The Disney Channel looks for actresses who take acting lessons with reputable acting coaches, have acting experience, have singing ability and vocal training, and have comedy and improvisational skills. The Disney Channel also looks for well-rounded actresses that participate in activities such as sports, playing instruments, community events, church activities and school plays. Other beneficial skills to show casting directors include live theater experience, a unique sense of style and an authentic personality.
In order for the Disney Channel casting team to notice a new actress, it is important that she seek representation by a reputable talent agent or talent manager. A talent agent ensures that the actress appears in the right auditions. A number of types of casting directors work for Disney, including in-house casting directors who focus on established talent and freelance casting directors who handle nationwide castings.
Many past and present Disney Channel actresses had many years of experience before they worked for the Disney Channel. The Disney Channel looks for actresses with three to four years of experience in the entertainment industry appearing in commercials, on television and in movies. Unique skills such as riding a unicycle or double Dutch also sometimes appeal to casting directors when choosing new Disney Channel actresses.