Preparing for an audition

Getting an audition is very exciting.  Now you have to do a few thing to get prepared for your audition.

Speaking of preparation, be ready for your audition when you arrive.  Now is not the time to start learning your lines unless it is a cold call.

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If you are given sides before your audition, you’ll usually have 24 hours or if you lucky you’ll have more time with them, print them out.

Sides” are the part of a script provided to actors for use in an audition.  Don’t rely on your phone, so many things can happen with a phone and you’ll quickly lose your place.

Once you print your sides, go over it and highlight the name of the character and make little marks for key words, emotions, internal dialogue or thinking, etc. You can also write about what’s going on this scene, what the back story is, how you are supposed to feel, what’s the least obvious way to feel, what’s a strong choice here, what should you do etc.  

Look at your scene at different angles to prepare it and learn your lines. Try to be off book if possible but remember casting directors are not looking to see if you are a good “memorizer”.

Casting directors want to see the character come to life in front of them regardless if you are holding the script or stealing glances at the script so you can speak the next line.

If you are having a hard time going over a dialogue, get a friend or a classmate to help you read the scene.  You can also use a voice recorder and speak the other character’s lines and when you play it back you can react to the recorded lines.  Ideally you should practice with another person so your reactions and interaction is more genuine.

There is a great Facebook group whose members take turns reading lines with each other in real time over Skype or Hangouts. www.facebook.com/groups/SelfTapeReaders

 

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