READ YOUR AUDITION TICKET CAREFULLY FOR WARDROBE, HOW MANY HEADSHOTS TO BRING, TIME TO BE THERE, WHETHER THERE IS LIMITED SPACE AND IF YOU ARE NOT BE MORE THAN X MINUTES EARLY, AND OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SCRIPT.
Always be 20 minutes early unless otherwise indicated.
First audition tip: Bring something to do. Do a crossword or read a book. Anything that occupies your full attention.
BUT NOT YOU’RE CELLPHONE.
Why, you ask? Because you’re usually stuck in a room with other actors who are there to audition, just like you. One of them is going to start a conversation. Either because they’re nervous, or they want to make you nervous, stay focused.
Also, reading a book will prevent you from pacing the hallways and reciting your lines. Don’t do that either. Nervous is not what were going for.
How to Memorize
Speaking of your lines, do you know how to memorize them? One of the best audition tips I can offer: Know your lines.
Here’s a good audition tip: When you walk in the room, be confident. The human brain makes over 27 judgments about another person within seconds of meeting them. These judgments are based on your posture, body language, voice tone, breathing rate, eye contact, etc.
Make a bad first impression, and everything you do thereafter is filtered through that impression. You’ll smile and they’ll think you’re afraid and nervous.
If you make a good first impression, you’ll smile and they’ll think you’re relaxed and confident.
Remember this is a essentially a job interview for a job you, and many others really want. .
The Room and the Space
It’s usually either in a theatre or a studio space like a casting office Wherever it is, there’s usually an X on the floor, done with tape. Find it and go stand there. That’s called a mark. (X marks the spot.) Why? Because the auditors get uncomfortable when you’re too close.
But don’t stay rooted to that X.
Remember, the space is yours. So feel free to move around.
Another great audition tip: After you hit your X, tell them who you are. This is called slating. There’s the good slate, and the bad slate.
The Slate: “Hello, my name is so-and-so, and I’ll be auditioning for name of role.”
Now they’re listening! (Just remember to keep it simple.)
The Time Limit
Please prepare your lines and know them well, you wont be impressive if you ask for a do-over (In fact, the auditors will have made their decision in about 30 seconds.)
So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, rehearse. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be unprepared and you can show casting just who and how good you are.
Actors love to stare. Especially in auditions. They think it makes them look ultra-concentrated on their scene partner. The end result looks like your overly concentrated. A good rule of thumb is 90% of the time you want to keep eye contact. Look away just a bit so you don’t make anyone uncomfortable.
The Bottom Line
These little audition tips and trick can truly help. Follow them, and you’ll be ahead of the competition, and so much closer to booking your role.