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  • duckiedianne
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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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  • MaryAnn in Wndrlnd
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    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.
    Last edited by MaryAnn in Wndrlnd; 10-16-2006, 04:10 PM. Reason: Timeline correction from my hubby

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  • jiminysgurl
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    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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  • Coheteboy
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    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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  • MaryAnn in Wndrlnd
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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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  • tcsnwhite
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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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  • miniLYN
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    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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  • tcsnwhite
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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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  • miniLYN
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    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.

    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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  • Sadako
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    Originally posted by miniLYN View Post
    really.
    i was reading past threads and people were saying being able to do improvisation is more important than how u look.
    but yeah i dont' know.
    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

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  • miniLYN
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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Originally posted by aerinpegadrak View Post
    First they just line you up and look at you. Sometimes they might ask you questions, usually not. Then they'll call off numbers of people who've made the first cut. No one I know who's auditioned has made it past the first cut, so I don't know what happens after that. Experience and personality don't come into play at all unless they like how you look.
    really.
    i was reading past threads and people were saying being able to do improvisation is more important than how u look.
    but yeah i dont' know.

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  • aerinpegadrak
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    Face characters are pretty dependent on height, too. They're not going to consider me for Alice at 5'8" (even though I can do the voice better than any of the girls currently in the park, haha). Now that I think about it, I remember a girl who was being strongly considered for a princess role, until they told her that she wouldn't be able to fit into the dress, even if she lost weight. Those costumes are RIDICULOUSLY expensive, so they don't tailor them to you, you have to fit into them.

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  • almandot
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    Depending on what you're doing, you'll also get to do some fun stuff(probably won't think of it was fun while you're trying your hardest to get cast though heh) like acting while your mouth's gagged, acting while blindfolded, etc. But that's probably for costume characters moreso. I'd imagine they do costume tryouts for them as well and teach some poses to strike for them.

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  • MissChristine
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    Oh yeah, forgot to mention...

    Atmosphere character auditions (a.k.a. "fuzzies", those in face-covering costumes) is really pivotal around height and body build. Before you are even asked to fill out an application, your height is measured. If you make that first cut, you will fill out paperwork and move on. Otherwise...you're herded out in small groups and told to have a "nice day." I hope you get farther in the process than I did!

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  • MissChristine
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    ^ Ditto to what she said. I've been to the auditions and they pretty much line you up, take your picture, line you up again, maybe ask a question, tell you to look straight forward and smile, and then call numbers for those they'd like to have move on to the next round. When I was there, they took at most 8 gals out of each group of 50. I have heard that the next steps are movement/dance tests, wig try-ons, and costume try-ons...but I've only heard that, never experienced it. Good luck!

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  • aerinpegadrak
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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    First they just line you up and look at you. Sometimes they might ask you questions, usually not. Then they'll call off numbers of people who've made the first cut. No one I know who's auditioned has made it past the first cut, so I don't know what happens after that. Experience and personality don't come into play at all unless they like how you look.

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  • Coheteboy
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    Originally posted by miniLYN View Post
    oh i see.
    you said she was ur coworker, so u are a cm at disneyworld ?
    i'm on the disneyland side of the country.
    man i want to be a cm so bad ):

    thanks tho . i'll keep u guys posted.

    Ooh haha no no. She's a coworker with me now and neither of us are Disney CMs anymore. She was Ariel in Florida, I was a CM in Anaheim. We both work in Burbank.

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  • miniLYN
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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
    I think she was only there for the summer because she didn't live in Florida. It was just a temporary program for her.

    Good luck on your quest and be sure to update us!
    oh i see.
    you said she was ur coworker, so u are a cm at disneyworld ?
    i'm on the disneyland side of the country.
    man i want to be a cm so bad ):

    thanks tho . i'll keep u guys posted.

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  • Coheteboy
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    Originally posted by miniLYN View Post
    oh haha that's funny about the autograph.
    how long did she work as ariel ?
    i always wondered the limit for characters because we age.. lol.

    I think she was only there for the summer because she didn't live in Florida. It was just a temporary program for her.

    Good luck on your quest and be sure to update us!

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  • miniLYN
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    Re: Questions on auditioning as a face character.

    Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
    A current coworker of mine used to be Ariel at Disney World. I won't see her until monday so I really can't offer any sound advice, but she did tell me that she had to learn how to autograph 'Ariel' with her right hand (coworker's a lefty).

    Since she was a mermaid, she never had to move around except for on the parade float.
    oh haha that's funny about the autograph.
    how long did she work as ariel ?
    i always wondered the limit for characters because we age.. lol.

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