10 Acting Audition Tips

Acting auditions can be stressful so every actor needs 10 acting audition tips. There are many do’s, don’ts, and host of suggestions that can help or hurt your chances of getting a role. These ten acting audition tips are useful for anyone serious about acting and making a great impression-or at least avoiding a bad one-at their next audition.

  1. In acting auditions, what you wear matters. If you have your eye on a specific role, definitely dress the part. If it’s for an older character, consider wearing something an older person may wear, if it’s for a young character you may want to lean more towards modern clothes. However, if you are open to any role, dress basic, a nice pair of slacks and a button up shirt are acceptable. Remember, flip flops are extremely unacceptable; they change the way you walk and look very unprofessional.  If you get a callback, wear the same thing—it helps remind the audition panel of who you are.
  2. When you deliver your monologue, find a spot and don’t look away from it. Some acting auditions require a monologue.  When you’re giving one, know who you’re talking to. The audition panel doesn’t want to be that imaginary person. Things can get  uncomfortable if you make eye contact with them. Some don’t mind, but be on the safe side, find a spot on the wall or a row of seats behind them and deliver your monologue there.
  3. Arrive 30 minutes early for your acting audition. There may be paperwork, and you don’t want to arrive with only five minutes to jot down important information. Also, in some cases, they may see you earlier than scheduled if there is no one else waiting.
  4. In this case, leave the drama off the stage. No one wants to wait for you to “get into character.” Be prepared to introduce yourself and your audition piece, and then go right into it. If you do the dramatic “prep” stuff, you may look like an egotistical person, and you never want to give that impression at an acting audition.
  5. Have a resume and headshot readily available. There aren’t many—if any—acting auditions that do not require a headshot and a resume, unless you are at the college level. Keep an updated headshot and resume on hand.
  6. Be confident, not cocky. The audition panel wants to see confidence, because they don’t want to cast a nervous actor who second guesses themselves. However, they also don’t want to cast someone with a chip on their shoulder who thinks the world revolves around them. Be forewarned, they can tell the difference.
  7. Come to every acting audition with at least six contrasting monologues. Sometimes the audition panel will like what they see—or maybe not like it all— but still want to see more. If they ask you if you have anything else and you have no monologues to reference besides the one you just did, they will be less impressed. Have a vast array of monologues spanning different genres.
  8. Be friendly to everyone. This seems like common sense, but being nice to the stage manager, the director or anyone else who seems like they are “important” enough. Your acting audition starts the moment you walk in the door. Remember, people as unsuspecting as the security guard may be reporting back how polite you really were.
  9. Project! If they can’t hear you, they wont cast you. If you’re supposed to be talking quietly for a scene, still be audible.
  10. Treat this like a job interview. In an interview, you’re selling yourself to an employer. This is even truer for an acting audition. Remember the basics, like not bad mouthing a previous director you have worked with. Using profanity is also unprofessional, even if they seem like they would not mind.
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