VIDEO – 4 Expert Commercial Audition Tips Part 1

Here are are some of our tried and true tips for you to be ahead of the game at your commercial auditions and stand out from the rest:


  1. Keep from pointing your finger

One thing I have learned over the years is to keep from pointing your finger(s) to the camera. Pointing looks to scolding or too “sales-like.”and I have found it better just to leave pointing out, unless it is an actual part of the scene.


  1. Look at your partner slating.

When you look at your partner slating and are truly interested in finding out more about them, usually a warm friendly feeling comes over you. So when the camera comes to you to slate,  you have already formed a positive relationship with your partner. This makes you come across as very likable. Likable sells products!!


  1. Emphasize the operative words not the small ones.

Our video example is the line “ Gets rid of the dirt and oil on my skin.” The AND is not the most important word. It always surprises me that my acting students just naturally emphasize the “and” in the given example.


  1. Walk into the audition with your “action.”

Find out what you are doing in the scene. What is your action? To reassure? To reprimand? Maybe to comfort. Walk into the audition room with your “action.” Even before the camera rolls, already be comforting. Now, I don’t mean to give a blanket to the casting director. I mean bring the essence of your character who comforts immediately into the room.  Your action will be noticed so you are the one they want to cast!



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Mae Ross Starting her professional career at the age of 10, with a 64 city tour of “The Music Man”, Ms. Mae Ross 3-2-1- Acting Studios’ Owner/Artistic Director was born to sing, dance, act, and model. It wasn’t long before she was full swing into a performing career that would take her from National Campaigns, roles on stage, film, and television to producing one of Hollywood’s finest young actors Talent Showcase. Yet her greatest passion in life was still ahead of her… Ms. Mae, as her students fondly call her, is most proud of her 20 years of working with children, teens and young adults to build greater confidence, discipline and to launch successful entertainment industry careers. “I love helping students reach their full potential.” In 2007 Ms. Mae opened 3-2-1- where she continues her life’s passion guiding young actors to develop and showcase their unique talent through her signature Showcase and Acting Career Program.

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