Conversation with casting director and director of Barter’s upcoming Mamma Mia. Paul talks about how he started as a casting director, the skills of casting, and working on the regional premiere of Mamma Mia.
Enjoy Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska performance.
A jazz musician needs to know, by heart, as many standards as possible (hundreds). It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, most jazzers don’t rehearse and don’t decide on a set list in advance.
If you don’t know some of the tunes being called, then it doesn’t matter how great you play, you won’t get called back. You won’t believe how many times I’ve met musicians that consider themselves jazz musicians that can barely play ten songs without the realbook.
Photograph by Josep Tomás.
DON’T DO WHAT YOU THINK THE CASTING DIRECTOR WANTS – DO SOMETHING THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED!
Be bold. Follow your instincts and act on them. Make yourself memorable. Go against the grain and take risks!
Instead of planning your responses, allow yourself to connect naturally and act instinctively.
Show some personality in the room, the casting directors want you to be at your best, they are not against you, they brought you in because they like something about you- show them who you are. You’re not a robot…You are an incredible individual who is full of creativity and passion. Just be yourself!
Think of one thing you can bring to every audition piece that nobody else will have thought of.
Photograph by UON Library, University of Newcastle.