Even the professionals baulk at the idea of auditioning, standing in front of serious faced directors and baring their soul. However the good news at Pitchy Breath is we’re friendly, smiley people who just want to get the best people for the best parts.
No two auditions are ever the same. Different directors work in different ways so don’t come with any preconceived ideas, just come open minded and ready to react to whatever comes your way.
Here are 10 top tips for audition success:
- Be prepared. If you’ve been given instructions or a script get familiar with it. Do a little research. You may like to try a few ideas at home.
- Be on time. Not just to be polite but to give yourself time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings.
- Be relaxed. Try to put the stresses of the day behind you.
- Listen to what’s being asked of you. You may be nervous but concentrate on what’s being said.
- Turn your phone off. Nuff said.
- Take your time. Don’t rush just to get it over with, try to enjoy the moment. Remember silence is the expression between the words.
- Be engaged. You may think you’re being mean and moody but your director might think you’re aloof and disengaged.
- If it’s gone horribly wrong. Don’t panic. Ask to try again; here at Pitchy we just want you to do the best you can and will give you the time you need (within reason).
- Be flexible. You may be asked to read for another part, it may not be the one you came for but consider it as keenly as the one you did come for, you never know it may turn out to be the best part you’ve ever played.
- Coping with group auditions. Sometimes (and quite often at Pitchy), you may be asked to workshop an idea with other actors. This is to give the director an understanding of the group dynamic. Don’t worry about this, embrace it and have fun. Remember EVERYONE is nervous, even if they may appear not to be.
Finally, coping with rejection. Remember, (and this is important) if you don’t get a part it is because there wasn’t anything suitable this time – pick yourself up, dust yourself off and…well, you know the rest.