Audition Feedback?

  • Jenna Sharpe

    Actor

    Hi everyone

    Many of us have been to auditions then eagerly awaited that call/e-mail that never comes... You know what I mean, they say "we'll let you know either way on Tuesday" and it's now Friday and still nothing...

    My question to you all is:

    Do you think employers and casting directors should let people know even if they haven't got the job?

    Or, do you think this is too much to ask of people?

    Ordinarily I wouldn't expect this from casting directors as they see so many people but you like to think that the smaller independant companies would be able.

    The reason I ask is it can raise problems with timetabling. Sometimes you go to a casting and they ask you to provisionally "pencil in" a date

    but what if another job comes along that clashes with those dates?

    How long do you wait before you assume you didn't get the role?

    Do you contact them and ask them or is this unprofessional?

    What are your thoughts? Any stories or experiences people want to share?

    Jenna

    • 25th Aug 2009
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    You turn it round on them by either calling you agent or CD direct and telling them you've hada another offer of work and they have until x date / y time to give you a definative yes or no! Once the deadline you have set has passed and you haven't received a call then it is safe to assume you haven't got the gig and it is safe to take the other booking!

    That's how I approach the situation and it seems to be working for me so far!

    The lack of a definative rejection is a constant frustration of all actors so take matters into your own hands.

    Regards

    • 22nd Aug 2009
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    I totally agree with ForbesKB. It is acceptable and professional to call them if you've had another offer of work which would clash with this one - after all, you don't want to lose definate work for the sake of potential work. You are a business and they should understand this, and if they don't, you probably don't want to work for them in the first place! However, it possibly isn't a good idea to call them and try to force their hand by pretending to have a job offer - it could blow up in your face! Nor is it a good idea to badger them for a decision. If they want you, they'll call you. Which can be an agony of waiting, I know, and it would be lovely if you always got told one way or another, even if it's taken them several weeks to finalise everything. A very big CD was courteous enough to get in touch with my Agent to say it was a no after an audition. If she can do it whilst being as busy as she is, everyone can!

    • 22nd Aug 2009
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    IN MY HUMBLE OPINION IF YOU HAVE BEEN EMAILED WITH THE OFFER OF A CASTING/AUDITION AND YOU TRAVEL TO ATTEND, THEN THE COMPANY SHOULD SEND AN EMAIL TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE CASTING EITHER WAY. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR GODS' SAKE? COMMON DECENCY AND COURTESY IS SADLY LACKING IN OUR INDUSTRY, I DON'T BELIEVE IN MANY OTHER INTERVIEW SITUATIONS THAT A COMPANY HOWEVER LARGE OR SMALL WOULD NOT INFORM INTERVIEWEES THAT THEY HAD NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL AFTER ALL THEY ASK TO SEE YOU.....

    I HAVE IN THE PAST ADVERTISED A CASTING ON THIS SITE AND ALL WHO WERE SEEN RECIEVED AN EMAIL AFTERWARDS THANKING THEM FOR THEIR TIME AND TROUBLE. ALSO WE GAVE FEEDBACK TO THE 2ND AND 3RD CHOICES I KNOW THAT THAT IS ASKING PERHAPS TOO MUCH BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS VERY WELL RECIEVED.

    HAVING SAID ALL THE ABOVE THE LAST BUT ONE CASTING I WENT TOO ACTUALLY PHONED ME AND SAID ALTHOUGH THEY HADN'T CHOSEN ME THEY WOULD CONSIDER ME FOR OTHER JOBS, SO PERHAPS NOT CORRECT TO 'TAR THEM ALL WITH THE SAME BRUSH'!!

    • 22nd Aug 2009
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  • Andrew Lawden

    Actor

    i have helped out on some castings over the years and i found the best way is to go by the 7 days or 14 days rule , in theatre /musicals, t.v . but films can take longer as can certain t.v projects , but these timelines are usually good . commercials are even less , usually less than a week , especially if you have the shoot dates

    then there's the impact of the recession ........

    xx

    • 23rd Aug 2009
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    One of the reasons why they don't tell you when it is a no, is because they want to be able to call you if the person they chose doesn't work out after all. Then most of the time it does work out and they have started shooting, now there's no time to get in touch with you anymore.

    My rule is simple, the first person to offer me a firm booking gets to work with me. I will not turn down work just because I'm "pencilled in".

    However, of course it's not always that easy, if you're pencilled in for a big job and it's a smaller job that is offered...

    Another way to look at it, is to think how nice it is to have that problem! :-)

    • 23rd Aug 2009
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  • Jonathan Goodwin

    Actor

    Still, I do think that good, old fashioned courtesy and good manners have been flung out of the window along with the baby's bath-water. Imagine if we treated said potential employers with such disregard and indifference - we'd never work again!

    • 23rd Aug 2009
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  • Jenna Sharpe

    Actor

    That's a good point Claire, I didn't think of that.

    I agree with you Johnathan, I mean these days employers only tend to shortlist a few people to audition so it wouldn't be that hard just to send an e-mail out to those people. After all we are travelling to see them at our expense so it isn't too much to ask for a courtesy e-mail and maybe even some feedback.

    • 23rd Aug 2009
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  • Benedict Wolf

    Actor

    Whether it's facebook, a dating site, or an employer, people are rude. R.I.P. To courtesy and good manners and we've no choice to accept it.

    I'll defend the right to not get back to a person applying for a job but do not condone them not getting back to someone who took the trouble to visit them. But we have no choice but to put up with it.

    I had an audition for an agent recently. I never got and either way response. I sent them an email asking them if they were considering me or not. I received no response.

    SO F*****G RUDE! but hey, what can we do except "tut"?

    • 23rd Aug 2009
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  • Amber Elliott

    Actor

    I think if they say they are going to give you an answer either way they should. I once had a director say at the end of the audition that if you didn't hear from him by the end of the week, it was a no because he didn't like calling people with bad news! :O) But at least you know and you can move on.

    I do get that though they might be holding off from rejecting you just incase they loose their front runners and you are a possible fall back choice. I had an audition months ago for a film, they said they'd let us know - didn't so I went on with my life as you do. Then last week get an email offering me a role! So I guess they really had taken that long to cast!

    It's a tricky situation if you're waiting on a paid job and you're offered another job, I guess I would just be as up front as possible with you situation and hope they respect you for it!

    • 24th Aug 2009
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  • Jennifer Burraston

    Actor

    Hey Jenna (and Amber - congrats on that part!)

    My personal favourite is when they send a group thanks-but-no-thanks email where you get given all the private email addresses of every other auditionee. This is frequently followed up by countless emails with e-flyers for the show you failed to get into.

    Can you imagine going to a job interview and being given the personal addresses of everyone else who also failed...Ahh you have to laugh!

    Jen

    (my first post!)

    • 24th Aug 2009
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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    I went for a commercial a couple years ago. About 2 months (no exaggeration!) later they called to say they wanted me! Turned out the client was being indecisive about the script and I'd been first choice all along. Somewhat surprised to get it, I'd virtually forgotten I'd auditioned!

    But I'm now in the awkward situation of being penciled for another commercial, but penciled for 2 days for either/or! This is causing me problems as other companies are asking for my availability! Agent says there's been no news on the commercial job, but I don't want to turn down work for both those dates, leaving one of them guaranteed unemployable, but equally don't want to book myself in on one only for the commercial to call and confirm me on the same one!! (Does that make sense?!)

    What to do!?

    • 25th Aug 2009
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