Tips to Successfully Present Yourself and Land the Role!
- Arrive at the audition 10 – 15 minutes early. Act like the professional you are right from the time of arrival. (The audition begins when you open the door to the building)
- Be sure to introduce yourself and sign in immediately. Usually there is an audition form to fill out. Make sure you bring a pen. List all personal information accurately. Be sure to include all your conflicts. (Being accessible can be as important as being talented!)
- You may bring a current headshot and resume. If you did bring them, turn them in along with the audition form.
- While waiting, familiarize yourself with your surroundings and the script or music (if available). Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the part. For musicals, wear clothing you can dance or move in comfortably. You might want to bring your dance clothes and shoes and change into your dance clothing when necessary.
- Keep conversation in the waiting area to a minimum. Remain focused on your upcoming audition and be respectful of others waiting to audition.
- As soon as you enter the audition room or stage, introduce yourself and present your headshot if you have one and resume if not already picked up by the stage manager. (being friendly and relaxed assures everyone that you are easy to work with, even if you’re nervous, ACT like you’re not). For musical, give your sheet music to the pianist. Please advise the accompanist what you are going to sing.
- Be yourself, have fun and SMILE.
- When the Director says “BEGIN!”, deliver the lines to the best of your ability. If you blow a line, keep going. (Do not ask for do-overs. Do not SWEAR or just stop after a mistake. These are dead giveaways of inexperience.)
- Be flexible enough in your interpretation to deliver a second time in a different style. Hold your expression and position when you are finished until you hear the Director say “CUT or THANK YOU!” (Be sure to listen carefully if the Director makes suggestions during your audition and follow the directions exactly.)
- Check the bulletin board or with the stage manager for any pertinent notices and quietly leave. (On your way home from the audition, analyze your audition while its fresh in your mind. Make mental notes of areas that need improvement so you can work on them before your next audition.)
- Expect to hear within a few days if you’ve been cast or called back. The fact that you weren’t cast doesn’t necessarily mean that you did not give a good audition. You also have to be what that particular director is looking for that particular show. Frequently casting is done on how multiple actors look and work together, not simply a single actors performance.
- Remember – auditioning is a skill that gets better with practice! Get out there and keep at it!
Break a leg!