Short list

by Charlotte
(Vancouver Canada )


My daughter went to her very first commercial audition and got a call back. After the call back audition they called the agency that sent us within 15 minutes after we left... There were still a number of girls waiting to audition when they got this call. I was then called by the agency and told my daughter is on their "short list". They discussed dates with me and told me to wait one week. What are the chances she'll get the part? It's a doll commercial for Mattel. As well, they initially ran lines related to a Barbie doll. At the call back her lines were for a toddler aged doll. My daughter is 6. I'm wondering if they tried her for a different commercial the second time back. We had to travel quite a distance to both auditions.


Yes, it's possible that they liked her and wanted to see her back for another spot. It's also possible that they changed the commercial (they do it all the time). Unfortunately, they're is no way to tell if she'll get the spot for sure, but a callback is a very good sign. Another word you may here is avail. If your daughter is put "on avail", that means that she is second choice and that she will need to stay available for the shooting dates. That's also a good sign, whether she gets it or not this time around. Good luck!

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by: Alex

Yes, that's right. Avail doesn't necessarily mean someone is second choice. Good point.

by: Anonymous

Being put on avail doesn't mean anyone is second choice. They could be first or second or even fifth....regardless it is used because they havent made final decision. FYI.

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by: Charlotte

She got it!!!!! They are giving her 2 commercials for 2 different dolls?!!!! So excited!!!


Great news! Congratulations. She must be very happy.

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by: Charlotte

Thanks for the response! It's very exciting she did so well her first time but it's not fun waiting.... They said they would call in one week. I'm wondering if being on the short list or being booked will help her with future auditions? My daughter has been asking me since she was 4 to "get me on tv". I never thought It was possible until now.


Yes, it will help with her confidence, plus it probably means she has the right commercial look. Actors who have commercial looks can get a lot of work. I know how you feel, though, the wait is one of the nerve-wrecking things in this business. Just try to concentrate on the next audition and forget about this one for now.

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