iPOP Insight: The 101 of Casting for Child Actors
When it comes to casting child actors, it is similar but in many ways also different than casting an adult. There are certain protocols and flexibility in a casting session for a child and for good reason. Knowing the facts when it comes to auditioning as a child actor can be a crucial aide. Tv and Film are also very accessible for child actors, making it truly one of the best times to break into the business. For insight on casting for child actors, read below… What is the audition process like? Auditioning for television or film is not very different from theater. Your child will receive sides, or pages from the script, ahead of time and be expected to memorize them. Nowadays your child will likely submit a self-tape. If the casting director thinks they’re a good fit for the role, they may have your child retape the audition or call them in for an in-person audition. If things progress well, they may fly your child out to the filming location to have them meet the production team. The same thing can happen if they don’t have representation however you’ll be the go-between with the casting team. Make sure your child is prepared by working on their script with what they have learned from their training or with their acting coach. Does your child need to have their lines memorized? In film and television, it’s highly recommended for the child to memorize their lines. Why? Because they’re on tape! If they have their eyes glued to a page, the only thing anyone will be able to see is the top of their heads! It’ll also make it easier for your child to connect with the reader and give a more authentic performance. There’s not much wiggle-room here. Memorize memorize memorize! What do casting directors want? It’s difficult to anticipate exactly what a casting director is looking for in an actor, and their criteria change from production to production. It’s best for the child to just be their authentic, unique self rather than play to what they think casting is looking for. That said, there are a few differences in how to audition for TV and film because the audition space is more confined. Smaller, more precise movements are better than larger ones so the actor can stay in the frame. Naturalness on-camera is the most important aspect when acting in this medium. The camera picks up everything the theater can hide, so mastering the on-camera technique is essential to good film and television acting. Your child should develop artistry through which they can let their personality shine without revealing their technique.