What does Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Hayden Panettiere and Vanessa Hudgens have in common? The answer, their acting careers or their singing careers started out with a little help from Disney.
Unlike other casting auditions, what makes Disney so different is that there is room for just about anybody who wants to become famous. There is a separate audition for singers, dancers, actors, stunt artists, musicians, bands and Disney character look alikes.
Whatever you choose to pursue, it is best to get an agent because you are more likely to be noticed with this person helping out. But this doesn’t mean you won’t have a shot if you go in alone without an agent by your side because it has happened.
For an actor, what you will need during an audition to prepare is a one minute comedic monologue. You better practice your timing and don’t forget to remember the words. There must be emotion behind what you are saying and while you are playing the part because you are not reciting in class but trying to capture the moment. You should also be ready to go up there and use additional material that will be prepared by the judges.
Aside from your skit, you should have with you a few great headshots and of course your resume with your contact information. This will make it easy for the casting director to get back to you after everyone was screened during the audition.
The moment you walk in, you should be relaxed and ready to execute your number because the production people are keeping on a tight schedule when there are others waiting their turn.
Similar to American idol, all auditions are closed which means family members and friends are not allowed to watch. They can wait in the holding area so they can meet their child once their number is over.
If you make it, you now have to get an entertainment work permit because this is required by law. This should be signed by your parents and at times your school principal since education is still a priority given your age. This has to be shown every time you report for work and renewed after 6 months.
In time, your acting career will flourish from a television show to maybe even a movie. Take for example High School musical which people did not expect to be so popular and within months, the High School Musical 3 will be shown in the theaters.
Your acting career does not end the moment you leave Disney because you will always take this with you wherever you go. Take for instance Hayden Panettiere who is now part of the hit show Heroes. She started with Disney in 1998 with a small role in the movie “The Object Of My Affection” and lent her voice talent in “This Bug’s Life.”
So it starting your acting career good with Disney? The answer is definitely yes. You just have to make it to the audition and hope the judges liked what you did so that from there, the world will be yours for the taking. If things don’t work out, try again elsewhere because there are also auditions in Los Angeles and New York that will need someone as talented like yourself.