Great Questions for Actors to Prepare for Casting Directors and Agents


Death_to_stock_communicate_hands_1Great questions that you should have an answer for agent and eating director meetings. Try to always stay positive and confidence in your answers.  Keep your head and eyes up.  Tell me about yourself. Example: I am originally from Houston, Texas. I moved here in 2000 to get top notch training and since here I have had the opportunity to work and study with some amazing artist. Kathleen Turner, Alec Baldwin, Edward Albee and my mentor Wyn Handman. Since here I have booked a lot edgy type roles on TV shows like Nurse Jackie, Damages, Person of Interest to name a few.  I have two children, my son Austin and baby girl Stella and yes, they were both named in reference to my favorite two plays, True West and Streetcar.   My one year goal is to book a recurring guest star on a hit show and to have a role in a Sundance caliber type film.  What do you think separates your successful clients from the others? My training (give examples) my experience on stage and on film (give one or two examples) and my deep passion to continue to learn grow as an actor.  What can I do as an actor to make your job easier? I am always prepared, disciplined in my craft and will always be sure to do my part as an actor in networking and making sure you have all the up to date material.Great questions to ask an agent at a meeting.

  •  Can you describe what a great agent-actor relationship?
  • What about a bad one?
  • What are your successful clients doing that other aren’t doing?
  • What can I do to make your job easier?

  If you weren’t acting what would you be doing? Talk about something your passionate about and that inspires you. For me, I would be a Chef as my father. I love cooking and creating and I think being a Chef would feed that for me.  What have you seen lately that’s inspired you? Always have  a great indie film that one one knows about to share.What was your last audition? Give an example of one and then add 20 or 30 seconds interesting story about it.What television shows or show would you love most to be on? Important to know what’s shooting in NYC and where you fit in. They want to be confident that you now how to market yourself and where you fit in.What do you know about our company? Google the casting director agency or theatrical agency you are going in for. Know who they represent, what they’ve cast and definitely if they have one an award.  All this info can be found on IMDB Pro. Do you have any questions for me? Come up with a question for them that might spark an interesting conversation. Example. Do you have any exciting projects are you working on or what was the last project you worked on?  What types of roles do you see yourself being cast in? Say what your dream roles are in television and film- recognizable things that pay money and projects that agents and casting directors are part of.  What do you expect from an agent or manager? I am looking for an agent who I can talk to, work with and collaborate on how to me the both of us forward and grow with. I will always be sure to be prepared and to do my part of the relationship and ask to have a relationship that I can collaborate with and discuss the best coarse of actions for my career.  What makes you a unique performer? Talk about your experience, special talents and your training. Talk about what inspires you and what type of work resonates with you.What are your short term goals? Say what your short term acting goals are. Be mindful of who you’re talking to and if there is a connections in that what you’re talking about that they might be interested in.  i.e, if they are a comedy casting director you could show them the pilot of your comedy show.  Talk about the jobs you’re looking at that is going to make it financially viable for this person. Shows and films that pay money. An actor who creates their own material, is a good thing as long as it’s working toward bigger jobs, and networking opportunities if the short films are about getting in to bigger festivals.  What made you decide to be an actor? Tell a short 1 or 2 minute story on how you became actor. Example:  I was in love with an ex girlfriend and I wanted to impress her, and then the bug bit me and I fell in love playing characters.  Acting seemed to come natural to me as I have great empathy for people. I love the idea of teaching through acting and shining a mirror at life to help us look inside.  What do you think is holding you back in your career as an actor? A strong answer wold be, I don’t think there’s anything holding me back in my career, I think it’s just a matter of time about meditating, visualizing, and enjoying the process. Where do you see yourself in five years? Be confident in whatever you say, it’s ok to be confident without being cocky. Give specifics about project and roles that you would like to book. In 5 years I would like to see myself as a recurring guest star on a hit TV show and in a supporting role on Broadway. Then you can turn it around on them ask them, “Do you think these are realistic goals?” This really helps open up the conversation and keep the rapport flowing.  How has your training prepared you for you acting career? Important to take visual cues of what they’re giving you back to you can do a little name dropping, not too much.What are your favorite films and why? Talk about why they are your favorite films. The directors style, the lighting, etc..Describe your biggest accomplishment to date? Talk about this for about 1 or 2 minute and why. Example: Taking family and veteran letters and turning it into a successful solo show, The American Soldier that was nominated for a Ed Fringe Award, received strong reviews and sold out shows and was given 4 stars at the Ed Fringe.What is your favorite part of your job? A good question to ask a agent or casting director if they ask you if you have any questions for them.What is your strongest attribute? Talk about your talents and experience and discipline to always continue to study and grow as an artist.