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The Types of Movie Auditions You Must Know About

Movie auditions are fun, exciting, and nerve-racking, all at the same time. You’ll be stunned in shock with the emotions that will come flooding once you’re in one. But no matter how agitating auditions can be, it’s also your chance to display the talent that you have for acting and your door to landing yourself a role in a film.

So if you’re serious about getting yourself a spot in big movie productions, knowing about the different types of audition is very important. Not only will you allow yourself to gain useful information, but you’ll also be able to gain knowledge that will be vital for your career. With that being said, here are the different types of movie auditions you must know about.

Open Calls

Now this one is often done in the theater world, but that doesn’t mean that it’s limited to that kind of industry. In open calls, producers post an opening for a roll, and actors/actresses who are qualified are welcome to attend the audition.

But what exactly is an open call? In  an open call audition, the time and place are advertised, and aspiring talents can attend without an appointment. Open calls are somehow similar to talent searches, where participants can join and showcase their talent.

For this kind of audition, you’ll be needing résumé; headshot; and monologue, if needed, but mostly cold reads.


(PATRICK DODSON / GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER) Nicole Emmons, 18 years old, of Albany, speaks with judges Alyssa Hardy, left, and Renata Sviridova, right, during open call model auditions for the next Electric City Couture fashion show at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
An appointment audition is a meeting with an actor who possesses great potential for the project. A scheduled meetup is the favored way of convening with an actor/actress for the first time. In most cases, the prospect has already prepared for a specific role.

It’s very important that you respect everyone’s time in this kind of audition. Making people stand around waiting for you because you’re running late is a mistake you wouldn’t want to commit.


After the initial round of appointment, a callback is sure to follow. Keep in mind, though, that it’s just part of the business, and it’s not unusual to audition for projects with four or more callback rounds. During a callback, it’s highly probable that there will be a number of judges (directors, producers, etc.) who will be evaluating your performance.

Aside from that, there’s also a big chance that the session might be filmed, so just expect that there will be more people in the room. They might also give you some direction to test if you’re able to make adjustments impromptu.

Cold Reading

A cold read is like an on-the-spot audition due to the limited preparation time. You will possibly get the scene at the audition, or if you’re lucky, you might get it the night before. The artist will only base his/her performance on the situation explained by the organizer or director and on his/her immediate understanding of the script.

On Camera

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Just what the name of the audition suggests, you’ll be filmed while you read your part, and you’ll do it with another reader who is off camera. This is mostly done and is quite common during the first audition. After that, judges will look at the film, then later on decide if you have what it takes or not.

Set Calls

In this type of audition, the only information that are being advertised is the phone number for contact and the nature of the audition. It doesn’t give out or provide the time and venue. If you feel that you are qualified for the specified requirements, you can then punch in and dial the contact number. (Sometimes, it might not even contain its nature, only the number for you to call to.)

It’s important to know that with these movie auditions, you should do some research prior to attending them. Nowadays, there’s already a lot of scams and other fraudulent things, so it’s much better to take caution. You wouldn’t want anybody taking advantage of your dreams and your effort in making them come true.

To end, you should attend as much auditions as you possibly can. It is the best way for you to learn the ropes and for you to improve upon your skills. You should also keep in mind that if you fail in one audition, you shouldn’t stop and you should instead learn from the experience. There are still a lot of chances for you to succeed. Good luck!


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