Casting directors come to auditions to decide who will book
for that commercial, TV series, or feature film. You probably think that they’re going
to pick the person who had the best audition. And this is true—but a lot more goes into an audition
besides reading your lines.
Mercedes Rose, blogger for Backstage Unscripted provides perspective on
other things the casting directors look for.
The "best" actor that auditions doesn't always get the role. We saw many talented comedians. A few that so totally nailed what the director was looking for. The couple that actually got cast were good but not the ones we initially thought were going to be cast. So much went into the casting decision that had NOTHING to do with the actual audition given in the room that day.
This is also a great reason to calm your fears about CDs having favorites. Being more drawn to one person or another for outside reasons can help (or hurt) your chances of being seen, but doesn't mean that you will be granted a callback or book the job. Play up the things you can control (being likeable, flexible, friendly, and fun to work with), but don't fret about the things you cannot control. Next time you walk into the casting room, ask yourself if you are walking down Opportunity Lane or a dark alley. (And then change direction if you chose the latter.) What other things do you practice to maintain a healthy approach to your career?