Casting Director David Vaccari Advises on Auditions

David Vaccari, a casting director at Telsey + Company, offers Back Stage readers advice about auditions, both inside the room and afterward. (Hint: Don’t send a generic thank-you card.)

On commercials: “Eighty percent are comedy spots. That’s a trend. So subtle, funny performers who have improvisational skills are in demand.”

On costumes and props at an audition: “Creative people in the decision-making process often critique an audition much like they would personally judge a piece of art. While some people appreciate Diane Arbus, a few like paintings of dogs playing poker. Generally, the note is ‘This is souffle — it is not a cinder block.’ ”

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