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. Michael says:

    Thanks a lot for posting this. I want to play Shasta in HHB. (crossing my fingers they'll eventually make it) :))

  2. WilliamMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

    I'd love to be Polly… but I'm Indian-American, so Polly wouldn't look so well with brown skin ๐Ÿ™‚ …….

  3. amy says:

    thanks for posting this, but I don't have an agent and i really want to get an audition. Any advice?

    • Miki says:

      Thats just like me! I don't have an agent but I would love to be Polly.

      • Miki says:

        Oh and as for the advice all I can say is try to find an agebt. That's what I'm doing.

      • georgie_fan says:

        i have the samee prblem as every one, but i livee in australia and no movies are ever made here ๐Ÿ™ and i am a seventh day adventist so i woulkdnt be able to shoot or do anything from friday sunset to saturday sunset

      • Arvan says:

        georgie_fan, VDT was made in Australia!

      • georgie_fan says:

        true, but they dont get australian actors to act basicly they are all from america. australia doesnt do many productions i wish we made more movies. hahahahah ๐Ÿ™‚

      • georgie_fan says:

        arvan, what country do you live in????? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 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

  4. TheRealEmilee says:

    Great(: I was going to audition for Jill Pole but the movie isn't going to be made. So maybe try for Polly(:

  5. That would be great! But Polly has blond hair I have red, it really wouldn't look good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    And I thought there would be a bunch of girls complaining that they wanted to be Jill Pole..hahaha. My hope of playing a centaur has not diminished, since they were created by Aslan,right?

  7. Hermit of the Northern March says:

    It's nice to hear some advice, it shows they're paying attention to interested fans. I'll be praying for whomever they choose.
    I've never taken professional acting lessons, but sometimes I do wish that I could be an extra in a Narnia film.

  8. narnian resident says:

    i remember when every young lady was begging for news on how to get the role of Jill Pole. now its Polly. i dont know why, i just find it funny ๐Ÿ™‚
    i would rather play Jill Pole if i had a choice. course i have no intention to act in a movie (yet its one of those fantasy dreams i carry). i imagine that shooting the Silver Chair would be more fun and an overall bigger experience. once again, there i go voicing my opinion (and major desire!) that Silver Chair was next. *sigh* i am going to have to get over this sooner or later. i know i eventually will, but right now……

    • Hiking Peter says:

      I personally think Polly would be more fun than Jill Pole. Especially the scene where Polly is arguing with Digory about the bell. But Digory sure would be fun to play!!

    • Aslan's #1 fan says:

      Its ok guys. I know your upset about the Silver Chair not happening. But MN will be a blockbuster I have almost no doubt! It'll be great movie! And persevere aspiring actors and actresses, good things come to hard working people!!!!

  9. King_Cor_the_Great says:

    This was very helpful. I really want to be Shasta/Corin for the Horse and His Boy

  10. Matthias of Redwall says:

    Well, I want to be Shasta as well. See you at the auditions!

    • Michael says:

      I want to be Shasta too!! Mind you though, there's Shasta/Cor and then there's Corin. So one of us could be Shasta and one could be Corin.

      • reepicheep's_fangirl says:

        See ya boys, I'm gonna b Aravis!
        Haha, like the chances of that are likely ๐Ÿ™‚
        It's always good to dream, though, even the seemingly impossible is possible.

      • Peter's BFF says:

        And I'll be Hwin's voice and we'll meet each other at the premiere. Oh, if only Caspian was in Horse and His Boy, then we could meet Ben Barnes. But hey, we'll start our own five-some. Anyone wanna be Bree?

      • Hiking Peter says:

        You guys would have to look alike and that is really unlikely. But you never know. you two could be unrelated twins.

      • Michael says:

        It be great if one of us got a part in a Narnia film. I promise, if i get even the most minor part, I'll tell you all on here. cross my heart.

      • reepicheep's_fangirl says:

        um, Michael, thanks, but that's okay ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Queen Su says:

      I have the perfect horse to play Bree…lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although, he's not quite big enough for a war horse…

    • Lucia says:

      I want2 act aravis tarkheena*
      I am a asian,but mayb i am too short…(4'9"!)

