Notes on Auditioning
Ok, you or your agent have scheduled an audition. Great! Now what?
Most of the time you will get the ‘sides’ or pages of the script containing the scene you will be reading. Even after going over the ‘sides’ you might very well have questions about the scene and how it fits in to the story – even though you haven’t read the story. Everyone is in the same boat. So, make your choices and do the necessary preparation and commit to your choices based on your limited perspective. When you get into the audition room you can always ask the casting director key questions that will help you understand the character better… Keep in mind that for the most part casting directors are on your side. They want you to do well because it makes them look good to bring in strong actors to the producers. If you manage to get the entire script consider yourself lucky and READ IT.
Consider the model of athletes who must work out constantly to be at their best when called upon. Similarly, actors must also stay in shape and grow their craft by constantly preparing characters and putting up scenes in an acting school for teens. Also, when an opportunity comes along be sure to get private coaching from your acting teacher. It’s not a luxury. Know that many of the actors you will be up against will have worked with their acting coaches to prepare as well. You need to find an acting coach who ‘sees you’ and who you connect with. If you are constantly working on your craft, you will grow exponentially.
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How to Dress for an Audition
Some actors come in dressed as the character head to toe others are content with dressing minimally so as just to give an indication of the character. There is no hard and fast rule here. Do what is most comfortable for you. It’s your preparation that will get you the role… Speaking personally, I have always preferred dressing up. Thinking about and putting on the wardrobe actually makes me feel closer to the character. I often browse in used clothing stores and pick up items for a specific role or future auditions. You will find that it’s always helpful to have a variety of clothing and from different periods in your wardrobe. Besides, I find the shopping fun and not very expensive. I particularly like to seek out used clothing stores when I am out of town because most shops in Los Angeles have been picked through. Also, be careful which clothes you give away. They may be out of style today but needed for a scene tomorrow. Or it might come in handy for a scene in your acting school for teens.
What Not to Wear
Keep in mind that the camera can be your best friend or hated enemy. Avoid stripes that are close together. They tend to flutter on camera. Avoid complicated patterns, they can strobe on camera. Avoid all black or all white clothing unless the role absolutely needs it. If you do have the perfect shirt and it’s all white you might want to break it up with a colored sweater. Also, wear jewelry that will not distort or clutter the sound. The casting director wants to hear you not your clanging jewelry. And above all, don’t wear clothes or jewelry that will distract from your performance.
Stay Focused. You are in the room to audition, not to become friends with the casting director. Trying to come across as a nice person can often get in the way of the work by distracting you from your character. Remember they will hire you for your work, not because they like you. Many actors, me included, come into the audition room as the character. They try not to get into chit chatting with the casting director unless they have a question about the script or the casting director wants to get into a conversation. They ‘slate’ their name in character and live naturally in the imaginary world of the script. When the camera stops rolling they thank the casting director and leave.
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