Audition is the most important step you have to take toward achieving your goal of becoming a working actor. Before you walk in and recite your monologue, make sure that you are prepared not just by memorizing your script. It’s more than that.
Remember that there are thousands of aspiring actors waiting for a big break just like you. Show the judges that you have what it takes. The following tips are helpful in improving your skills and chance to be successful in your movie auditions and acting.
A movie audition is similar to applying for college. Engage in extra-curricular activities that could help develop your skills such as local theater groups, glee clubs, drama clubs, and others. In addition, judges see you as a versatile person through your experiences like being part of various organizations. This would also mean you can handle the busy schedule and stress of the entertainment world.
Many aspiring actors commit one of the biggest mistakes during auditions—not preparing well enough. They are times when you will be given a script, but even so, you should not just rely on it. Prepare a plethora of practiced pieces in your mind. You should be able to pick any depending on what the casting director is looking for. Another is to never forget to bring an updated resume and headshots. It’s a must, whether you were asked to bring one or not. It’s your calling card. And of course, wear a photo ID, it’s a no brainer.
Don’t be late
You’re not the only actor waiting to audition. By arriving early, you’re increasing your chances of getting the role by being included in the top 50 or so. In the early part of the day, the casting directors are still fresh and alert and are inclined to notice the features that make you stand out from the rest. When you’re late, it’s possible that the directors are already bone-tired and cranky and wish nothing but to end his day.
Dress for the part
There’s nothing wrong with dressing to the nines as long as you are comfortable with what you’re wearing. After all, you need to be at your best when facing the people who are holding your future career in their hands. But it would be wiser to wear something that would best suit the character you will be playing. It will show how serious you are about your job.
It’s understandable that you haven’t had an opportunity yet to be in a film. You can get experience by working on the camera, your own. Ask a friend or a family member to tape you under various lighting condition and scene so you will have an idea on how you project yourself on the camera. This technique will also help you to be comfortable in front of the camera as well as improve your craft by watching and reviewing your performance.
Don’t waste time
Normally, you are given an average of two minutes to present. That would be enough for you to showcase your skill and talent. Because the truth is, judges can make their decision in about thirty seconds. Learn to reduce your line. It would help if you rehearse with a stopwatch so you are aware how long is your presentation so you won’t be rushed once you’re in your actual audition. And if they suddenly cut you off, don’t be upset. It’s not because you’re bad, it only means they’re renting by the hour—and to be fair to other auditionees.
It’s normal to feel nervous but don’t let it show. Avoid unnecessary noise and movements. Practice good posture and don’t forget to smile. Remember, first impression lasts. Be aware that you are being judged from the moment you walk in.
Show your personality
Being a successful actor is not all about good acting. Directors are also looking for a good personality. They want to know how your brain works, so if they ask you about anything, don’t give a one-liner. Let them know that you’re not just a good actor, that you are also articulate. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. They want good actors as well as smart and curious.