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229. Sam & Lola in LA LA LAND - Inside the Hollywood casting room

Welcome to all that is the beast of casting. Sam’s spent a huge chunk of his career working in casting and Lola’s spent enough time in casting rooms to know what it feels like to bomb and fall flat on your face. This is an honest chat about casting, what it involves, we break down the difference between a chemistry test and a screen test. We’ll explore what stands out, what works and what doesn’t, and most importantly how to make the most of your 5 minutes in a casting room.


Director Alex Hardcastle’s 3 tips for actors walking into a casting:

1. Think about what the producers, directors or writers want and what they were trying to say. Know your audience

2. Take a stab, go bold. It doesn’t matter if its wrong. It’s better to go in bold and not get the part, than be wishy washy and be like everyone else. Go big or go home

3. Always turn up prepared, and know your lines


Here’s a trailer to the Wolverine: Logan movie Sam auditioned for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Div0iP65aZo


Here’s a little BTS of the chemistry test for Twilight of Robert Patterson and Kristen Stewart. He had to take a quarter of a vallium before the audition, was about to give up on acting to focus on his music career and didn’t have enough money to fly to Los Angeles for the for the chemistry test but his agents convinced him to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwPCvGVYZ-I


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