How to Audition for Disney Channel: Start Small
Some people make the mistake of diving right into a Disney Channel audition without taking the time to build your skills.
Although this could delay your audition by a few months or years, it’s better to go into a Disney Channel audition fully prepared and with your skills honed.
After all, it’s better to delay your audition but increase your chances of getting a part rather than auditioning sooner but not getting a callback.
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Here are some ways to start small:
- Take classes at your local performing arts school, as many different types as you can.
- Participate in as many local theater productions as possible.
- Get an agent who specializes in the type of acting you want to do.
- Take as many gigs as you can for commercials or small parts in movies/television shows.
- Network locally before branching out to national networks.
Doing all these things before tackling Disney helps sharpen your skills, build confidence, and give you the experience you need to take on a Disney Channel audition.
Disney Channel Auditions: Learn New Skills
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare.
There is no such thing as being too prepared for an audition — but that’s a tricky thing to say when you don’t always know what to expect, or what casting directors will ask of you. So your best bet is to prepare everything. But don’t worry, this isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds.
Practice, practice, and practice more until you are comfortable and confident in delivering your material. Make sure that what you prepare truly shows off your strengths. Record 30-60 second clips of singing, dancing, and acting clips that show your range, showcase your voice, and resonate with your audience.
It’s great to have these clips on hand to share with agents and casting directors when looking for opportunities. But preparing them also means you’ll know them well enough to perform them on the spot if asked to do so during your audition.
Show Your Personality
- Be thorough when answering questions, rather than just giving a yes or no response.
- Dress appropriately, yet make sure that what you wear has a flare that represents your personality.
- Listen to your instincts when reading an audition script and let your intuition guide you to make the character personal to you. Casting directors can sense when you’ve made a personal connection to a character and can develop that character throughout your audition.
- Make eye contact, smile, and have confident body language. Remember that most your personality won’t be conveyed in what you say, but rather in how you say it.
Know All of Your Options
The Walt Disney Company is the largest entertainment conglomerate in the world. While this makes it one of the most coveted and competitive roles, it also means that there may be more opportunities than you think.
Disney owns dozens of networks and channels. So rather than limiting your goals only to Disney Channel Original Movies or shows that air on The Disney Channel, auditioning for one of the networks Disney owns is a great way to get your foot in the Disney door.
Here are some of the companies (at least partially) owned by Disney:
- Touchstone Pictures
- The History Channel
- Hollywood Records
So, if you’re auditioning for one of these networks, you are technically auditioning for Disney. Once you have a role with one of them, it will be easier to work your way up into the Disney roles you have always wanted.
Do Your Research
Don’t give up!
This is the most challenging — but the most important — part of your Disney Channel audition experience. It does take hard work and persistence to make your dream a reality, but it’s only possible if you don’t give up.
Enjoy the process of landing your audition. Set smaller goals along the way so you can always remember that the journey is just as meaningful as the destination — in this case, the Disney Channel!