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How to Prepare for an Audition

By: AbeLuke

  For some, the most frustrating process in acting is the Audition Process. Learn some basic tips on how to prepare for an acting audition.


Things you will need:
  • You will need access to the requirements of the audition and the audition information.

The first thing to do when preparing for an audition is to get the facts. Who?-The name of the Production Company, What?-The name of the Show, Where?- The location of the Audition, When?- the time slot available to you, and How?- What is required of you for the audition.



Once you know these things you can get started. The main focus in preparing is the How. Most likely for a theatre audition you will be required to perform a monologue, or two contrasting monologues. You must choose your monologues wisely.



Do not do a monologue from the show you are auditioning for. Why? Directors have an image in their mind of the perfect person to play a part. By doing that part in the audition you conflict with the directors vision.



Look for a monologue that fits within the time limit required. If you are unsure of how long it will take, read the piece out loud. Always plan to be under the time limit.



Rehearse your monologue out loud. If possible, have a friend listen to you perform. This will get you comfortable in front of people.



Pick the right outfit. Don\'t go into an audition in full costume. One, it\'s a bit tacky, and two, you aren\'t audition for the show you are performing the monologue from. Wear interview attire. NO JEANS. You can wear something suggestive of the era or genre, but remember no costumes.



Plan to arrive at the audition early. This will allow you time to fill out any paperwork, use the restroom, or simply get your nerves out.



THE AUDITION BEGINS AS SOON AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING! You never know if a director or a stage manager is going to be on their smoking break. Be polite to everyone you meet. Talent alone will not get you the part.



Once you are in the audition room: remember to be yourself, smile, and most of all show them your stuff. The audition doesn\'t end until you leave the building. If you flub a line continue through, but don\'t ever apologize. A director wants an actor who can recover from anything.



Tips & Warnings

  • The most important thing to keep in mind when preparing for an audition is to work ahead. Don't let yourself wait until the last minute to rehearse.


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