Hey guys, that was a terrific zoom chat last Sunday with LA casting director Paul Weber and our very own amazing Rhonda Fisekci. I learned a ton, and I hope you did too.
My main takeaways:
- Zoom auditions (and self-tapes) are probably a reality for a year
- Your main eye-line is into the lens for zoom auditions
- You still need to create the environment, just in miniature
- Get off book, and play the punctuation so they know if the material works
- And always ‘save the scene’
- Lock the dog in the garage, etc.
- It’s best if you can create a small audition set-up in your place (or with your gang)
- The set-up is medium blue or grey backdrop, soft light source, good sound, and tripod or desk for your phone or computer
- Your computer might be best so you can see everybody better
- Do some beta testing so you look good and feel comfortable
- Use the same set-up for self-tapes
- Check out www.castingworkbook.com – they are creating a service that will submit your tapes for you, and should make life easier.
- Backgrounders are going to be used much less, so it’s time to upgrade to principal actor
- Shows hopefully coming in July are: Wynonna and Heartland, with Jann to follow
In the next blog I’ll give you links to the gear you need.
More interviews are coming. Who do you want to talk to—casting, directors, producers, crew, TV stars?
Let me know.