There is a chance that your child will get “a callback” after an acting audition if that acting audition goes well and your child is right for the part. When your child gets a callback for an acting audition for the very first time, you may not know exactly what that means.
My daughter got a callback after her second acting audition, and after the initial excitement was over, I realized I really did not know what that meant or what to do. I had to call her agent back a couple of times and ask lots of questions.
Since I knew very little about showbiz when we first got started, whenever we did something new, I had lots of questions. And I was embarrassed to have to ask so many questions.
On the other hand, I knew it was important to find out everything I could about her first acting audition callback to make sure we did what we needed to do.
So, in case you are wondering exactly, “What Is a Callback After an Acting Audition?”
A callback after an acting audition is an invitation to be seen again by the casting director for a particular project.
What Does It Mean When You Get a Callback?
It just means that the casting director and perhaps others involved in casting the roles in a project liked what they saw in your initial acting audition and are interested in seeing you again for that project. Obviously, this is a good thing, so you should celebrate getting a callback.
If you get a callback, you did something the casting director really liked and/or you have exactly the “right” look or personality for the role. Or perhaps you perfectly captured the essence of the character or brought something unique and interesting to your performance. In any case, it is exciting to be called back for another round of auditions.
When you don’t get a callback it does not mean that you did not do a good job in your acting audition. It may be that you were not right for the particular role being cast or just that some others were more right for that role.
Getting the News about the Callback
You typically will receive a call from your agency to tell you that you have a callback for a particular role and to give you the time and location and other details for the callback. If you don’t have an agent or if this is a callback for an audition that you obtained on your own, then you will typically receive a call directly from the casting director or another individual involved in the project.
Don’t Change Anything Unless Instructed to Do So
Something to remember about a callback is that they probably liked the way you looked and your performance in your previous acting audition, so you should try to repeat your look and what you did as closely as possible. This means you should wear exactly the same clothing and even fix your hair the same way. You want to give them what they got in the first audition.
Sometimes you will be given some additional instructions with the callback information. You might have additional or different sides for the callback or a specific change to your appearance or your performance that they want. In that case, you want to follow whatever additional instructions you are given. For example, you might be told to be less angry or not to act like you are cold in a particular scene, or you might be told to put your hair in a ponytail or to not put your hair in a ponytail. But don’t change anything unless you are instructed to do so.
How Soon Will You Hear About a Callback After an Acting Audition?
You may hear about a callback at the end of your audition, shortly after your audition, later the same day, the next day or a couple of days later, a week later, or even a month or more after your audition. While there is no steadfast rule on this, you are generally notified of a callback within a few days for television show episodes, within a week or two for commercials, and for big roles in movies and television series, it tends to vary quite a lot, but it usually takes longer.
How Many People Get Callbacks?
Sometimes there will be only a handful of people who receive a callback, but sometimes there may be a rather large number of people called back for a particular role. There may be five people or there may be twenty-five. It all depends on the project and those doing the casting. For movies, more people are often auditioned and more people are often called back.
When Will the Callbacks Occur?
Sometimes a callback will occur the same day as the initial audition (most often when episodes of a television show are being cast). Sometimes you will need to return the next day or a couple of days after you are notified of the callback.
All the callbacks might be on one day, as is often the case for commercial callbacks or theatre callbacks or episodics, or the callbacks might be spread out over a period of time, as is often the case for casting for a lead role in a feature film or television show.
You may even be called back multiple times for a single role, as is often the case for bigger roles in feature films and television shows and often for theatre as well.
Who Will Be in the Callback Audition?
When you go to the callback, there will often be more people present than were at your initial audition. It is common for directors and producers and other people involved in a project to be at a callback. So don’t be surprised when you walk into the room and see four or five or more people there to observe your audition and you.
So while a callback is a great thing, casting is often far from over when you get a callback. But it is the second step on the way to a booking!
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