Have you ever been to Disney and found yourself in awe of all these beautiful princesses? With a little work, you could work as a Disney princess yourself. To get started, take a look at the necessary conditions and see if you meet them. Then, get ready for the audition, for which you will need to know how to act and dance. If you are hired, you will undergo training before being let loose in the park like a real Disney princess.
Part 1 of 3: fulfill the necessary conditions
Step 1. See if you meet the age requirements
To pass the Disney Princesses audition, you will need to be at least 18 years old. Disney is looking for princesses with a youthful appearance, and most are no more than 27 years old.
Step 2. See if you meet the size criteria
Disney generally looks for princesses who are between 1.65m and 1.75m tall. This is explained by a concern for uniformity as well as by the sizes of the costumes to be worn. After all, if there are 10 Cinderellas in the park that day, they shouldn't be totally different from each other. In France, the park accepts smaller princesses: 1.57m to 1.68m for Mulan, 1.60m to 1.70m for Snow White, 1.65m to 1.73m for Tiana, 1, 63 m to 1.70 m for Rapunzel.
Disney costumes go up to size 42 - make sure you match this criteria. Otherwise, you can still try to lose weight by eating healthily and exercising a little more …
Step 3. Be prepared to move
If you don't live near Disney World or Disneyland, you will have to move if you get the job! Will you be ready to do it? Disney offers staff accommodation. Otherwise, you can find your own accommodation near the park.
- In Europe, the only Disney park is that of Paris, located in Seine-et-Marne.
- Abroad, there are parks in the United States (Florida and California), as well as in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Part 2 of 3: Prepare for the audition
Step 1. Learn about auditions
To inquire about auditions for the park you are interested in, visit http://www.DisneyAuditions.com. Auditions for actresses generally correspond to those for princesses.
Step 2. Practice your dance moves
During the first series of auditions, the casting directors will teach you a little choreography. If you are not a great dancer: don't panic! It won't be very complicated. However, it will still be better to practice a few basic dance steps.
The choreography for the audition will usually consist of a very simple group dance, as well as sometimes a few basic ballet steps. If necessary, take a look at group dance or ballet dance tutorials online. You could even sign up for a class at a school near you
Step 3. Refine your acting skills
The Disney princesses are above all actresses. If you pass the first selection, the casting directors will have you read a script and ask you to improvise, in order to assess your performance. Before you go to the audition, watch the Disney princess movies and practice your skills. imitate their voices and manners. Film yourself reading scripts and acting out scenes, so you can watch yourself critically.
- Taking an acting class might help you improve your skills, but it might not necessarily be necessary.
- Otherwise, you could join a neighborhood troop or meet other actors who can give you advice and support.
Step 4. Bring a portrait and a CV
Your portrait should be a quality A4 photo that truly matches your appearance. Your CV should show your skills and experiences and should not exceed one page. Attach your CV to the back of your portrait.
- Make sure your portrait is recent. If you have changed physically, you will need to take a photo again.
- Note that you will leave the photo with the casting team, so that they can remember you. Make sure you look your best there.
Step 5. Arrive at least 15 minutes early
The Disney website recommends arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. This will give you time to go to reception, fill out the necessary paperwork and mentally prepare yourself for the audition. Castings are held at several different locations: take a look at the website and see where you need to go.
- Even if it's not your fault, being late will seriously hurt your chances of success. Do everything possible to arrive on time. Remember to include the time needed to find a parking space in your travel time.
- If you're going to a city you don't know, allow extra time, in case you lose. Some people even plan to arrive 45 minutes early!
- Disney auditions are held behind closed doors, which means any friends or family who come with you that day will have to wait in a waiting room.
Part 3 of 3: mastering the role
Step 1. Take the training
The princess training takes place over 4 to 5 days, during which you will learn everything you need to know about the character you will play. You will watch the films in which this princess appears, in order to be able to imitate her voice and her gestures. You will watch the actresses in this role do their job and learn different facts about the character. Each princess will also be in charge of doing her own makeup. A cosmetic team will then briefly show you how to put on makeup for the role.
- A specialized coach will be in charge of the vocal training, which will be relatively extensive. You might need to pick up some accent, as well as recreate the voice of the actress who played the original character.
- Keep in mind that you will not be able to choose the princess you will play. Casting directors will decide which character best matches your appearance, personality, and skills.
Step 2. Make up every day like a princess
As a Disney Princess, you will have to do your own makeup every day, to bring your character to life (after being guided by the cosmetic team). The princesses are all different from each other. Snow White, for example, wears a lot of pink blush, while Pocahontas has a more natural look.
The cosmetic team will also give you a carefully styled wig for you to wear. These wigs are very polished and are washed and styled almost every night
Step 3. Hold your role
The little children who come to you might think that you are a real princess. So your performance will have to be convincing, even when you are exhausted after a long day in the park sun. You will always have to watch your language and your voice, adopt good manners and the gestures of your character … and smile!
It is important that you keep a smile throughout your work day. Yes, your face might be a little tired, but keep in mind that this experience is usually very important, and sometimes magical, for the children and families who meet you. For them, stay motivated
Step 4. Be responsive
Small children (and sometimes even their parents) will ask you lots of crazy questions. They might ask you if you are a real princess or why your hair doesn't look real. You should always stay calm and stay in character to respond quickly, giving an appropriate response.
To answer, the best will be to rethink your princess movie. For example, if you are playing Cinderella and a child asks you what you did this morning, you might say “oh, I picked flowers with my fairy godmother! "
Step 5. Take care of your body
In the movies, Disney Princesses are quite skinny, so you'll need to take care of your fitness for the duration of your contract. Eat a diet rich in lean protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Exercise about 30 minutes most days of the week, or as often as you have time.
- Hit the gym after work or watch sports videos during your breaks with your princess girlfriends.
- Limit your consumption of processed products and ready meals. These might be great for snacking on busy work days, but your health and fitness will suffer.
- Behave well during the hearing. Politeness and kindness will go a long way.
- Be friends with your colleagues, you will experience it all together!
- Do not be upset if you are not engaged: the competition is very tough!
- To keep your job, you will have to re-audition every year …