1. Before the Audition:

  • Find out what will be expected of you at the audition.
  • Research the show. Read the script prior to the audition, if possible.
  • Dress professionally, yet comfortably, and with the style of the play in mind.
  • Be early.
  • Relax using a relaxation technique. Everyone is nervous at an audition, even the old pros!
  • Warm up your body and voice.

 2. During the Audition:

  • Walk into an audition confidently. Smile!
  • Be friendly and respectful – be sincere. Cell phones on silent.
  • While reading a scene, be willing to make eye contact with your scene partner. Your character wants something, and it may be the other person in the scene who can help you achieve it. Send the message of each line of dialogue over to your partner. Be a team player!
  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • Make choices that will set you apart from the others auditioning. An audition is a time to set yourself free and let your imagination soar.
  • The Director may ask you to change up how you delivered your lines. Understand that they have a different perception on elements of character. They are looking for your ability to adapt, take direction, and use your imagination to connect with the script and character in a different way. This is your chance to show them how you can work well with a director.
  • If you are in the room while other people are auditioning, stay quiet and watch them.  Ask yourself, “What are they doing that works? If I had the chance, what would I do differently?”

3. After the Audition:

  • Maintain a professional attitude and leave everyone with a good impression. You may be called back.
  • No apologies needed. Don’t complain. Don’t explain.
  •  Giving a fantastic audition doesn’t mean you’ll get the role. Interesting fact: If you think you did well in the audition, then you probably did. If they don’t cast you, it’s because you weren’t the “right” person for it. You can give a dazzling audition, but if you don’t fit the Director’s vision of the character, you won’t get the role. It’s no reflection on your talent.
  •  Think about the work that you did. Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Learn from them.
  •  Audition frequently.