How To Have a Great Audition from Casting Director, Bernie Telsey

by Kenji Maeda on May 28, 2010

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New York Casting Director, Bernie Telsey has experience casting film and stage productions since the 90’s. Some of the films he and his company has cast include Sex and the City, Across the Universe, Rent, and Finding Forrester.  Some of the Broadway and off-Broadway shows include the original cast of Rent, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, and Wicked.

Bernie has some great tips on what makes an impact in the audition room. In the video clip below, he talks about the following things:

  1. What it means to be prepared.
  2. The difference between stage and film auditions.
  3. How to choose a song or monologue.
  4. How to approach cold reads.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

menard May 31, 2010 at 11:21 am

What is my best route to get into the acting industry?

At minimal cost of course. Do I have to pay for pictures and then get an agent?

Certainly I’d be the first human to say “i don’t need all that”

steven riitchie August 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

many thanks i would love to gain the knowledge in achieving the best chances in securing the part in west end auditions or broadway auditions

annmarie murphy January 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

Hi i have a son 16 and daughter 7 both love acting . But my son is so dishartened he has played small rolls on tv and done some stage aswell he just does not know where to turn to next we payed for him to go to IFA in Dublin to do an intence course in acting which he travelled to everyday and loved but every where we turn its more money and when he finishes school there is know acting collage in ireland and he is now talking about LA ….scarey…..but he seems to be loosing hope on who to turn to next for help my daughter is now starting to become very interested in acting aswell can you help please contact me i will tell you more about them thanks for your time.

Wolfgang Schmidt July 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi there i just want to say thank you for the video it really made everything i’m learning at film school really sink in :) sometimes you just need someone to say it in a completely different way than your teacher :) thank you so much
Take care
Wolfgang Roman Schmidt

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