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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sadako View Post
    Maybe in later cuts improvisation may be more important, but 1st cut is 100% how you look. WDW might be more lax lookwise (something that we've kinda talked about before), but for DL, being so close to LA, you have tons upon tons of young pretty girls who want to be actresses looking for their first big break, so competition is not just tough, it's fierce.

    This is what makes the first cut so frustrating. There is pretty much nothing at all that you can do to improve your chances of passing. All you can do is hope they physically see in you what they're looking for.

    Also, face character auditions are only done once every few months. Last ones were on August 19th, so it's possible they may hold an audition before the holiday season again.

    If you want to read my report from the August 19th auditions, check here: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34853
    oh ya i noticed that about the wdw characters. they kinda lackk... lol.
    well t hanks for the help tho

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Yeah, truth is the face character auditions really are a game of luck. It all depends on what they like and what stands out to them. And even if you didn't make past the first cut, doesn't mean you could never be a face character. Its just that so many show up (primarily the girls), that it is just fierce competition. Keep trying though, many people have stated that it took them many auditions before they ever got cast (and that goes for all ent. roles too).
    Go for atmosphere characters too! Thats the 'fuzzies', and since there are so many more of them, you may have a better chance. Not that you couldn't try for other roles once you actually are already in the dept.
    Also consider being a character host/hostess. They escort, 'protect', and work with the characters and crowds. Some have done that and then gone on to play other characters.

    Have fun with it, and keep on auditioning.

    Also, try out for Tokyo disney resort. They do face characters auditions only about two times a year. You could end up having a ball in Japan for 7 months.

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by tcsnwhite View Post
    Yeah, truth is the face character auditions really are a game of luck. It all depends on what they like and what stands out to them. And even if you didn't make past the first cut, doesn't mean you could never be a face character. Its just that so many show up (primarily the girls), that it is just fierce competition. Keep trying though, many people have stated that it took them many auditions before they ever got cast (and that goes for all ent. roles too).
    Go for atmosphere characters too! Thats the 'fuzzies', and since there are so many more of them, you may have a better chance. Not that you couldn't try for other roles once you actually are already in the dept.
    Also consider being a character host/hostess. They escort, 'protect', and work with the characters and crowds. Some have done that and then gone on to play other characters.

    Have fun with it, and keep on auditioning.

    Also, try out for Tokyo disney resort. They do face characters auditions only about two times a year. You could end up having a ball in Japan for 7 months.


    thankss !!
    oh ya i was reading about the hong kong auditions.
    but i i wasn't sure if the whole atmosphere over there is all in another language ?
    i wasn't sure if we had to be bilingual or if they all speak english over there.. lol.

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    For both Tokyo and Hong Kong, you don't need to be bilingual. The face characters over there speak english and act just as they would in the US parks.

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    I auditioned for the parade face characters. It sucked.

    Waited three hours to have them look at my face for ten seconds and cut me. BLEH.

    I know, I'm bitter. But coming off theater audtions which is mostly about talent, it's a bit frustrating. I know, it's about the looks, that's most important.

    Trust me; I get it. But that doesn't make it any less frustrating.
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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnn in Wndrlnd View Post
    I auditioned for the parade face characters. It sucked.

    Waited three hours to have them look at my face for ten seconds and cut me. BLEH.

    I know, I'm bitter. But coming off theater audtions which is mostly about talent, it's a bit frustrating. I know, it's about the looks, that's most important.

    Trust me; I get it. But that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

    Dang, that's gotta be rough.


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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    as "nice" happy and perfect as disney is, backstage they are complete opposite. just try, if you want it bad you'll feel worse if you dont get it. so go into feeling like it's just for fun or a curiosity. then afterward treat yourself to disney

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    Dang, that's gotta be rough.
    Yeah. It was pretty sucky. My hubby auditioned for the green army men in Block Party Bash.

    It's a long story. It results in him getting called back for the second time, him showing up at the gates, being told by security to wait, then an hour later, security telling him no one was coming to get him, and he needed to leave.

    He swore he'd never audition for Disney again.

    Then, (oh, it's not over yet), they call him two weeks later saying they're interested in him for the part.

    He never called them back.
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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    I have a number of friends who have been in parades, shows, and have been characters but only one has been able to show her face. My friend Ming Lee was Mulan for a while at the park. Being as close as we are to LA/Hollywood, there are a lot of model/actresses out there competing for these roles so the competition is pretty brutal! Good luck!

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    As for backstage, I have spoken with quite a few CMs in entertainment and parades, and they all seem to overall enjoy their job and working at the parks. Yes, not everything is as it should be, and no matter where you work there are always going to be the folks that are not so 'nice', same goes for Disney. But for people who proclaim that working at DLR is somehow hell on earth and that everyone there is horrible is really out of line. I think it is a select number of people who don't have a good experience working there (for a NUMBER of reasons that probably has to do more with themselves), and they try to put that on everyone who still works there and everyone who wants to.
    Forget about them- to the girl who started the thread, go for what you want. just have realistic expectations! and don't just limit yourself to face characters, there are all kinds of roles to play and work with.

    as for Face auditions, like someone said earlier, it is not simply talent. First and foremost, its look and body shape.
    If you are hung up on talent, try out for the dancer auditions, or go for atmosphere stuff like singing and acting bits.

    And as for the talent pool, Not everyone comes from the LA/Hollywood world. For the most part, Disney ent. casts most character/face/dance roles from the young talent in the area around the resort. Most seem to come from the areas below the LA area. Don't get me wrong, some do come from already working in the industry up in LA, but I don't think the majority are. Most use Disney as a stepping off point for their careers as performers, designers, choreographers, creative directors, what have you.

    again, disney auditions are for usually open cattle call auditions. Those are never easy.

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnn in Wndrlnd View Post
    Yeah. It was pretty sucky. My hubby auditioned for the green army men in Block Party Bash.

    It's a long story. It results in him getting called back for the second time, him showing up at the gates, being told by security to wait, then an hour later, security telling him no one was coming to get him, and he needed to leave.

    He swore he'd never audition for Disney again.

    Then, (oh, it's not over yet), they call him two weeks later saying they're interested in him for the part.

    He never called them back.
    He better grow a tougher skin if this little mistake got him this upset. Most likely, it was probably a mistake on their part, someone messed up.
    but hey, they called him back and offered him the part? and he didn't take it? oh well.

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    May I ask, do face characters get paid much more than regular CMs?

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Not positive, but I think they do get paid a bit more than the atmosphere characters. It may be a dollar to a few dollars more.

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by brigeet View Post
    May I ask, do face characters get paid much more than regular CMs?
    i'm sure it's more, but i don't kno if it's much more.
    sucks that parade performers get min wage,
    heck, i'd still do it tho !

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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiminysgurl View Post
    as "nice" happy and perfect as disney is, backstage they are complete opposite. just try, if you want it bad you'll feel worse if you dont get it. so go into feeling like it's just for fun or a curiosity. then afterward treat yourself to disney
    yeah i had a old friend who was minnie, and said it's pretty different backstage.
    but yeah i thought going with the whole feel of "just for fun" too. tho i really want the job lol.

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