  11. Do you think Polly could be a bruntette? I'm 19, but I'm small, and am quite often mistaken for 13 or 14…

  12. Whoops, I meant brunette…

  13. reepicheep's_fangirl says:

    Mmmm, I'm gonna go for Aravis, if HHB is made. I actually really don't like HHB, it's one of my least favorite books, but I totally remind myself of headstrong, stubborn Aravis ๐Ÿ™‚
    Plus I fit a lot of people's discriptions of how they think she looks. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Peter's BFF says:

    I wasn't even thinking about getting a part in any of the films. Lots of people say I'm a good actress, but I don't want to ruin the Narnia films by being less than what Polly should be. I am blond haired, blue-eyed, but I'm, five foot seven. And Polly wasn't described as tall. In the pictures of Polly, she is wearing a blue sailor's dress and she's a little shorter than Digory. I am fourteen but many people think I'm fifteen or sixteen. I think I'll just stand back and watch what the directors will do. Anyone for that idea?

  15. Susan the Not So Gentle. says:

    Hey what's wrong with a tall Polly, guys????

    • Hiking Peter says:

      yeah, Just get a really tall Digory. And Tilda will have to wear those really tall boots. No big deal. I think it all depends on how good of an actress Peter's BFF is.

  16. archerygirlxx says:

    wow thanks for this i really wanted to audition for jill pole but i love polly's character and that would be so much fun to play so hopefully i will get a chance to audition

  17. Narnia Fan says:

    I will love to audition for the next Narnia movie. I don't care which character is given to me!!! I want to any creature of Narnia. I always wish to be a Faun or a Centaur!!!! pliss!!
    i dont have and agent!! and i will like the role of the proffesor in MN!! i love making movies, and creating lots of things! I am studying to become a professional Director in the future, one of my biggest dreams is to make a Narnia film!!

  18. Not Of This World says:

    I think I would make a great Jill or Polly. The only thing I would need is a wig . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. archerygirlxx says:

    i have posted some audition videos..they are for jill pole but you get the point…i mean it's the acting you want to see not the words anyways the sound isn't amazing but please watch anyways and comment
    on youtube type in jill pole audition and i should come up i am ellabellabooxxx1
    THANKSSS and i really love getting comments

  20. jamez1995 says:

    i am desperate to no when the auditions are i really want the part of Digory Kirke but as i am from northumberland i have a hint of geordie in my voice so that could let me down. well i have my dreams

  21. TheRealEmilee says:

    HEY Archerygirlxx and Lucia:) Your on here too:)OMG!!!! That makes me happy:) Anyways I dont think I will try for polly Imma wait for Jill Pole:) She is the character I love:)

  22. Galaxy Girl N1A2R3N4I5A says:

    If only I could get a part…. I love acting but I don't have an agent and wouldn't have the slightest idea how to audition. Does anyone know how or where I could find out more about it? (P.S. archerygirlxx, wish I could act as well as you! Really good youtube video!)

  23. Maki says:

    I wanted to audition as Jill, but by the time they make that I'll be way too old. -_-
    Hopefully we'll be able to email auditions to them!

  24. Danika says:

    I'm from a small town in rural MN (Minnesota not Magician's Nephew lol) and I love to act, but I've never had any professional acting lessons or anything. And I don't have an agent. So is it pretty much out of the question for me?

  25. daggermeetscordial says:

    i want to be digory ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. TheNextJillPole says:

    How old is Jill Pole?

  27. Luma17 says:

    im wanting more info on everything. does ANYONE know what agents can get an audition with Narnia? ANYONE?!

  28. georgie_fan says:

    DO anyone no if you would have to act from friday sunset to saturday sunset?????

  29. narniafan says:

    i want to audition for digory kirk, i would love to play as him

  30. queen of NARNIA 4 eva says:

    where do u audition????????????????????????????????

    • narniafan16 says:

      No one knows yet. Try reading the Jill pole page, they say the order of the film-making. It's greenlit now, so they r probably starting to make the script…

  31. Daniel says:

    I'd love to audition for Strawberry's voice in The Magician's Nephew or I could be Puddleglum's voice in The Silver Chair.

  32. lolliemaster says:

    lol i love narnia

  33. Elena says:

    People of other countries like in South America can audition?

