BY MARC CARTWRIGHT When photographing headshots, I always try to put myself in a casting director’s shoes.…
We asked Matthew Morgan well known Casting Director for some great points to help talent at auditions. Here are his top 3 tips!
1. Always believe in yourself! If you don’t believe you are the perfect person for the role, then how are you going to convince me?
2. Walk in the room with “THE 3 C’S.” Confident, Comfortable and Charismatic. You have be prepared and confident that you can deliver and do a great job in your audition. This comes with practice and working hard before you show up for the casting call. You also have to be very comfortable performing in front of people. You have to love “being on stage,”& “the centre of attention;” and you should truly want to “show me what you got.” And finally you must have some charisma. That means making a unique impression and being MEMORABLE at the end of the day. We have to remember you to bring you back for a callback or book you!
3. If in an audition, the casting director asks you to read the dialogue a 2nd time, always show us a little something different from the 1st time (unless directed to do it exactly the same as before). We love actors who make great choices and can show us some range in an audition.
A little about Matthew Morgan ” Casting Director”
Matthew got his first taste of being in the industry in the fall of 1995 while working on Joel Schumacher’s A TIME TO KILL; a feature that was being filmed in his hometown of Canton, MS. This moment changed his career path, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Graduating in International Business and Foreign Languages, Matthew moved to Canada and immersed himself in the industry and the multiculturalism. He learned the casting ropes from established casting directors in Toronto before he eventually opened up his own casting company in December of 2004. Having studied in both France and Spain, Toronto was a perfect, multicultural city in which to start his casting company, Morgan Casting Inc.
Matthew specialized in casting real people, street casting and finding tough, specialty characters not always found though an agency. Nothing was impossible to find, and Matthew was known for his hard work ethic and charming people skills. After building up a real-people database, he eventually moved into casting actors and focused on commercials and TV series. Finally, Matthew returned to his home state to cast in his hometown of Canton, MS, on a William Faulkner Film, AS I LAY DYING, directed by and starring James Franco. Morgan had finally come full circle; he is doing what he loves most – casting movies! And his background in real-people casting helps him find the undiscovered actors for those hard-to-fill roles.
Matthew has since enjoyed casting on feature films, TV series and commercials across North America, working in diverse places and truly excelling at being mobile with his work. From Arkansas to Was
Matthew Morgan is proudly both Canadian & American, as well as a member of both country’s casting guilds, CDC & CSA.