Whether you’re just starting out or have done it a million times before; auditions can leave even the most seasoned professionals shaking in their boots (or dancing shoes!). Feeling nervous is just a part of the process for performers but with a few insider trips and tricks you can harness that nervous energy and ace your audition!
1. Keep your mind busy but focused while waiting for your turn
While you’re waiting for your audition don’t let your mind go wild and undo all the good work you’ve done preparing for the role. Take a book or something interesting to occupy your mind while you wait. If you have lines to memorize take a copy along if it will make you feel more comfortable but resist the urge to look at them. You’ve prepared for this – trust yourself!
2. Confidence is key
This is your chance to show them what you’ve got! You’ve trained for years, worked hard and prepared for this role, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Walk into the room with you head held high and like you’re about to show them that they NEED YOU not that you need them. Remember all the times you’ve watched live shows, it’s always the one with the most confidence and personality that catches your eye. Which leads me to my next point…
3. Show off your personality
Technique can only ever get you so far; to really make it in the creative industries you need to show your personality! Flash that smile, show them why you’re not only great for the role but you’re going to be a great person to work with as well.
4. Know the character
If you’re auditioning for a character role make sure you can show them you really understand who the character is and what their underlying messages are. Read the entire script beforehand to pick up as much about them as possible and try and work out the following:
What he/she says about himself/herself
- What other characters say about him/her
- What the playwright or screenwriter says about him/her
The casting directors are going to want to see that you can show a range of emotions and styles. Get in touch with what your character is experiencing and feeling and imagine yourself in that situation. This is your chance to express what has been mentioned before; you can show your passion, character knowledge and personality all at once.
6. Actually act
Acting doesn’t mean repeat a few lines with some added hand gestures, in means TO DO. Find the actions in the scene and act them out, it will show you know how to make a scene believable. Further to this, think outside the box. To show anger you don’t have to yell and scream loudly, perhaps in your situation becoming quiet and pensive can speak even louder.