#4 -- ON TIME IS LATE
A call time is given for several reasons. One of those reasons, however, is to respect the talent's time. Cattle calls are still done today, where talent sit in a line for hours waiting to be seen. No one likes waiting, so the industry was kind enough to create a call time when you audition for a project. If you call time is 10:00am, and you walk in the door at 10:00am, you are late and showing a lack of respect for the industry that is going out of it's way to honor and respect your time as a talent!
The key is to show up 10 minutes early. That gives you time to fill out your paperwork, keep the flow of casting moving without distruption, and center yourself for your audition. Any earlier than 10 minutes is annoying, but any later could make your venture of showing up in the first place, pointless!
One of my CD friends tells me that when a talent is late, she notates the offense on the talent's casting paperwork with an "L". She keeps track of frequent offenders and is sure to not do them any favors. Worse still are the talent who never show up to their audition, though. They are marked with a "NS." One of the southeast's most prominent CDs has specially called to tell me that he will never see a talent again in his casting room who didn't show up. Never is a long time for an innocent mistake.
It's the actors union after all, who insist for union castings that the CDs move on time and not hold talent longer than they deem reasonable. That can be hard to do when those same talent don't honor their own union's rules! CDs and productions can be peonalized financially for holding a talent over the alotted time frame, so showing up late means you are ok with them having to PAY for you to audition -- that will make them sure to avoid casting you!
The professionals who work around take their jobs seriously. They value you as the talent, but they also value their relationship with their clients. Jeopardizing that for anyone or any reason is not worth it!
What methods do you use to ensure you are on time (i.e, early)?