Tips for Auditions (Taken from Acting in London)
1. Never ever be late.Make sure to never be late for your audition. Showing up right on time is late already — be there at least 15-30 mins in advance (you have lines to learn!)
2. No more apologies, for anything. Committing yourself to whatever you want to perform is showing your courage, so stay with it and do not apologise for whatever mistake you might make.
3. You’re there to perform. You’ve been invited to the audition — not forced to get there — as a guest. Come, do your job and enjoy yourself. If you’re obviously uncomfortable with what you’re doing, the audition panel will be too.
4. Own the room. As soon as you enter, you must shine with self-confidence. Show the audition panel that you’re there for a reason, that you know what you’re doing and that you will graciously accept the part because you’re the only one right for it.
5. Do your homework before coming in You’ve had your scripts in advance, please prepare, whatever method of preparation you’re using, be ready to unleash it.
6. Make no excuses for anything. Just as you shouldn’t apologise, you also should not make any excuses. Whatever happened, happened — move on, and do better next time. Learn from your mistakes.
7. Ask only valuable questions. If you really need to ask a question, never be afraid to do so.
8. Focus on your partner. We will have people reading in, whenever you have a partner in the scene reading with you, give them the credit. Don’t write them off to focus just on your own performance. Listen! Observe! Make your partner the focal point of the reading and your performance will improve as a result.
9. Always know what the text is about. You always have to know what’s happening in the scene, what your character is going through and what is going on around you. If any important to you details are unclear, and you believe that it might hinder your performance, do not hesitate to ask a question.
10. No miming and props. It’s pretty straightforward. Just keep it simple.
11. Know your lines. It depends on the way you prefer to audition. Some people learn everything, others — partially. The best way is to always know what is happening in the scene and vaguely know your lines. You can keep scripts in front of you, but don’t hide your face in there either.
12. Learn how to move appropriately. Being still isn’t a bad way to audition, you just have to learn how to engage your audience while performing this way.
13. Never take anything personally. It’s all just business, and everybody in that room — including yourself — are there to work. You might be the greatest actor in the world, but sometimes you just don’t fit the part.
14. Make great choices and bring your personality. Half of the performance is about what is written in the character description, and the other half is all you. In order to walk out of that audition satisfied, you need to make some very specific, bold and interesting choices. Stand out and show your uniqueness.
15. Most importantly, be a creative and artistic actor. Show them that you are a performer. You know how to fill their needs and you know how to be professional about it. If your creativity is of the utmost importance to you, directors will see it and evaluate it accordingly.
Always remember that directors want actors to succeed just as much, if not more. They hope you will deliver the best piece of work you can, and they will be there for you in case any appropriate help and guidance is required. Just be professional about it.
I am not your enemy. Focus on your task at hand, and everybody in the room will thank and praise you for your honest efforts and professionalism.