Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten tips to help you nail your audition

Whether it’s for a play at Grossmont Col
Theatre arts students at Grossmont College
lege or community theater, auditions can be daunting. Here are 10 tips from the experts to help you secure the part you want.

Be prepared.The big thing is to be prepared for the play you’re auditioning for,” said Beth Duggan, Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Grossmont College. Know what you’re auditioning for, know the play, research the play, research the parts.”

Study the craft. Grossmont College has a wonderful theatre arts programs staffed by working professionals, and anyone interested in pursuing acting as a hobby or career should investigate these cost-effective options. 

Be confident. This is your moment to shine, and as Backstage.com notes, you don’t get any sympathy points if you're nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive.

Be on time. In fact, be early. Unless you’re a Broadway star, being late will lessen your chances of getting a part. It illustrates a lack of responsibility, a lack of empathy, and a lack of desire. Duggan and others suggest getting to the audition at least 15 minutes early.

No surprises. “If you get called back, wear something similar to what you wore earlier,” Duggan said. “Don’t color your hair or change your look.”

Audition often. Dynamics Community Theater near Akron, Ohio, notes that auditioning often will make you more familiar with the process and go a long way toward eliminating any jitters. The best way to overcome your nervousness is to practice.  That means auditioning more. Grossmont College maintains an updated audition schedule for its upcoming seasons.

Bring a photo. It’s not unusual for an auditioning panel to see dozens of people audition for a part. And that means that at the end of the day, it can be difficult to remember who’s who. Some suggest doing everything you can to help the director remember who you are. And that means bringing a professional-quality photo to the audition.

Be professional. About.com says it is important to be courteous and refrain from pestering crew members or fellow actors with idle conversation. Auditions are like job interviews. Treat them as such.

Dress appropriately. Formal wear is too much. Business casual attire is best. And it’s a bad idea to wear costumes to your auditions.

Don’t apologize. The last thing a director or auditioning panel wants to hear is excuses. Besides, oftentimes, actors are their own worst critics. And if you didn’t get the part, maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.