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What to Know About Movie Auditions

Only very few people get to be movie stars overnight, due to some special circumstances or qualities that they have. For most people it takes hard work and very many auditions. Anyone who has the dream of becoming a movie star should be ready to go through many years of struggle. The good news is that there will always be new movies to audition for, but the bad news is that for each role, there are hundreds of hopefuls. Today there are web sites that help to connect people with information about where to get auditions or where casting calls are being held.

Knowing where auditions are taking place is vital information for any prospective actor. While in the past you needed an agent to give you the information, today, the sites have made it possible for anyone from any part of the country to get this information. The sites act as liaisons and when someone registers at the sites, a profile page is opened for them. The information can be accessed by agents and casting directors who can then contact the hopefuls directly to ask them to audition. This has made the process of getting auditions easy for all the parties involved. The sites also offer information and tips that are useful for anyone hoping to get into the profession.

Every time there are new show auditions, there are hundreds of actors hoping to get a part that will propel them to stardom. While it can only happen to a few people at a time, it helps to go for many of the auditions. With each audition, a person learns something new that will be helpful in the future. With time the auditions get easier and eventually the perseverance pays of. Many well-known stars have stories to tell about the number of auditions they had to go for, before they got their big break. Those still waiting for the big break should view each audition as gaining experience.

While there are people who have given up after going for auditions and failing to get any work, for many, the dream keeps them going and they continue to wait. Those who are dedicated take the lessons learned with each audition to propel them further. It is always important to remember that the next audition may be the one that opens the door. As you go for the auditions, you should always remember that you are in the presence of casting directors. Even though you do not get the particular role, you can leave a lasting impression that the director will remember the next time he is casting. Instead of focusing on the roles that you missed, focus on the next audition.

Movie History

Like a lot of shoppers at supermarkets, I look at the magazine displays while waiting in line to check out. Recently I was thrilled to see a recent edition to LIFE’s Great Photographers Series: Remembering Audrey 15 Years Later with photographs by Bob Willoughby.

In my review of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” I posed this question: Was there ever an actress who combined these four timeless qualities-beauty, fashion, grace and humility-better than Audrey Hepburn? My answer was simply, I think not.

You better believe I bought a copy of Remembering Audrey faster than a single heartbeat, and remain a better person for having done so.

Willoughby was born in Los Angeles-the city of the stars-and began taking pictures when he was 12. He was good, very good, and best described as a prodigy. In 1953, when he was 26, he would be assigned to photograph an upcoming soon to be actress, Audrey Hepburn. The result of their meeting would produce one of his most positive relationships, both as a photographer and a friend.

Willoughby pioneered the role of the “special” photographer to take formal publicity shots and candids of the stars Hollywood’s publicity departments wanted to promote. He was credited by Popular Photography magazine as the man “who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion-picture still.”

The images that you remember of James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn among dozens of others were mostly the work of Bob Willoughby. All of the major magazines of the day-LIFE, Look, Saturday Evening Post and Harper’s Bazaar-published his work.

Willoughby’s creations grace the exhibits in more than 500 museums in more than 50 countries around the world.

When first meeting Audrey, Willoughby said, “She took my hand and dazzled me with a smile that God designed to melt mortal men’s hearts.

“The amazing instant contact she always made was a remarkable gift, and I know from talking to others that it was felt by all who met her.”

Audrey had made a big impression with the studio brass in the 1953 William Wyler film “Roman Holiday”. She won an Oscar for Best Actress as Princess Ann in her film debut playing opposite Gregory Peck.

In the next 15 years, she would be nominated for 4 Best Actress Oscars for her work as Sabrina Fairchild in “Sabrina” (1954), Sister Luke in “The Nun’s Story” (1959), Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), and Susy Hendrix in “Wait Until Dark” (1967).

She also won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress in Roman Holiday and had an additional 6 Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress. Lesser known is the fact that Audrey was one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony Award as well as an Oscar.

