Commercial auditions can be open casting calls as well as specific in nature, where the advertisement will specify the requirements and the payment for the commercial along with details of time and location. Parents are usually expected to send in a resume and a photo-shoot and applications are short-listed. Commercial auditions for kids bring in earnings and a lot of parents may bring their child to auditions for this reason. It is very important that the child is comfortable and not uneasy with what he or she is asked to do. A parent needs to be sensitive to the child in this respect. As with any business, in commercial auditions for kids, you may not always get the results you desire. A lot will depend on experience, expertise, and level of desire.
The right approach to the audition
Kids from 0 to 18 can be called for an audition. Young kids need to approach the audition as something enjoyable and fun and the parents can do a lot to create the right conditions to make that happen. For commercial auditions for kids, they should be dressed comfortably and appropriately for their age. They need to be fed and not experience hunger or any negative emotions, especially if they are very young. It is good to be at the audition well before time. These roles often require emotive acting and kids can be asked to express an emotion in the audition. it is good for the kid to practice a lot beforehand on how to express various emotions so as to feel at ease with them.
How to prepare
Prepping is very important. Roles for kids don’t just don’t drop in your lap, except in very rare instances. A parent has to work hard. First research has to be done to ascertain that the role is the right one for the kid. And more importantly, how genuine is the offer being made. Research can also be done on the casting director, the type of commercials produced in the past and current productions. Research is the first step, and then there is the actual preparation required of the kid. Practice in fun ways at home till the child is absolutely comfortable with the monologue or the emotions he or she is required to express. Some children get tongue-tied in front of strangers while being very comfortable with a known audience. Teenagers, especially, need to practice their monologues thoroughly. They should not find themselves forgetting their lines in an audition. Teenagers should also exercise as their roles often require action. And they should never bother about their appearance. That is always taken care of at an audition.