4 Steps To Slating For An Audition
You want to be successfully cast but wait, you need to “slate”…what is slating? Slating in acting is a common term used to introduce yourself as part of the audition process. It is often said that your slate can make or break your chance of being cast. Your slate is the first thing casting directors will see when your audition starts and it usually includes details about you such as your name, height, who you are represented by etc. So why is it so important? As the old saying goes, first impressions count. A slate can be done in person or via self taped depending on the audition process. Make sure you consider the medium in which you are delivering.
Here are 4 steps to nail your audition slate.
1. Look directly into the lens.
This is so simple but so critical. Whether it is a self taped or in person audition make sure you look directly into the barrel of the camera. Don’t look to the side or away from the lens. Even if you feel you have a better side it is important to ensure you don’t automatically lean that way as you would do for a photo. If you are doing your slate in person, look for the mark on the floor. It is usually a X or T shape. It is there for a reason – so find your mark and ground yourself ready to roll.
2. Stand poised.
Once you have your position, stand up straight and widen that smile. Keeping focussed on the camera, not the audience (if in person). Great posture goes a long way, not just when you are slating. Get focussed, stand strong and radiate that positive and confident energy. Welcome everyone in with your warm smile. You got this.
- Set your tone.
Ensure you speak in your regular voice and ensure it is clear and loud enough. Even if your audition requires a different tone or accent from your regular voice, now is not the time. During your slate they want to see who you are. Ensure your personality shines through.
- Always listen to instructions.
Sometimes casting will provide specific instructions of what they want you to say during your slate and sometimes it can change. Ensure you are ready to adapt if necessary. Typically you are asked for your name, height, who you are represented by and if you are under 18 years of age to disclose it. Don’t over complicate just listen and provide the information needed and be you.