-- By Faith Hibbs-Clark
If you are not booking 1 in 10 auditions, it is time to take heart. The working actors that I train report that they are booking about 1 in 6 auditions. That is much higher than the average and you can make this happen too. Here is how:
1) Get more auditions. I know it sounds simple but getting more auditions improves your odds. Simply stated, the more auditions you get the better the odds are that you will book them. You can find more auditions by networking, getting or expanding representation and searching the web and casting platforms like ActorsAccess and others.
You can also get more auditions by either getting professional representation with an agent or expanding your representation. Many actors falsely believe that they can only get one agent. What you don't know, might be costing you more auditions. Depending on your area, state, or country, you might be able to have more than one agent or more than one type of talent agent.
Finally, get out there and network. Attend film festivals, and conferences like the Southwest Actors Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and interact with other actors and film professionals. Get good at networking to build relationships. If you want to become a pro at networking and learn good body language for networking events, check out my eBook, The Actors Guide to In-Person Networking.
2) Get called in for the right auditions. No matter how good your audition is, if you are not right for the role, you probably are not going to get cast. Make sure your headshot and your marketing materials accurately depict you and showcase your marketing strengths. This will help you get called in to audition for roles that are a good fit for you and help you avoid doing auditions for roles that don't fit you.
Additionally, you can talk to your representative about auditioning for different types of acting work. For example, union actors can also do print work. If you are non-union, you can consider asking your agent to submit you for lower-paying jobs as well.
3) Train for auditions. Acting is one thing but you also need to train specifically for auditions. It is its own medium and requires specific skills and abilities. There are standard protocols that should always be followed. For example, a prop can add to the visual communication of your audition but it can also be a "deal killer." Knowing some simple protocols will help you never make that mistake (download my FREE props checklist)
But beyond the audition basics which you can read about for free online, you have to learn how to psychologically get inside the head of the person judging your audition.
You have to know how to use scientific principles such as body language and communication to neural-couple with the decision maker to get them to take the action and pick you. When you use The Acting Science Method ™, this is much easier than it sounds. All you have to do is use my science-based proven formulas and add your own creative twist to the audition and BOOM! It is like having a cheat code for a video game or a magic spell book.
So that is it! Simple! Your booking ratio can blow up overnight with a little help from science.
Faith is a body language expert who specialized in deception detection before becoming a casting director and working in the film industry for over 25 years. She is the founder of the Communication Method for Actors, LLC & the creator of the Acting Science Method ™. www.cmfatraining.com
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