Okay, not all actors, but a great number of them! Let me explain....
I'm currently in the middle of casting a SAG project with my bff and it's amazing to me how many actors throw opportunity right out of the window by making a myriad of mistakes. Because of my experiences so far, I've been inspired to write a series of posts called, "Confessions of a Pseudo-Casting Director". I'm really just going to break down what the process has been like from the start (releasing the breakdown on Breakdown Services) all the way to choosing our cast.
Now, I respect the privacy of every single person out there so I will NEVER name names or give away anything regarding specific physical characteristics, etc. I also respect the sanctity of the audition room. It's where we expose all of our vulnerabilities to a complete stranger and hope that they see us as the perfect choice to play the character that we are auditioning for. This series is not about judgement. The purpose of these posts is to help other actors identify things that they may be doing that are detrimental to them either getting called in, getting called back, or getting the part. While there are a few anecdotes, I will mostly be speaking in generalities because we saw some of the same things happen over and over again.
Personally, I have learned a great deal just from sitting in a room and watching actor after actor come in and either tremble with fear (So unnecessary because, um...who the hell are we? Plus, we are SO nice!), or just throw caution to the wind and go balls out in their performance, or completely miss the mark due to lack of preparation. We have had people blow us away, completely surprise us, completely piss us off, and/or leave us feeling disappointed.
As I was saying before, this experience has been tremendously helpful for me and I hope that other people learn from it as well! I urge anyone out there to please go sit in on a casting session if you can. Ask your agent to pawn you off on one of their casting director friends, post a notice at the different film schools volunteering your reader services free of charge, or if you're really ballsy, ask the CD at your next audition if they need any free help running the camera or being a reader. Being able to watch what other actors do in the room is invaluable.
My first post in this series is coming soon. I'm not sure how many posts there will be, but I anticipate at least 3-4. I want to be thorough so please be patient. Stay tuned!