  34. Susan Pevensie (not) says:

    does anyone have any advice for a poor girl from PA who has no movie experiance and definately does not have an agent? Cause we kids from Lancester County aren't exactly in on the action.

  35. narniafan16 says:

    Awww dang it
    I really wanted to audition 4 Jill, but looks like I'll have to have a few years of more acting training! *sigh* but this is my advice 2 EVERYONE: try acting out both roles and see which u have more and better quality in. THEN u can c which 1 2 audition 4!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lucia says:

      That's good idea!

      Heyyy narniafan16,u can't make ur own page on youtube?
      If u can,we can c(or watch?)each other there…:)

      Oh,but my dad got angry when he found the email from youtube page:((
      But I do it still in secret…<3

  36. narniafan16 says:

    For those who don't know me, I'm narniafan16 and I'd like to introduce my self! I live in the US and pretty much my whole family are (or used to) be narniafans. I loved Narnia since I was 6, when the first film came out. In fact I liked Narnia so much my mom gave me the books she owned her self! My mom read the Narnia books in Japanese when she was little, and when she studied English in college, she bought the English set! My dad read my sister and I two books when we were little. Now we read them our selves. I'm reading the Silver chair and my sister is reading the horse and his boy. This is how I came to wonder if I could audition for a role in the following Narnia movies. I skimmed through the pages of books, looking for someone about my age. Then I found Jill pole. I did lots or research to find out when the auditions were and stuff then I found supportive people from narniaweb and narniafans.com. so yah, that's the history of narniafan me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susan Pevensie (not) says:

      Wow! Its so cool to meet another avid Narnia Fan! I Love Narnia so much! C.S Lewis is a total genius. My grandpa and uncle are big fans as well. I think that it would be fun to audition for a Narnia movie but i'm not sure that my family could afford to travel to wherever the auditions are held. Oh well I guess i'll just have to be content having acted in my homeschool play , the lion the witch and the wardrobe. That was fun! Good Luck narniafan16! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Susan Pevensie (not) says:

    Oh quick question. is everyone who are submitting comments professional actors? I just found this website so I guess I missed alot of the conversation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. narniafan16 says:

    I posted auditioning advice go to this link:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/purpleusagi1

  39. narniafan16 says:

    Does any1 know which page i luv Georgie is in???

  40. Narnia #1 Fan says:

    I found the link VERY helpful! I would give anything to be Jill Pole in SC, and this may just help. Thank you so much!

  41. Lucia says:

    Hey does any1 know IMD is cost???

  42. Philippa..xx says:

    i would love to play Jill Pole and if i dont succeed i will try for the role of Polly Plummer im soooo desperate to at least audition how do i email and shizzle and what age group would be wanted for these rolls? XXX

  43. narniafan16 says:

    Does any1 have a recommendation for a TRUSTED talent agency??? In USA I mean

  44. i love georgie says:

    Hi everyone, if you dont know me im I love georgie I LOVEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! narnia sooooo much and I really wanna be polly plummer in MN did wanna be jill pole but I want to be polly now-I do drama danceing and singing at marque talent studios (mostly for the drama tho) I live in australia, I have light medium brown hair, brown eyes I am a christian and it my DREAM!!! to be polly tell me about yourself (anyone) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lucia says:

      I watched ur vid and I think ur so beautiful girl…<3
      Well,I think u know me but:
      I am christian(catholic),I want2 act Aravis in HHB,I am Japanese,long straight black hair,black eyes,live in Japan*
      I did school actings,just it… ๐Ÿ™
      Making Narnia films…that is my biggest dream…!!!

    • Lucia says:

      Hey Ilovegeorgie,I watched ur videos & it was really nice!
      I invited u,do u notice? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • i love georgie says:

        YeAh thanx for the invite I accepted!! btw I think ur sooo pretty u have that japense look that i love!!<3 and ur so good at acting! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Lucia says:

        Thanx 4 ur accepting!
        u really think so?thank u!!!!

  45. lucysdream says:

    i love to act so this would be a great movie to be in and i love narnia too.

