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When you walk into the audition room be confident. This is your time to make a great impression and shine. Your audition begins the moment you open that door so stand tall, smile, keep a steady voice tone, remember to keep eye contact but don’t stare, and be ready to listen to the directors and follow instructions.
Most importantly are you prepared with your lines? Did you look over the script and memorize the role you are auditioning for? Whether it is a side that was provided for you prior to the audition, a monologue you prepared or a side handed to you when you checked in for the audition make sure that you are familiar with it. Knowing your lines gives you an edge over the other actors auditioning for the same part.
The Audition Room
There are a few things you want to remember when you enter the audition space.
- You Do Not want to waste any time on introduction. Don’t ask the auditors who they are and what they do. Keep it very light and simple, say hello.
- Look for your mark. Prior to auditions the directors choose a spot in the space where you will need to stand. Look for the giant X, which usually marks the spot.
- Then you will slate for the camera.
- While doing your monologue or side do not engage the auditors or use them in your monologue. The only exception is if you are asked to read with someone. Remember that they are there to evaluate your ability as an actor.
- You do not have to stand on the X for the entire audition. The entire space is your for the duration of your audition, use it wisely and move around.
Slating means to tell the auditors who you are and what part you are auditioning for. When you enter the room the casting director will tell you how they want you to slate. They may ask you to simply Slate your name or to Slate your name and the role you are playing.
- Follow the director’s instructions.
- Look straight into the camera state your name and the role you are playing. Give any other information the director requested from you.
- Do not rush through this. Speak clearly and legibly.
- After stating your name and the information requested you will give ‘profile’ views to the camera. Simply turn to the left, then turn back to the camera and then turn to the right.
- You may be asked to stand still so that they are able to pan the camera up and down to get a clear full body shot. Follow directions and stand still.
Deliver Your Audition
Take a deep breath and jump right into your character. If you make a mistake keep going, the director may not have realized that you made a mistake at all. Use your nerves to fuel your character. Make sure that you are familiar with the piece.
Sometimes the director will provide a ‘side’ (usually a piece from the script) prior to the audition. Read the piece in its entirety and find a way to connect with the character. Do the same if you are provided the side at the audition, this is considered a cold reading. You will be given a few minutes before your audition try to find a nice quiet place and go over the script and most importantly your lines.
Do not rush through your audition try to use breaks (small pauses) and action to keep you steady. Your audition piece should be clearly understood and delivered with conviction. Do not break character.
The universal time for an audition is normally two to three minutes long, unless otherwise specified by the director or casting team. Use your time wisely but do not exceed your time. Be respectful of everyone’s time.
If you are asked to stop it is not a reflection of your abilities. It doesn’t mean that you were bad or that they didn’t like you it simply means that they have a schedule to keep.
End the audition on a good note. Thank the director and his team for their time and for giving you this opportunity. Shake their hands and walk confidently out of the room.