WHERE TO HOLD MOVIE AUDITIONS
This is a concern that comes up time and again for low-budget independent filmmakers: where do you hold your auditions? It is advisable to hold them in a public place, rather than at your apartment, condo, or house. You don’t want to come off as a small-time operations person, plus you need a place where actors will feels safe upon initially meeting up with you. Also, you probably don’t want 100s of people tracking around your private quarters.
Here are some things to keep in mind for your audition location:
- Ample parking for the actors coming by to audition.
- Restroom facilities so the actors can primp and get ready to meet you.
- Power supply as you will more than likely video the auditions
- Table and chairs for the audition.
- At least two rooms – one for the “holding pin” of where the actors will wait to study their lines, and another room where the actual audition will take place with you and your crew.
This brings us to WHERE to actually hold the auditions: off the top of my head I can think of a few places to try that may have enough space:
- Public Library Conference Room
- LocalCommunity Center
- Hotel Conference Room
- Church Hall
All four of these places have their plusses and minuses. Some you may get for free, others you may have to make a donation or pay a nominal fee for the space. Plus, you have to keep in mind WHAT you will be asking your actors to do. If they need to scream or yell, that probably would not go over well in a church or library environment. The best thing to do is to investigate these institutions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The worst thing you will hear is no. The best thing to come out of it is a professional, public place that will hold a lot of people and you can get your job done – hiring those actors for your next feature film!