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How Do You Get Disney Acting Auditions?

Disney Acting Auditions

I frequently hear children asking about how to get Disney acting auditions. Many children, teens, and young adults are interested in being on the Disney Channel or in a Disney movie, and they want it to happen right now.

And while it would be nice to just show up at a Disney open call and be cast that very day, in reality, things just don’t happen that way.

Sure, there are some Disney stars who were “discovered” at a Disney open call or other talent search of some sort, but that is certainly more the exception than the rule.

My daughter is opening as ‘Belle’ in a community-theatre production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this Friday night.  She is thrilled to have this opportunity.  It is a great role for a young girl, and it is also great experience for her.

But having this role also comes with an unbelievable amount of hard work, and requires a huge amount of dedication.  She has to go to public school all day and then go to dress rehearsals for about 5 hours.  And after that, she has homework to do.  In addition, she has to rehearse her lines, songs, and dances for the show.

She is not doing this to try to get Disney acting auditions. She is doing this because she loves acting and loves musical theatre.  But, at the same time, it is additional experience that she can list on her resume. And extra experience is always a good thing on a resume.  Casting directors like to know that you are currently working.

So, “How Do You Get Disney Acting Auditions?”

The first thing you need to do when trying to get Disney acting auditions is to remember that becoming a Disney Channel star is a process. It typically takes years of preparation, training, auditioning, acting, and even a bit of luck.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that while acting for Disney appears to be a lot of fun, at the same time it is a lot of work. Before you start going to Disney acting auditions, think about whether you really want to make the sacrifices that come along with being an actor.  It is not as simple as it seems.

If you want to get Disney acting auditions, you need to get as much experience auditioning and acting as you possibly can. The more auditioning and acting you do, the better auditioner and actor you are likely to become. And becoming better at auditioning and acting will increase your chances of getting into Disney acting auditions.

This will also give you acting experience to list on your resume. Your resume contributes to a casting director’s decision about whether to bring you in for Disney acting auditions or not.

If you want to get Disney acting auditions, start out by doing the following five things:

  1. Audition for and participate in community theatre.You can participate in community theatre wherever you currently live. You don’t have to be in Los Angeles or New York or Chicago or Atlanta. When you do community theatre, you gain valuable experience in acting, singing, dancing, and improvisation. Also, you never know who might see you in one of these performances.Doing community theatre will also give you the chance to prove to yourself and others that you really want to be an actor and that you can handle the demands that go along with an acting career.
  2. Audition for and participate in student films, commercials, and music videos. These can give you valuable on-screen acting experience.  Also, the students of today will be the casting directors, producers, and directors of tomorrow. Do a good job in a student project, and that student may remember you later for other projects. Some of the best student projects might be submitted and accepted in film festivals and other contests, so there is also a chance you might get some visibility.  This also can give you footage for your reel.
  3. Audition for and participate in low-budget and non-paying films, commercials, music videos, webisodes, etc. These can give you valuable on-screen acting experience.  Some of these may end up going to festivals or other contests, so you could get some visibility. Also, the casting directors, directors, and producers involved in these projects may move on to bigger and better things and may remember you for projects they have in the future. You can also get footage for your reel.
  4. Enroll in good acting classes, comedy classes, and improvisation classes. Training is very important.
  5. Sign up and submit for jobs listed on sites such as Actors Access and Casting Networks.

Getting Disney acting auditions is really no different than getting any other kind of audition. You can watch for them on casting sites, on boards, forums, and in Backstage West and other acting publications (many of which are also online).

Instead of spending all your time searching for  Disney auditions and open calls, be sure to spend time building your resume and gaining the sort of experience that will help you find a talent agent if you don’t already have one. 

Having a good talent agent still really is the best way to get into Disney acting auditions.

And remember there is no cost to have a talent agent. Do not pay anything for a talent agent to represent your child!

A talent agent should only get paid when YOU get paid for a job you get while represented by them (even if you are actually the one that finds the work). In California this is 10% of your pay (by law), except for print work which is typically 20%.

In states other than California, check with your state labor board to find out what the rates are.

For more information on how to get Disney acting auditions, how to become a child actor, and many other related topics, be sure to subscribe to Your Young Actor’s Newsletter. You’ll also get a free 12-part mini-course on getting started in show business.

