How to Audition 101

Always Come Prepared

Your dream is to be a working actor. You’ve always been told you “have it,” but the phone doesn’t ring for callbacks.


What separates professionals from wannabe talent show prodigies isn't inspiration. It’s preparation and execution. Take control of your audition with these ten helpful tips to improve your skills.


1. Confidence
It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile—that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.


2. Personality
Let it shine through. Don’t give one-word answers when having a conversation with the casting director. Ask questions! The industry is looking for smart, curious actors.


3. Connection
Make one with the reader. Memorize the material or be familiar enough with it to maintain eye contact. Knowing the dialogue is important, but making a connection with the reader is what will make the scene natural and believable.


4. Character.
Know the character. Read the entire script beforehand to pick-up as many clues as possible. We know about a character by the following:

  • What he/she says about himself/herself
  • What other characters say about him/her
  • What the playwright or screenwriter says about him/her


5. Objective
Go underneath the dialogue. What does he/she want from the other characters? What is the character’s purpose in the scene/story?


6. Obstacle
What’s in the way of the character getting what he/she wants? Acting is what happens to you as you try to get your objective met, in spite of the obstacle.


7. Opposites
Yelling isn’t the only way to show hatred or anger. Sometimes being quiet as you make your point is a powerful display of emotion. Playing opposites is a much more interesting choice than the obvious.


8. Love
Find the love in the scene; even nasty characters should be likable on some level. Find a moment in the scene where the love can show through.


9. Act
Acting means to do, not to talk. Find your actions and play them! (A wonderful resource is the book “Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus” by Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams.)


10. Variety
Feel the levels and dynamic in the scene. Don’t play one emotion. If the character is angry or tough, when might he/she show some vulnerability?

Wannabe? Not you! Interesting, memorable auditions will start to happen for you when you dig into scripts with these thoughts in mind before and during your auditions.



FOR MUSICALS:

Interested actors should prepare 16 bars from a musical and bring a headshot. May use instrumental tracks or acapella.  No original songs and often is best to audition with musical numbers from similar shows for which you are auditioning. 

For the dance call of a musical, you should come warmed up, with the appropriate dance attire and shoes. No bare feet or flip-flops, no baggy clothing.

FOR PLAYS:

Interested actors will be asked to prepare a one minute monologue and may be asked to do some cold reading.

FOR ALL STAGE CREW:

Interested crew members will have opportunities in the areas of Sound, Lighting, Props, Costumes, and Stage.  Closed toe shoes are required.  No flip flops or sandals allowed.

FOR ALL CAST/CREW:

All cast & crew will be required to download 'REMIND 101" app and crew will also need "Voxer" App for all communications & reminders.

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