CASTING AT CITY CAMPUS
By: Sonia Hendricks and Veantha Naidoo
Auditions were in full swing at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT), City campus for actors who could be chosen to appear in GAME Stores’ 49th anniversary television commercial on Monday.
More than 90 people auditioned as there was an open call for all male and female aspiring actors from ages 5 to 50 via the On Camera Acting (OCA) Studio facebook page.
Participants were told to dress professionally and not wear any pink, red or grey items as they would clash with the television set.
Many entrants felt they were at a disadvantage as the audition required them to improvise as opposed to reading from a script.
Yolande Jwaco, student at Coastlands College, felt she needed more time to prepare.
“I don’t like being put on the spot as I feel I don’t always perform at my best but by going to these castings I am able to get the exposure that I need to network with other agencies.”
Singer, Chloe Clark, has been auditioning for the Game franchise for the past 2 years and appeared in the 2014 Game commercial. The Durban born singer has been in the entertainment industry since she was a little girl.
Cloe Clark said, “I am very excited to audition as it gives me a platform to showcase my talents and inspire others to follow their dreams.”
American born director of the OCA studio, Angela Valverde said that she has been working with young actors for several years.
“Auditions like these prepare actors for bigger auditions and build up their confidence in this very competitive industry,” she said.
She also said the campaign is looking for candidates with strong, unique personalities and a passion for acting that showcases South Africa’s diversity.
Successful applicants will be notified if they qualified for the next stage of the Game’s Christmas commercial in four to five weeks.