As an actor, a large part of the life is auditioning. Getting an audition is a process in and of itself. Whether you have an agent, come across an open casting on social media, are referred by a friend/colleague...however you can get the audition, get it! BUT once you have gotten it, the real work starts.
Here are a few audition tips for you thespians out there...
Assess what the audition is for and what it requires: Is this a commercial audition, is it for a film, a television show, theater? Different mediums require different things. Usually for a commercial audition, copy is provided or you can bring your own. For film, TV and theater, if sides are not provided for a cold read, often times you can come with a prepared monologue. But it's very important to know what is required of you when you get there. I would suggest also to never walk without two copies of your headshot and resume, just in case!
Choosing your copy/monologue: If you are required to provide commercial copy or a scene, be sure to choose something that suits you. If you have a quirky look, then the copy or scene that is for the sexy temptress may not work for you. Or if it's for a comedic series, doing a monologue from Fences might be a bit heavy. Gauge your audience and the project when you pick your piece, and once you do make a choice...PRACTICE. Don't just read through it a few times, really get that work into your body. Do a breakdown for it and figure out who you are or want to be in that moment. Then just go for it and rehearse it until it's in your body and you feel confident in what you are doing.
*NOTE - for cold reads, if you are not good at these, practice things at home. Just grab anything and read it aloud but act it out. Random pieces of copy work best so that you are really doing it cold and can get into a habit of being able to decipher copy quickly. Cold read classes and workshops are good too if you do a lot of commercial auditions.
What to wear: What you wear to an audition is crucial. You don't want to come in a costume, but if you can and it's appropriate, you want to dress in character. If not, then simply be sure you are well groomed (your hair is neat, nails are clean and pretty neutral, skin looks good and is shaved or at least lined up if you're a guy; for girls not too much makeup). If ever you are not sure what direction to go keep it basic and look like your headshot as much as possible. If they called you in based on your headshot, that is who they are expecting anyway! Also, for the ladies, no large accessories, nothing that makes noise or jingles. Fellas, iron it, even if it's a t-shirt. No one wants to feel as if you just rolled out of bed and showed up. It shows a lack of effort on your part. Oh and bright colors are always nice, but keep the crazy patterns and logos minimal.
Get out of your head and into your body: Many times we can look great, show up on time, know our lines...but we are so nervous and in our heads we blow it. You only get one chance usually. So it's very important that you realize your job is to go in there and have fun. You already know what you are doing (or at least that's my hope...lol). So you need to hold your head up, put your shoulders back and walk in there knowing you are going to do your best and leave it all on the floor. Smile when you walk in. State your name nice and audibly and with full but warm confidence. Don't shake hands unless a hand is offered to you, but be inviting. Never cross your arms over your chest, it signals that you are closed off or nervous. Don't fidgit or play with your hair, don't wear any clothing that you have to constantly adjust as it will take you out of your zone. Get into your body!!! Meaning feel the vibes in the room and add to them productively by what you bring to the table...and then KILL IT!
Don't take it personal: Know that if a casting director gives you an adjustment and you think that you just did the best job ever, it's not personal. It is likely that you did so well they want to see you do it again, and that's good. Take the feedback and apply it as best you can, instantaneously, and kill it again. Also, if they stop you mid monologue, that doesn't mean you were bad. It means that you likely gave them enough to assess what they need to. And of course if you don't book...it's okay. It likely wasn't what you did or didn't do, it may just be they are looking for something else visually or otherwise. But they will remember you regardless if you went in there and made it happen. So you may get called later on down the line for something different. It happens EVERY DAY!!!
Basically family, just be about your business and you will be able to work in this business. It's not without it's drawbacks, foolishness, occasional let downs and so on, BUT you surely can make it happen for yourself if you are prepared, polished and confident!
Go get what's yours fam!!!! And keep me posted on how it goes via FB.