The actor’s moment of truth is the audition. It is a make or break event in their early career, especially when they are aware that they are among the final cut.
Even if they don’t get the part, an actor feel they delivered it all, got good feedback, and felt great vibes from the casting director. Others will feel it is the worst audition they’ve done, cracking under pressure.
The waiting game is on. Then, the call comes: you got the part! Now, what? Responding to getting the part is about being professional and not being over exuberant and pretentious because you were cast.
Well, let’s first acknowledge something all auditioning actors should do regardless of the result.
They should keep a journal with detailed notes about every audition they have done. Write down where it was and what did you wear for what role you and who was there. Be specific because good memory of the past helps improve you as an actor. Critique yourself if you did well or not and what can be improved on.
Then, there is if you get the part or not and how you felt and you responded because impressions go a long way.
First, send a thank you note either handwritten or email because most casting directors enjoy notes from actors they work with.
Whether they cast you or not, they do take into consideration these notes and a note grateful for the role is a big plus. When you accept the part, do so with grace and enthusiasm, not cockiness and arrogance thinking you are God.
Thank them and ask when and where do you begin and say you will be ready when it comes. That is getting the script and reading and remembering the lines as work ethic is essential.
In the process of being professional, be discreet of the position. It is a lot like a private audition; don’t spray the news too loud and about.
You got the job; now, keep it. Again, you don’t want to come out snooty and be full of it once the part is yours. Discretion with the role is important because studios like to keep a lot of their productions low key and nothing be leaked out. In other words, “Stay classy, San Diego.”
Casting directors are an actor’s advocate and main champion.
Actors won’t realize that, but they are because they want actors to do well and make the right decision of who they will cast. An actor’s success reflects very well on them too, as well as their failure. Being disingenuous and sloppy doesn’t do anybody good, so be sure to follow up with the best reaction after getting the part.
Start that off with a proper, good, and professional reaction when getting the role.