2 Film Audition Tips For Stage Actors – A Casting Director POV

Film audition tips can sometimes be the hardest to digest when you're an actor coming from theatre to film and television. It can almost feel like you have to learn acting all over again…

…Which is crazy because you didn't accumulate all those theatre credits from NOT knowing how to act, right?

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But acting for film and television is different from theatre acting.  It just is.

And therefore, auditioning for film and television is also different. 

And if you are a theatre actor and you don't learn to master the very different skill of auditioning for film & television, then you may never get a chance to work those glorious acting muscles of yours on set…

…And that would be a shame… Dontcha think?

As someone who's held countless casting sessions and seen thousands of actors, I can tell you that Casting Directors who work in film and television won't consider you seriously for their shows unless you have learned how to transition your stage skills to cinematic skills.

Everything starts in the audition room. You must master it so you can get what you want.

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That's why I made this video just for you.

If you're an actor coming from the theatre and you want to work in film and television, watch this video now so you know how to make that transition in your auditioning style.


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Your turn! Are you a theatre actor trying to break into film & TV?  Ever feel like a fish out of water at a film or TV audition? What happened in your last one? Please share it in the comments below :-)

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24 Responses

  1. Tressielynn Kincannon says:

    Oh goodness. Haha This is tremendously useful! I sometimes even get told to do less for stage plays! I’m going to have to really learn to rein it in for film & TV!!!

    I am going to most definitely look into coaching! I’m super excited for my live sessions with you, Amy!

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m a young professional theater actress with an age range from 7 – 13, but I’m trying to break into the film industry. I’ve been taking classes for film and television, I’ve joined an agency, and I have a strong resume, but when I audition I still get nothing. I’ve been “doing nothing,” as you say, but no such luck. My mom isn’t going to take me out of school to go to L.A. or anything, but where I live, Atlanta, Georgia, is good as well. What can I do to get noticed?

  3. cookr755 says:

    Be Professional and dress appropriately.If you are asked to bring a monologue, make certain that you have rehearsed it completely. Get to know the play. Many auditions involve reading “sides.” Sides are small, hand-picked portions of a script. Sometimes they are a brief monologue. Sometimes they are short scenes involving two or more characters.

    Jason Van Eman

  4. Great reminder as I started out in theater and when I did my monologue for agents/managers last April when I visited LA.. I screamed in one which was pointed out to me. My voice is powerful and fortunately agent liked me to have me do it a second time using her directions which I followed. Way more powerful

    Love your videos/emails always when I get to listen/read and love sharing to others about you.

  5. Lynne Jenson says:

    This is my experience and also my training in theatre and cinematic arts where we were trained for both stage and film work. I loved the mix. I always take mental steps to prepare for the difference between the two mediums; however, the internal preparation to act and the requirements necessary to create real characters for either stage or screen are the same. I remain in character whether I’m on a set or backstage. It’s part of being professional and, I believe, sets us apart from people who only work in one medium. There is the possibility to shine if you have training in both and can make the distinction.

  6. Andrew Costigan says:

    I recently graduated from UMass Boston. I discovered my interest in theater. I had one teacher for 5 different acting courses for my theater acting background, but did learn from 2 other professors and one was for film acting, so I did have some ideas of the differences between film/television and theater acting. However, I just need to keep honing the skills for at least the film/television side whenever I want to bounce back and forth between that and theater. I am usually timid in my nature, but capable of being strong (maybe I can be almost anything for acting). I am a survivor of lead poisoning since I was an infant (part of my uniqueness) and I continue to flow with a life I ideally see fulfilling (not quite great now since I am in a tight spot with repaying student loans and etc., but I can make it no matter where I go). I do philosophize quite a bit. I enjoy helping others whether it is doing the acting or other tasks; making art come alive is fun and still long for connecting with others. One production I worked on for acting (and set building) for UMB was “Twelfth Night.” I bought and listened to all the “Discover Me Blueprint” webinars late last year and have been investing in other webinars as of late whenever possible. As I just watched the vlog, I felt reassured from whatever I did learn at the university (referring to tip #1: scale of performance) as well as fascinated with something new to learn (I better have not gone too ahead of myself). Thank you. :D

  7. Jake Tremblay says:

    Great image with the muscle memory – it does feel weird at first, coming from a theatre background, but it’s just a different way of auditioning. Thanks for the tips as always Amy Jo, and see you Wednesday!

  8. Van Epperson says:

    On the money, as usual, Amy Jo! (Pun intended!)

  9. James Ryan Koelzer says:

    Helpful thoughts, although I think performing in a BlackBox or acting in a intimate venue can help stage trained actors bridge the gap between the two styles easier. Personally my film acting has grown leaps and bounds since I started focusing on BlackBox acting. What do you think?

    • AmyJoBerman says:

      I think training directly for the camera is the most direct route to the desired result for most actors. But if that works for you, then keep rockin’ it James!

    • Lynne Jenson says:

      I agree with you, Ryan, although it is only one step to the camera, which is quite different. Some characters created for film do indeed require some of emotional response we can play in a tiny black box but we have to exercise caution because a black box still requires projection and “presence” film would see as overkill.

  10. Bj Wieland-Doucet says:

    Was really helpful. Did some theater early on but it didn’t seem to be my cuppa. Now I’m fully transitioned to F & TV.
    Spent all morning on the SAG Foundation YouTube site watching their video panels & YOUR audition for The Game of Thrones got mentioned. The outstanding Samoan tribal dance that you showed us was talked about. :-D

  11. Jiji Hise says:

    I had learn this when I first started transitioning the film from theatre. Actually, my biggest issue turned out to be my diction. I had to start trying to slur my words a little, so that I was innunciating every single word anymore.

  12. Salena says:

    I totally need this as I do mainly stage and I am sure that has something to do with me not booking for film.

  13. Stephen DavidCalhoun says:

    Very helpful as always, Amy. I had a double-whammy to “control” before doing TV/Motion Picture work. I had years of theatre AND years of radio. But I had a very good teacher/coach who taught me the very things that you covered here.

  14. Christy Antonio says:

    This is so true. When I tape an audition or view a tape from a film class I am always amazed that there is usually room to “take it down” one notch more. Truthful stillness is what I am working toward!

  15. Wade Dienert says:

    Thank you Amy for sharing!!!

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