My fellow actors are constantly asking me questions about the audition process. What song should I sing? Is this the right role for me? What if I mess up? With so many guidelines, it is easy to see why many actors are frazzled by the process!
- What most people don’t know is that directors don’t want you to get the part. They will purposefully throw obstacles in your way, such as difficult scenes, audition spaces with lots of echo, and traffic; all of this just to make sure that you aren’t cast. But, following these tips, you can beat them at their game and get the role you desire!
Begin the audition process by really thinking about which role you want to be. If you are unsure, I always recommend selecting the largest role. After all, you WANT to be the star… right?
- Begin to see yourself as that role and picture the adoring audiences as if they are talking about how wonderful you were. Begin memorizing the lines and telling your friends and relatives that you are auditioning and are sure to be cast in that role. It will help build buzz for the show!
- On the day of that audition, remember that schedules are a guideline and are rarely followed. Don’t worry about showing up 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time! Instead, show up five minutes before the announced end so that you can be well-rested for the dance call.
- When you arrive, it is always best to socialize. Be sure to ask others what they are singing. When they respond, it is essential to remark on how “interesting” of a choice that was. You are there to intimidate, not to make friends!
- Be sure to let the director know that you are ill, even if you aren’t. That way, they’ll be more forgiving of any mistakes you might make during the audition.
- Your choice of music can make-or-break your auditions. I’ve read several lists of songs “not-to-bring” to auditions. I would argue that those are the PERFECT songs to brings, now that everyone is avoiding them. If you are unsure, sing a song from Wicked and a song from Frozen, as it is impossible to over-do songs from either of those shows. As I always say “if the song sticks in their head, so will you”.
- When the accompanist starts playing the wrong tempo or misses a note, you must ALWAYS glance over at them to let the director know that the accompanist made a mistake. If you don’t demonstrate that you are aware of a mistake, the director might confuse the accompanist’s mistake for your own. Sometimes, it can even help to start snapping the correct tempo so that they can fix their error.
- Directors want to see versatility in their actors! One of the easiest ways to demonstrate this is to do an accent. Some people try to complicate this by doing regional-appropriate accents, but directors couldn’t care less. I promise you: they want to hear British.
- Save your energy during cold-reads and wait until you are paired with someone with whom you share chemistry. The director will keep pairing you until that’s found, so don’t bother until they’ve found it. After all, isn’t casting actors with good chemistry part of their job?
- Regardless of what a director tells you: if you weren’t called back, then you were not cast. So, beat them to the punch and withdraw from the casting process before they can reject you!
I hope these help you land that perfect role! If they don’t, then you probably aren’t an actor anyway and should stick to software development or whatever job you have…. you piece of trash.