  46. narniafan16 says:

    Hey guys-I wonder where archerygirl went? Maybe she got an agent or something, or her computer broke

  47. narniafan16 says:

    Hey guys this Monday~Friday I won't b here cuz Im going on a class trip to this Camp thingie it'll b so much fun!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I'm even learning archery there so thumbs up 4 Jill Pole ๐Ÿ˜‰
    So I'll tell u all about it when I'm back guys ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Jill_pole says:

    Hi, I Love Narnia and I love Acting Aswell :)) can Some 1 please tell me What they think jill or polly shud look like?? I Live in England and I go to Bradford grammar(I know georgie henely goes's there aswell…and really she is a very nice girl! and she is so pretty in real life and she gets crowded alot..can some 1 give some advice or tips??

    • narniafan16 says:

      OMGOSH u know Georgie??? I love her!!! I'm her # 1 fan!!! Do u have her email? I wanna become friends with her!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Lucia says:

        hey so u back!
        how r u doing???

      • Jill_pole says:

        Hey There, Sorry I dont have Georgie's e-mail..:(But Can You give me any Tips or anything of trying to get the role of jill or polly??…

      • narniafan16 says:

        Yes, I have some tips. First, go 2 a drama club where u can tone ur acting skills. 2, get an agent. (an agent costs money…but i guarantee u, it's har getting one! I don't have one yet…anyway an agent helps you get into auditions and guides u) another tip is, if u have YouTube, then upload an audition video and people will comment and stuff for improvements. And if ur lucky, maybe Nina gold or others will look on YouTube!

      • narniafan16 says:

        Oh hey Lucia!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Ive been pretty busy lately so Im back now ๐Ÿ˜€
        I learned archery and canoeing which is good cuz Jill pole might do those!!! Archery is hard but once u get the hang of it, it's fun! I shot a target ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lucia says:

      Sounds it was really nice,narniafan16 x)
      I am considering to contact an Japanese agency,but I am sure my parents won't agree… ๐Ÿ™
      So I am sad…!

  49. i love georgie says:

    Oh heeyy Your back!,
    Sounds like u had lots of fun doing archery and stuff!
    XD still nothing on MN or SC ๐Ÿ™

  50. Jill_Pole says:

    HEY GUYZ! Im New here my name is Renee And I LOVE NARNIA!!!!!! And I would give anything to Play Jill or Polly In the chronicles!!…XD I am 12 years old and i am a seventh day adventist wich means you cant act or shoot or go to anything like the shops or movies from friday sunset to saturday sunset…Its not a strict religion or anything Its just like a baptist except we think you should keep the sabbath Holy..do you think think this will affect my acting career ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lucia says:

      Hi,Renee!
      Do u have any experience of acting???
      Well me,not! :p
      Nice2 meet youuuuu <3<3

      • Jill_Pole says:

        Hi,Lucia
        well i take drama classes and been in some school productions but thats about all XD..what part do you want in narnia?? =p

      • Lucia says:

        I want2 act Aravis in HHB!(I am Japanese:)
        But I don't have an agent or special acting experiences at all ๐Ÿ™
        So I am really far from it ๐Ÿ™

      • 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

      • 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 sadใ€€:(
        But still I don't give up!!!!!

      • Jill_Pole says:

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

      • narniafan16 says:

        Wow ur parents r tough ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • Lucia says:

        Yeah they are… ๐Ÿ™
        I think they want me 2 b a normal girl ':(
        and they don't like things such as Actor/actress,Singer,dancer…etc. :'(
        Awwww….. ๐Ÿ™

      • i love georgie says:

        Dont worry lucia thats perfectly normal ๐Ÿ˜€ Alot of parents are like that ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Lucia says:

        Yeah ilovegeorgie,maybe u r right!

    • narniafan16 says:

      Hi Renne and welcome 2 "the group of actor hopefuls"! Renee is such an awesome name ๐Ÿ˜€

  51. i love georgie says:

    Hey guyz I Put up my third audition vidieo!
    here the link ๐Ÿ˜€ plz comment and give advice..! <3
    http://www.youtube.com/user/beckybang1512?feature=mhum

  52. 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 sad..so plz watch them and comment and tell me wich 1 is better? xx <3

  53. narniafan16 says:

    Guys my new channel is NarnianGirl101 so check it out! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    All my Jill pole and Narnia audition videos will b there from now on

  54. 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