If You Could Audition For One Role, Which Role Would It Be?

Okay, I’m going to grant you one wish and that is to have any audition you want. Whatever role you want to audition for, you can audition for. Which role are you going to choose?

Now are you going to choose the major leading role in a studio picture? Therefore if you get that audition, will you get the part? If not you’ve wasted a wish. Your wish should be to audition for the role you were born to play.

At this stage in your career, what is the role you were born to play? What is the next role in your career? What is the next role you would be ideal for in terms of character and in terms of the production and size of the role?

That’s the role you need to be chasing. The role you were born to play, not the role you dream of playing. Otherwise you’ve wasted a wish haven’t you?

Casting Directors Hate This In Auditions

I came back from holiday recently, and on holidays is when I read all the books I try and keep up with and can’t when I’m reading scripts. A book I read was ‘Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith.

The book described a character as ‘a reliable pursuer of the obvious’. You think of that kind of person. Who is a reliable pursuer of the obvious?

You think someone who’s really conservative, narrow focused, narrow thinking. They’re not imaginative and spontaneous.

The point I’m making is when I go into the audition space if you give me a faithful rendition of what’s in the sides. So many actors do. If I’m seeing 20, 30 people I guarantee 80% of them are following it, right down to the punctuation.

What does that make them? It makes them a reliable pursuer of the obvious.

Did you start becoming an actor to be a reliable pursuer of the obvious? Of course you didn’t.

You must take risks. You must be inspiring to the casting director, to the filmmakers, to the decision makers. Because that is what’s going to inspire us, maybe to get this role, maybe not, but more importantly it’s going to inspire us to want to see you again.

You have to deliver individuality and not be a reliable pursuer of the obvious.