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  • #21
    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    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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    • #22
      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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      • #23
        Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

        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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        • #24
          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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          • #25
            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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            • #26
              Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

              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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              • #27
                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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                • #28
                  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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                  • #29
                    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                    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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                    • #30
                      Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                      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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                      • #31
                        Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                        Originally posted by miniLYN View Post
                        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.
                        So minilynn who are you hoping to be? just curious!


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                        • #32
                          Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                          Originally posted by tcsnwhite View Post

                          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.
                          For the Asian Disneylands, if you're not already a princess at one of the parks, your chances are very very slim of even being considered. Even though the auditions are technically "open," 90% of the girls that make it over there already worked for WDW or DLR as princesses. It's tough. I think that they don't like taking chances on newbies when the contract is so short (6-9 months). It's easier for them to just grab up the veterens.

                          I don't mean to burst anybody's bubble, but that's how it seems to be. However, there's ALWAYS a chance and it's still fun to try... but it's also important to keep those facts in mind if you don't get the part.
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                          • #33
                            Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                            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.
                            Yes, competition is FIERCE in L.A.

                            I have to disagree, though, about the idea that you have to be gorgeous to make the cut. I've seen dozens of princess photos from DLR walk-arounds and parades, and to be honest.. I think many of the girls that actually get the part are pretty average looking if you take away the costume/wig/make-up (some are still average looking in costume). Obviously, some of the girls are naturally stunning, but still. I don't think there are specified rules.. it's all completely subjective. Even model-like girls get cut. So if you don't make it.. it doesn't mean that you're funny looking. I think it's mostly luck.

                            I have noticed one thing about the princesses though. A majority are naturally fair skinned or blonde. They tend to have light eyes, and fair-colored eyebrows (I assume that the fair eyebrows give more flexibility because make-up can make them fit several diff. characters). Also, they seem to have big smiles, big teeth, and big lips.

                            Obviously, the above isn't a rule for everyone, but I would say that at least 75% of the girls who are cast fit that description. BUT, like I said before, there's ALWAYS a chance you'll make it, so it really never hurts to try.. as long as you go in with the right mind-set (i.e. it's not the end of the world if you don't make it.). I'll probably try a few more times myself!
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                            • #34
                              Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                              Speaking of princesses, but not really a princess...

                              The Mary Poppins who was in Fantasyland on Sunday, Sept 24, 2006...Hubba! Hubba!! :thumbup:


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                              • #35
                                Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                                You're a stronger person than I am. I couldnt put up with little kinds all day like those girls can. They deserve a medal
                                There is no right or wrong in this debate. It is simply a matter of perspective.
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                                • #36
                                  Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                                  Originally posted by tcsnwhite View Post
                                  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.
                                  It's less about growing a tougher skin and more about proper job ettiquite.

                                  Why would you want to work for somebody who treats you as if your time and energy doesn't matter?

                                  In addition, there were other rude and inconsiderate things done as well. As I said, long story.

                                  He's been doing theater for 15+ years. He knows how auditions go. When we audtioned, we were coming off a national touring show. No, he doesn't need a tougher skin. He's already got one. Disney needed to treat him as if his time was important and as if he was a human being.

                                  It's one thing to wait for hours in a cattle call. It's another thing to show up for the THIRD TIME, and then be told to go away by a security guard who doesn't know anything for a seven dollar an hour job.
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                                  • #37
                                    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                                    Originally posted by FlyingMouse View Post
                                    Speaking of princesses, but not really a princess...

                                    The Mary Poppins who was in Fantasyland on Sunday, Sept 24, 2006...Hubba! Hubba!! :thumbup:

                                    Pics?

                                    (everyone who ever says hubba hubba is required to provide photos. hehe)


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                                    • #38
                                      Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                                      Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
                                      So minilynn who are you hoping to be? just curious!
                                      well there are a few i thought might work, but meh i don't know.

                                      i'm 5' so alice would be good. but i'm not sure if my face structure fits...

                                      maybe mulan but from the ones i've seen at dland, i seem pretty small for that role.

                                      snow white ?
                                      phocahontas ?

                                      anything !

                                      i acually thought i'd be a good violet from the incredibles, but they dont have face characters for them. =/
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                                      • #39
                                        Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                                        the alice and wendy people switch around, huh ? they seem to be the same people, from my judging.
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                                        • #40
                                          Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

                                          Originally posted by miniLYN View Post
                                          i acually thought i'd be a good violet from the incredibles, but they dont have face characters for them. =/
                                          Hmm yah... i only seen Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone, and Syndrome.


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