Hi Audition Well Friends!
Knowing your type for theatre is really important and can help you book jobs, land the part and secure your place in a college program.
Type casting (casting based on a person’s look) isn’t something new, it’s an easy way for directors to eliminate people in massive cattle call auditions when they’re looking for a specific “type” for a role. Typing has tricked down to college auditions over the past 5-10 years as well.
Keep reading...I'll give you the tools to figure out your type.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TYPE
Why is it important to know your type now in high school?
It can save you years of frustration in the audition room and not getting cast!
Can my type change? Your type will change as you get older, you will be able to play older roles (probably be able to play some of the roles you were playing as a high schooler). Just as we grow as humans, we have to adapt in the theatrical world too.
How do I figure out my type?
You want to choose age appropriate material, always. The more specific you can be, the better. Just because YOU connect with the role doesn’t mean you are right for it in the director’s eyes. There are other factors involved when casting:
Do you have some of the same personality traits as the character?
Physical appearance/characteristic as they relate to the character?
Self Assessment: You’re going to have to have an honest conversation with yourself, which can be challenging sometimes but it’s necessary.
P.S. The more you can figure out your type and find audition material, the more successful you’ll be!
You can go to audition after audition and wonder why you’re not getting the roles OR you can take 30-minutes and let’s have a chat!