Absolute Audition NO-NOs
What Casting Directors Really Think During Your Audition That Keeps You From
Getting A Callback (Even When You're Perfect For The Part)
Are you frustrated by thinking you’ve done well in an audition, been perfect for the part only to get no feedback, no callback, no booking?
It doesn’t matter if your technique was spot on, or if the role felt like it was written for you, if you are not aware of what you may be doing that’s turning the Casting Director off or making them think of you as an amateur (or various other unsavory things), then you’re likely going to continue to get the same results.
Or rather, continue to get little to no results (aka callbacks or bookings).
FACT: Casting Directors All Share Certain Universal “Pet Peeves” And You’ve Probably Committed Many Of Them
While some “pet peeves” are unique to each Casting Director, there are some that are universal and shared among 99.9% of all Casting Directors.
These “pet peeves” (aka audition-killing mistakes) that you’re committing usually have NOTHING to do with your talent, or your acting technique. Most of them are things that you probably don’t even realize you’re doing.
I call these audition-killing mistakes the “Absolute Audition NO-NOs”.
There are many of them, but there are 15 Absolute Audition NO-NOs that are affecting your auditions the most. These are the ones you commit often and tick off the very person you’re trying to impress – the Casting Director/Director/Producer who holds your dream job in their hands.
“It’s Not Fair! Why can’t they just ignore my mistakes and notice my talent? I know I can deliver when I’m on set!”
I'm a straight-shooter, so I'm gonna tell you the truth...
The truth is, unless you’re a known actor or a household name (or something in between), you’re not going to get an offer for the role without an audition.
So unless you find out what Casting Directors are thinking about during your audition and learn how to turn it around and use it to your advantage, you’re never going to get on set, give that amazing performance and you’ll never work consistently as a professional actor.
You’re in luck because these Absolute Audition NO-NOs are ripped right from my own experience as a Casting Director. 🙂
I’m Amy Jo Berman, former Vice President of Casting at HBO and a veteran Casting Director with nearly 20 years of A-List casting experience in both big budget feature films and television series.
I’ve worked with A-list Emmy, Golden Globe & Academy Award-winning Directors, Producers & Actors and have held hundreds of casting sessions for thousands of actors over the years.
During that time, I started to notice a pattern.
Some amazingly talented actors would come to an audition, commit one of these NO-NOs and by doing so, focus the room’s attention on something other than their work. This inadvertent “distraction” causes a lack of confidence in the decision makers (Casting Directors, Producers, Directors, etc) and that actor (no matter how talented they are) never gets a callback….
Now Do You See Why You Must Find Out What The Absolute Audition NO-NO’s REALLY Are?
Of course this is completely unintentional!!
You didn’t do it on purpose…
You worked hard on your acting technique – your craft. You spent time thinking about your character and working on your sides.
You wanted to knock their socks off…
But you missed out…
So how do you find out what Casting Directors think? What drives them crazy? What gets you blacklisted from this job and the next so you can avoid that like the plague?
Is there a place where you can easily get all of this vital information from a Casting Director’s own head who is willing to share all the details with you to help you be a YES in the audition room instead of a NO-NO?
There is, and that’s exactly what this page is all about…
All The Absolute Audition
NO-NOs On A Silver Platter
After conferring with my Casting colleagues about their experiences and pouring over my own Casting session notes from all the Casting sessions I held while I was at HBO, those patterns of great actors committing certain NO-NOs emerged. And that’s when I knew I had to collect this information for you.
So I got to work…
I combed over all those notes from hundreds of casting sessions, and my conversations with my Casting Director buddies and I pulled out the NO-NOs that got repeated most often and killed the most otherwise good auditions.
When I was finished, there was a simple list of 15 “Absolute Audition NO-NOs” that you need to know about…NOW!
Here’s A Sampling Of What’s Covered In This Must-Have Video Class…
- Why CDs smile and say thank you and never call you back (and what you can do right now to get on the callback list)...
- One simple physical move that you might be making that can get you banned from a casting office forever)...
- The two things that you are saying that make a Casting Director secretly roll their eyes (Yikes!) ...
- Why THIS type of question that you ask in an audition will instantly strike you from the callback list (and what to ask instead)
- How you can be absolutely CONFIDENT that you will get taken seriously by any Casting Director in any audition
…and soooo much more.
As an experienced Casting Director, Audition Expert & Coach, and champion of actors, I’ll say to you what I would say to any of my private clients (or even to my own actor relatives!)…
Don’t attempt to piecemeal this information together on your own from unproven sources who don’t have BOTH of these things like I do:
A - The REAL information about what Casting Directors REALLY think in the audition room
A N D A L S O
B - The burning desire to help as many actors as possible become UNSTOPPABLE in the audition room and on set.
I mean it…
Frequently Asked Questions
Still sitting on the fence? Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions...
Amy Jo Berman | Casting, Auditioning & Career Expert For Actors
* Veteran Casting professional with 20 years of A-list experience in Hollywood
* One of the world's leading Audition Coaches
* Highly sought-after Branding & Marketing Consultant
* Former Vice President of Casting at HBO for 14 years