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Commercial Audition Advice from Ben

Ben . - Monday, December 01, 2014

David and I have had a ton of commercial auditions. So lets just start with that. And we have a lot of advice, but heres just three tips which we abbreviate as BAT. Remember to step up to BAT folks!
B- Be Yourself- Easier said than done am I right? Its sometimes not the easiest thing to do when the cameras are rolling and the pressures on. Am I right or am I right? But here's a tip. Imagine you're naked. It's never worked for me, but it usually takes my mind off of how weird my audition has been going up until then. Bat! That's the B in Bat!
A- Always Joke- If you are in the waiting room for a commercial audition and you are NOT making jokes consider your audition all but over. The other actors who look like you are sitting there wondering how funny is this guy, and if you don't show them you're hilarious, basically figure that you're done. And it doesn't stop there. When you enter the room- jokes. When they ask you to slate your name- jokes. When they ask if you're willing to shave- jokes. Do not stop joking until everyone is convinced you are hilarious. Bat! That's the A in Bat!
T- Try Harder- I have never booked a commercial when I wasn't trying. One of my famous two commercial callbacks came after I gave auditions that I really exerted a lot of effort in the room. If the product is a soda, and you're supposed to like it...really show that you like it. Sell it sell it sell it. For my callback for Pyramus Cheap 99cent Pizza, I kept saying "mm" like eight times even though in the script there was only one "mm" in the script. They said just leave it at one "mm" but I didn't, I gave them more, and they gave me the coveted callback. They were so embarrassed to not cast me they called the whole thing "a mistake," and asked me to leave immediately. Bat! That's the T in bat.
So step right up boys and girls of all ages, step up to the bat!

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