Follow these 5 tips to prep for your casting call

No two casting calls are exactly alike, but there are certain things you should always do to prepare no matter what. Read on to learn these five essential audition tips from Jen Kelley of Big Picture Casting, Inc. and Cheryl Louden-Kubin of Atlanta Casting, LLC.

1. Confirm the callback and shoot dates.

"Know that you're available before you accept the audition," Kelley said. "Otherwise, you've wasted both your time and ours by taking up a time slot, giving us one less option to present to the client."

2. Know if you have lines.

If you do, work on them. Do your practicing beforehand instead of muttering lines under your breath while waiting for your time.

3. Get all the details of the project.

It's important to know all of the essential information including the pay rate and whether it's a union or non-union job. Learn everything you can, including who's involved and the tone or style of the production. The good news, Louden-Kubin said, is that "your agent should have all this information. If you have questions or if there's something they don't know, they can ask casting before your audition."

4. Finish your physical or vocal warm-ups ahead of time.

Do not prep onsite. Come well hydrated, not hungry and ready to go.

5. Bring two copies of your headshot and resume.

It's much better to carry them back home than to be empty handed if you're asked for them.