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  • Despite 10 years of booking commercials and 1000 auditions, I learned a TON of stuff. And I BOOKED three new spots because of this class!
    -Kevin G. 

  • I feel like so much fear as gone away, concerning commercials, and that is Huge!!! -Adele R.

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KEVIN TEH

1. What was the job for and who cast it?

2015 Honda Fit cast by Petite Casting.

2. What was the audition like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

Before I went in, I got to know the assistant running the session, (#11) and asked her how the session was being run (group? single?). We went in as a group - 5 of us at a time. Looked through the sides posted, determined positive/negative affinity, (#23) looked at how long the spot was (#24) and created tags (#30)(didn't end up using tags as they said not to). Photos with side profiles were taken, we slated our names (I slated picturing looking through an open window at the person I'm serving, (#3) and prepared myself for how I can serve them through this audition). While camera was running, I listened to my scene partner and responded with the affinity I had created towards him before I entered the room. (#39)

3. What was the callback like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

At the callback, I wore what I wore to my audition, (#62) and made sure I was early but signed in a little later so I wasn't first on the list. I happened to be paired up with the same partner I had in my audition. Upon entering the room, there were about 10-15 people there. I don't remember, but there were a lot - director, agency, clients, casting etc. I slated applying the same tip as in the audition, and did exactly what I did in my audition. There were no re-directs. The biggest thing that got me through the callback with all those people in the room was having the mentality of "serving" - I was there to make everyone's job easier.

4. What was the set like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

I actually did set my alarm 3 times, (#67) or more (I was so afraid of not getting to set in time as it was an early call time). Set was great and everyone were really nice. Apparently, everyone (from wardrobe to sound) had seen my audition and were all very nice and encouraging in telling me how much they loved it. I had gotten to know the director a few days before when I went in for fitting as he came in and chatted with us. While waiting, I had my own holding room which was nice to relax, grab some breakfast and refocus without distractions. While filming, the director had me add in lines which were not in the audition sides. (#71) He also asked if I spoke any other language and had me translate the lines into Mandarin, which I did. At the end of the shoot, he voiced how appreciative he was that I spoke Mandarin. Day 2, it was pretty much the same as day 1. At the end of my shoot, I approached the director while walking out and said a quick "Thank you". (#77) The director replied "You are the only actor who's come up to say thank you at the end of the shoot". It made me realise how much they like being appreciated too. While many actors are grateful for the work they've been given, unfortunately, not many voice it. 3 weeks later, the same director contacted my agent and asked to use me for a spec commercial he was doing.

5. What's one thing you would keep, and one thing you would leave behind during the process?

One thing I would keep is to always, ALWAYS go in with an attitude of serving. That alone has completely changed how I approach my auditions.