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25 Acting Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

Question 1 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?
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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.
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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.

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.

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.

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?
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Rachelle Enns
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.