"I've never been good at auditions and I've never really gotten many jobs from auditions." - Aidan Gillen
"It became the way that I learn about myself and the way that I learn about other people." - Anna Kendrick on Acting
"Each film and each character is a completely new set of challenges." - Alden Ehrenreich
"I loved auditioning because it was just an opportunity to act. Whether or not I got the job was the next hurdle, but the idea that I would get to act that day was the thing that excited me the most about it." - Zachary Quinto
"It wasn’t lost on me that had they not seen Justified, it was very possible that my first audition may have passed them by." - Damon Herriman on His Audition for 'Quarry'
"The most important thing in anything, is that you always have to be learning no matter what you’re doing." - Mike Birgiblia
"There's something about the fighting for it, I think, that's healthy. You gotta prove yourself. I'm not above that. I will never be above that. Bring it!" - Leslie Odom Jr. on Auditioning
"I went to L.A and there was another test and they were just like we love you, we really like you, and then nothing happened!" - Dan Fogler
"I think audiences want to watch characters go through something, so it’s kind of okay to leave things a little messy, a little undone, if we can be truthful to that." - Susan Heyward on rehearsing
"The testing process for an actor is always rigorous and intense and you’re waiting in a room all day for all these executives to get together and say that they’re ready to see you" - Seth Gabel on Auditioning
"There are so many fantastic actors in the cast that it is kind of like every scene is a master class in acting." - Orange is the New Black's Julie Lake
It’s Nurse Jackie‘s final season and 13-year-old Mackenzie Aladejem, who plays Jackie’s (Edie Falco) daughter Fiona, told me that when the show is finally over, it’s the cast and crew that she’s really going to miss. “Especially Edie, because she’s become a second mom to me.” Mackenzie, who joined the show in season 2, started acting at a young age when she got the part of Molly in the National Tour of Annie. That tour made her fall in love with musical theatre, something she hopes to go back to at some point in the future. And since Jackie was ... Read more
As the actress who has played the best friend to some of Hollywood’s most familiar faces like Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez, Judy Greer must know a thing or two about auditioning. She’s nailed the role countless times to become one of Tinsel Town’s most successful character actresses. She talked to Co.Create about her thoughts on the dreaded audition. Greer shared, “I get a little bit of a high from auditioning, almost like going on a first date where I’m challenging someone to like me. And if I do two pages of a weird scene in front of a room ... Read more
Guy Pearce has had an extraordinary career with movies like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to his breakout role in LA Confidential. Even though he’s a strong leading man on-screen, getting into acting was a way for him to survive. The English-born Australian actor lost his dad at the age of eight and his mother turned most of her attention to his older sister who had Down’s Syndrome. Pearce described what acting did for his life, “On some level, acting was a survival thing, I suppose. I never made the connection at the time, certainly, but this ability to go on ... Read more
Written by Shari Shaw You’ve got a lot of nerve! One of the biggest challenges actors face is overcoming nerves in the audition room. In the martial arts, we are taught to use our opponent’s strength to our advantage. The same goes for audition nerves. Your nerves must motivate you to take the necessary steps to relax, understand your character and know your intention in your audition scene.This will give you all the confidence and power you need to beat your nerves and banish them forever. When you feel that warning signal of nerves – the fluttery stomach, the headache, shortness of breath, the confusion and fear, the lack of confidence – take ... Read more
Oliver Cooper has starred in movies like Project X and Runner Runner, but his latest role might be his most intriguing. He’s starring in Showtime’s Californication as David Duchovny and Heather Graham‘s son. When told by The Wrap that they were surprised he was cast in the role of Duchovny’s son, he replied, “I probably wouldn’t have guessed myself either.” Cooper got the role the old-fashioned way, he auditioned. “It was a traditional audition. I went in there to meet with the casting director and there was a bunch of [kinda] fat kids that looked just like me. They didn’t tell us ... Read more
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" I’m always nervous doing auditions — to be honest, I hate it." - Daniel Bruhl