How to prepare for an audition
Tue 18 Aug Article 2mins
Whether you’re a performing arts newbie or a seasoned professional, auditioning is an important part of acting. It can at times seem overwhelming and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Believe it or not, auditioning can be a fun and enjoyable part of the process.
Whether you’re auditioning for a specific theatre part or just want some advice, here are our top audition tips.
Securing the audition
When you call to schedule the audition make sure you have nothing else planned for that day. Ask where, when, the exact time, how long the audition is and what you need to bring. Find out exactly what you need to prepare, whether you are singing or reading monologue. Use this time to get as much information about the audition process as possible.
Preparation, preparation, preparation
So now you have an audition date, time and location. How do you begin to prepare?
Firstly, if you’re auditioning for a play or learning an audition monologue, always read the full play through at least twice.
Spend time familiarising yourself with the context of the scene. What happens to your character next? What’s your relationship with other characters in the scene? How has your character changed by the end of the scene? The more you understand the story of the play and journey of your character, the more confident you will be in the audition.
Finding the perfect monologue
Some auditions will ask you to prepare a monologue. If you’re looking for an audition monologue make sure you do something that you like and is suitable for your casting range. Always try to find a character who is a similar age to you - even ask friends or family what parts they would cast you in to give you a good idea of what type of character suits you best.
Your resume is the first thing a producer will look at so be prepared to make an impression. Make sure it is up to date and a professional head shot is attached.
Be on time
This might sound obvious but don’t underestimate the importance of being on time. Know exactly where the auction is and how you are getting there. Being half an hour early is better than being five minutes late! Always appear well presented and appropriately dressed for the role.
At this point, you are bound to feel nervous. So before you enter the room, remember all you can do is be yourself, before you become your character, and present the best performance you’re capable of.
Once the panel has asked you to start, don’t feel rushed into starting immediately. Take a second to breathe and get into character. Use the space around you and do exactly what you have rehearsed.
Be open and respective to any direction given
Remember you may be asked to do the piece again with some direction. Make sure you understand any redirection you are given and change your performance accordingly. Be prepared to improvise and show them that you are able to listen and absorb direction. Don’t take it personally if asked to do it again differently, it is just the director feeling out the role.
Be patient and try not to over-think it, as you can never know exactly what they are looking for. Remember you won’t get every part you audition for and this is normal! The best way to master auditioning is preparation and experience. Do it over and over again and you’ll get numb to nerves.