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  1. beautiful says:

    hi, i am 10 years old i always wanted to be on Disney channel.i have been watching disney for 9 years.and every since i was able to talk i wanted to be a actor.i read The first chapter of the dream giver by Bruce Wilkinson i went to sleap that knight and had a powerful dream.i had a Audition a couple weeks ago and i didn’t make it i cried with faith and joy because one day i will make it. :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin :razz: :smile: :mrgreen: :mr green:

  2. Ana Giulia Ricetti says:

    :smile: Hi I’m Ana and i’ve been in a few plays before. it’s realy fun but it takes some work andi’ve always wanted to be a singer,actress,and modle. its like every were in my family my dad is an actor but stoped cuz of my wanlil sister and baby brother and i all ways wanted to be apart of something. every one says im very talented and i wish i could have a chance to show it !!! :smile: :lol: :grin: :?: :!: :?: :!: hopefully my one and only dream will come true.

  3. Ana Giulia Ricetti says:

    im all so 11 my bday is on 6/16

  4. julia says:

    I’m 14 years old and I ALWAYS wanted to be on Disney Channel, but I never had the opportunity to do theater classes or anything like that. I live in USA now, but I’m not from here, I’m from Brazil and I don’t know if Disney take kids from other countries. Oh well, it’s too late for me anyways ):

  5. Karla .s. Latta says:

    Hi my is Karla, i am 13 and 3/4. I live in Worcester MA. i have been told many times that i should go into modeling and acting,even by random people that i dont even know, people say that if i where ever to go on the show i should go into a comedy show because i am very humerous and can stay in character very well.Ever since i was little i’ve always wanted to be a Disney star.Myself and others believe that i have the potential to become a disney star.i never get nervous when i act,ive been called to a few auditions in the same week, i got sick so i couldnt go. It would mean the world for me to be a Disney Actor. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    hi,i’m alice and i’m16 old , i always dream to be an actress, and work in disney channel, but i coudn’t cause i live in algeria that’s in north africa, it’s really far from america, but if i had the chance to be an famous actress i’ll do the impossible to make it came, i always act in every place and in any times at home, school, even in the street so people think that i’m wierd but i just can’t stop,so piease help me :cry:

  8. Monica says:

    My daughter is 5 and has had no training… and because of that i know for a fact she wouuld be a huge sucess. She listens to what she is told and is hilarious and with no doubt in my mind i know one audition with her and she would have people flipping to sighn her how do i know this.. becayse she is my daughter and i have encouraged this personality she has! :)

  9. Bahji says:

    Hi my name is Bahji. I’m 10 and I’ve been watching Disney channel for 9 years. Ever since I’ve seen Disney it inspired me to act. I have no acting experience and I can’t wait until I’m in grade 6 so I can participate in the school play :smile: ! It has been my dream to act in any movie since I was 6. I live in Vietnam and Vietnam is far from America :cry: . I hope this dream will come true soon :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :!:

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  11. btmw says:

    Hey……my name is Brooke Warren i live in England……i am 14 and i would love to be an actress…….i attended a drama school for several years and would love to make acting a permanent thing xxxxxxxxxx

  12. Brixxxxx says:

    Hi I am 12 years old and it is my dream to be on Disney channel. I live in australia. I love zendaya Coleman of shake it up and I want to be just like her. I love to dance and act. :roll: I want to be on Disney channel becuse I want to act like the wonderful people on Disney channel and be on posters in young girls walks in there room I want to be know hannah Montana, selena Gomez, china ane maklona, Bella Thorne, coralline sunshine and of course zendaya! I wanna have my own show. I dersve this becuse I love acting and are committed to becoming a disney channels star. :!: :!: :cool:

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  16. Evan says:

    Hey my name is Evan I’m 12……i play the guitar and live in a small city in Tennessee……I play soccer and take art class as well…I’ve always wanted to be an actor and my grandma has tried hard to help….. do gave some experience in acting and am a straight A student…..please email me when younger a chance

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  17. Genesis Marie Renee Carter says:

    okay so i am 14 i am in Rhode Island i would love to become an actress. I have auditioned for Jessie,and ant farm i never was contacted please help me out. please give me this one in a life time oppurtunity. when i wake up i look in the mirror and say , “hi i am Genesis Carter from disney channels ant farm and your watching disney channel:wow now that was awesome!” i know stupid right, plz give me this ppurtunity . i think i am good at acting but thats my p.o.v.

  18. caleb says:

    hi i am caleb i live at va petersburg and i want to tell y’all that is always my dream to be an actor in disney over 10 year now please thank you for your help

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  20. Maddie says:

    Hi I’m Maddie, I’m 14.
    And I have wanted to be an Actress pretty much my whole life.
    It was the first dream of mine, and it is still my biggest dream.
    I have always been interested in acting of any kind.
    I have been in many plays before and acting is hard work. Acting to me is not only something fun to do but a lifestyle.

