I was watching a podcast and one of the guests was a booth/casting director for a major, reputable Los Angeles recording studio.
She was asked what she listens for in selecting auditions to send to a client.
She responded, "the slate."
I was as surprised as the host. The slate?
She said the slate was a key for her. A bored, ho hum slate indicates to her that the talent wasn't excited about the project; they're just going through the motions.
She did go on to say she does listen to the actual audition..."maybe the first sentence or two."
I guess that's taking the old saying "first impressions...." to a whole new level.
From now on, I'm adding some smile and energy when I slate.