Countless aspiring actors are clueless of what preparations to do in order to nail their first acting audition. Audition tryouts can be quite a drag because of the several things that you need to consider, like your clothes and, most especially, your monologue piece.
There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind before you go to an audition, but it all boils down to one thing: adequate preparation. If you are one of those aspirants who want to make it big, better create a good impression on the first step to the ladder of stardom.
First thing you need to know is that a couple of people share the same dream as you. With that in mind, it is understandable that the competition could get quite fierce. Many aspirants will show up for auditions with the exact same goal as you. Moreover, auditions can get really nerve-wracking.
Worry not, for these tips will help you break through those hurdles and in return, impress casting directors.
Never be late for your auditions. Get to the audition venue at least 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled time. Arriving early will give you time to adjust to the atmosphere of your surrounding. It will also give you less stress since you don’t have to deal with time pressure.
Another good thing about being punctual is it shows the casting directors how well disciplined you are. After all, good first impressions are essential in this industry.
Don’t Overdo Your Preparation
You may have already learned the lesson that too much of something will always be bad. The same goes for preparations. Do not be overprepared. This might attract the attention of conceited aspirants. They tend to get under your skin and use it to their advantage in order to bring you down. For your own safety, ignore these individuals.
Remember that you are after the same thing. However, if someone wants to make friends, then there’s no need to be hostile. Be friendly and open, but do not let it distract you from your goal.
Respect the People Around You
Never be the obnoxious type and proceed to ignore the people around you as you practice your monologue out loud. This will give you a huge hurdle in achieving your objective.
One more thing is to prepare for the character days prior to the audition date so you won’t have to bother other auditionees with the role. As soon as you arrive at the venue, do a quick run through of your monologue.
Make It Count
Make good use of your 5-minute opportunity. As soon as your name is called, that’s when the real thing starts. Do your best, forget the rest, and keep your focus on the piece. Drown all distractions by diving into the piece’s dimension. If it is really impossible, make good use of the negatives and incorporate it into your performance to give it a stronger feeling.
One Word: Focus
Once the scene starts, remind yourself that you are no longer you. You are the character. But it is still good to stay flexible and open to other possibilities. Stay calm and take a deep breath. Remember, you are the character. Go with what that character is feeling and never lose that focus. Deliver each line with extreme precision and accuracy. Do not forget about the emotion in the line. Keep your confidence intact. Bring the audience into your dimension.
Make a huge bow and thank the casting directors for the opportunity given to you as soon as you finish delivering your piece. A good sign of being qualified for the role is when the casting directors give you feedback and adjustments. They usually deliver the bad news up front, so if you didn’t make it, then that means that there is still a lot of room for improvements. Leave the negativity behind and move along. Learn from each audition. Who knows? Maybe there’s a better opportunity waiting for you on your next audition. By then, you’d be wiser.
After the Audition
See things in a brighter perspective. It doesn’t matter if you got the role or not. As long as you learn new things, then that’s a win-win situation. Also, be grateful that you got the opportunity to showcase your skills. They don’t come as often as think. Use this to hone your skills and become better for your next auditions. Acting requires skills plus potential, yes. That is true. However, it also needs passion and the heart to inspire others.
Learn from It
Go on your next audition with the same level of enthusiasm. Do not take failures personally. It is more preferable to stay optimistic rather than keep your head down. What’s done is done. However, this means that you are open to better opportunities. There are countless casting calls on the way. Forget about the past audition but never forget the lesson you got from it. Use it to your advantage during your next audition. Those lessons will come in handy the next time you decide to have another go at it.
Now that you are all geared up and well prepared, go make that audition experience a memorable one. The tips listed above are meant to give you an advantage over other aspirants and thus giving you a higher chance of getting that role.