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First audition question:
“I recently had my first audition ever for a play. When I was done with my audition monologue, the casting director said, ‘That was perfect. You did a fantastic job’ and then sent me on my way. I knew I wasn’t getting the part, because I was immediately dismissed after I finished my monologue, whereas the guy who went in before me had an audition that lasted 15 minutes and I could hear her directing him. I was right, as I recently got an email stating that I didn’t get the part but ‘I will certainly reach out for other opportunities.’ Should I really expect to hear back in the future or was the casting director just being courteous?” —ew8793
Calling out casting directors?
“Is there any way to do this without jeopardizing your standing with an office? I was recently in a callback where one of the heads of the office pulled aside one actor before the call started and said (clearly not low enough for some of us to hear), “Just think of this as a class for you. The real important time is finals next week.
“Why am I here then? I get that casting is a bunch of moving parts, but so is my life. If you’ve got a performer you know you want, that’s great, but I could be at a different call where I’m going to be considered, or we could have one less body in a room with too many people, or I could pick up a shift at work.
“Maybe I’m overreacting, and feel free to call me out if I am, but this left a really bad taste in my mouth. And I’ve always considered this office to be really respectful of actors as people. But this seemed so...gross? I don’t know.” —Glitterandbegayaf
Meeting with an agent: leveraging an offer:
“Hey, wondering what everyone’s thoughts are:
“I’m on the hunt for my first agent. I have a few solid credits, training, good reel, etc. I’ve read so many agent submission email horror stories, and I don’t want to send anything cringe-worthy.
“Would it be appropriate to send email submissions (to places that accept unsolicited submissions, of course) explaining that I have a pending offer (a contract with pretty high, consistent salary) and asking them to meet to possibly help negotiate that offer?” —themixingminx
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