Five Great Audition Tips
(by AM Staff)
#1--Always be on time for your audition
The worst thing you can do is to arrive late to an
audition. In addition to being
unprofessional, arriving late shows the casting director
that you are not driven to succeed and that, if they
hire you for the acting job, they cannot count on you to
be on time and prepared. So, why would they want to hire
You must be as prepared as possible.
Before you go to an audition, find out as much as you
can about it. What is the casting director looking for?
How does the casting director view my character’s role
in the story? What would they like to see my character
do? How long will the audition take? Do I need to
bring anything? Can I read the script ahead of time?
If you are asked to perform a monologue at your
audition, you should practice it until it becomes second
nature before the audition. If you are given a script or
audition sides, be sure to memorize your lines. And, if
you are asked to do a cold reading, you should ask
questions about your role, such as the age, background
and personality of the character.
#3--Dress The Part
Show up at your audition dressed as the
character you are auditioning for. For example, if you
are auditioning for a role as a police officer, try to
dress as a police officer, or at least try to wear the
shirt, hat and badge of a police officer. Showing up
dressed as the character you are auditioning for will
help casting directors see you as the character and make
them more willing to give you the part.
#4--Stick to the Script
Don't do a whole lot of adlibbing. Try to stick
to the script as much as you can. Sticking to the script
helps you stay focused and stay in character.
Additionally, sticking to the script is important
because there may be certain lines that the casting
director is expecting you to deliver; certain lines that
are important to the character and to the story. If you
don't stick to the script, you may skip the important
lines the casting director is waiting for you to say.
That will make it harder for a casting director to
evaluate your ability to fit the role, which in turn,
makes it harder for you to get the job.
#5--Make a Strong Character Choice
The purpose of your audition is to stand out and
convince the casting director that you are right for the
acting gig. It is extremely important that you make a
strong impression and make strong choices for your
character. For example, if your character is
quick-tempered in the story, make a strong choice about
how your character is going to display anger. Perhaps
the character will yell and scream to display anger. Or,
perhaps your character will speak calmly while giving
the evil eye. Either way, make a strong choice and go