I have been to 3 casting calls….each one was different! First was a last minute decision to go at the Minnesota State Fair for season 11, got the first call back then nothing. When season 12 came along I got an email from a casting director asking me to come to a casting call at the Mall of America and to bring a family member. So of course I did!!!! With VIP pass in hand off we went……
1. Dress to impress:: You need to think of this like a job interview. Put your best foot forward. Look good!!!(not slim)
2. Be yourself:: They know what they are looking for, and they know fake. It’s their job!!
3. Be heard:: If you have something to say, in a respectful way make sure casting hears what it is.
4.Do Not be shy:: It’s your one chance!! Meet as many people as possible.
5.Speak loud and clear:: They can’t cast you if they don’t understand you!
6.Make eye contact:: It is important. It shows you are a confidant person.
7.Have Fun:: Smile, show your personality!!
8.Know why you are going:: Prepare a quick sentence or two on why you are there. PRACTICE IT!
9.Write Clearly:: Your short application you fill out there, make sure they can read it. keep answers clear and concise.(you can go online and read long application to get an IDEA of what may be on short application)
10.Bring a Picture:: A clear full body picture showing what you have to lose!!
I did not get a call back season 12, so I put together another casting video….. I believe it was much better than my first one!! check it out!!!
What I can say is I have waited in a long hot line for hours and hours, and I have gone with a VIP pass in hand walking right up to a casting table. I would give back a VIP pass every day!! I had so much fun, laughing, singing, sharing stories, playing games, and getting to know the people in line. After my last casting call in Chicago for season 14 we decided we should all go out dinner together (because the 7am-4pm time in line just was not enough)!! Enjoy it, It is part of the process!!! Good Luck!!