02 December 2011 @ 05:05 pm
Face Character Info  
Hi everyone :)  It is my dream to be a face character one day, and with all us Disney Princess lovers I was wondering if any one here works or has worked as a Disney Princess face character, and could share your experience?  I'd really appreciate if you could give me your personal story about auditions, training, etc.  ANYTHING would be super appreciated :)  And if theres anyone else that would like to be a face character I'd be happy to share what little information I have gotten (through research only :D) with you.  Basically I was just wondering what looks requirements there are, what the auditions are like, and if they would really hire someone at 16 (I know that's the current age requirement, but is that only in rare cases? Or if you are done with high school?I'll graduate at 16.5 and have many years of acting experience, so does that better my chances?)
Here are some photos of me to judge for looks requirements :)
http://s1082.photobucket.com/albums/j373/DisneywithAriel/
Thank you so much for anything you can share! And for other character hopefuls reading this, I hope all your dreams come true! :)
 
 
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Nalyubuitesjo_fitz on December 2nd, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
I remember you! I can't believe you're 16. I guess all you can do is try, you're adorable :)
disneywitharieldisneywithariel on December 3rd, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I remember you too you were very sweet and welcomed me to the community :)I'm actually only 15, how old do you think I look? haha hopefully not younger because that would only make getting casted harder XD
Nalyubuitesjo_fitz on December 3rd, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
You would probably pass for 18. It would be hard for them to hire you at only 16 though. You have to think of child labor laws.
See I think you could be a princess, but the one question is will they. I hope one day you will :)
disneywitharieldisneywithariel on December 3rd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thankk you so much! I hope so too! Yea thats kinda what I was wondering because they hire face characters at 16, but I don't know if that's common or rare.
princesse des reveskirakirajenjen on December 2nd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
If anyone works as a face character, they can't talk about it, as they could get in trouble and/or fired for talking about the process. Your best bet is to google information about it on other forums (there's a thread on micechat with some info) but the fact of the matter is that no one knows exactly what they're looking for except the casting directors. And what people tell you here has no bearing. I've been told by loads of people that I would be a great princess, but I've never made it past the first part of the audition.
Each park has different guidelines for age. I know at Disneyland you need to be at least 17 and a graduated senior to audition, and they prefer people over 18. Other parks have different guidelines.
huit: Rose of Versailleshuit on December 2nd, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
My friend wanted to be a face character, but she was much too tall to qualify for anyone (I think she's almost 5'10"). Each character has specific height, weight, look and age requirements - can't say anything about the minimum age, but I think max is 24 or 25 or something like that. Also, I believe they sometimes hire separately for stage roles and park roles - singing and acting for the one, affability for the other?

I remember seeing some articles about "behind the scenes at Disney" and the difference in experience between "cast" (this term applies to basically everyone working in the park who comes in contact with a park visitor) and the stage/face character actors.
ღ annie: FFX [Yuna 1000 words]azure15 on December 2nd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
From what I've heard, it's very hard to become a face character. You need confidence, charisma, looks, acting talent and possibly even singing and dancing too. And even then the smallest thing can make them decide not to chose you. I've read stories where people were passed over for having the wrong shaped nose, or the wrong coloured eyes. Age wise, I think if they're really impressed by you, they might hire at a younger age. But this is beyond rare, I've only ever heard of it, without much evidence either. Looks wise, you're incredibly cute. You've got the big pretty eyes going for you, and you have a lovely face shape. If you do audition, however, it's best to look at your most natural. Ie, minimal make up, clothes that don't flash any more flesh than necessary, etc. And as someone else has said, you can't admit you're a face character online. It's to do with keeping up the magic of Disney, one guy boasted that he got the part of Peter Pan on a forum; literally days later he was fired. Still, head over to the Face Character thread over on Mice Chat. That'll give you a lot more information.
Abigail: Say Lovemdmbrightside on December 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Enchanted Future is a Tumblr about a girl named Kryssy aspiring to be a Princess face character or stage performer at the Parks. She starts with the college program and is even accepted as a character performer (she was friends with Chip & Dale and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl). While she was there she went to several auditions for Princess casting but never made it past the first round. Eventually, she decided to leave the program to audition for the Beauty and the Beast touring show and to do theater work in her hometown.

The post about her last audition was very enlightening to both the process and one person coming to terms with what they really want.

I bring it up not to tell you you might as well give up now, but that it may be an arduous process with indecipherable requirements and years of auditioning. A lucky few make it right away, and I hope you can be one of them :)
disneywitharieldisneywithariel on December 2nd, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment! It is very nice to read other's audition experience. I know it will be hard work and a long depessing series of auditions, but it's my dream and I dont think I'll ever give up :)
agentakagentak on December 3rd, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm hoping to be a face character as well; any info would be appriciated ^.^
disneywitharieldisneywithariel on December 3rd, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ok haha Ive done a lot of research! and I'd be happy to share with you :) I'll post everything on my personal journal if you'd like to take a look! Is this for WDW or WDL? Most of my research is for WDW but i'm sure it'll still be useful :D
qlbunnies: real mulanqlbunnies on December 3rd, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
I don't know anything about what they're looking for, but from your photos, I'd say you look most like an Ariel or Aurora. Of course, that's just my opinion, and I'm sure you could pull off a bunch of different characters. You're pretty enough to be one of the princesses, but you could probably be cast as one of the heroines, fairies, or other female roles, too. I think the most you can really do to help your chances is to just be persistent and try out a bunch of times.
Andrea Pendragonlightmoonstone on December 4th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
I am slated to work as a character next summer! There is a height requirement of 5'6 sans heels., just so you know. Good luck!
disneywitharieldisneywithariel on December 4th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Hi there! That's awesome :) Was it hard to get in to? I'm exactly 5'6, is that the requirement or the minimum? Hope you have a great time this summer, and I'm really happy for you :D
Andrea Pendragonlightmoonstone on December 4th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I will be Snow White. They told us that was the maximum and most of the girls at the audition were my height or shorter. Good luck and I hope you make it :]
disneywitharieldisneywithariel on December 5th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Thank you! If you don't mind me asking...how many times did you have to audition before you got accepted? :)
cheriekellycheriekelly on September 6th, 2012 05:10 am (UTC)
hello!
hello!
I wont be getting into trouble or get fired for posting this because I am not going to tell you which character(s) I play *friends with* and you don't know who I am even my name isn't real on here. So for the person who said I could get fired by posting that is not true. The only way I could get fired is by going out of character AT WORK or posting a youtube spilling all of the secrets haha they need a face to the name to accuse you. I know this is late but I stumbled upon this thread by pure coincidence. I work at WDW as a face character and that is what I tell people when they ask my job. I auditioned because my best friend got in as one so I gave it a try and ended up getting casted. Unfortunately Disney is very specific on what they want. (mostly height, weight and facial structure/features) They want an average sort of face so you'll look like all the other girls who also play your character. I'm just going to be honest and say it is really really hard to get picked because they are so specific. I won't post much on here but feel free to message me or something with any questions you may have because I could be of help! :)
Thank you!

Edited at 2012-09-06 05:16 am (UTC)