Acting Auditions

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If you’re a big star like Brad Pitt or George Clooney, you don’t need to go out on acting auditions. But for the rest of the struggling actors looking for their next gig, acting auditions are an essential part of their daily routine. The goal of any acting audition is obviously to get the part but before that you need to present a memorable try-out by engaging the casting director or producer with your personality and talent.

 

Actors learn about auditions through industry trade papers or through their representation such as an agent or manager. Normally if you go up for a part, you should know what you’re auditioning for. Don’t just show up to a casting call because it’s open. One sure way to annoy a casting director is to waste their time. This also means make sure you’re right for the part.  If the role calls for a 20 something and you’re a 40 something, this part is not for you.
Sometimes casting directors will provide sides for acting auditions. These will be specific scenes for the role you’re auditioning for. If these sides are made available in advance of your audition then make sure you are familiar with the scene. Don’t go in and stumble around words or direction. If you go into an acting audition and are given the sides right on the spot, then you will be performing what is known as a “cold reading.” The good thing is everyone else will be in the same position as you. So do not be stressed.

As you enter the audition room, try to get sense of the mood of the people you’re reading for. You can achieve this by introducing yourself and asking how they are doing. Not only could this open up some conversation, but it will also allow you to relax. Before diving into the reading, ask whoever is in charge about what they are looking for or if there is anything about the part you should know. If they ask if you have any questions, come prepared with a question! Again, this will help break down the walls of tension and get you engaged with the people who will eventually hire you for the job.

Often in acting auditions you will only be given one chance to read for a part. If you screw up, don’t ask for a second chance, unless there is a friendly atmosphere in the room. If the casting director asks you to make an adjustment in your approach to the character, make sure you listen and carry out the adjustment. A lot of times they want to see if you can simply take direction.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take risks. That doesn’t mean going over the top and making the casting directors uncomfortable. It means, always strive to make your acting auditions truly memorable.

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