Bob Willoughby’s formal and candid photographs of Audrey Hepburn will stand the test of time as some of the greatest ever taken of a woman and an actress. He said that Audrey never took a bad photograph, or even a mediocre one.

“She could sit next to an old ladder on the set and look terrific,” said Willoughby. With designs by Hubert de Givenchy, the world’s most smashing woman wore the world’s most smashing fashions.

She became the most charming, disarming, altogether friendly and charismatic superstar ever to grace a Hollywood production. According to Willoughby, everyone liked Audrey and remained loyal to her. The best directors and the world’s greatest designers sought to work with her.

It was said that all of her leading men fell in love with her, including Gregory Peck, William Holden, Anthony Perkins, Rex Harrison and Albert Finney.

When making “My Fair Lady” Audrey would not be recognized for her role as Eliza Doolittle. She had been promised that she could sing her songs in the film, but Marni Nixon was ultimately contracted to perform Eliza’s vocals.

Julie Andrews had played the role of Eliza in the stage production of the Lerner and Loewe musical, but she lost the role to Audrey in the film. It was perhaps no accident that the Best Actress Oscar that year went to Julie Andrews for her role as Mary Poppins.

My Fair Lady cost $17 million to make in 1964, an astounding investment in its day. It became Warner Brothers highest-grossing film at the time, and would go on to earn 12 Oscar nominations and win 8 Oscars. Many film historians consider My Fair Lady to be the last great musical of Hollywood’s studio era.

Audrey would marry twice and have a son by both Mel Ferrer, the actor/director, and Andrea Dotti, an Italian psychiatrist. She suffered 4 miscarriages during her 13-year marriage to Mel Ferrer.

In her early life, Audrey’s parents would divorce and her mother took her and her two stepbrothers to London and then to the Netherlands, where her mother was a bona fide Dutch baroness. In 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands and the horror of war would surround her.

She danced in clandestine locations to raise money for the Dutch Resistance. One of her stepbrothers was sent to a German labor camp, and her uncle and one of her mother’s cousins were shot and killed for participating in the Resistance.

The Germans seized food and fuel when the Netherlands was already suffering a winter famine. Audrey would suffer malnutrition, anemia and frequent bouts of depression. She was 10 years old when World War II started and remained fragile her entire life as a result of her wartime experience.

Some believe her final act in life was her best when she was named UNICEF’s International Goodwill Ambassador in 1988. Audrey would travel around the world on 50+ missions to bring attention to the world’s suffering children. The sight of children dying from hunger in distant lands was devastating; she had once been one of those children and survived.

“I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering,” said Audrey. Despite being terribly ill herself, she continued to go on missions. She would die of colon cancer in 1993, four months before her 64th birthday. When she died, the world lost a great human being.

Bob Willoughby said it best: “She left those who came into contact with her better for having known her. I miss her to this day.” Amen, Bob, amen.

Going About Movie Auditions

Movie auditions usually tend to have throng of hopefuls at them. This is because everyone wants to get their shot at being a star. For this reason, you have to stand out from the hundreds of people who will be auditioned that very day.

1. Ensure that you arrive early for the audition. Do not try to arrive right on time, this will not give you sufficient time to get into character or practice. Arriving late is absolutely out of the question. Try to get to the audition venue as early as you can. This will allow you adequate enough time to rehearse and practice before going on stage.

2. Do not dress as the character you are playing when you go for your movie audition. Dress the way you would dress when you want to impress someone. Ensure you look presentable and your clothes should be immaculate. In any case, if the casting directors would like to put you in wardrobe and makeup then they will do so. This is because it is like a job interview. Dress to impress, but not in character.

3. Research about the movie project beforehand. This will keep you informed. Having this research done will also enable you to know what is expected of you. Research on the director of the movie will help you anticipate what to expect from them. Background information on the character you are auditioning for will help you tune into the psyche of that character. This will give you an edge over the other people auditioning for the same role as you will have connected with the character. You want to use as much emotion as possible, and show them that you can truly become the character you’re trying to play.

