Auditions are required and it is something that all actors must go through. The downside is that an audition can mess with you mentally. It is very possible that you mastered the role, but it is very much possible for you to second guess your abilities. Thus, you must prepare yourself, boost yourself up, try to forget about it when it is all over, and possibly deal with rejection or success.
How to Prepare for an Audition
The best way to ready yourself for an audition is to be as prepared as possible; Practice treating every audition, rehearsal, or scene as a professional job. The more work you put into it the better, and the more you will feel that you deserve to be there, and your audience and casting directors will echo your hard work and talent with praise and great reviews.
Concentrate on the joy of playing the role, and focus on this as more of a casting instead of a tryout for the role, and sincerely spend time on your acting preparation. Pick something that you have been working on in your acting and bring that into the audition. Showcase your abilities.
Ultimately, think about these questions while you are preparing for an audition.
- Sense of place: Where am I?
- Your Relationships: Who am I talking to and how do I feel about this person?
- Your Intention: What does the character want at the start of the scene?
- Introduction: What happens before the scene starts?
It is important to note that athletes do not hear the crowds when they are playing a sport, because they are so focused on the task at hand. Thus, an actor must also find that mental focus when they start acting. When you get in your car, bus, taxi, or subway to your audition, start focusing on your character.
When walking into the audition room, many actors start losing focus and start sabotaging themselves. It is important not to look around the lobby and compare yourself to others, do not talk with other actors, but remain in a focused state until they say your name.
Arriving to the audition room is the first step in the casting process. It is important not to look nervous or unprepared, or they may decide your fate right then and there. You want to walk with confidence, and look everyone in the eye. If you do not feel confident, FAKE IT! Many times, casting directors may talk with you. If that occurs take a deep breath and quickly focus on where are you, whom you are talking to, what do you want, and what just happened. This will allow you to converse easily with casting director with confidence and skill. Have the mental focus of an athlete; consider yourself the Michael Jordan of Acting.
Many actors have their own ritual after every audition. Typically, it is important to say thank you and go for a walk. This will allow you to relax and readjust to the real world. Also utilize this five step method to evaluate your audition and the answers to your questions must only be about factors you have in control of your.
- What worked?
- Why did it work?
- What could you have done better?
- What could have worked even better?
- What are you going to do next time?
This is an easy process but will definitely help you improve your acting abilities for the future. Write the steps after every audition. Furthermore, if you find your self-obsessing over something you cannot control, LET IT GO. It is not going to benefit you to obsess over factors like skin color, age, or height.
If you find out that you have not booked a role, do not take it personally. Acting is a journey not a race, therefore, utilize this as a lesson and improve your craft. And Never play the what if game. Do not focus on If I get this role, I will be able to buy a Mercedes or become famous. By doing so, you are doing more mental harm to yourself than help. You did your job as an actor today now move onto the next audition, with your head held up high, and focusing on the future.