to booking jobs over other actors. Here are a few of the myths about working in casting as an actor.

Myth #1 – The session runner can just put him or herself on camera for the job they are working.

FACT #1 – Not all casting directors will let you audition for the job that you are working and if they do, they usually have you be one of the first ones to audition so you don’t have the advantage of watching people audition all day.

Myth #2 – Session runners can just “book the job” by getting on tape.

FACT #2 – As explained above, even when the session runner gets to audition, there is no guarantee that he/she will get a call back or  have a better chance at booking the job.

Myth #3 – even if the session runner never auditioned for the job, by just working the call back they could book the job.

FACT #3 – Yes, this could happen, but it is more the exception than the rule. Out of the 10 years I have run casting sessions and callbacks, I have never booked a job, just because I was in the room. I do know of 1 person who booked the job because he ran the callback.

Myth #4 – When you audition with a session runner at a callback (and he/she is not running camera and just auditioning) and you walk in the room, for a group explanation, or are paired with him/her and the director knows them and talks only to him/her, they will probably book the job.

FACT #4 – When a director talks to an actor who happens to run casting sessions or even talks to an actor he or she knows and no other actor in the room, all it means is the director is talking to them. It does not mean they have a better chance of booking the job than you do, the director is just being friendly. That is it, nothing more.

In part II I will continue with more myth vs. fact …

Practice builds confidence part II

In my previous post, I was talking about how to get better at auditioning, even if you don’t have a lot of auditions… sounds impossible, but it’s not. So, you finally have an audition and you feel a bit rusty. Aside from doing your prep in the lobby, listening to what the session runner tells you, what else can you do? Continue reading

Practice builds confidence

In yesterday’s blog, I laid out a typical commercial scenario and let’s assume you have a similar audition experience once a week. So, how are you supposed to improve if you only get a few appointments a month?

Remedy #1: I don’t care what level you are, if you have booked 50 commercials in the past and are not getting callbacks or avails or you have only been auditioning for a year, Continue reading

Commercial auditioning takes practice…

To be really good at something, even an expert at something, you need to practice. We have all heard that saying. As actors this can be problematic because we don’t always audition consistently on a daily, weekly…or even monthly basis. So, when you get a commercial audition and you have not had one in, well, let’s just say you feel out of practice.

The next day, you get a text message, you confirm with your agent, you can make it tomorrow even though you have to rearrange your work schedule to make it to the other side of town. Continue reading

Mistaken Identity: Do you know what the Casting Director looks like?

THE BOURNE IDENTITY, unlike the movie, mistaken identity is not life or death… although it can feel like it. Do you know who’s auditioning you, not just their name, but their face? Like the movie, you are at a disadvantage, the c.d.. knows what you look like. Eventhough it’s not necessary to put a face to a name of the person giving you an audition, it’s not in your best interest to assume with blind confidence you know which person is the casting director. Is it the person in the room behind the camera? Is it the person who may pop their head in the room and interrupt your audition? Is it the person that walks through the lobby with a look of self-importance as they head to one of the sessions? Or is it that person on the other end of the phone who rings in after your first take and tells the camera operator something cryptic before your second take? Guess what? It could be any one of these people or none of them. Continue reading

One simple step…

CLUELESS: I am not talking about the movie, I am talking about a way of being. For the love of God, please act like a professional actor. Let me explain something, have any of you reading this ever worked in the service industry? Do you like it when you are 5 hours into an 8 hour shift and a customer can’t make up his or her mind, changes their order several times…? Continue reading