Where Will Your Next Audition Lead You?
Even the most famous actors had to begin somewhere. They grew to be stars, but faced the same audition stress as every actor. The tips below were these actor’s tickets to becoming the box office hits they are today, which proves that anything can happen after an audition.
Your auditions matter
An audition isn’t just about a single role. If you make a good impression on a casting director, they will be more likely to cast you in the future. Even if you don’t land a role you’re auditioning for, a positive impression often makes a lasting difference. After all, you never know if that casting director will think of you for a role they will be casting in the future.
A supporting role may lead to a big break
When teen cult favorite Mean Girls was first released, the film was meant as a star vehicle for Lindsay Lohan. In years that followed, main mean girl Rachel McAdams starred in Sherlock Holmes, Southpaw and True Detective, among a multitude of other roles. Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Ted 2) became major a film star.
After starring in Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich all became hugely bankable film stars. Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders launched the careers of Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise. These are just a handful of films that were the first stop in the journey of some of Hollywood’s future stars.
You never know who will be watching your next performance. The Office’s Jenna Fischer landed her first agent after he saw her in a performance of Nosferatu in LA. If you find yourself booked in a theatre role or supporting other actors in a smaller production, this may be the start of an adventure launched by that one audition.
These auditions launched careers
Miley Cyrus began auditioning for a supporting role in Disney’s Hannah Montana, and ended up being cast in the lead. Now a world musician, performance artist and philanthropist, it’s safe to say Miley is headed towards pop culture nirvana. Seth Rogen’s performance launched a comedic career matched by few, in which he acts and produces in some of Hollywood’s top comedies. Matthew McConaughey’s performance of Wooderson began his ascension into becoming the highest paid actor in the world, and multiple performance awards from SAG to MTV.
During your next audition, you may end up booking the role, could be recommended for a more prominent character, or end up being one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces in the next 20 years. Only time will tell.