Auditioning Etiquette for TV, Film, and Commercials

No matter how long you’ve been in the industry, how many movies you’ve been in or how many auditions you’ve gone on as an actress, actor or artist, there will forever be certain rules you must follow during the auditioning process.

If you follow the rules of etiquette properly during the audition process, you have a better chance of sticking out in the casting directors mind and could nail the part that much quicker. The 3 most important portions of your audition are: The first impression, the physical audition itself, and your departure.

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First impressions last in any Auditions

First impressions are everything and they’re even more important when it comes to attending an audition. Always try to show up at your audition at least 15 minutes early. You want to make sure you don’t miss any key information given out or any changes made to the script.  Casting for a production is a stressful and chaotic procedure, and things will always switch up, so it’s better to be around earlier rather than late. It’s important that you dress perfectly for the role you are auditioning for. Do not show up in costume unless you are asked to and don’t show up in clothes that are TOO casual. When you get to your audition, the first thing you should be doing is locating the casting assistant. Once that’s done and you’re signed in, got your materials and filled out all the proper paperwork just wait patiently and silently for your turn. Be sure to be polite, quite and respectful to your fellow actors and to any form of authority at the audition. Any sort of “rudeness” is always noted and passed on to the casting director. If you were able to pick up the script or monologue that you will audition with, find a quiet place to read aloud and rehearse to yourself. If you feel like you’re already prepared, try to do some exercises or breathing techniques to help you relax. You can also sit with your eyes closed and try to envision the scene in your head. The ultimate mission in the waiting room should be relaxation and preparation.

When it’s your turn and you’re called into the audition room, walk in, smile big & introduce yourself loud and clear to any and all casting directors in the room. (Remain calm! You’re there to sell yourself.) Locate the casting assistant and give her  your headshot and resume and any other materials you were asked to bring. Take a deep breathe and let them know what audition piece you’re going to perform and start whenever you feel comfortable. This isn’t a movie set so don’t expect to hear “action!” or “GO!” from a director, chances are they are exhausted and are ready to just keep the audition process moving. Don’t hold it up!  Have faith in yourself and start whenever you feel like you’re ready. When you’ve completed your lines or monologue, always make sure to say “Thank You” to the panel and make a quick exit.

Don’t run off to your car as soon as you’re finished. After you walk out of the audition room, hang around for about 2 minutes. There might be a chance the casting directors want you to come back in for a 2nd read. If they haven’t called you back in after 2 minutes has past, sign out with the casting assistant and leave.

The more auditions you go on, the more you learn about them and the easier they become. The 1 rule and most important of all the rules of etiquette when going to auditions is ALWAYS use your manners and always be polite. If you’re having the worst day ever, put your acting skills to work and pretend it’s the best! Always ask questions promptly and never give attitude. Being 15 minutes early means being on time, be professional and never bug anyone about when you’ll find out if you got the part or not. You’ll get thrown the line that in the industry is call “The big line” and that is: “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Leave the audition with your head held high and have confidence that you got the part.

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