Advice to Actor Hopefuls from Tony Nixon

To all of you young ladies who have been emailing us begging for advice on how to audition for Polly Plummer in The Magician’s Nephew, this story is for you! Tony Nixon, who played Rynelf in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has typed a really cool blog offering advice to aspiring actors and actresses who want to be in future Narnia films.

When a film is cast it is the job of the casting director(s) to find suitable applicants to audition. Every now and then we might see a “worldwide campaign” to find the next (insert stars name here) and thousands of young hopefuls lined up around the block to get seen. But honestly I can’t remember the last time this happened. It’s not practical and is time consuming. Usually the method is this.

1) A casting brief is sent out to Actors agents (possibly worldwide, but for smaller roles usually in the country where most of the filming will take place) this brief will contain details of the role. A Character description, Age, Gender and any physical traits etc, ethnicity.

2) The Actors agents then submit Actors they represent that they think might be suitable for the role. Occasionally an Actor may hear through the grapevine of a role and ask his/her Agent to submit them for it.

3) The casting director (s) will decide who they want to see for Auditions. The director may also be involved in seeing the selection of reduced candidates. Now they may ask to see you on a show-reel (DVD) or they may ask to audition you straight away, it varies. For overseas jobs I have sent show-reels and audition tapes.

4) IF you get an audition you may get the role or you may just go through to “Call back” auditions and have to audition again.

To read Tony’s full blog, you can check it out here.

262 Responses

  1. narniafan16 says:

    Cool, what role r u going 4?

  2. Lucia says:

    Oh thank u so much!!!
    I would LOVE 2 watch ur new videos <3

  3. Lucia says:

    I want2 act Aravis in HHB!(I am Japanese:)
    But I don't have an agent or special acting experiences at all 🙁
    So I am really far from it 🙁

  4. Lucia says:

    I'll check it noooow!!!!

  5. i love georgie says:

    I wud lovee to watch it 2!! <3

  6. Jill_Pole says:

    Thnx! could some one maybe catch me up on all the stuff I missed?

  7. Jill_Pole says:

    Follow your dream!
    Have you looked up any of the talent agencies around you?? btw I saw ur audition vidieo and I thought that you looked exactly like aravis! <3

  8. Lucia says:

    Aw thank u Renee!!!
    Well yes I found an agency in Japan my favourite actress belongs & i want2 send my CV(they say they always accept it).
    But my parents never agree,& without parents' sign I can't send CV 2 them,so I am sad :(
    But still I don't give up!!!!!

  9. Jill_Pole says:

    Thats the spirit!! <3
    how come your parents wont let you???

  10. i love georgie says:

    Hey Peeps!,
    I have put 2 new audition video's up on my channel they are for behind the gym but 1 I am really angry and 1 Im really plz watch them and comment and tell me wich 1 is better? xx <3

  11. narniafan16 says:

    Try looking at the other comments

  12. narniafan16 says:

    Wow ur parents r tough 😮

  13. narniafan16 says:

    Hey dudes 🙂
    My new YouTube channel is This:
    My Jill pole audition videos will b there from now on

  14. narniafan16 says:

    Guys my new channel is NarnianGirl101 so check it out! 😉
    All my Jill pole and Narnia audition videos will b there from now on

  15. Shayna Nadkarni says:

    I have Video's On YouTube of Me acting as Polly(; Check them out Pleaseeee… and I Know Tones of agent Numbers if you watch my video's and tell your frineds about me i and show them or just comment on what you think i will message you some numbers my name is NotSoConfidentMe thank you

  16. Shayna Nadkarni says:

    Anybody Know any agents? i know some i will swap/trad or just watch my vid's on youtube as polly… My name is NotSoConfidentMe and you can tell your friends or comment and if you message me i will tell you LOADS of agents Phone Numbers and Emails if you need any help and if you think im rubbish please say so and aslo… Comment, Rate, Subscribe Thankyouuuuuuu

  17. Lucia says:

    Yeah they are… 🙁
    I think they want me 2 b a normal girl ':(
    and they don't like things such as Actor/actress,Singer,dancer…etc. :'(
    Awwww….. 🙁

  18. Lucia says:

    Heyyy,ur NotSoConfidentMe!!!
    I am LuciaBernadette on youtube*

  19. i love georgie says:

    Dont worry lucia thats perfectly normal 😀 Alot of parents are like that 🙂

  20. Lucia says:

    oh i'll check!

  21. Lucia says:

    Yeah ilovegeorgie,maybe u r right!

  22. Lucia says:

    Well,mayb u should go2 "Advice-Auditioning 4 the role of jill pole" page!
    It's in the older news term x)