Step 9: The Callback

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Congratulations! You got a callback! The key to a callback is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

You have no real idea why got you a callback. Was it your choices? Your attitude? What you were wearing? Your pre-audition banter? My best guess is that it was a combination of all of the above, hence: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. At the same time, don’t try to technically reproduce your audition. Being organic is a huge part of a good audition, and once you try to reproduce when you raised your hand, when you took a sip of water,  when you looked out the window — at your first audition, it will lose the spontaneity of the read. Stay organic. Here are some tips for your callback:

1. Re-run your lines. There may be a substantial amount of time between your audition and your callback. You got it right the first time, so make sure that you are still as good with the lines as you were at your additional audition. Don’t assume that you remember the lines!

2. Wear what you wore at the audition. Going back to the old adage that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” wear what you wore to your audition. The entire package of the way you presented yourself in the role worked last time, so why change it?

3. Don’t add anything. People do strange things at callbacks. I have seen people bring in ridiculous props, create an accent for the character, create a limp. Don’t do that. Keep it simple.

4. Don’t ask presumptuous questions. You have a callback — that does not mean that you have the part. You will certainly be anxious to know when the shoot will be, about wardrobe, etc., but don’t jump the gun. Your job is still to do a great audition and to leave the room with confidence. Don’t expect the casting director to give you the role, or provide any feedback, for that matter. If you get the part, I guarantee that the production company will want to book you as soon as possible in order to ensure your availability. That’s when your agent can ask all of those questions you have, but until then, chill.

5. Have fun!

Now, let it go! You have done all that you can do. If you get the part, you get the part. If you don’t, you don’t. Stay positive.

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Last modified: August 13, 2017

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Step 9: The Callback

  1. I think this is a great site for getting questions answered for noobs like me.

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