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25 Acting Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?
How to Answer
Do you remember rolling your eyes when the girl in your English class would ask a question about a character in a book that she would have known the answer to if she had just read the whole chapter? Well, that's kind of how casting directors feel when an actor asks questions that they could have found the answers to on their own.

'Do you have any questions' is often another way of saying 'Are you ready' Be prepared to get started right away through researching the story, the character, the director and as much information you can gather about the production details.

Sometimes a director takes a story everyone is familiar with and they put their own spin on it. Knowing that 'Romeo and Juliet' will take place in the 1970's and Juliet will be portrayed as the hippy daughter of a wealthy mobster might make a difference in how you play the role. If these kinds of questions are not answered through your prior investigation, ask! However, be prepared to change the approach you had planned to take in the way you play the character.
Entry Level Example
"Here are some sample questions: - When would you like to have this role filled? - How long has this role been vacant? - Is this a replacement search? - What is your favorite part about being a director? - What is your primary goal with this production? - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you? - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years? - Is there any reason why you would not cast me? "
Experienced Example
"Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? In addition, what types of characteristics are you looking for in the actor who fills this role? And lastly, I would love to hear more about your personal vision for this project."
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Question 2 of 25
Tell me about your education.
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You have worked hard to get to this point, so take pride in your training as you talk about it! There is no set educational path for an actor. Many study acting in school and continue their education under acting coaches. It doesn't really matter what your education is as long as you can talk about it with confidence.

Your experience acting in plays and film are a part of your education as well. You may have learned more from a director than you did during acting school. Give examples of your work and talk about how your training has helped get you there.

Answer Example
"I am formally trained in acting through New York Film Academy where I majored in Musical Theater. Since graduating from NYFA, I have worked in small productions around the city while also taking additional coursework in film."
Entry Level Example
"I recently chose to return to school to gain formal education in Acting and Film. Currently, I am taking some evening classes at our local theater troupe."
Experienced Example
"Over the years I have taken courses and workshops on subjects including Scene Study, Expressive Mask, Movement for Actors, Acting with the Camera, and Theater History. These are in addition to my Degree in Musical Theater. I highly value education and plan to take additional workshops to further shape my career."
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Question 3 of 25
What kind of roles do you prefer?
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Most actors don't want to be pigeon-holed into a particular role, but you have to start somewhere! It's important to know your strengths and be willing to take on new challenges.
Having a clear sense of who you are, and what you're good at, is a great start. If you are going to offer examples of preferences for roles you haven't tried, keep them within the range of what you know you can do. This will help casting directors and agents to know what auditions to recommend.

Answer Example
"I would prefer playing the bad boy or the hot shot, but I am also open to trying the contender or the fall guy."
Entry Level Example
"My experience is limited; however, I have preferred playing roles that are more humorous in nature. I love comedy and find the best fit when I'm playing a character that offers comedic relief."
Experienced Example
"I do not want to be typecast in my career as an actor which is why I often accept roles that are outside of my comfort zone. I prefer to first read a script and then see if it speaks to me in any way. The characters that I can relate to are the ones that I embody the best."
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Question 4 of 25
Tell me about a time when you had a really bad day but had to perform that night. How did you get through it?
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As you take on new characters, you begin to learn that you have everything you need inside you. The characters are embodied through the qualities you give them in your emotions, words and body language. So, if you have a bad day, it's up to you to set it aside! Share with the interviewer how you push past a bad day and continue to perform.

Answer Example
"As I get into character, I use all of the frustration from the day to energize me and motivate me. I always use the frustration to my benefit."
Entry Level Example
"If I am having a really bad day, and still need to perform, I talk myself through it. I can shift a bad day into a phenomenal performance, by setting my mind to it! If you have any techniques that you use to help you shift gears and be present on stage, I would love to hear more about them."
Experienced Example
"Every actor has a bad day now and then. I remind myself that my performance has nothing to do with me or my personal life. I tell myself that my character deserves the best from me. This mentality helps me in tough or emotional situations. Acting can be an escape as well, so it's best to hang onto that on the toughest of days."
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Question 5 of 25
Describe your acting style.
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Think about what you need as an actor to be successful. Do you need a lot of direction or can you jump in and quickly pick up on cues? Depending on your training, you may be the type of actor that does extensive research on your role and stays in character after they call "cut."

Who are your influences? What do you do to prepare? All of these elements factor into your "style." Your style also acknowledges your shortcomings. By defining who you are, you are willing to accept who you are not. You can't be everything to everyone, and you won't be perfect for every part. Think back on your strengths. How do they contribute to the style that makes you unique?
Answer Example
"cut."
Entry Level Example
"Here are some ways you can describe your acting style: - Intentional - Thoughtful - Methodical - Emotional Here are some specific acting techniques that you may follow: - Stanislavski - Strasberg - Stella Adler - Meisner - Chekhov - Practical Aesthetics - Uta Hagen - Viola Spolin"
Experienced Example
"I best describe my acting style as intentional and thoughtful. I am very methodical when learning a new character and like to fully dive into the ins and outs of character development."
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 06/12/2014
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Acting

September 17th, 2018

Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play. Most early sources in the West that examine the art of acting (Ancient Greek: hypokrisis) discuss it as part of rhetoric.