Acting Applications/Audition Process
This year Nightmare Realm will be holding Open Auditions and Interviews on April 16th, 2023, anytime between 12pm-5pm.
If you desire to audition to be either an Actor, Slider, or Stilt Walker, please click the ‘Actor Application' link below to be taken to a page where you can fill out a simple application. During the open audition day (April 16th, 2023) you will have several fun activities to take part in, which will give us an idea of the characters you are able to play.
If you want to work one of our Operation positions (Social Media Specialist, Makeup Artist, Concession Stand, Ticketing, and Gift Shop), then click on the ‘Operations Application’ link below. This will take you to a page where you can fill out an application for those roles. During the open interview day (April 16th, 2023) one of our managers will interview for the position you are looking to fill.
The auditions are for all different roles in our haunted attraction. Embedded in an intense and immersive atmosphere, Nightmare Realm haunted attraction will deliver a storyline that is meant to leave our visitors shocked, horrified and all around entertained. We are looking to gather a group of artists and creatives that help to take our story and mold each character within it to create the best haunt possible. We are looking for people who want to have fun while taking this opportunity seriously.
If you like the idea of being in a workplace based on innovation and creativity, acting safely face-to-face with your audience, or getting paid to scare the S#!% out of people, send in that audition! The audition process is really a getting to know you event which is based around having fun. You do not need to prepare anything for your audition. Just make sure to wear comfortable clothes you can move around in, and be ready to have a good time. Nightmare Realm is ready to open its doors, are you ready to come inside and play?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: If I don't want to act, do I still need to come to auditions?
A: Audition day is also for interviews for the other available positions, just let us know what position you are applying for and we will tailor the interview accordingly.
Q: What age are you hiring? A: Because of the aspects of the job we can only hire 16 years and older. There are restrictions on minors that do not allow them to stay as late as we are open during the season. We will still bring on minors as volunteers though.
Q: Volunteers...What is that about? A: This year Nightmare Realm is opening up opportunities for volunteer positions. These positions are for anyone who cannot commit for a whole season schedule but want to give haunting a try. Although you will not be paid, you still get the experience and if you like we will put you on an employee first call list for later years.
Q: What is the pay rate? A: The pay rates are to be determined, but will be above minimum wage.
Q: What do I need to bring to the in-person auditions? A: You will need to bring application info such as Social Security number, previous employer information, availability during haunt season (October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, Nov. 4, Dec. 8, 9), and a bottle of water is recommended.
Q: What should I wear during the audition? A: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can move around in during any improv games we may have you take part in.
Q: What will I need to do? A: You will audition by answering questions, doing improv games, etc. Additionally we will have you fill out a seasonal calendar with your availability to the best of your knowledge, and take a picture to add it to your application.
Q: Do I need prior acting experience? A: It is always helpful to have experience but it is not at all necessary. Just a good attitude and a willingness to look silly is all you need to audition.
Q: What is the time commitment if I am hired? A: Call time on haunt days will be 5:30pm until we close that night. The calendar you fill out will help us determine the days we will contract you to be working. There will also be scheduled training and safety days that are mandatory to attend. Please look above again if you need to see the calendar for days we will be open in the fall.
Q: What if I can’t be there by 5:30pm? A: Some exceptions including work and school are fine but will need to be noted in your contract.
Q: Do I need to attend the training days and acting classes? A: Yes! All training, rehearsal days, and safety meetings prepare you for opening day. We take all of this very seriously and want to make sure you are prepared! Training days cover all the information you need to make sure you, your coworkers, and the audience is safe.
Q: Will I know that day of my auditions if I have the job? A: Not necessarily, we will have call backs and let you know when we have made our decisions.
Any questions not answered email us at NightmareRealmKalamazoo@Gmail.com.