7 Audition Must-Haves

By AM Staff

  • Be sure to bring these 7 things to your next audition….

    The Character
    The most important thing to bring to any audition is also the most overlooked. You must bring the character! Bring the character! Is the character shy? Then don’t be loud and obnoxious at the audition. Is the character a bad boy? Then don’t go to the audition in a shirt and tie. Be your character from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave and at all times in between. The more the casting directors can see you as the “shy guy” or “bad boy” or whatever the character is, the more likely you are to land the role.

    Extra clothes
    It is usually not necessary to bring another outfit. But what if you arrive at an audition and discover that your desired character

    wears a tie? Having a tie in your car could give you a leg up. You run to the car, put it on, and look the part better than your competition.

    Necessary accessories
    Is the character a basketball player? Why not bring along a basketball to use with the audition? Is she a journalist? How about a notebook and a pair of glasses? Remember, you want the casting director to see you as the character they are looking for.

    A watch
    Why? So you can get there with time to spare. Being late is a killer. Plus, getting there early allows you to read over the script, prepare and maybe even make an early impression on the casting directors.

    Acting Script/Sides
    If you are fortunate enough to get the script ahead of the audition, you are lucky. You can learn and even memorize your lines prior to the audition. Still, it is a good idea to bring them with you at the audition.

    5 Headshots with Resume
    The casting director will always need 1 or 2 to help make his final decision. Still, you should always have a few more, just in case one of the other project’s managers or actors think you would be great for a part elsewhere.

    A warm smile and friendly personality
    Why would they want to work with you otherwise?

    Recommended Posts

  • Ad

  • The Callback Checklist

    The Callback Checklist Check these items off your list before you go in for your next callback (by Carmichael Phillips) Are you ready for your next callback? Check these items off your list…

    Don’t Audition Solely for the Purpose of Booking the Role

    Don’t Audition Solely for the Purpose of Booking the Role Always act in truth. (By Jim Webb) You are behind on your bills. You’re facing money shortages. You’re not entirely sure how you’ll…

    What are “Profiles”?

    What are “Profiles”? Profiles give casting a more complete picture of how the actor looks when performing on-camera (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Profiles are a request for additional information about an actor’s appearance, particularly…

    What is a “Cold Read”?

    What is a “Cold Read”? A “cold read”, on the other hand, challenges the actor to perform without much preparation (By Tonya Tannenbaum) A “cold read” refers to a type of audition where…

    The Callback is Not the Time for Experimenting

    The Callback is Not the Time for Experimenting Why tinker with a winning formula? (By Jim Webb) The callback is not the time to start taking chances. Unless otherwise instructed, try to do…

  • Ad

  • Don’t Focus On How You Say Your Lines. Focus On Why You Say Your Lines

    Don’t Focus On HOW You Say Your Lines. Focus On WHY You Say Your Lines. Once you understand your character’s “why”, you will naturally emphasize words based on that “why” (by Tonya Tannenbaum)…

    What is a “Booking Ratio”?

      What is a “Booking Ratio”? (by Tonya Tannenbaum) A “Booking Ratio” is a two-number combination that represents the number of bookings an actor receives, relative to the number of auditions the actor…

    What is an “Audition”?

    What is an “Audition” (By AM Staff) An audition is a brief performance meant to demonstrate an actor’s suitability for an acting role that must be cast. Breaking it down: To fill an…

  • Ad

  • What is a “Mark”?

    What is a “Mark”? Marks are particularly useful in filming. They are also a valuable aid for on-camera auditions. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) A “mark” is just as the name implies. It is a…

    Audition Etiquette

    I often get these kinds of questions: “After I audition, should I ask how I did?” “If I’m nervous, should I tell the casting director that I’m really new before I audition?” “Should…

    Auditioning Advice

    There are a couple of things every actor should know about auditioning: (1) Before you leave your home, make sure you have your headshot/resume neatly stapled together, the address and a map of…

    7 Audition Must-Haves

    Be sure to bring these 7 things to your next audition…. The Character The most important thing to bring to any audition is also the most overlooked. You must bring the character! Bring…

    Auditioning 101

    (Originally published on the web as, “The Audition Paradigm”) I am often asked about auditioning – “what’s the secret?” There really aren’t any secrets, but there is a checklist. Here is my memory…

  • Ad

  • What Is A Casting Director?

    A casting director is the person who is tasked with the assignment of finding actors to fill acting roles in a production. Casting directors work with actors, their agents and film directors to…

    Five Great Audition Tips

    #1–Always be on time for your audition The worst thing you can do is to arrive late to an audition. In addition to being unprofessional, arriving late shows the casting director that you…

    What Should I Wear To An Audition?

    When it comes to knowing what to wear to an audition, it is important to know what kind of audition the actor is auditioning for. Is the audition a basic, general audition or…

  • Ad

  • What Is An Audition?

    Generally, an audition is a brief acting performance by an aspiring actor or actress in front of a casting director or a casting panel, in hopes of receiving a role in a film,…

    What Is An Extra?

    An extra is an actor who acts in a film/movie, television or theatre production, and usually doesn’t have a speaking role. Extras perform in the background of a scene to give the illusion…