4 Insider Tips For Your Disney or Nickelodeon Audition

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Want to perform with Disney, or another popular production company or cruise line? Learn what to expect at Nickelodeon and Disney singing auditions — and how to put your best foot forward –in this guest post voice teacher Liz T...

 

Have you ever thought of auditioning for a job with a Disney or Nickelodeon production? Well, there are a few things you should know before your audition! As a performer myself with Disney Live, Radio Disney, and Nickelodeon at Sea, I am here to give you insight into what these types of companies are looking for at their performer auditions.

Here’s what you need to know about Disney singing auditions and the like…

Don't ever pay money for an audition - Tips for Disney singing auditions

Don’t ever pay money for an audition

Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there that convince families to pay large advances to so-called “agencies” to get your kid seen in front of a Disney or Nickelodeon Casting Director. This is not the way to approach landing a role. If someone is asking for money just to give your child a chance to be seen, their promises may not be true.

Also, you should never pay an agent any money upfront — most deals end up at only 10-20% if they actually help you get contracted work.

Presentation is everything - Tips for Disney singing auditions

Presentation is everything

For the actual audition, Disney and Nickelodeon hold many casting calls each year in Orlando, New York City, and Los Angeles. It’s common for them to list auditions on websites like Playbill, Backstage, Walt Disney, and Feld Entertainment. Sometimes there are workshops in these cities where you or your child can participate in a master class with a casting director.

Remember: from the moment you walk in the audition room or send your headshot for review, you are being considered for a part! Both Disney and Nickelodeon look for actors who are positive and confident. They don’t want to see you walking in the audition room with your head down and a sourpuss face (even if you are auditioning for a serious role). They want to see a smile, an upbeat personality, and someone who can hold an intelligent conversation!

I suggest wearing a nice, bright-colored outfit to your audition to show you care about your presentation (also, make sure your clothes are free of logos). Imagine if you were meeting a friend’s parents for the first time — you want to make a good impression right from the start! They also want to see that you can work well with others and do not give off a diva-like impression.

Maintain a position image - Tips for Disney singing auditions

Maintain a positive image

If you are lucky to get a job with Disney or Nickelodeon, you will be in the public eye. This means that many kids will look up to you as a role model, so it’s important that you lead a healthy lifestyle.

Disney and Nickelodeon want to give off a positive, clean, healthy image to kids. They also do check-ins constantly, so even after you are hired, you still have to maintain a healthy lifestyle while performing. They are very strict with this, and do not tolerate bad behavior at all. Many well-known actors have been dropped from their TV show contracts or record labels for not maintaining these lifestyles.

Choose an appropriate songs and monologue - Tips for Disney singing auditions

Choose an appropriate song and monologue

To work for companies like Disney and Nickelodeon, you also need to have great energy and high spirits! So, it’s important to show this in your audition. Pick an audition song that is appropriate for your age and range, and make sure it doesn’t include any offensive material.

You can sing a Disney song or use a monologue from one of their movies or TV shows for their audition, but I also encourage you to change it up! Research some old, classic musicals, or even use some new and currently popular material for your audition. Most audition panels love funny material, and they love to laugh! They want to see big personalities, and that you would be a fun, lovely person to work with.

How Do Disney Auditions Work?

There are many different ways you can audition for Disney or Nickelodeon. For example, I made an audition video and sent it into Disney because I was not able to attend an audition in person. In my video I included some clips of past singing, acting, and dancing performances.

I finally received an email almost six months later, asking to do some more interviews and auditions over Skype. After another month, I was finally offered a role with the company! So, it paid off being patient and making that video, because you never know what opportunities are in store for you.

How Do Nickelodeon Auditions Work?

For Nickelodeon, I attended an audition in person. The audition was a very positive experience, and they took a lot of time getting to know me as a person and not just as an actor.

I spent about an hour with the panel, and they asked to hear me sing, read from a children’s script, and learn and perform a new dance combination. This is very rare for auditions, as most only last about two minutes. At the end of the audition, they offered me a job right on the spot, which started in two weeks! I was very lucky, as this is not particularly common.

I happened to be at the right time and right place for both these auditions. A little luck may have been on my side, but it would not have worked out without my hard work, determination, and practice for many years.

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These companies are very professional and look for the best of the best — hard-workers who are serious about performing. I suggest not going to your audition until you are extremely prepared and confident.

It’s a good idea to build up your experience with other auditions first, and then try out for these major companies when you’re truly ready. And of course, working with a voice teacher or acting coach is a great idea — your teacher can help you choose the right song and monologue, and teach you how to present your best self at the audition.

Good luck with your Nickelodeon or Disney audition, and let me know how it goes!

Photo by Ricky Brigante

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches singing, acting, and music lessons in Brooklyn, NY, as well as online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!

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8 replies
  1. ladariel
    ladariel says:

    I really want be a singer and a actor and this is my only chance of a life time for me this had been my dream for this and it is finally coming true

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  2. Lacinda Isbell
    Lacinda Isbell says:

    I would love for my daughter to act on Nickelodeon I just to make her happy beacause this has always been her dream

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  3. Lacinda Isbell
    Lacinda Isbell says:

    Please please let my loveing daughter to be in her I would love for Nickelodeon to let her be in Nickelodeon

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  4. Matthew Daniella
    Matthew Daniella says:

    hi Nickelodeon am Matthew Daniella I am 16 yes old and I am a big fan of Nickelodeon since my childhood I will very much like to be one of the actors it is my dream Nickelodeon has always inspired me and I want to show the world my talent I can sing and act very well I wait kindly for a reply thanks and God bless you all

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  5. Maura Okula
    Maura Okula says:

    Hi! I just have a couple of questions about a Disney video audition. I love that idea of putting together a series of clips from previous acting/singing experiences, but in the audition directions it says to have a cut from a song that is 30-60 seconds. Is there something similar I can do to stand out? Thanks.

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  6. Noelle skater
    Noelle skater says:

    I am12 years old i am really passionate about getting auditions how can i send them my videos? And how can i get them to see i really need this opportunity

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  7. Cassidy
    Cassidy says:

    Agencies and managers are most definitely not scams! I have signed with an agency and they have helped me tremendously, from getting me multiple Disney channel auditions, other TV/Film auditions, Broadway auditions, and even helped me book a starring role at a major regional theater. This is probably the best way to get your foot in the door for big casting companies and TV channels, as well as films. They also help you to get self-tape auditions and appointments, rather than going to open calls and spending your whole day waiting to go in and be in front of the casting director/creative team. In fact, if you are not AEA and go into an open call, you aren’t necessarily even guaranteed to be seen. And you really only have to pay your agents or manager when you actually book a role. I would highly recommend trying to get signed with an agency or manager, and they DEFINITELY are not scams!

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