Acting : Actor Callbacks by Tammy Hunt

Tammy Hunt

Actor Callbacks

Getting a callback means that the casting team is intrigued by you and your acting, but they may not be totally sold yet. On top of watching you perform, they might also question you about your acting approach and experience. This is the time to showcase your range, ability to portray your character, and overall skill set.

Expect to perform the same material in the same way as in your first audition—but know that you might be asked to make a few changes, such as reading a scene with different emotion or really diving deep into your character’s personality.

Callbacks often mean performing a scene with another actor so the director can see if you mesh well with others.

The casting director brought you back because your type and performance worked for the character and for the tone of the show. Unless you are given specific notes for the callback, do the exact same performance when you come back in but be open to adjustments.

Don’t get locked into your choices. In a callback, the director, producer, and creative team may have you take an adjustment and try the scene a different way. Spontaneous decisions are your best friend so practice various versions of the audition just to be prepared.

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Emily J

Love this! Thanks for sharing! Thoughts on all the recent statements from SAG-AFTRA on casting offices charging for auditions?

Richard "RB" Botto

This is another killer share, Tammy.

Ashley Renee Smith

This is such great advice, Tammy, thank you so much for sharing! I especially love your suggestion of practicing different versions of the scene before going into your callback so that spontaneous decisions will feel more natural. I've seen so many self-tapes over the years where the actors were so rigid and stuck in the choices that they made, that even if they were given the opportunity to present more than one take of the material there was very little difference in the performances. These are all great tips to keep in mind!

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