StageAgent interviews casting director, Bob Kale, on his perspective with casting national tours. Bob has been casting theatre, television and film for more than 20 years. He answers such questions as “What, if anything, is different about casting a national tour versus casting a regional production of the same show?” and “What’s the biggest challenge in casting a tour, or really, casting anything?” You’ll be surprised at the answer.
To know your type as an actor is to understand your strengths and how others perceive them. To embrace your type is using this knowledge to power your career choices. Understanding your type is allowing yourself to be the best piece to fit in the overall puzzle. This sense of clarity and self-awareness is essential. However, we are not limited to one type over the course of our careers. There’s plenty of room for growth and discovery.
You can act, you can sing, maybe you can even dance, play an instrument, and eat fire, but can you AUDITION? Can you go into the room and present yourself in a professional manner, and not open the door to any unnecessary judgment or questions? I’ve heard many people say that this is a separate skill, and while I don’t know if I completely buy into that theory, I do know that there is one thing an actor will do if given the chance: shoot themselves in the foot. Here’s how not to do that.
When it comes to casting, much is uncertain. One thing, however, is guaranteed: if you want to land your dream role, you need to come to an audition prepared. Your monologue and song should be in a similar style and genre for the show you’re auditioning for – but not from the actual show(s). But to go even further, you should tailor your material to the role(s) you’re right for in the show/season. Luckily, you can now use StageAgent to find specific audition monologue and song recommendations based off of a character’s attributes.
I have found, both in my life as a creative and in my career in casting that there are two kinds of people: those who love auditioning and those that would rather eat glass, but know they must audition in order to work. Either way, auditioning is a necessary evil, if you want to be a professional actor. There is just no way around it. If you are a person who loves auditioning, consider yourself blessed.