One important item on every aspiring actor’s to-do list is to prepare for all the possible things that may happen on their first-ever acting audition. Beginners often find it hard to rock the stage with a bang and give casting directors a best performance they will always remember. Talents know that directors are keen on every detail, from how you carry your garments to the intonations and emotions you portray while delivering a monologue.
You might be bombarded with an avalanche of reminders when you’re still not sure about what you should and should not do during your first try at landing a role. But if you have well prepared yourself, everything will go smoothly.
As you will be meeting other candidates who have the same goal as you, make sure to calm yourself and not get intimidated by these fellas so you can still give a good performance.
So to carve a good impression on the minds of casting directors, here are helpful tips on what you should do before, during, and after acting auditions.
Before an Audition
Be early, whether the directors would mind your punctuality or not. Get to the audition venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. Arriving earlier than your appointment gives you allowance to prepare your stuff (like scripts, makeup, clothes, etc.) and also relax while waiting for your turn. This also gives the directors a sign that you’re disciplined.
Remain pure and simple.
Preparation is what it takes for every performance to be nicely done. However, overdoing it might keep you off your track. Be careful not to bang against conceited aspiring actors as you try to stay different from them when it comes to acting style. They tend to take advantage of you and make you feel weak until you miss your chance to give your best shot.
Keep in mind that you are there to attend the audition and reach, or even exceed, the casting directors’ expectations—nothing else. But make sure you remain nice and friendly, in case someone wants to befriend you. Don’t let their presence distract you though.
Do what you ought to do.
Be the kind of candidate who walks the talk. Squeeze out your confidence and mix it with professionalism while you keep your feet on the ground, or else lose your opportunity with a big snag.
Furthermore, do not ask your fellow auditionees about the role you are about to audition for. Knowing your role and scripts is part of your responsibility. So make sure you practice your monologue time after time as long as it allows until you feel confident about all the things you should do before, during, and after audition.
Give it your best shot.
Five minutes is the only chance you have to prove that you deserve that role. Lay your best shot on the table and make the casting directors satisfied with the platter you just served. Keep your focus on top of your head and don’t let negativities rule over you.
Be consistent until your audition finishes.
Always remember that you should make the character alive inside you as you put yourself in its shoes. Casting directors might give you a role different from the one you tried out for, so it is advisable that you stay versatile and flexible. Deliver your lines with utmost confidence, emotion, and focus. Prove them that you deserve the role, that you want it, and that you can manage to be like it.
Extend Your Gratitude to the Casting Directors
Do not forget to thank your directors as soon as the audition ends.
Although not concrete, when directors give you an idea on which areas you should improve, it is a good sign that you qualified for the role. On the other hand, they will directly notify you if you are not able to make it. If it happens, leave all the bad vibes behind and take it as a learning experience. You can always try it out again, and on that next time, do better.
After an Audition
Each audition is a good experience.
You would surely learn something from your previous auditions, whether you get the role or not. Use those lessons so you become familiar with the tactics, which you can use whenever a new opportunity comes your way. Acting will require you to carry your potentials and skills on your shoulders. Hence, it needs to be improved. Do not hesitate to unleash your full potential if you are passionate about the craft you are starting to create.
Keep moving forward.
Part of the challenge is how you handle rejection. Casting directors would not think twice to ditch you if they think you don’t fit the role. You, as an aspiring actor, can do nothing about it, but you can always take the rejection in a different way.
Don’t let rejections bother you so much. All big actors you see now have experienced it, even worse than yours. Since acting industry is one of the rising industries in every part of the world, opportunities for you might also be overflowing. So take all the chances, the lessons that you learned, and be ready for your next audition.
So overviews on how to impress casting directors are laid before you. It is now your time to do what you need to do to make your casting experience a valuable one. Doing better on your next performance during acting auditions is in your hands.