Thursday, April 10, 2014

HOLAwave: Preparing For an Audition

[HOLAwave represents a series of guest blogs by industry insiders giving informative and educational tidbits for the Latino performer. They can range from acting and auditioning advice, tech tips, legal advice, marketing, producing tips, and so on. Get caught up in the wave– the HOLAwave.]

On auditioning, be rehearsed and focused before meetings. If you are just starting out, learn from every encounter, observe, listen.  I learned a whole lot from casting directors, they will teach you the way but listen. Take everything you can learn from the notes casting directors give. Very often, they have to do the same with actors who have studied too. 

More importantly is to do an amazing job, that is your goal, even if starting out.  They will see your passion and help you, but give intelligent performances... again consider all the circumstances in the script. Don't be an idiot and ignore the script and just act like a nut.  Do your investigative work on all the subtext, character motivation and feelings involved.  

Work hard on a realistic portrayal, whatever you don't know, research it. On the day prior to and day of the audition, have no distractions. Avoid negative people at all costs– don't tell them your business. When in the audition waiting area be quiet and respectful of others. Some commercial auditions are fun and might be more easygoing then you can relax a little but never be that obnoxious person in the room– carry yourself with class. 

Focus on the task at hand and be in the moment. Above all, do your best. When it's over, be grateful, count your blessings and don't obsess about hearing back. If you're already good, you know you will not get most of what you go for but have fun and make an unforgettable impression your goal... this way you will get booked as much as possible. Be well, and may the force be with you.

Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey. He currently resides in New York City. He made his film debut co-starring in the blockbuster hit Dangerous Minds alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. Other rfilm credits include Hackers with Angelina Jolie, Daylight with Sylvester Stallone, and Con Air with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich; and the indie filmsPunks (Sundance Film Festival selection), The Street KingJust Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy and Lavoe: The Untold Story(where he played Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco). Among his episodic television appearances are guest leads in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Touched by an Angel", "Big Apple" and "Stand Up".

He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award by the press as Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical in his Broadway debut The Capeman, composed by Paul Simon, and in which he starred alongside Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Rubén Blades. He has appeared in many off-Broadway productions under such notable directors as Liz Swados in Lincoln Center and in workshops with Graciela Daniele in Blood Wedding and Gabriel Barre in the Kander & Ebb musical Skin of Our Teeth with Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez. 

His writing credits include the Emmy-nominated television series "City Kids", in which he was also a lead character and the book to the musical Bring in the Morning… A Wake-Up Call at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York starring Lauryn Hill.

As a singer, he can be heard singing backup for recording artist India on her album Latin Songbird, duetting with Danny Rivera and Marc Anthony amongst others, having performed with many artists of international renown.  He is currently developing new acting, writing and production ventures across some exciting genres at home and abroad, also community arts projects. He is writing new songs in English and Spanish and is presently recording music for his debut album. His next feature film is Grand Street with Kelly McGillis, currently in post-production. 

For more information about Renoly Santiago, click here.

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