It’s #FLASHbackFriday…
here are twin baby Brownies from Lauren’s collection. These babies are from the 1930s! Happy Friday! #AlwaysThinkGreen #FBF

Two more days until Friday, guys. You can do it!! In the mean time…

Welcome to Wordy Wednesdays, our brand-new series on the industry-specific terms you’ll hear while working as an actor or model. A lot of key terms that agents, casting directors, and other actors use can be repetitive or used interchangeably with other words, so we’re here to clear the air and make sure you always know what they mean when they say…

  • go-see/casting
    A go-see, as in to go see someone, is when the model goes to be seen by the casting director in-person to see if they meet the requirements for the shoot. Casting means the same thing (so if you’re going to the casting at a studio, and your friend is headed to the go-see at the same studio, you’re going to run into each other!)
  • request
    A request is when the casting agency reaches out to a talent agency and requests to see a specific model.
  • audition/callback
    The audition is your try-out for the role in any part of the industry. It’s you showing off what you can do, and what the casting directors require for the role! A callback is the next step: casting directors narrow the field of actors they want for a given part and invite them back to audition again.
  • script/copy/sides
    The words! That’s it. It’s just the words. In commercials, we use copy most often. People in TV/film usually say script (for all of the words), while legit/theater people usually say sides (as in a scene of words that fits on one side of paper).

These are just a few of the many key phrases that industry insiders use to describe the same things! These terms are just the beginning: we’ll be covering lots of keywords in the coming weeks to help you effectively communicate with others in the modeling and acting industries. Stay tuned for next week’s Wordy Wednesday: key terms to know about usage and contracts!

Another week, another advice column! Today, we’re focusing on 5 tips on the etiquette of go-sees & auditions.

  1. Be nice from door to door!
    It may seem like a given, but make sure to project a positive attitude from the moment you walk in the building to the moment you leave. No casting director wants to work with someone who will smile in the audition room and then have an attitude in the elevator ride down. You never know who you’ll bump into on the elevator!
  2. Be on time (or early)!
    If you are sent on a go-see, you are expected to GO to that go-see! No bailing, no last-minute cancellations. As the model/actor, you are representing not only yourself, but also your agents. You can make everyone look good by showing up on time, or 15 minutes earlier (at most). If you are undeniably delayed, keep your agent updated so they can make sure you’re still seen.
  3. Always look like your pictures!
    I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: always look like your pictures! Casting requires a specific look. If your agent submits you for a go-see, then you have to maintain the same image (that means no new hairstyles, no newly-grown beards, etc.)!
  4. Always be prepared.
    Try to be flexible when you’re in the audition room, and come prepared with whatever you need to have with you (suggestion: extra headshots just in case).
  5. You don’t need to bring the kitchen sink in the audition room with you.
    When you’re at the casting, make sure to leave your belongings outside of the audition room (it can be time-consuming and distracting to bring it in with you). On that note, try to leave any mental baggage outside too: take a deep breath, focus on what you’re doing in the moment, and forget about whether or not you left your bathroom light on.

Boom, 5 quick etiquette tips to make yourself look good both in and out of the audition room! Stay tuned for next week’s advice column! And remember… #AlwaysThinkGreen!