Don't call us, we'll call you
Conventional wisdom says that, on average, a person spends about three years of her life waiting. For an actor, you can be sure a lot of that time is spent waiting by the phone for a callback. Like a coveted second interview or date, a callback is a followup audition where an actor gets another chance to impress and, hopefully, land a role.
There are different reasons for calling an actor back. Sometimes the folks casting a show want to see if the actor is consistently good. Or perhaps the callback gives the performer a chance to show off a different skill like dancing.
Other callbacks test onstage chemistry with two in-contention actors reading together so the director can see how it works. Advice on how to approach callbacks varies. Many veterans will tell you to prepare the same monologue or song, and even wear the same clothes. Hey, if they liked you the first time they'll love you the second! But a callback is also a potential opportunity to show what else you can do. Whichever way you go, the goal is the same. So make sure your ringer is on... unless you happen to be at the theatre.
Susan Louise O'Connor and Brian McManamon wrote, directed and star in this video. The duo recently teamed to create Project Beth, a web comedy about a man’s attempt to find a boyfriend for his boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. To watch the show, visit projectbeth.com.