Tips for Auditioning:
1. RESEARCH – Get to Know the Play. Many auditions involve reading “sides.” Sides are small, hand-picked portions of a script. Sometimes they are a brief monologue. Sometimes they are short scenes involving two or more characters. Most of the time, you won’t know exactly what scene you’ll be reading. In that case, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the play and characters in general.
2. BEHAVIOR – Be aware that you are being watched from the moment you enter the theater to the time you leave. Staff working the check-in tables do report unruly and rude behavior in the waiting area to the director. Be professional and respectful to everyone involved, including those you are auditioning with.
3. DRESS APPROPRIATELY – Usually, it is best to wear “business casual” attire. You want to exhibit charm and professionalism, not look like you just rolled out of bed. Do not wear costumes. It will only make the casting committee chuckle. If you are auditioning for a dancing part in a musical, wear dance attire and bring comfortable shoes to dance in.
4. CONFIDENCE – The human brain makes over 27 judgments about another person within seconds of meeting them. Walk in the door with your head held high. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Let your personality shine through. Don’t give one-word answers to the casting director. Ask questions! Practice good posture and body language and don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.
5. GRATITUDE – Thank the casting director and leave the stage knowing that if you are right for the part, they will contact you. If not, know that you did your best. If you didn’t get cast, don’t take the rejection personally. Sometimes the director is looking for a certain look or personality for the character.