How do I get useful things out of people in an audition scenario?
March 17, 2014 3:44 AM Subscribe
I'm not an actor/director/casting professional (outside of that one play I directed in college that wasn't very good), but I need to audition roughly six actors this week and I don't know how to do that in a constructive way.
posted by terretu to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We need two actors for a corporate event (one exec. and one exec. assistant). There's not going to be much scripted stuff apart from one short speech that the exec. will make at the end of the day - it's mostly going to be improv and interacting with our staff.
We don't need a massive amount out of the actors, apart from the ability to think fast enough that the improv stuff won't be too challenging, plus some solid American accents (we're in the UK). We've stated upfront what we're expecting from them, so the candidates we've got should have a basic idea of what we're looking for.
American accents I can test for at audition - but what kind of questions do I need to be asking to figure out if someone is basically smart enough to interact fairly naturally with our people and improvise coherently?
If it makes any difference, the interviews will be taking place over Skype rather than in person due to availability/location needs.