An audition is a sample performance by an actor, singer, musician, dancer or other performer. It typically involves the performer displaying their talent through a previously memorized and rehearsed solo piece or by performing a work or piece given to the performer at the audition or shortly before.
There is a chance that your child will get “a callback” after an acting audition if that acting audition goes well and your student is right for the part. When your student gets a callback for an acting audition for the very first time, you may not know exactly what that means.
It just means that the casting director and perhaps others involved in casting the roles in a project liked what they saw in your initial acting audition and are interested in seeing you again for that production. If you get a callback, you did something the casting director really liked and/or you have exactly the “right” look or personality for the role. Or perhaps you perfectly captured the essence of the character or brought something unique and interesting to your performance.
When you don’t get a callback it does not mean that you did not do a good job in your acting audition. Your audition may have been perfect, and the casting director liked what they saw and do not need to revisit your audition again before official casting.
You will receive notification of the call back either the night before or the day of Call Backs to return to the audition room after school for a follow up audition.
Don’t Change Anything Unless Instructed to Do So. Something to remember about a callback is that the casting direction probably liked the way you performed in your previous acting audition, so you should try to repeat what you did as closely as possible. Sometimes you will be given some additional instructions with the callback information. You might have additional or different sides for the callback or a specific change to your appearance or your performance that they want. In that case, you want to follow whatever additional instructions you are given. For example, you might be told to be less angry or not to act like you are cold in a particular scene, or you might be told to put your hair in a ponytail or to not put your hair in a ponytail. But don’t change anything unless you are instructed to do so.
Sometimes there will be only a handful of people who receive a callback, but sometimes there may be a rather large number of people called back. There may be five people or there may be twenty-five. It all depends on the production and those doing the casting.
Your director will present to you when call backs will occur based on the auditions and schedule.
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