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FAQ about Casting Calls
Q: What is the difference between auditions, casting calls, open auditions and cattle calls.
A: Auditions and casting calls are the same. They are by appointment and there are never any fees. Open calls and cattle calls are usually gimmicks to make money and do nothing for you. If they say "bring in your child" and don't even know what your kid looks like its a scam! Trust us when we tell you that casting directors are professionals and are hired and paid to find specific types for every role. They literally audition 200 three year old caucasian blonde girls to find exactly the right one. Be polite at auditions. Listen carefully to directions from the casting person and your child's agent.
Q: What are my child's chances of success?
A: Better than most kids because now you have correct real information. Also, the more auditions the better you get at auditioning and the more jobs your child will book. It's a bit of a numbers game. Some get lucky on the first try, others might have 40 auditions and then book 5 jobs in a row.
Q: What is an audition like?
A: Your child is given an appointment time or time frame. Auditions take about 5-10 minutes, but you should always get there 10 - 15 minutes early to unwind from traffic and they day. Plan on being there for an hour as they often run late. If your child is of speaking age, you will know in advance if they have lines to say. Most commercials and print ads are cast on looks and personality. If your child has lines you will be given a script or sides in advance. "Sides" is the term for a small section of the script used to audition. Kids are never expected to memorize until they are booked to play the part.
Q: When are you paid?
A: Print jobs usually pay at the end of the workday or week if you are hired for more than one day. TV, films and commercials pay within (2) weeks and then you receive residuals (usage checks) every time it airs. Commercials pay big $$. Unless your child is the lead in a movie or a series regular on a TV show, they will earn more doing one national commercial.