When Should Actors Say Yes or No in an Audition

Acting auditions are an important factor for every actor looking for a good role to break into the industry. You can be starting out or well versed with the business, but you’ll still need to undergo an audition for production to make sure you are the perfect fit for the role.

So you do weeks of preparation, memorizing your lines, and spending time making yourself look presentable for the audition day.  When it finally is time to begin your audition, you are fully much aware that your fate lies in the hands of those present in the room. So as tempting as it is to follow every instruction just to impress the casting directors, you need to know that there is a fine line between what is acceptable and what is not. Here are a few situations that would differentiate various scenarios when an actor should say yes or when he should say no during an audition:

1. Say YES to flexibility


Flexibility may apply to making use of your acting skills such as improvisation. You can show that off when a casting director asks you to act out a scene where your character is in a certain situation without any script prepared. This will be your chance to impress them with what you know, so make the most of it and you’ll increase your chances of getting the part. Flexible actors will give off an aura that they can work with different environments or situations but still make the most of it.

2. Say YES to taking justifiable risks

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Justifiable risks means challenges that can work for your acting career. So if the casting director puts you out of your comfort zone by making you try out dramatic roles or challenging scenes, then do not be afraid to go for it. The best actors out there have the ability to transform themselves for each scene. One minute they can exhibit happiness and the next they can be crying over a loss.

Another example or a risk is being able to act out as a different character. Sometimes, a casting director will let you try out for another character if they see you as a better fit for that role. Take the opportunity to show you are willing to take the risk.

 3. Say YES when you really want the role and commit to it


You cannot accept a role half-heartedly, as you will lose the passion when the actual production begins. Not many people grow to love their roles, and this will most definitely register in your acting. You need to also ask all the details you are unsure of and get clarifications before accepting a role.

4. Say NO if they ask you to undress


A legitimate audition will set rules and confidentiality should there be a need to disrobe in front of casting directors. Those under eighteen are strictly prohibited when it comes to doing so. Do know the signs if you are being taken advantage of by consulting a trusted professional like your agent. This is why prior research is needed, feel free to politely decline to continue if you feel like things are becoming uncomfortable during your audition as there have been numerous shady cases wherein actors are placed in compromising positions.

5. Say NO if there are requests you are unready for


Let us say for example that the casting director asks you to act out a role that you are totally unfamiliar with, like as the opposite sex or by using another language. If these were not placed in the audition details beforehand, then be honest and politely decline. It is better to reject a job if you have completely no idea how to go about it, rather than pretend you do and end up messing the whole audition up. You can gain your training from a professional if you want to willing to challenge yourself for a certain part, and when the time comes, you can always come back for another audition.

Saying no to a job can be daunting, but you have to know that as an actor you still have the right to do so. Rejecting work won’t hurt your career, as long as it doesn’t come often because maybe then you might want to recheck your reservations as an actor.