  21. Debbie Sikkema says:

    Hi Maddie,
    I hope your dreams come true. You seem to have a good understanding of what it means to be an actor. It is a lot of hard work! Good luck to you.
    To your success,
    Debbie

  22. joann says:

    hi everyone my name is joann i will be 12 in july 26
    i have been in play befor and iam taking acting classes because that my life i no its different disney and a school of artes, because in disney thats profesional u need like to wake up at 5am an example but if thats all i have to do and work as hard as i can i am willing to take it

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  24. mikayla says:

    have be in a dancing group at church i would love to be in disney channel

  25. karan brar says:

    I act on Jessie, and I know for a fact that it is NOT easy to yet on Disney channel.
    I worked since i was 7, auditioning and getting agents. Then, in 2009, I got my first job, as chirag on diary of a wimpy kid, and did the three films.

    I got the Disney channnel contract in 2011, and I now find auditioning easier.

    My point,
    It is not easy. It took me 6 years for Disney channel, and now I’m living my dream.

  26. Ella says:

    Hi my is Ella I’m turning 12 in January.
    I’ve toke acting classes.
    And it would be amazing to be on disney channel.

  27. andrew partney says:

    hello my name is Andrew and I am 15 years old and I have wanted to be a actor for a very long time and my dream is to become a actor and i am a good actor and my friends and family are everything to me and i know how the acting business is ive seen every disney channel show there is and I have watched disney channel since i wqs 5 so plz consider me.

  28. steshainy says:

    hi im steshain 9 years old i really really want to be on disneychannel and sinse i was little i was watching disneyjunior and next disneychannel and i have a pation for ating i really love acting singin and dancing i was in 4 plays when i was only 3 years old and 7 plays when i was 5 and 10 plays when i was 8 and now i desidet that i want to be on disneychannel i really love it because you can see that the are acting but the put his hole hart in to it and you can see that the are feeling exited because you can really feel it i now what it feels because i was in 21 plays i really have that pation pleas i love it and its so great how you feel like you are on a cloud so soft im not in the u.s.a rite now im in curacao im on a trip that buetefull plase in cariben and i really want you guys to come here because its so great and i really love it here and come to this island i really nice wel ther is nothing left to say than good bye bye

  29. Skye says:

    Hi, im Skye.
    I have always wanted to be a singer/actris my whole life(10 years).
    So I thought I could someday have expeirence to have a 1 in 1000 chance.
    I have been in a couple of school plays or acting in assembleis,I know a
    play is hard work but I really want to sing,dance, or act on Disney Channel.
    I already entered on explorertalent.com, but is that all I do.Please help me
    guid my way through.
    sencerly,
    Skye.

  30. Macey says:

    Hi! My name is Macey and I have a great passion for acting and singing. I do many plays and ppl always tell me that one day I will be a star!!! I am only 11 years old and I will do anything to become an actress!! I don’t expect to get on Disney channel right now but I am wanting to do some commercials and maybe even some small parts in tv/movies. If you have any ideas to help me than if you have an Instagram than plz follow me and leave me a message. I am violet680.

  31. Aniya Ashley Robins says:

    My name is Aniya Robins and I love acting acting as well, but the important thing about acting is that you can not be shy. I am really confident in myself and would love to be on Disney Channel. However, that not all. I DONT want to be a joke in acting. Its my life and im really serious about this. I would love to get an chance to audition for Disney Channel. This is really important to me and I would never give up on something i love this much. This is a big dream.

    Age: 11
    Birth: 3-12-01
    Gender: Female
    Race: African-American
    Parents support: 1,000,000
    Love in ACTING: 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    Thank You for taking the time to read this. I am committed to doing anything that would help me in acting. This is an important DREAM to many people and I know I can be 1- 1,000,000 people making it. I would always follow my dreams. Please contact me from my Email. Thank You! Have a lovely Day! :) :)

  32. Andrew ramos says:

    Hi my name is Andrew. And I have been acting and taking classes for over 12 years I’m currently 14 years old. And I always dream in becoming an actor my entire life. I have done shows, drama, acting, little but of dancing, singing, and musical performance. I would love to join and become a Disney actor!

  33. Brianna says:

    hi i’m brianna, im 11 years old, and i would LOVE to be on Disney Channel. I have been in a play before, it was in fifth grade. i was the lead role because the play was “The little match girl” and i was the little match girl. I had to do a lot of emotional acting,pretend to cry, and even sing a solo. i am very confident about my acting and desperately want to be an actor. Please help me follow my dream.

