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Compass E n t er tainmen t
Acclaimed Miami-based Actress Vivian Ruiz has shared screen credit with the likes of Morgan Freeman,
Harry Connick, Jr., and Mark Walberg — she dishes on a few “musts” for finding success in the biz.
T E X T BY F R A N CE S C A C R UZ
1. Punctuality: It’s cool
to be fashionably late
to a party when you’ve
already made a name for yourself,
but it’s best not to do that if you
ever expect to get your shot at
booking anything in this lifetime.
2. Be courteous: This
business is about
respecting the craft,
so remember the importance of
please and thank-you, and of
being considerate to those around
you. Don’t be fooled: Rude,
snobbish individuals don’t make it
for the long-haul.
attending castings, be
prepared to look the part.
If you’re reading for the part of
a doctor and you go dressed in
a hoodie, that’s one less point
for you. Getting in character has
everything to do with setting the
4. First impression:
Unless you’re a fashion
model, no one wants to
see you posing in a thong. Always
have a couple of professional
headshots with you along with an
updated resume handy just in case.
5. Be prepared: “Sorry,
my dog ate the script”
won’t cut it in an
audition. Come prepared. Don’t
waste your time or anyone
Eye contact: Are you
looking at me? Yeah,
that’s not always a
good thing, especially when
the one you’re staring at while
delivering your lines is the
casting director. If there’s a
camera in the room, deliver
your lines to the camera. You
are an actor, aren’t you?
7. Attitude adjustment:
Check your attitude at
the door. We all have bad
days, but you should always act
like you really want the part. Who
knows, you may wind up getting
it in spite of your lousy day if you
learn to put on a good face.
8. Don’t stink: Do I really
need to mention this? Lots
of people like Roquefort
Cheese, in spite of its odoriferous
nature, but you won’t be well-
received at a casting if that’s the
way you roll in. Be thoughtful
of others. Bathe, floss and be
otherwise pleasant to be near.