MPI's Annual Auditions: For The Novice and Seasoned Actor Alike
Thinking about whether or not it will be worth your time and effort to come out and audition for our students' films this year?
Although the roles are unpaid, here are the 3 main reasons actors in the past have found it worthwhile. See if any of these apply to you.
PRACTICE & EXPERIENCE
Novice Actors: Build Confidence!
Advanced Actors: Stay Sharp!
Love 'em or hate 'em, auditions are part and parcel of an actor's career. And the more you do it, the better you get at it.
"Practice makes perfect" goes the old adage. But, auditors are not looking for perfection. They're looking for confidence, comfort, collaboration…
Can you perform despite being nervous? Are you able to adjust your performance based on a directors comments? Do you come off as someone who would be fun to work with, or as a high-maintenance "prima donna"?
Only by constantly putting yourself in front of different strangers, with different material and different opinions, can you develop the skills, confidence, and etiquette that will propel your career forward.
Come practice in front of our students in a slightly lower-pressure environment than you might find in the professional world.
All Actors: Gather New Resources; Get on the Radar.
It's not just about getting to know people -- it's about getting people to know YOU.
What do your colleagues know about you and your work ethic? Do you come prepared with lines memorized? Are you good at cold reading? Do you take direction well?
What will they say about you when asked?
In this industry, you're often more likely to get a gig based on a referral. You won't always hear about a gig from your agent, or from a public announcement. You'll often hear about them from a colleague or a friend -- your most valuable "Resources".
These auditions provide an opportunity to show people what they need to know -- and say -- about you. You'll not only be in front of filmmakers, but other actors as well. Get known, and gather resources.
CREDIT & EXPOSURE
Novice Actors: Expand Your Resume.
Advanced Actors: Expand Your Reputation.
Let's say you get the gig. Congratulations!
Now you're doing what you want to be doing. And, you be getting visual evidence of it. A reel, an IMDb credit, a line on your resume.
This shows agents that you can hustle: You're willing to work for it; You're not lazy. It shows that people will entrust you with their stories on film, and perhaps the agents can, too.
This is a chance to get in with filmmakers at the beginning of their careers. They will not only be helping to shape your career, but you'll be helping to shape their careers as well. That could go a long way if that filmmaker happens to get into a festival, or go on to make bigger films. If you work hard and give your best, you will be remembered in the future.
Work begets work. The more you do, the more you will find yourself doing.
Come audition! Make new friends! Many people come every year, because it's actually a fun time. We're looking forward to seeing you there, and adding you to our list of resources!
Click here for all the audition details, and to pre-register. You'll find everything you need to know on that page. We will be posting character breakdowns to that page as they become available.
MPI's Acting Program
If you're new to acting, and looking for a program that will take you to the next level of the business and techniques of acting for film, you might be interested in our one-year Acting Program. Click here for details.