Never tell casting directors that your main area of interest is “acting”
Oftentimes, an actor will be interviewed before an audition. The purpose of the interview might be to get to know the actor, to gauge the actor’s relatability, or perhaps, to simply give the actor more camera time outside of the main audition.
During the interview, the actor may be asked about their areas of interest, activities they like to do, things they enjoy. Ironically, the worst thing an actor can say is, “acting”. That’s right. An actor should not claim “acting” as an area of interest.
First, the casting director (or session director) already knows that you are an actor. After all, you are at an audition. They see your headshot. They have your resume in front of them. Heck, they might have even seen you on television or in a film. So, the obvious answer, “I enjoy acting”, doesn’t tell them anything they don’t already know.
Secondly, the main purpose of the interview is to get to know you as a person, outside of acting. Since they already know that you are an actor (along with all the other actors they will audition), they want to know what else you do that makes you…you.
For this reason, it is important for actors to have lives outside of acting. The business of acting can be an all-encompassing endeavor, complete with photo sessions, acting classes, auditions, agent meetings and survival jobs. Despite this, actors must have areas of interest outside of “the business”. It makes you a more well-rounded person and gives you more experiences to bring into your acting.
Besides, you know what they say: “All work and no play makes you a dull actor!”