Audition Basics

To ensure you have a positive audition experience, we have put together some helpful tips and answers to general questions. Keep in mind that Universal Studios Hollywood wants you to do well. Try to have fun and be yourself.

General Audition Etiquette

Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time to sign in.

Please provide a current headshot and résumé for each role you are auditioning for.

Please fill out all paperwork given to you in its entirety and write clearly. If we can’t read your information, we can’t contact you.

Please dress appropriately for the audition.

While waiting, please keep all talking to a low volume to ensure you do not miss hearing your number being called or disrupt others who may be preparing for their audition.

Please prepare exactly what is requested for each audition (e.g. monologue, singing, etc). Please!

Make sure to pay close attention to all information and directions provided; both inside and outside the audition room.

Please silence all cell phones and electronic devices, or if possible, do not take them into the audition room.

When auditioning, please maintain a respectful distance and avoid approaching the audition panel unless requested.

When finished with your audition, please remember to gather all personal belongings and efficiently exit the audition room. Make sure to wait for further instructions from the audition staff before leaving.

General Audition Questions
Is there an age requirement to work in the Entertainment Department at Universal Studios Hollywood?
The minimum age requirement for eligibility to work in the Entertainment Department is 18 years of age.

Do I need a headshot and résumé for each audition?
We highly recommend applicants bring headshots (or current photo) and a current résumé for all auditions. A résumé allows Show Directors to identify what other skills you may have (in addition to those observed at the current audition) and could open the door for additional opportunities. Please ensure your headshot and résumé is updated so that we have your most current contact, skills and experience information.

Do I need an agent to audition?
Universal Studios Hollywood does not cast through outside agencies for its Entertainment positions. Casting is completed through auditions for all performing roles.

How long do auditions normally last?
The audition length will depend on a variety of factors, including how many and for which role/s you are auditioning. Auditions can range from two to six hours depending on what is required. It is a good idea to prepare for at least 3 hours, including check-in and measurements.

Who is on the audition panel?
Audition panels will consist of at least one Show Director and a Casting representative. Multiple Show Directors, Entertainment Management and Human Resources Team Members may also be on the panel depending on the roles we are currently auditioning.

How long does it take to find out if I have been cast?
Our casting notifications usually begin within 2-3 weeks of the audition, and sometimes earlier. It can take up to 4-6 weeks for Seasonal events such as Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights® and Grinchmas to be finalized. Due to the high volume of candidates, only those who have been cast in a role will be contacted.

How long does my Audition information stay on file?
Your Audition information (completed during the audition process) will stay on file for 90 days so that you may be considered for roles that you are qualified for that may become available after your audition.

What if I am asked to return for a callback and cannot attend?
If you are asked to return for a callback, you must be able to attend it to be considered. If you cannot attend the callback, you will be added to a list of candidates for possible consideration for any roles that are not cast from the audition.

What does it mean to be an AGVA covered role?
Many of our performance roles are covered under the terms and conditions of a collective bargaining agreement with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA). For auditions, if you are a current member of AGVA you will be seen prior to non-AGVA members, given that you arrive at the appropriate call time.