You’ve got all your technical aspects in order, and your tape looks beautiful. But how many of these good-looking takes should you send on to casting?
The answer to this question is easier than you think:
send ONLY the BEST take.
You have to trust your gut on this one. If you have a take that you feel great about, then that’s the one to send. If you have another version that you KIND OF like, don’t send it. Even if you think it shows different, interesting colors. If you’re wishy-washy about it, we will be, too. If Casting wants to see you do something else, we can always ask you to re-tape. Sending an “ok” take could cancel out the fabulous clip, especially if we happen to watch your more average take first, (we may not even make it to the second, more spot-on version.)
The only time you should ABSOLUTELY send more than one take, is if Casting ASKS for it.
Reasons we may request multiple takes can vary. Here are a few possibilities:
– It’s a small/short scene and we’d like to see what you provide some options on the character/moment.
– We’d like you to do a version WITH an accent and WITHOUT an accent.
– We don’t have the benefit of time, so we’d like you to do the scene with two different sets of directions (as opposed to having you adjust and re-tape later.)
Remember: when it comes to choosing take(s), follow your instincts. Your reader/coach/teacher may want to give you their opinion on what they think is best. Listen to their feedback and reasoning, but the decision is ultimately yours. This is YOUR audition and YOUR opportunity. Trust yourself and your knowledge of the character/scene/project.