Some actors benefit from a big breakout role that puts them on the map. Most of us, however, still need to audition to prove how suited we are for any role we want. Even the big shots who land those breakout roles still had to audition for that first one. The audition is where it all starts, which makes it important to have a plan and be prepared. Here is a Casting Frontier guide on how to get ready for your audition.


  • Do Some Research
    Before you get started, the first thing you want to do for an upcoming audition is a little bit of research. The amount of background research you can do will vary based on the details you have. Most of the time, you’ll at least know what role you’re auditioning for, but because it might be for a new character in a new production, you might only have a general idea of who the character is. Whatever information you have, do a little research into traits and mannerisms you feel fit the character. If it’s a pre-existing character, then you can also look directly into their backstory, other portrayals of the character, and things that can inform your interpretation. You don’t have to stop at the character, though. Consider also looking into the setting and overall story. It also doesn’t hurt to find out more about the director and their style and past work. The more you know, the easier you’ll be able to key into what the director needs and give a believable performance.
  • Practice
    There are, sadly, more than a few struggling actors who treat the audition as the start of their work, and don’t bother with practice until landing a role and beginning to rehearse. But the reality is that preparation and practice starts well before the audition. You’ll most likely have some information, if not a script, to work with before the audition, so take advantage of that to find your voice as the character before you show up. If there’s a script, learn it. Don’t just know the words, learn what they mean. Know it word for word, and experiment with some improvisation to add to the character. Then, practice in private, and practice with an audience of willing friends or family.
  • Prepare Physically
    As with any type of work, you’ll do it best when well rested and properly fed. Get a good night’s sleep before your audition, and eat balanced meal beforehand. For any audition that is going to rely heavily on your voice, particularly if it involves singing, avoid spicy food, dairy and coffee before auditions, as they can make your throat rough and scratchy, and even cause you to sound different.

When You Get There

  • Be Early & Polite
    Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for the audition. This is basically a job interview, so go into with as much professionalism as you would such an interview. Introduce yourself to those running the audition first and answer any question they may have succinctly and with a smile.
  • Give It Your All
    Put all your practice to work in the audition. If you forget a line, improvise to fill the space (which will be easier if you practice that, too). Demonstrate as much confidence as you can muster and show them what you’ve got!
  • Wait Patiently For Results
    Unlike most other fields, it’s not common practice to follow up on auditions, though it’s usually okay to request feedback when you finish. Whatever happens, be as patient as you can; you’ll hear back eventually!

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