The Different Types of Auditions

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An audition is a trial performance, by an actor, dancer, or musician, to demonstrate his or her ability suitability or skill. There are various types of auditions which are as follows:

o Open Audition – This is an audition that is advertised and any one can attend. There is usually a very long wait (but not always) depending on the popularity of the production and where it has been advertised. For example, if it has been advertised on television or radio (on a major channel or station) then you can guarantee that a huge amount of people will attend this audition. However, if the audition is advertised in a local newspaper then there are less people likely to attend.

o Private Audition – This type of audition is where you are given a specific date, time and location to attend and you are seen straight away.

o Recall – This type of audition is where they call you back because you have been short-listed for the production. For example if they saw 50 people they may call back 5 people and if you are one of the 5 people called back then that audition is called a recall. Some times you can get recalled several times before they decide who gets the job.

o Screen Test – A screen test is where you are asked to learn a short part of a script and then you are asked to come to the film or TV studio to perform on camera. The final decision makers may not be present so they will be sent a copy of your performance to watch on tape. Should the final decision makers be present they sometimes do a screen test to see how you look on camera.