There are a million things that can go wrong on an audition. So it’s best to be as prepared as possible. We have been to hundreds auditions and wanted to pass off our best advice on how to be at your best on your next audition.
This is your first impression and its best to be punctual. And by punctual we mean early; as the old saying goes “if you are not early, you’re late.” Next, it’s important bring something that will keep you busy. So you can bring a book or crossword puzzle to keep you occupied. Also, this will keep away from communicating with the other talent so that their nerves won’t rub off on you. Make sure your phone is fully charged before you enter just in case you forget your book. These little things that keep you busy will also keep you from pacing back and forth trying to memorize you lines like a nervous wreck.
Because you have already memorized your lines, right?
This is a no brainer, you must have this done. A lack of preparedness will kill your audition. If you don’t have your lines memorized please don’t waste the auditors’ time.
The auditors will decide within the first thirty seconds whether or not they want you. Even though you might have two minutes to say your monologue they will have made up their mind well before the time limit. So you must walk in there with confidence, if you lack this it will show. Remember you are selling yourself. You must have it in your mind that this is your moment to make the auditors laugh, to make them cry, to make them want you!
The Eyes Have It
Eye contact is another thing that is a good thing to keep in mind as well, because it CAN be overdone. This detail is often overlooked, as actors we are constantly stressed to the importance of this. In fact, the opposite is true. If during you audition you stare straight into the auditors eyes you don’t really come off as intimate and focused so much as you seem deranged. A good rule that may make you seem more natural is to only lock eyes around 15-20% of the time.
These simple things are just a few tips that we have collected over the years and we thought that the may help you out on your next audition. Break a leg!
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