From the moment you book your audition to the moment you walk in the lobby. From the moment you sit down in the waiting room to the moment you walk through through the door. From the moment you start speaking to the moment you leave with your head high.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with casting, some insist on doing it their way, some look for guidance. Below are some tips collected from multiple actors and casting directors about what to do and what not to do. Follow them or not, it really is up to you, but I hope you read through them and give it some thought. After all, one can learn from the mistakes of others.
Actor Casting Hint #1
Sending thank you notes? "It was great to meet you. Thanks for having me in." Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
Actor Casting Hint #7
Consider to remain standing up. You can politely ask the reader to stand with you.
Actor Casting Hint #9
Don't get psyched out by other actors in the waiting room. Get yourself motivated instead.
Actor Casting Hint #10
ALWAYS bring your headshot and resume. Don't assume they'll have it from your agent.
Actor Casting Hint #12
Rehearse with another human being. If you read with yourself, you may not get the right rhythm.
Actor Casting Hint #13
Make an impression. Casting directors make notes and will remember you next time.
Actor Casting Hint #14
Be savvy with the camera. Unless it's a commercial shoot, look at the reader not into the lens.
Actor Casting Hint #17
They ask: "Do you have a question" - you can say "no" if you don't. Stupid questions do exist.
Actor Casting Hint #18
Need a third character? Don't stare at the casting director. Pick a spot over somebody's head instead.
Actor Casting Hint #19
Try to make it your own as long as it feels natural. Could be a voice inflection, or your stance.
Actor Casting Hint #21
Be confident, but not smug. Think of something pleasant before you go in, and keep your head up.
Actor Casting Hint #22
Maybe you're a screenwriter too, but it doesn't mean it's okay to change the script. You might offend someone.