4. If you have been given some lines to memorize for your audition, make sure that you have memorized them beforehand. Reading from a script will not give you flexibility in your performance. Ensure you know your lines by heart and even practice them with your friends repeatedly. Also practice on your own in front of a mirror every day or even without the mirror. You want to incorporate facial expressions and body movements with the performance that you give to full show the affects of the character and what they are saying or doing. It will put a more dramatic effect on your performance.

The Good Thing About Movie

Having an opportunity to watch a movie is indeed pleasurable. If you haven’t tried watching any movie, I bet you are one of those native people who are not yet open for the luxury that technology offers. Movies can sometimes have a nice or an awful story. There would be chances that you will regret watching the movies you thought you would enjoy and how you wish that you can take your money back. Well, there is nothing you can do about it. As the saying goes, all people are different so not all people will have the same taste in the kind of movies.

Money is always a part when you are watching a movie, its like having your favorite artist in your screen and paying for them. Since you are spending money when you are watching a movie of course you are expecting to be amazed or at least to be entertained. You are not spending money just to feel bad or to feel sad. There are lots of hardships in life. So it means that you want your money to be worth it. If it won’t be worth it why bother yourself in going to the movie house?

Movie reviews are good option to figure out what kind of movie is good to watch. Although there are lots of opinions in movie reviews, it is still important because you can see the overall impact of the movie to its critics.

Movie reviews is a good way for you to know the main story of the film. This won’t exactly state the plot of the story as this will only help you on what to expect in the film you selected. Whether if its drama, action, or comedy. You can also get information about the movie, whether it is a true story or based upon a book. With a good movie reviews at hand you can examine the quality of a certain film.

Movie reviews also gives you hint on what to expect. If you are concern about the quality of the acting skills of the actors and actresses movie critics is a good way to go. Through the aid of movie reviews you will know whether the performance of the stars in the movie was excellent.

What You Need to Know About Movie

Going to audition for a part in a movie may seem daunting but it does not have to be so. All you need is some confidence, preparation and nailing your execution. Keep in mind, that not all actors got their big break from their first audition. This guide should help you make the most of every audition that you will attend until you finally have your big break.

The first thing you need to do is research the movie that you are going to audition for. Find out if it is based on a book, whether it is based on true events, or whether it is an original manuscript. An original manuscript is written by a screenwriter so your research would be limited to other manuscripts the screenwriter has written so that you can get a feel of their style. You may also want to find out who the director is so that you can watch some of the movies they have directed before. This will give you an idea of what kind of acting may be expected from you. If the movie is based on a book, try your best to read the book before your audition. This will help invariably in understanding the direction of the movie. If the movie is based on true events, go online and try to learn as much as you can of what went on. Movies depicting true events rarely stick to exactly what happened, but it will help you understand the story more.

Movie auditions will normally send you your lines in advance so that you may memorize them. Ensure that you do. Once you have them memorized, try out your delivery on several of your friends and family members. Pick people who will give you an honest opinion. You do not want to be lied to that you are giving a great performance and you are not. So take the criticism positively and make your delivery better. Performing for several people will also give you a diverse range of opinions. This should influence your performance positively.

Before the day of your audition, make sure you have prior arrangements for transport. You should ensure that you arrive at the venue before your call time. Being on time may not give you enough time to practice your lines one last time and being late will not make a good impression. The earlier you arrive, the more time you have to get rid of last minute nerves and to get into your role.

Once you get into the audition room, make a good first impression! Be friendly and confident, but not cocky. The more personable you are, the higher the chances that the director will want to work with you. Perform your piece flawlessly and if the director gives you additional direction follow their words to the letter! Do not complain if they make you repeat the delivery over and over again, remember that they want you to nail it.