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I remember watching Disney Channel as a young teenager and feeling so caught up in the magic and perfection of the wonderful world of Disney. Disney is this entity that we all know and love and want a piece of, but landing a gig with Disney is no walk in the park; the company prides itself on hiring the best, brightest, and most talented people for its TV shows, movies and theme parks. I was so nervous for my first Disney audition I didn’t know if I was elated or gassy, but I was somewhere in that zone.
The morning of the audition I knew I needed to look fabulous (which I usually do, sick days and lazy days excluded). But Disney-fabulous and street-fabulous aren’t always the same. Disney wants talent that fits the “Disney brand,” which is a very specific look. My Aussie friend, Aleisha, has worked at Disney parks all over the world, including Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, and she helped me pick out what to wear. I was auditioning for the grown-up version of a character on an existing Disney Channel show, Best Friends Whenever. I dressed in all black and looked sleek and tough, since I was playing an awesome ninja, but Aleisha reminded me that I still needed to look wholesome and not too sexy. She suggested I tie a flannel shirt around my waist to offset the otherwise tight black pants. I put on a smidge of make up and headed out feeling pumped.
Like all auditions, I knew I needed to be on time. It’s important to show that you’re serious and excited to be there, so I always plan to arrive super early (at least 15 minutes). I remember one audition where my time slot was 8:00am but I just barely underestimated traffic (rookie mistake) and I arrived at 8:05. I was told, “There are plenty of other girls who were here on time and we won’t be seeing you today.” Ouch. But she wasn’t wrong. Everyone appreciates punctuality and I messed up. I now always give myself tons of time to hang out in the lobby, warm up, look at cat videos on my phone– whatever it takes to never be late again; lesson learned the hard way.
Once I parked (a perfect 20 minutes ahead of my audition time), I grabbed my headshot and resume and gave it a once-over. It was current, I looked happy and smiley, and I felt like it accurately represented what I looked like. My resume was organized. It all looked good. But my heart was still racing as I walked the two blocks from my car to the studio.
When I got inside, a very friendly Cast Member greeted me and told me to sign in and have a seat. Now I was really feeling the adrenaline! I thought, “I’m about to go audition for Disney; this is a big deal!” They called my name and I either floated or teleported towards the door. I felt nervous about being in front of such important people. I knew I’d be auditioning for a casting director, a title I’d come to know well. A casting director’s job is to weed through talent and pick out the best actors for the role(s). Then, those actors are asked to return for a callback to show their stuff to the director, producer, writer, or anyone else invested in the casting process. I had to remind myself that they may seem intimidating, but they’re just people. When I was led in I wasn’t sure if I should shake their hands, or even whose hand to shake since there were three people sitting behind this small table of fate. A mustached gentleman offered his hand first, and I did my best to relax; “They’re just people.” I thought to myself.
I said my name and agency directly to the camera, (called “slating”), which is pretty typical. Almost all auditions I’ve done have been videotaped, so I knew that was nothing to sweat. For this audition, they had me reading lines with another person, (who’s called a reader), which helped me to feel more at ease. Sometimes when the reader is obviously not an actor it can feel pretty stiff, but this lady clearly had some chops. I started my lines. I could feel my hands shaking and my voice kind of cracked and wavered, like an adolescent boy or a small squeaky toy. “I’m here to show them why I’m perfect for this role,” I reminded myself. I cleared my throat and continued.
After I’d read through the whole scene, the man with the slight mustache asked me to do it again, but this time he said he wanted me to really “exude confidence” and “sell it.” I knew one of the most important things to demonstrate as an actor is that you can accept direction. I’ve been asked to cry, or to speak with a funny accent, or to “do it bigger!” Sometimes it’s really nerve-wracking, but this time I felt like I could totally “sell it.” I took a deep breath and thought, “Don’t worry about ‘getting it right;’ you can do this.” I felt my shaky hands turn steadier, my cracking voice grow more confident, and when I opened my mouth to speak: I was that ninja that I knew I had in me.
As I bounded back to my little blue car I leapt in the air for a heel click and squealed, “I did it!” I was on cloud nine. Each audition is different and it’s sometimes hard to determine whether I did well or not; but I felt like I gave it my all… Ultimately, I never did get a callback. But when it comes down to it, I just wasn’t what they were looking for, so I don’t beat myself up about not booking the part. What matters is that I booked the room and nailed the audition — and that’s the uphill part of the battle.
Walt Disney Audition Tips – How To Audition For Disney Channel And Walt Disney Studios
Good quality photos on standard letter size paper are best when you audition for Walt Disney Studios or for when you audition for the Disney Channel. You always want to make sure that the photo that you use for your Walt Disney acting resume is representative of the way that you currently look and not the way that you used to look when you were younger. In other words, if you change your appearance or your look in any way, you should update the headshot on your Disney acting resume as quickly as possible. As you choose a photo for your Disney acting resume, remember that your headshot is the calling card that you leave behind for the Disney casting team to remember you, so make sure that it is the best possible representation of who you are and how you currently look.
Always remember to keep your Walt Disney acting resume to one page and list your most recent experience and accomplishments first, and do not worry if you have limited acting experience. Staple or glue your Disney acting resume securely to the back of your beautiful headshot, or have it printed directly on the back of your photo.
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