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Casting Director Jason La Padura: Audition Advice & Tips – Part 1

Jason La Padura has been a Casting Director for almost 30 years. His long list of Television, Film & Theatre credits include High School Musical, Heros and Touch to name a few. Jason started out casting theatre in New York and eventually moved to Los Angeles forming La Padura/Hart Casting.

Jason La Padura has been a Casting Director for almost 30 years. His long list of Television, Film & Theatre credits include High School Musical, Heros and Touch to name a few. Jason started out casting theatre in New York and eventually moved to Los Angeles forming La Padura/Hart Casting.

He came to speak to my students in one of my Audition Workshops at Holly Powell Studios, and we taped his visit for my Master Talent Teachers Video Series on “Auditioning”. He gave the students so much incredible advice that I have made it into a 3 Part Video Series for MTT!

In Part 1 we cover some of the following topics:

  • What is the difference in casting for TV, Film and Theatre?
  • Is it a good idea to chat with the Casting Director before starting the audition?
  • How do you feel about using props or miming in an audition?
  • Is there ever a time when it is Ok for an actor to start the audition over?
  • What’s your opinion about when an actor gets through the entire audition and
    asks if they can do it again?
  • How should an actor handle stage directions?
  • What should an actor wear to the audition?

Part 2 & 3 will cover lots of other great audition tips such as:

  • What a Casting Director expects from an actor in the “Callback”
  • Memorization
  • Non-Represented Actors
  • Non-Union Actors
  • Best way to keep in touch with a Casting Director
  • Pet Peeves

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