Auditioning is one of the most difficult things you can do as an actor. Memorizing lines, standing in front of strangers, and pouring your heart out is a continually stressful process. However, it is a necessary evil in order to secure your dream roles. While there is a lot of advice out there in pursuit of that goal, here are a few things you can do to ensure you make your mark:
- Remember your posture
Standing tall means confidence, and casting directors want to make sure their hires are sure of themselves on and off the set. Stand at your full height and keep your arms at your sides for the most part. Too much movement in general will distract your audience and make you seem nervous.
- Take direction well
If given notes by people in the room (casting director, director, producer etc.), take them with grace and professionalism. You are being evaluated on your degree of collaboration, and if you huff and puff you will make the room uneasy about hiring you.
- Make bold choices
Make a choice and stick with it. After dozens of slow moving, boring auditions, try to be a breath of fresh air for casting directors. It will make both their and your experience more enjoyable. If you’re afraid to make a choice, make sure to practice adequately with friends, loved ones, or in front of the mirror.
- Prepare the right amount
Both over and under preparing are a mistake when approaching an audition. Over-prepare and you can risk looking rigid. Under-prepare and you’ll be frozen in place asking for lines. However, knowing the lines but also leaving room open for some improvisation / collaboration will result in a perfect audition. Being prepared also means having your headshots and contact information ready to go. If needs be, keep extras on hand at all times.
- Go with the flow
If you make a mistake or are asked to do something unexpected, don’t balk at the circumstances. Instead, use this friction as an opportunity to show the audience your stuff. On a real set, you will be faced with numerous hurdles – an audition is great practice.
- Be polite
It might seem like an obvious suggestion, but the number of actors who forget proper manners in an audition room would shock you. Set yourself apart from the crowd by being present, polite, and thanking the individuals in the room once your audition is complete.
- Enjoy the moment
Regardless of how the audition turns out, this is your moment to shine, and the process by which you get closer to achieving your dreams as an actor. Relax, take a deep breath, and try to focus on the work itself –not the eventual outcome.
If you follow these tips you too can have a successful audition. Overall, the best piece of advice is that you should be true to yourself. You might be an actor, but allowing your personality to shine through the role is more important than any part you could ever play.