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5 Ways to Be Proactive Between Auditions

As a professional Model/Actor working with a top Toronto Agency like MAX, it’s not uncommon to have some downtime between auditions. However, this downtime doesn’t always mean vacation time! Periods between auditions can be a great opportunity to be proactive and develop your craft.  Don’t just wait around for the phone to ring with your next casting, take advantage of the time you have and prepare.

Here are 5 way to be proactive between auditions from yours truly, MAX Agency:

 

1. Take Classes

MAX Agency provides our Talent with workshop classes which cover everything from Audition Techniques to Monologues. We even cover the cost! 

2. Learn a New Skill

Try to add to your skillset. Take lessons in as many activities as you can afford and don’t forget to take advantage of free online resources. This is a great way to expand into areas like dance, music, and languages.

3. Keep Your Agent Updated

Discuss your goals with your agent every few months. The relationship with your agent here at MAX is key, as you’re working together to develop your career and make sensible choices. Always keep us up to date with changing addresses, location, and working status. And remeber to always check-in via the MAX Agency website!

4.  Stay Healthy 

Try to keep your body fueld with a balaced diet, drink plenty of water and get lots of rest! As a model and/or actor, your body is your instrument. Keep your mind and body healthy,  stay positive and always find ways to better yourself physically and emtionally. 

5. Watch Movies 

Watching a variety of movies, TV shows, and other modeling/acting materials can help you prepare for your next audition during downtimes. Take notes on your favourite actors, try new impressions and accents! Every program you watch can be a tool to better your skills. 

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MAX Agency is a successful Toronto modelling agency representing menwomen and children. MAX provides talent for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries as well as appearance in trade shows, promotions and special events.

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MAX AGENCY TIP TUESDAY – CHILD AUDITIONS

#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies  — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!

For any role, there can be up to hundreds of other talents auditioning.  For children, it’s important to offer key support.

What a special opportunity they’ve been given! It’s your responsibility to show them how fun the whole process can be, by remaining calm and up-beat no matter what happens.  Here’s how you can help them prepare–

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1. Provide encouragement and positivity. Though your child will be excited when their agent calls with the good news, most actors will struggle with some degree of “nerves” as the big day approaches. You want to address any feelings of self-doubt by reminding them how far in the casting process they’ve already come. Now, the first big priority for you two will be to make sure your child is “off-book”. For a few pointers on how to help your little one memorize their lines, please see my video on memorizing lines quickly and thoroughly. The more thoroughly your child has absorbed the copy, the more they’ll be free to relax and just have fun in front of the camera. That’s gold to the casting director! After they’ve got their lines down, it’s time to do some research into the project: If it’s a commercial, go online to find out more about the product and the ad campaign. If it’s a TV show, watch a couple episodes to understand the style of acting it requires. For a film, try to watch more of the director’s work. Help your child bring whatever ideas their research gives them to their performance.

2. Do a little brush-up on audition etiquette and watch “How to slate with confidence.”

3. Parents, prepare yourself! Your preparation here is as important as your child’s. The entire day of the audition needs to be planned out from A to Z, to lessen the stress for both of you. The night before, take the time to look up the location (even if you have a GPS!) to find out how much time you’ll need to get there. Launder and iron the outfit they’ll be wearing if necessary, and check that their headshots and resumes are printed, stapled, and ready to go! And always keep headshots in the car!

4. Essential Needs for an audition (What to Bring): Make sure that they arrive at the audition well-fed and well-rested, with all the materials they’ll need in hand: sides, headshot/ resume, and maybe some homework to do while they wait. Pack some healthy snacks just in case the wait runs long. And don’t forget to give them a little pep-talk before they go in! Let your child know how talented and special they are, and that there’s no need to compare themselves to anyone else. All they need to do is relax, listen, have a good time, and just be themselves. They’ll do great!

 

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MAX Agency is a successful Toronto talent agency representing men, women and children. MAX Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries.

For more weekly tips, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Never miss a moment with MAX Agency!

If you want to join our rosterapply here

To see our awesome talent check out our roster!

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Self tape audition tips




‘Self-tapes’ will likely be an integral part of auditions now. Here are some tips to improve your self-tape audition process.

1) Lighting is the key – It is very important that you shoot in proper light setting. If your video turns out to be dark, you can always try mobile ring light or the DSLR ring light to enhance and improve your video quality. (Ring lights are available on Amazon)

2) Audio quality matters- If your video display is crystal clear but you have something running in the background, or someone in the house talking, it will distract you as well as the person watching your video. Your mobile audio (microphone) is sufficient and is good enough but make sure you’re recording yourself in a quiet room with no ambiance noise.

3) Follow the script and instruction- Every self-tape request comes with instructions from the casting office. Read it. Read it again and try to follow all the instructions while recording yourself. Once the recording is complete, check if you have missed anything before submission.

4) Framing-
You should be in the center of the frame with the bottom of the frame at the center of your chest and the top of the frame slightly above the top of your head.

5) Give your best- Taped auditions allow you to shut off the camera and take as much time as you need to jump into a new scene, allowing you to truly capture and record examples of your best work ever.

 

MAX Agency is a successful Toronto modelling agency representing menwomen and children. MAX provides talent for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries as well as appearance in trade shows, promotions and special event.

For more daily content, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Never miss a moment with MAX Agency!

For more of our awesome talent check out our roster!

If you want to become one of our talentapply here