Alle you need to know about an acting audition

An acting audition is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of your acting career, as it is one of the first steps you will take on your journey to becoming an actor. Many are scared of this process; the word alone is enough to send a shiver down a number of spines. Unfortunately, auditioning plays an essential part in the world of acting and instead of fearing the process, you should learn to understand and embrace it.

The first step towards a successful audition is preparation . With adequate preparation on your acting audition you are on your way to landing that role. Before you audition for a part, carry out some thorough research on the part. Formulate your own theories and perspectives on the part you are auditioning for. Know the character inside and out, know who they are and what goes on in their minds. Read between the lines and study the character as a human. Understanding all the intricacies of the character will allow you to understand the role better and deliver a better performance. Go beyond your character and do some research on the other roles, study their relationships with your character and the impact they have on you; this will help you get a better feel for the part you wish to play. Take this one step further and seek to understand the central themes and motifs of the production, the writers, directors and others with artistic input. The most important part of preparation on your acting audition is learning the script. Make it your primary goal to know it like the back of your hand. Ask family or friends for help by making them read random lines to which you must produce the correct response.

Make sure you know the venue at which the acting audition is taking place and arrive there before your audition. Wear clean and tidy clothes unless you are required to audition in a costume. Try not to be nervous and be confident in yourself, remember your preparation and be confident in yourself; remember also, that confidence and arrogance are two very different things. When you are called for your audition, be cheerful and greet everyone there. Before you begin reading your lines, feel free to ask any questions about the role, especially if it is an original production and not an adaptation. Deliver your lines with the required emotion and conviction; making sure your voice reaches every part of the room or theatre. Do not rush your lines and make sure you are doing more than merely reading out lines, allow the essence of the character to shine through with each line you read. Upon reading your lines, the director might ask you to read lines for a different character. As you are not familiar with the lines, it is perfectly alright to read them from the page. Take your time and read each line carefully and slowly. Just as you did with your original lines, make sure your voice carries across the room. Try to connect with the audience whilst reading the script by looking up and making eye contact. When you are done, smile and show gratitude for being allowed the chance to audition making sure you leave on a pleasant note.

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"Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It's not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it." - Philip Seymour Hoffman


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