Auditions Casting Director Is Asked:
'Can I Write On The Copy?'
By Hugh Klitzke
Auditions Casting Director & Coach
When people ask me: "Can I write on this?” I really wonder sometimes. You're asking me if you can write on the copy.
Can you WRITE on the COPY? This is NOT the SAT!
Fold it. Spindle it. Mutilate it! Take notes, underline, make chicken scratch or glyphs. Circle plosives, underline brands, bracket adjectives.
Design, re-define, doodle or paraphrase. Write the name of your dog, your best friend, your first college sweetheart or the names of your unborn unconceived children.
Draft poetry. (No Haiku, please. I have the monopoly on that).
Scratch down lyrics, chord changes, beats, rhymes or rhythm.
Just do anything you need to get through the audition.
Writing things down is a fine way to go. And if writing nothing works for you, you can do that, too.
Hugh P. Klitzke is studio manager and voice casting director for a leading bi-coastal talent agency, who has directed more than 85,000 auditions for all voice over genres. Based in New York City, he is also a coach specializing in teaching voice over for actors, and writes VO4TA, a twice-weekly blog with helpful voice acting tips.
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