Whether you are a seasoned actor, or new to the field, it is always crucial to be fully prepared for an audition. This simple guide will help prepare anyone for their next chance in the spotlight, and help you book that job!
When working with a casting director or agent, and even when booking an audition on your own, make sure the audition fits comfortably in your schedule. Prior to scheduling your audition, look up directions to ensure you are familiar with the area and able to get to your audition on time. Some casting directors won't see late actors, so make sure you are able to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
While it is not necessary to dress the part, it is always a good idea to build your wardrobe to have a variety of clothing options for auditions. This is part of the investment it takes to be a serious actor.
Some auditions may specify Business Casual, Dance Wear, or other specific styles, and it is crucial that you follow these guidelines to help you book the job. Make sure your clothing is free of wrinkles, and fits your body type to help accentuate your good features, and hide the bad. Most importantly, make sure you are comfortable and confident with your final wardrobe choices.
Sometimes it is necessary to memorize monologues or scenes provided by the director, or come to the audition prepared to present a memorized piece in the style of the show or character you are reading for. Allow yourself enough time to become very familiar with, and even memorize the dialogue when provided by the casting director.
While nervous energy may be buzzing throughout your body, it is crucial to get a good night's rest so that you can physically and mentally be present at your audition. Steer clear of any sleep medications, as these may cause you to be groggy on your big day.
When you are ready to walk through the door to begin your audition, be confident in all of the work you have done, and trust that it will be there during your audition. Confidence will help you sell your abilities, and allow you to show your best self on the day of the audition.
Once your audition is over, try not to dwell on what went wrong, and focus on what went well! To be a successful actor, it is important to let go of that audition as soon as it is over, and focus on nailing the next one.
You never know why you may not have booked the role, and most of the time, it is something silly. Maybe you reminded the director of his ex-wife, or maybe your cologne reminded them of a bad experience.
Being prepared is the best thing you can do when going in for an audition! Break a leg out there!
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