What are some good audition tips?
I have auditioned for lots of plays, but they're all for children's theatre. I'm scared that when I audition for actual theatre, I'll freeze up and make myself look like an idiot. Do any actors/actresses have any good tips to help with preparation, nerves, and presentation? #acting #theatre #musical-theatre #broadway
Scott David’s Answer
The only thing you can do is your best. Then, no matter what, you can be proud of yourself.
Repetition, repetition, repetition. The better you know the work and how you preform it, the more confident you will be. Trust your choices, never apologize, and enjoy the process. In New York, sometimes the audition is the only work I'll do in a day.
I've taken classes where the goal is to preform a monologue to a room full of talking people. Focus on you, and what you are doing. Nothing else matters.
I agree with Scott that confidence increases tenfold when you know your work and yourself. "Trust your choices, never apologize, and enjoy the process" - this is gold. Be sure to take time to really reflect on what these mean to you and how you will apply them.
Push yourself to keep learning and improving your craft and don't take rejection to mean that you aren't good enough. Accept that there will be a lot of rejection; learn from the experience if you can and remember that there is a lot more behind casting decisions than you will likely ever know. Sometimes people know who they will cast for a role even before an audition happens and that can be frustrating for anyone who puts themselves out there in an audition.
One piece of advice that really helped me:
Remember that the people holding the audition want you to be awesome too. The process might be intimidating but, truth be told, they are hoping they see something great happen and don't want to see you embarrass yourself either.
All the best to you Sofia!
The best thing to remember -- they want you to get the part.
So, do your homework -- know the play, know the style, know the theatre company and director's work if you can. Read old reviews -- or the theatre and the play -- basically, be knowledgeable.
And then just do your best. They are looking for you -- so let them see you at your best.
Break a leg!
Another thing I like to keep in mind, that eases my nerves, is that all you need to do in an audition is show them how YOU would play the part.
You don't have to try to be someone else. You don't have to be more this or more that. You don't have to try to impress them. You just have to go in and show them what you've created up to that point.