The history of cinema dates back to the late eighteenth-century. One of the earliest films was released in 1878, titled The Horse in Motion, made to answer a question that had been bothering people for long: are all four hooves of a horse off the ground when they’re galloping?
Ever since, cinema has changed a lot. Colored movies started to grace the big screen to everybody’s awe. Films have gone from being only a few minutes long to providing two long hours of entertainment. Now we talk just about everything, from our inner struggles to global issues.
With these changes comes a shift in the way actors are cast too. A traditional audition would have the team spreading the words about an upcoming audition for a role in a TV show or film. Then the audition day comes and a long line of aspiring actors will enter the audition hall, all ready with their acting portfolio and acting chops. The casting director takes a look at their profile, has them read the script or say their own lines, until they know enough to decide whether they’re the right person for the role or not.
There’s only one set of qualifications for every role, and these are criteria a lot of people meet. Problem is, not all of them have the means to show up to audition. May it be the distance or financial problems, it can’t be denied the traditional audition process puts a limit to who can only try out for the part.
This is where online auditions come into the picture.
Ways Online Auditions Can Help in the Casting Process
Holding online helps in the casting process. Here’s how.
One, it gives everyone a fair chance.
The entertainment industry is a whole world full of young talents looking to break into the show business. While many have what it takes to be the next big thing, only a few get the opportunity to showcase what they’ve got.
The traditional way of holding auditions robs these people of that one chance to apply for a job they would’ve been perfect for. If the audition is in the US, it is almost impossible for someone in an Asian country to stand before a casting director.
But through online auditions, these talents now have a way to prove that they might be whom you’ve been looking for.
They can just fill out a form online, send a demo reel that highlights their talent, and wait for a decision.
It’s not just aspiring actors that online auditions are helping. This new method has benefits to offer to casting directors too.
Allowing anyone, as long as they meet the basic qualifications, to apply gives you a wider range of auditionees. Just because you’re holding the audition in Milwaukee does not mean you have to end up hiring someone within the Wisconsin state. If you put up an online audition, you will receive audition tapes from all around the world. Who knows, the man perfect for the campus crush part you’ve been trying to fill is out there in Europe just waiting for your call.
Additionally, this saves you time and effort required by traditional auditions. You can watch demo reels and audition tapes from the comfort of your own office or your own home, and you have all day to go over each of them.
Times have changed, and we are not obliged to do things the way our predecessors in the industry did. As a casting director, it pays to be generous enough to let everyone try out for that acting job. And you can do that by holding online auditions.