So here is the answer to “How do I get a Disney Audition”…
That question gets asked over and over. Disney is such a popular network and kids, teens are also looking out for ways to get an audition with Disney.
In a nutshell there are three ways to be seen by Disney Channel / XD casting directors. You can attend an OFFICIAL Disney casting call, you can apply online when the company opens up their auditions nationally or you can get an agent to help you land the auditions.
The first way is to attend an official Disney casting call. I stress the word official here because most of what you hear about on the radio or through email are not official Disney castings. The Disney casting directors normally hold one open casting call event per year. Those events are historically held during the spring or summer months and the company picks a city that they come to. Last year, the Disney open casting call was held in the Los Angeles area. In previous years they came to Texas, Kansas City and other places. These events are done in person and not by way of email, Skype or online submissions. If you want to be seen, you must attend. Yes, it may seem unfair for kids and teens who have no way of getting to the event, but that is how they do it. Since these Disney try outs are only done once a year, 1000’s of families attend and many families come from many miles away or even across the country.
Update: the official disney auditions have just been announced – see Get on Disney Channel – 2015 Disney Auditions are Here.
The second way is to keep an eye out on official online casting calls for Disney movies. Every now and then the Disney casting directors will set up an online submission process to find new talent to fill a specific role in an upcoming productions. Most recently, one such casting was held for the upcoming Disney animated film Moana. These calls are usually very specific to what they are looking for in terms of ethnicity and age. They held a similar casting call for Peter Pan and Star Wars last year as well. To get in on one of these you just basically have to keep your eyes open. When applying to online Disney auditions you need to really be careful and make sure that it is the official one. The official online casting is always free of charge, actually, all Disney auditions are free. If you find any that ask you for money then it is fake and just someone trying to scam you or your parents, no matter how great they sound. None of the official Disney Channel / movie auditions have ever charged any money so if you are asked for payment, it’s not official, it’s not actually Disney and you will be disappointed if you end up paying.
The third and best way to get a speaking role on a Disney show is by getting an agent. Yes, most of the kids and teens that you see on your favorite shows got the part with the help of an agent. Most casting directors use agents to help them find the right talent for the part. They do this because time is money in Hollywood. While having a few open calls a year may help get lots of submissions, most of those submissions will not be what they are looking for. Having to look through thousands of submissions takes a lot of time and no one, not even Disney, has the resources to do this for every single role they need filled. Most casting directors depend on agents to find them the talent that exactly fits their specifications such as experience, training, age, ethnicity, look and other criteria. Agents insure that the talent that they send over to audition is qualified, experienced and professional.
If you are looking for an agent, you have to remember that agents only get paid when the talent they represent gets the acting job so they can be very selective. If you want to make your Disney dreams come true, you need to first start small with small theater productions and other things that will prove that you are ready for an agent to send you out on auditions for bigger stuff. Also, keep in mind that agents make money when you do and normally get paid on commission. Agents that say they will represent you if you pay them may not be legit. Be sure to check out the article about what to watch out for.
Be sure to check back often since we list most open casting calls for the Disney Channel as well as the online auditions as soon as we get the info.