Here, a top 10 count down of things that are often found in a CD's notes during the casting process.
"Soooo now you want me to sing my sides and do a timestep at the same time, run my fingers through my hair, and look wistfully out the window...."
Sometimes casting requests seem so ambiguous and unclear! This is where the industry separates the professional from the amateur. Juding your script, outfit, storyboards, or treatment is not your job as the actor or model. Your job is to make it look like it's natural -- and a cinch!
#10 - Submitting yourself for roles you can't play.
Sure, there is makeup and wardrobe. And maybe a good stylist can make you look like an old woman, but that doesn't mean that casting wants to read a 30-something for a 60-something role. Know that there is a little fudge everyone has in their age gap -- and as an actor you want that gap to be as wide as possible! But there are some things that are just unreasonable. A forty year old woman is never going to play 21, despite botox and a perfect figure. So know who you are and what you are capable of right now. There will be a day when you will play the 60-something role, but today you will likely only play five years older or younger than you are.
A NY CD complains that he hears actors tell one another that they should submit for any and everything -- just to be seen! Unfortunately, actors give other actors some of the most harmful advice out there. Trust that your agent will submit you for roles -- and maybe even stretch from time to time -- as appropriate. You need to do the same thing in order to have a successful partnership and so that the industry takes you seriously!
What is your current age range? When might you have [had] the widest range in your career?