5 Great Audition Tips
These 5 are the most consistent, no matter which type of audition you do
(By Jim Webb)
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Here are 5 general audition tips to keep in mind when you do an audition. There are many, many more tips and tricks that go beyond these five. But these 5 are the most consistent tips, no matter which type of audition you do.
Whether you’re auditioning for a play, a television show or a commercial, these 5 broad tips can help put you on the fast track to success.
#1. Be On Time!
Always be on time for your audition. One of the worst things you can do is arrive late to an audition, or check in late to a virtual audition. In addition to being unprofessional, arriving late shows the casting director that you are not driven to succeed. And, if they do hire you for the acting job, arriving late shows them that they cannot count on you to be on time and fully prepared.
#2. Be prepared!
If you are asked to perform a monologue at your audition, choose a monologue that showcases your best talents. If you are given a script or audition sides, be sure to memorize your lines. If you are asked to do a cold reading, be sure to ask questions about your acting role, such as the age and background of the character.
Bottom line: show up to your audition having done as much preparation as possible. It makes all the difference in the world!
“Be on time. Never underestimate the importance of punctuality. Be prepared. You can never be over-prepared.”
#3. Dress to Suggest!
Show up to your audition, or virtual audition, dressed to suggest the character you are auditioning for. For example, if you are auditioning for a role as a police officer, try to wear an outfit that mimics that of a police officer in style and tone. It’s usually not necessary to wear an actual police uniform.
Showing up dressed to suggest the character you are auditioning for will help casting directors see you as the character. It will give you a better chance of being cast.
#4. Make Strong Character Choices!
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Character choices are the details you decide about your character’s life and motivations that are not found in the script. Actors are much more interesting to watch when they make strong character choices.
If, for instance, your character has a difficult relationship with their mother, you can decide some of the reasons why the relationship is so fraught. If your decisions – your choices – are clear and lead to strong actions, it will make your performance much more powerful.
#5. Don’t Obsess Over the Outcome
Once you’ve completed your audition, quickly erase if from your memory. Don’t spend time dwelling on whether you will win the role or not.
There are numerous reasons why you may not land the role that are completely outside your control. You may have been too short, too tall, too slender, too chubby, too pretty or not pretty enough. You’ll never know!
That’s why it’s important to do your best and then move on to the next! Let the chips fall where they may.
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