Being in a room full of actors about to audition is one of the most annoying things that I have ever experienced. I saw a lot of similar FB posts this weekend while UPTA’s was happening in Memphis, and it led me to write this post.
I have monitored about 7 auditions in the city over the years, and it’s just as informative as being behind the table. There are a lot of actors out there who do not show up on their best behavior. If you think for one second that behavior outside of the audition room isn’t monitored or used to decide who gets cast, you may want to think again.
These are my monitor rules. I tell casting/the director if:
- You are mean, condescending, or have an attitude when you interact with me.
- You are mean, condescending, or have an attitude when you interact with other actors.
- You warm up in front of everyone.
- You ask me a million times how much longer.
- You tell me you can’t take the contract, but you are there anyway.
- You are late for your time slot.
- You thanked me on your way out.
Actors generally don’t get interviewed as part of the audition process, so watching behavior before an audition is a good way to get a feel for what it will be like to work with people. We all know that actor who sings at the top of their lungs after half hour, even though it’s against Equity rules… Watching actors vocalize at full volume right outside of the audition door while everyone is patiently waiting is a red flag. There are enough talented actors out there to not hire difficult people. Have actors not been hired because of their shenanigans at the audition when I monitored? Yes.
Everyone has a bad day once in a while, including the monitor, but I would recommend to leave it at home. The audition starts the minute you step in the building, as you never know who is watching.