How to ace your next acting audition
Getting an audition for an acting role can sometimes be tricky, however once you’ve found the perfect audition, it’s even more important that you’ve prepared yourself enough in order to ace it.
No matter whether you are auditioning for the lead in a stage show or a minor role in a television series, there are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of success. Here are our top tips on how to ace your next acting audition.
Know your role
In order to properly portray a character, you need to fully immerse yourself in that role you are auditioning for. Before any audition, read the entire script and make a connection with the character. Ask yourself what your character would think about themselves, what the other characters would think and say about your character and what the screenwriter would say about them. After all, the more you know about the story and character you are auditioning for, the more you will be able to do with the script in order to impress the judges.
Practice to make that connection
Not only do you need to connect with the role you are auditioning for, but it is also important to make a connection with the reader. Practice your audition piece in order to memorise the material, or to at least be familiar enough with it to keep eye contact during the audition. However, if you are unable to memorise the material in time, don’t pretend that you have. While knowing the dialogue is important, making a connection with the reader is ultimately what will make the scene believable and natural.
Let your personality shine
An acting audition is truly the perfect opportunity to show off your personality. Don’t give one-word answers when conversing with the casting director and if you are curious about anything, ask questions! Allow the judges to get to know you – after all, it may end up being your captivating personality that gets you the role.
If you want to be an actor, you need to be able to command the attention of everyone in the audition room. You will be judged from the moment you walk into the audition, so confidence is key! Keep your head held high, avoid fiddling and shuffling your feet and smile! If you are new to the acting world, be sure to practice confident body language and posture ahead of your audition. Auditioning is all about making an impression – give the panel something to remember!
Auditioning can be extremely daunting; however, it is essential to maintain professionalism at all times. Be sure to come as the best version of yourself, with clean clothes and shoes and a high level of detail given to your personal grooming. Some other tips include being punctual, bringing copies of your headshot and resume and checking your schedule for any clashes.
Additionally, be sure to always be polite and friendly! You don’t want to come across as rude or someone who is difficult to work with – that will ruin your chances of getting booked or networking with others who can help you in your career. Having a high level of professionalism is sure to set you apart from others auditioning and may improve your chances of securing the role.
Even if your audition doesn’t go to plan, that is no excuse to give up. The best way to master anything is to practice, with auditioning being no exception to this rule. By auditioning over and over again, you can further develop your self-confidence, get used to the nerves and gain experience regarding the audition process. The perfect opportunity is out there waiting for you and by gaining audition experience, you’ll be ready to ace that dream audition when the time comes.
Need to fine-tune your acting skills? Consider enrolling in an acting degree
Following these tips is just the first step to acing your next audition and becoming a successful actor. To further hone your skills and gain industry connections, consider completing a degree in acting. After all, a bachelor’s degree has become the entry-level benchmark internationally for the industry.
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Here at APAC, we offer an acting programme that teaches students to use speech, movement, and expression to bring characters to life and equips graduates with the skills and tools required for film and stage work all over the world.
Make studying with us the next step towards nailing your next acting audition. Plus, with FEE-HELP available to all of our degrees, you can focus on your career first and worry about the cost later.