Suggestions for a Great Audition
Auditioning for a role can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, with these tips and lots of practice, you can give an outstanding audition and can give you an opportunity to do what you love…perform.
BEFORE THE AUDITION
- Be sure to have a pen/pencil to fill out information sheets, etc.
- Have at least 2 copies of your headshot and current resume stapled together. You will probably only need one, but sometimes they’ll ask for a second, especially if you’re being seen by a panel.
- Read the script. At UW-L, most auditions are cold readings which means you need nothing prepared. However, the director does expect you to be familiar with the storyline and characters.
- Have a copy of your schedule so that you can complete the “time conflict” form. This will include your classes, work or special events that may interfere with the rehearsal/production process.
- Arrive early so that you have ample time to complete paperwork, review sides, etc. Sign in immediately.
- Be prepared. An actor should always have a number of monologues ready. If you are given the sides in advance, be extremely familiar with them.
- Dress appropriately. Clothes should be clean and presentable. You should also be able to move freely especially if the audition includes a dance routine.
- As you enter the audition room, introduce yourself and present your headshots/resume. Make eye contact.
- Be prepared to talk about yourself on a personal and professional level. Be able to speak on your career aspirations, previous work experience, etc.
- Immediately following your audition, thank the casting director and leave the room quietly.
- Be positive and friendly.
- Listen. Never interrupt the director.
- Be engaged. Have questions or comments about the material if asked.
- Be fearless. An audition is not a moment to ask permission. Don’t apologize for yourself or make excuses. If you mess up a line in your monologue, keep going.
- Be polite. Do not linger after your audition.
- Watch what you say and who you say it to.
- Be aware of your posture. Body language reveals a great deal about what we think and feel. Stand up straight, shoulders back and be confident.