So when I was home (in Florida) I came across the Disney audition page and decided to check it out.
To my disbelief, the Disney auditions for Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Orlando and California were all happening over the week I was home.
You must have been joking me!
I know this may sound completely lame, but since I was little I always wanted to be a Disney Princess look-a-like.
So did I go to the audition? YOU BETCHA!
Now, I went in realistically knowing that there were numbers of auditions throughout the world and the chances of me getting a part were slim to none…but I had to at least say I tried.
So I will let you in on the auditioning process. Along the way, I will give you some tips and tricks that will hopefully help you if you audition in the future.
Tip #1: Print out some 8×10 headshots (don’t have to be professional, just make sure its a good shot and close up of your face)
Tip #2: Type up a casting resume. Does not have to be perfect. Get the basic info on there; Name, contact information, hair colour, eye colour, height, weight and of course any and all training/experience you have had in the past. Then staple it (or attach it in any way) to the back of your headshots.
Once you get to the auditions, they will take your headshot from you, have you sign in and get you to take a sticker with a number on it.
Then you get to sit down until the audition starts.
What to wear you may ask? Really it is up to you…the auditioning website says comfortable, I recommend something a little different though…
Tip #3: Wear comfortable but cute clothing…and something that will make you stand out from the others. I also suggest hair up. They don’t care about your hair colour…you’ll wear a wig anyhow. They want to see your face.
Tip #4: Wear make up. Put effort into what you look like (no matter how early the audition is) You want to be a Disney Princess don’t you? Then LOOK THE PART!
Now, once the audition starts, it’s all up to you.
They start by weeding out the weaklings by taking you into the dance room where in about 10 minutes you learn a 8 set of 8 count dance to a typical Disney song.
Mine was to a song by Beauty and the Beast.
Then they will get you in groups of three or four and make you perform the dance you JUST LEARNED. You get one shot.
However, they are not worrying if you mess up. They care more about your facial expressions and you showing your inner Disney personality.
Tip #5: Go all out. Look ridiculous. Channel your inner Disney character.
If you are shy or care what others think to much…this audition is NOT for you.
After everyone in your group performs the dance routine, they instantly tell you the numbers (you know, the sticker you have from sign in) who get to stay and they let the rest leave.
Once you get past that part. They line you up and check out your face closely (they have to see if you are princess material) and they take your “Disney measurements.”
Sadly, this is where my audition ended. I was told I should audition again…after I lost 15-20lbs (10kg).
However, my Disney height was perfect (5ft. 3in.) I was on the tall side for smaller characters and the shorter side for taller characters.
On the plus side, I was told my personality is perfect for Disney, I am just a tad curvier than a Disney princess should be.
I was flattered that I made it as far as I did with the audition. Who knows…maybe next time (if I audition again) I will make it every farther into the audition and get to try on the Disney princess wigs!
Some wise words from the Disney creator himself he once said a quote that is perfect to end this story with, that describes not only this situation, but life in general.
Enjoy guys! Hope you learned something…and if you are auditioning for Disney..GOOD LUCK! :)
“All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ” - Walt Disney