How To Ace the Audition # 12
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'Did You Look At
By John Florian
"I'll ask people, 'Did you look at the storyboard? Do you have any questions (about the script)?' " says Stephen DeAngelis, a long-time veteran of casting for voice, on-camera and theater.
"And they'll go, 'Oh no, I didn't look.'
Or, 'No, I'm just going to do it'" – meaning, wing it from the script.
"OK, that's fine. But I'll have more opportunity to help when I know what you're thinking," says DeAngelis, who casts for Grey Worldwide, New York.
ACCEPT THE HELP!
DeAngelis wants to dig out the best in you.
"If I know where you're coming from (in interpreting the copy), then I know the why of what you're doing," he explains.
"If we need to make an adjustment, I can give you direction relative to that – and not lose the elements I like of what you are doing."
Therein lies the importance of knowing the storyboard, if available, and of mining the script for imagery.
"You have to be very specific about the function of the voice relative to the picture," he says. "You need to show humanity, as a bridge to the audience watching the commercial."
WATCH THE CLOCK
What will ace an audition?
"Oh God, it's so subjective," DeAngelis says. But a "distinct edge" goes to talent with an "internal clock" – to people "who know how to deliver the copy within the timeframe given."
And what do people do wrong?
"They spend way too much time socializing in the waiting room, rather than seeing if a storyboard has been posted" or studying the script.
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