Is An Audition?
(by AM Staff)
Generally, an audition is
a brief acting performance by an aspiring actor or
actress in front of a casting director or a casting
panel, in hopes of receiving a role in a film, theatre
or some other production. When the actor shows up to
the audition, he or
she is asked to read lines from a script or to
perform a prepared scene or monologue.
After watching this
performance, the casting director makes a judgment about
whether or not the actor is the right person to perform a
character in the production.
The worst thing you can do is arrive
late to an audition. In addition to being unprofessional,
arriving late shows the casting director that you are not
driven to succeed and, if they hire you for the acting
job, that they cannot count on you to be on time and
General Audition Tips
Always be on time for your
If you are asked to perform a monologue
at your audition, choose a monologue that showcases your
best talents. If you are given a script or audition sides,
be sure to memorize your lines. If you are asked to do a
cold reading, be sure to ask questions about your acting
role, such as the age and background of the character.
Dress The Part
Show up at your audition dressed as the
character you are auditioning for. For example, if you are
auditioning for an role as a police officer, try to dress
as a police officer, or at least try to wear the shirt and
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.
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. If you don't stick to the script, it
will make it harder for a casting director to evaluate
your ability to fit the character.
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, make a strong choice about how your
character is going to display anger. Perhaps the character
will yell and scream. Or, perhaps your character will grit
his or her teeth and get red in the face. Either way, make
a strong choice and go with it!