Monday, October 1, 2007

How To Ace Your Audition

So many members on our website are getting the opportunity to go out on auditions. And what’s more exciting is that they’re booking them! Thousands of Star Search Casting members are getting incredible results, many within the first month of joining the site.

Whether it’s your first audition or your fifteenth, it’s always exciting to be on the brink of a new job. However, one of the biggest barriers to succeeding in an audition is nerves. While going on an audition is exciting, it can also be nerve wracking. Will they like you? Will you be able to perform as well as you’ve rehearsed once you get in the room? Tons of questions and insecurities begin to take over and can cause you to lose focus. And we all know that if your nerves get the best of you, it’s very possible that you might ruin your chances of getting a role that you’re perfect for.

So how do you get over your audition jitters so that you’re able to shine? One of the best ways to get rid of nervous energy is by being prepared, and knowing the secrets to a great audition. One working actor who’s been on lots of auditions and who’s booked roles on shows like Monk, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Sleeper Cell offers the following advice:

-Try to memorize your lines so. It’s okay to keep your sides* in your hand, but don’t be held hostage by the script.

(Note: “Sides” is an industry term that refers to the 2 or 3 pages of the script that you will be asked to read from during your audition.)

-ALWAYS read over your lines with another ACTOR before you go to your audition.

-Try wearing clothing that suggests the character, but don’t over do it. If you’re playing a cop don’t audition in a police uniform, but something like a blue polo shirt might do the trick.

-While in the waiting room, don’t feel obliged to chat. If you need time to study your lines or take a few deep breaths to prepare, feel comfortable doing that.

-Engage the casting director when you enter the room. Often the conversation that you have with the casting director before you do your scene is what gets you the part.

-Once you leave your audition, let it go. Don’t overanalyze how you could have done it better. Celebrate your efforts!

Ready to practice some of these tips and book your next job? Log on to today for upcoming auditions near you!

And be sure to visit my blog tomorrow for advice on choosing the best photographer for your headshots!

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