5 Helpful Tips for Attending Callbacks
Written by Ashleigh Gardner
July 30, 2018
Most of the tips you’ll find from experts and professionals about auditions also apply to callbacks: don’t be late, be quiet, and have your monologue ready to go. So what do you do differently when you’re called back for the show? Check out our pointers below!
1. If you’re given sides in advance, review them!
You should ALWAYS read the play before auditioning for ANY show, regardless if it’s a community or professional production. Sometimes sides are given at the initial audition, and if this happens, make sure your cold reading skills are up to par. (Read this article to improve those!) However, if there’s an additional callback on a different day, and you’re sent sides in advance, make sure to read them through multiple times so you’re familiar with the material (and so that you won’t be staring at the piece of paper the entire time). Reading through sides helps you establish character choices, too!
2. Bring extra copies of your headshot and resume just in case.
Sometimes theatres will keep your headshot and resume on file for callbacks, but more often than not, they’ll require you to bring another non-returnable headshot and resume in with you. Get multiple copies of these documents so you can have them on hand.
3. Wear the same thing to your callback that you did at your initial audition.*
If you wear the same thing to your callback that you wore at your audition, the director may remember you and recognize you more easily. (Read this article on tips for switching up your audition wardrobe.)
*However, if you dressed a certain way during your audition and the role you’re called back for calls for looking older or younger, consider wearing a different outfit with the same color scheme.
4. Don’t get complacent.
Congratulations on getting a callback! You worked really hard for this opportunity, but don’t think that means you’ve got this in the bag. You’ve still gotta work even harder for the honor of being cast. That means studying your sides in the audition room, thinking about character choices, and treating every moment as an opportunity to do better.
5. Be kind to your competition.
When you attend your callback, there will be other people there up for the same exact role as you. This isn’t a situation in which you should stare down your competition. Instead, stick to your own work and focus on yourself. If you meet or speak to another actor up for the same role, wish them broken legs and be friendly. You may make a new friend. And if you don’t get cast and they do, be sure to go out and support them, because supporting our friends and friendly acquaintances in theatre helps theatre thrive and survive.
Need some advice? We’ve got you covered.
- The Room Where It Happens: An Insider’s Guide to the College Audition
- How to Bow (And What Your Bow Says About You)
- 10 Basic Rules of Stage Combat (That Keep Everyone Safe)
- 5 Advantages of Learning Stage Combat
- Don’t Be a Diva: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
- 9 Articles of Clothing Every Thespian Should Keep In Their Wardrobe
- What Makes an Actor Website WOW?
- “Is my attitude not getting me roles?” And Other Essential Questions for Actors
- 6 Steps to Memorizing Shakespeare
- 10 Tricks to Staying Healthy All Season Long
- What Does It Take to Break Into Voiceovers?
- 5 Tips for Nailing Your College Music Theatre Audition
- 10 Tips on Owning the Room at Competition
- How to Balance Theatre and Coursework
- The 10 Secrets of Great Understudying
- 10 Items Every Actor Should Carry in Their Rehearsal Bag
- 10 Items Every Dancer Should Keep in Their Rehearsal Bag