  34. Caitlyn says:

    I’m a ten year old who has been in many plays previous and is dying to have somebody notice my talent. I can memorize lines easily and have had many classes to help me. I have ALWAYS wanted to be a star but have never gotten the chance. I believe I may have true talent. I am very confident in my acting skills and hope that I will shine someday.

  35. Hanein says:

    Hi my name is hanein and I am 10 years old and I am female I was looking for a Disney channel show casting call and I found your website so I was wondering if you can repl I would like to audition

  36. Hanein says:

    Hi my name is hanein and I am 10 years old and I am female I was looking for a Disney channel show casting call and I found your website so I was wondering if you can reply would like to audition

  37. TraronColeman says:

    I’m 9 and I have always wanted to be on Jessie and be the new kid

  38. Yoresmy Reyes says:

    I am going ti be 12 years old on May 15 and I had been watching Disney Channel for 9 years and it had been my greatest dream to be on Disney Channel. Sometimes I even dream of meeting all my fans wich are Bridgit Mendler, Ross Lynch ,and Laura Marano. If anyone reads this please, just please… I want to go to Disney Channel. I want best for my family wich is just me my mom and my little sister. My life is very hard and I just hope I can be there. My address is Houston TX, 77084 Jura Dr. 4231 . If one of Disney Channel workers please report this and try to make my dreams come true. Thank you. :’)

  39. andre alexander says:

    hi my name is andre and I would be extremely happy if I could go and participate in one of your auditions.Im 10 years old and i have been practicing acting since I was 3. I would really love it if I could be an actor because that has been my dream since I was little.

  40. gilmary luz aponte says:

    i love diseny channel i am 11 and i love bows i have about 20 or more bows i love the music and the actresses and diseny channel has expirerd me to be an actor because the actors have fun and that i what i want to do. i love all episodes and i am in love with your channel i love to read never flunked and i love to sing i go to chour and in christmas i am going to sing with 7 and 8 th graders i am the only one picked in my chiour class and she loves my voice in 6 th grade love u guys

  41. Kathleen Potts says:

    Hi I’m Kat I am 13 years old I have blonde and brown hair and grey eyes,and I have dreamt about being on Disney for my entire life.
    I have been acting since I was able to speak in school shows and things, I just want to have the chance to be on the same channel I have been watching forever. I sing, write, and I could possibly dance with choreography. I love acting as well as music this could be the beginning of my life and finally I would do something my parents could be proud about just please consider this I would love the opportunity

  42. Kaylan Whitesitt says:

    Hi, my name Is Kaylan Whitesitt. I’m a sophomore in high school. I’m 15 years old, 5’4, 136 pounds. I have light brown skin and light brown eyes, and very curly hair. I’ve never had much experience with acting, besides the plays we do in English. But I can read music, sing and dance and am learning the guitar. I’m also in a singing group and are also Animal Rights Activists. We all actually like acting, but yes I love Disney, and Dez from Austin and Ally would be a great role for me to kind of pertain to. I’m really goofy, and as an activist, I dont really have a fear to speak my mind.

  43. ashtyn says:

    I LOVE DISNEY CHANNLE IT HAS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE SENCE I WAS 3 I AM 10 NOW AND I WAS THINKING TO MY SELF DO I WANT TO ACT MY FAVORITE SHOW ON DISNEY IS JESSIE I LOVE IT I WANT TO ACT JUST LIKE SKI JACKSON TELL HER SHE IS MY FAVORITE ACTOR AND I LOVE HER SASSYNESS WE ARE THE SAME COLOR AND I DEPEND ON HER.

  44. Natalie says:

    Where/How would my mother be able to obtain a work permit(s) for me?

  45. keis says:

    Hi i’m Keis and i’m 12 years old. In this year i’m going to start theatre and I would like tp know how many years should I practice so then I can audition. But I don’t know if i’m to old… please help me. Thanks XD
    Waiting for your answer

  46. Drayden says:

    Hi I’m Drayden Robertson I’m 12 years old I have watched Disney Channel seen I was 4 years old I have looked at the people in the Disney movies and most of them where not born famous they had to work form the ground up and they made people happy and sad in there movie’s and I think I have what it takes to make people love more Disney Channel movie so if you give me a chance I will make do the best that i can so give me a chance.

  47. naledi says:

    I’m naledi and I have always wanted to be a Disney star but good luck for all of you

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