In the final installment of our Nail The Audition series, we’re going to take a look at your acting auditions. First and foremost, you are your own best acting expert. Only you can know what techniques work best for you, but these are my suggestions based on years of working in the industry, both in front of the table and behind. Acting auditions are going to vary based on the project, writing, director, producer, and genre. Please use your own good judgment when applying these suggestions.
1. Do Your Research
As soon as you know you have an audition, spend 30 minutes Googling the project, the creative team, and perhaps for any other useful information that will tell you the style in which the show is going to be created. Read the playwright’s other plays. Watch the director’s work. Who are your mutual friends on Facebook? This step is overlooked by almost every actor I meet, but it can give you a distinct advantage when it comes to nailing the audition.
2. Memorize (If You Can)
Here are four quick tips on how to best memorize and prepare for an audition.
3. Ask Questions
Don’t be shy about asking questions in the audition room. In fact, I encourage it. It is far too often that actors allow themselves to grin and bear it in their choices, but casting wants you to do well. So, if you need clarity, get it. However, don’t just ask a question to be heard; people can see right through it. Ask a quick question with a legitimate answer. Now, it could be about a mutual friend, or a show that you saw the team worked on, but make sure it’s a valid question. Don’t waste their time or yours.
4. Use The Reader
If they have a reader in the room, use them, but don’t rely on them. You never know if the reader is going to be any good, but it shouldn’t matter. Do the scene to the reader, but stick to your choices. (P.S. you better have made choices in your performance!) The team needs to see you connect with another actor, so make eye contact with the reader. Put yourself in the scene with them. This is the sign of a true pro.
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What tips have helped you nail your acting auditions? Which of these suggestions do you need the most improvement on? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this blog with your friends.