In showbiz, preparation is everything. You always want to be prepared in order to be viewed as a professional who will be able to get the job done.
Here are 4 crucial steps to follow before you go on ANY audition:
1. Do your research. Look up the name of the Casting Director, producer, director, or any other name you have access to. You can find all the info you need on imdb.com. Next, make sure you’re familiar with the type of show, or film. If you can watch the show .. then go ahead! Get your Netflix account up and running and make sure you have access to a TV/laptop ahead of time so you can familiarize yourself with the show you’re trying out for. Make sure you know where the audition is and give yourself ample time to get there on time. You want to come across as informed and on top of your game.
2. Follow all audition instructions. Casting Directors are seeing hundreds of people of day. So, it’s very important that you follow all the specific casting instructions to be taken seriously. If they specify a wardrobe, be sure you are dressed appropriately. If you are asked to bring a headshot and resume (you should always bring one regardless), be sure you have multiple copies with you. If they send you sides, then print them out and work on them. While you’re not usually expected to be 100% off-book & memorized for the audition, it’s always good to be as comfortable and familiar with the lines as you can.
3. Practice, practice, practice. Even if you don’t have a ton of time to prepare for your audition, you can still practice your lines. Run them with an acting friend. Record yourself on camera to see what you look like. Practice will make you less nervous and more confident. Don’t go overboard, but do what you need to feel prepared.
4. Warm up your voice and body before you go. This is a crucial step, which is often overlooked. When you warm up your vocal chords and your body, you are more relaxed. Try a quick 5 minute vocal warm-up if you don’t have a lot of time — do it in the shower! Same goes for your body. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, do a 5 minute stretch routine so that you’re in your body and grounded.
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