In the spirit of my recent online audition for The Glee Project (link is here, please click ‘like’ if you haven’t already!: http://www.thegleeprojectcasting.com), I decided to do an article about auditioning through the internet. Nowadays, a large part of the entertainment business is actually done online.the glee project You can submit resumes and headshots to agencies via e-mail, and you can apply to roles online through LA Casting or Actor’s Access. Being an actor is all about promoting yourself, and with technology improving the way it is, selling yourself just became a whole lot easier. That being said, there are a few key tips that you should follow when submitting anything online, because they can make the difference between getting noticed and someone clicking the ‘next’ button.

1. Make sure the pictures you’re using show the REAL you. Don’t use a headshot that looks nothing like your true appearance, because believe me, a casting director won’t be happy if you show up looking 20 years older than your picture with different hair, colored contacts, etc. In short, just be genuine in everything you do– that includes taking pictures. The truth is, most of the time, you don’t need to pay 500 dollars for headshots. I went to a workshop a few weeks ago, and the agent told us ‘I don’t care if your Grandma takes the picture– as long as it shows you in your most natural form, I’ll be happy.’ So be smart, be real, and spend your money where it counts.

2. If you’re auditioning online with a video like I did, try and get the best quality sound/video possible. If all you have is your webcam, then make sure the lighting is good, so that they can see your face clearly. Get rid of ambient sound– ie children outside, your pets, etc. If you’re a girl, don’t get too made up, because remember, natural is always better. Lastly, don’t be afraid to show your personality! Directors want to see what you’re like outside of the role, if you’re going to be easy to work with or if you’ve got that natural charm that makes people want to be around you. So embrace your attributes and enhance what you like about yourself. Trust me, it’ll come across much better that way!

3. Have options. If you have one headshot where you’re smiling and one headshot where you’re not, then attach them both, or if you’re on LA Casting, make sure you have a full gallery of different looks. That way, if they can’t picture you in the role based on your first picture, then maybe it’ll hit them how perfect you are for it when they see the next one. It’s always good to show that you have versatility, and when people are casting off of pictures alone, those are definitely a great point to start at.

4. If your audition is on a website where you can see all of your competition, DO NOT look at the other videos/submissions until you are done with yours. You want to have the most original, authentic audition that you can possibly have, and believe me, if you watch a thousand other people do their audition first, yours is definitely going to suffer because of it. I know it’s hard, but just resist the urge until you’ve submitted yours, and then go check out what everyone else did if you still want to.

5. Lastly, and most importantly, don’t just do the online thing! Submitting online is fast and easy, so obviously tons of people are doing it. To set yourself apart from the crowd, you need to do the legwork that most people think they don’t have to do anymore, like sending your resume/headshot through the mail and going to open calls. You have to put the effort in if you want to get something out of it, and covering all your bases is the best way to do that!

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to ‘like’ my audition for The Glee Project!

Brooke –

1 Response » to “Auditioning Online – The Glee Project”

  1. Jeanne says:

    My daughter is auditioning for this too…. (http://www.thegleeprojectcasting.com/Auditions/View/50748 ) and most of what you say, I agree with…good audio/clear vid/good lighting/personality etc… the legwork part, live auditions, when possible……but I have to say there is one advantage to watching some of the vids before you add yours, and that is making sure your answers stand out…..so many people choose the same answers for why they have what it takes to be on Glee/compete etc…either ‘I work hard’, ‘music/acting is my life’ etc… and there are certain themes about ‘difficult’ things in your life which are overused..one of the biggest answers being ‘coming out’ in terms of sexuality because they know it’s a major issue on the show.

    The thing I really find disturbing about this competition and ones like it is that so many people are treating it as a popularity/networking competition…..rather than one based on talent and personality. They make up a ‘comment’ then cut and paste it on everyone’s audition, asking or almost demanding that the auditioner view theirs and like/comment because they did on theirs! it’s the twitter mentality..I’ll follow/like you IF you follow/like me! and the comments are not sincere! The person could be painfully awful, and they write something like: “Awesome audition! you got my vote! Please check out mine and return the like?”…and many times, they don’t even push like…they paste in the comment and move on to the next auditioner and paste etc..

    I just hope that the casting screeners ignore the ‘like’/view counts all together and goes on talent, personality and look. It does mention in the FAQ, that the number of votes isn’t the deciding factor. I just find THIS type of competitive mentality disturbing….because it places social networking ability and questionable methods ahead of whether you really deserve to win based on talent.

    Then, of course, there’s the 50% or so that have auditioned that couldn’t hold a tune if it were crazy glued in an “L” on their forehead!

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