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January Jones Desires Casting Administrators “To Come Again Into the Workplace Like Everybody Else”

January Jones is sick of auditioning over Zoom. Selection reviews that over the weekend the Mad Males actress took to her Instagram Story to specific her frustration at digital auditions: “Word to Hollywood: It’s time for casting administrators to return again into the workplace like everybody else. To audition actors in particular person.”

Jones took on digital auditions, in addition to the now-ubiquitous “self tape,” which requires the actor to movie their very own audition and ship it to the casting director themselves. “I personally have needed to self tape a number of instances for the reason that pandemic started and there’s zero profit to it for anybody concerned,” she wrote. “It’s time consuming, costly, and a drag to whomever you must drag in to learn with you (sorry Mother), and is commonly carried out with zero course/notes.” She additionally gave some free recommendation to aspiring actors on the market, warning them to by no means pay for an audition: “And if anybody asks for a FEE to audition please know that that is legal and PATHETIC.”

“I can’t think about how tough it should be for an actor simply beginning out if a longtime actor has to beg for a Zoom [meeting] when an in-person audition is ‘unavailable,’” Jones concluded. “Please do higher.”

Whereas digital auditions and self tapes allowed actors to audition in a socially distant method, they’ve got here with their very own points. In 2020, White Lotus actor Lukas Gage went viral after posting a virtual audition the place a director, later revealed to be veteran TV comedy director Tristram Shapeero, disparaged him (and his residence!) whereas considering he was on mute through the actor’s audition. (Shapeero apologized, saying that he was “mortified” about his feedback).  

On the time, Jones commented on Gage’s viral audition, maybe foreshadowing her now documented distaste for the digital audition course of. “Stylish response Lukas 👌🏻,” she wrote. “What an entitled asshole, dm me who it was so I could make word to not ever work with that particular person.” 

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