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Toronto Acting Agency – Toronto Talent Agency – Tip Tuesday – What To Wear For An Audition

Auditions sometimes have specific clothing instructions, which you should follow. But generally, there are no hard rules for auditions; whether it is a self-tape or in-person audition. Below are a few guidelines on what to wear so that your acting skills can shine. 

Toronto acting agency – Toronto talent agency – tip Tuesday – what to wear for an audition

1. Check if There Are Specific Instructions About Clothing

If your audition’s guidelines include instructions for clothing, follow them. You may be asked to wear a full suit or athletic clothing, for example.  Make sure that you are wearing what they’ve asked for, as you will not even be considered for the role if you do not.

2. Do Not Wear Clothing With Distractions

You want to keep the focus on you and your acting skills. Do not distract your audience by wearing clothing with graphics, patterns, words, or pictures on it.

Also, avoid wearing any clothes that are revealing as well as jewelry. You want the focus to be on your face. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will allow you to give your best performance.

Go for simple, plain, unicolor pieces of clothing to make your outfit.

3. Choose a Color That Will Be Visible Against the Background

It is not a problem if your clothing matches the background, but it can be distracting. In the case that it is an in-person audition and you do not know what the background is, avoid going for colors such as black or white as it is common for backgrounds to be in these colors.

4. Keep the Effect of the Lighting in Mind

Under certain lights, folds of dark-colored clothing can be hard to see. Your body movements are then not clearly visible. This is especially important for self-tape auditions.

Before starting to film your self-tape, test out a short clip and move around to make sure that movement is visible. Testing the lighting and sound of your video is more important than what you are wearing anyway.

5. No Hats or Glasses

Hats are not only distracting, they can also hide how your head looks, and depending on the hat, it can create shadows on your face. 

Glasses can also hide your features and facial expressions. Unless you have glasses in your headshots, do not wear glasses for your audition. You may choose to wear contacts if you need them.

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Toronto Acting Agency – Toronto Talent Agency – Tip Tuesday – Voice Projection

Voice projection involves controlling the distance that your voice travels as well as its volume and pitch. Clarity and a well-rounded voice help it to command more attention. Good voice projection is a skill that actors need.

Voice projection is not the same as yelling. Yelling can hurt your voice and damage your vocal chords over time.  If voice projection is something that you struggle with, it is luckily a skill that can be worked on.

Toronto Acting Agency – Toronto talent agency – Voice projection tips

1. Practice Breathing Exercises

Just like musical instruments, your voice needs air to project. To have better control of your voice, learn to breathe through your diaphragm. Practice the “HA” exercise by taking a deep breath in while expanding the belly, and then force out all the air on a “ha”. 

The sound will be loud and clear, without putting a strain on your vocal chords. As you practice this more, do the alphabet every time that you breathe out, and soon, you will have the strong voice that you are after.

2. Relax Your Jaw and Throat

Your voice travels through your throat and jaw. For it to sound its best, these channels must be relaxed. Yawning is a great exercise to relax those muscles before a performance. 

3. Correct Your Posture

A bad posture closes you up which makes it difficult for your diaphragm to expand correctly when you breathe. For optimal voice projection, keep your spine straight, your head facing forward, and the crown of the head parallel to the ceiling.

4. Be Confident

A lack of confidence will cause slight tremors in your voice and reduce its power. Confidence will not only help your voice projection but also your performance. The most effective way to improve confidence during a performance is to know your lines really well and to practice speaking in front of a crowd often.

5. Warm-Up

Create a good warm-up routine to do before every performance. Do a physical warm-up routine including movements such as some jumping jacks or dynamic stretches. A relaxed body will allow you to use your vocal muscles better. Have a warm-up routine for your voice as well, with some tongue twisters and breathing exercises.

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Toronto Acting Agency – Toronto Talent Agency – Tip Tuesday – How to Get into a Reality Show

Reality TV is a great way to get experience in the industry. While it may not necessarily help an acting career,  it helps to  get your name out there.

The exact lines may not be scripted, but the situations and the outcomes of a reality show are scripted according to how the creators want to entertain the audience. 

When auditioning for reality TV, the goal is to stand out and get a reaction from the casting directors. The best way to do so is by having strong opinions, a bold personality, and a unique/attractive look.

Read all about what to demonstrate in reality TV auditions to get cast and how to find those auditions. 

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What the Creators Are Looking For

A reality show’s audience is after drama, arguments, and confrontations. It is referred to as ‘Reality TV’ because it a exaggerated version of our daily lives. When auditioning for a spot on a reality show, you therefore need to show that you are someone who can create all forms of drama.

For debates to take place among the cast, creators need people with strong opinions. Other personality traits that are favourable are neuroticism, flirtatiousness, being loud, and anything else that will cause people to react to you. Casting directors will look for people with conflicting personalities.

The audience also watch these shows to look at attractive or unique looking people. What makes you attractive or unique can be anything including a distinct hairstyle, color, or fashion style.

How to Prepare for a Reality TV Audition

In addition to communicating the above traits, below are a few things that you can do to prepare for your audition.

  1. Workout

This is one for the superficial nature of reality shows. Especially the shows about finding relationships are not actually finding love. It is about drama between young and hot people. Being attractive is, therefore, something that will make you a good fit.

2. Practice a Skill

Being really good at a particular skill will help you to stand out. Even if it is not related to what the hsow is baout, skills make you interesting. Examples of skills that are attractive to casting directors are sports, cooking, playing a musical instrument, and so on. 

Even if you are really bad at it, it is still a way to distinguish yourself. There are shows out there that are all about finding who is the worst at something,such as Canada’s Worst Driver.

3. Look for a Show With a Specific Theme

There are shows that are sepcifically about a job or skill. For example, cooking competitions, or Cops and Ice Road Truckers. If you have a job or skill that matches a particular show, reach out to the creators of the show.

4. Have a Side Story

Having a side story, such as a life transition, a challenge that you are facing, will make you attractive to the show’s producers who want to create anengaging side story. This could even create an opportunity for a spinoff. 

How to Find Reality Show Auditions

Reality shows usually have a system for people to apply for an audition. Visit their websites and follow their social media pages to find out when they have casting calls.

Another way to get an audition is to reach out to the casting people. Casting directors’ names will usually be in the start or end credits of these shows. Reach out to them through their agency’s Facebook/Instagram page or website. Or you can find their production company’s email to reach out.

MAX Agency is a successful Toronto modeling 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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