The Most Important Element of an Audition
How to Audition with Confidence
Performing and auditioning are two separate skills. Even the best performers can struggle with stage fright on the big day. The key to a successful audition is confidence: if you believe in yourself, your casting director will feel that. As your audition date looms nearer, build your confidence so that when your moment rises, you can audition with poise.
Practicing Your Audition
Keep your piece short.An audition piece is meant to give the director a taste of your abilities. Two to three minutes is plenty long for an audition. If your piece is shorter, you can spend more time memorizing each part.
- Usually, auditions will have a time limit. Research what the limit is beforehand and practice to keep well within it. You will feel less anxious if you don't feel rushed.
Memorize your part.Practice your piece until you can go through it without a script. You will appear much more confident to the casting director if you come without notes. This will let you focus less on the words and more on the emotions you want to convey.
- Don't want until the week or night before to memorize your piece. Practice a little every day to avoid stage fright or forgetting your part.
- If the audition involves a cold reading (where the crew gives you a piece that you've never read before), practice cold readings at home. You will appear confident if you know how to work with lines on the spot.
Do a mock audition.If you have run through your audition piece inside and out, you will feel much more confident in your abilities. Treat each practice run like the real audition. Don't start over if you mess up. Instead, take a moment to compose yourself, and keep going.
- When you practice your piece, run through it in front of other people. Practicing alone and in front of others will feel different.Work on them with a coach, close friend, or a fellow performer. Accustom yourself to the feeling of being watched.
Ask your peer or mentor for advice.Tell them you want their honest opinion, and solicit them for constructive criticism if they offer praise. If you're aware of weak places, you can improve them before the audition.
- If you struggle with anxiety before auditions, let your coach or acting friend know. They can tell you what works for them and give advice based on your personality.
Easing Tension and Anxiety
Practice deep breathing exercises.Breathing slowly and deeply will help keep your stress levels down. Shallow breathing lowers oxygen levels in your blood and makes you more prone to anxiety. Instead of breathing from your chest, breathe in from your stomach. This allows you to breathe from your diaphragm and draw in more air.
- Deep breaths will lower your blood pressure, relax your muscles, and calm your mind.If you ever feel anxious while practicing or auditioning, take a deep breath in from your stomach.
- If you're especially nervous, try square breathing. Breathe in for four counts, hold it for four counts, breathe out for four counts, and pause for for counts. Repeat this in a cycle until your heart rate lowers.
Stay hydrated.Dehydration can cause you to feel dizzy and make your heart race. If you feel lightheaded, you'll feel nervous and less confident.Drink plenty of water throughout the day before and of your audition. Keep a water bottle by your side until the moment of your audition.
Get a good night's rest the night before your audition.Avoid drinking caffeine the night before your big day, and go to sleep at a reasonable time. When you're well-rested, you're more likely to feel and perform at your best.Tired performers are more likely to forget their piece, which could cause your confidence to plummet.
- Avoid drinking caffeine the day of, too. Caffeine will make you jumpy and irritable. You will want calm nerves and a clear mind.
Eat a good breakfast in the morning.Eating something will keep your mind clear and ready to work. Avoid chocolate or dairy products if you're singing, as these can dry out your voice.
Mingle with other performers before the audition.Arrive at least thirty minutes before your audition so you have time to calm yourself. If you feel uptight, chat with fellow auditioners before you walk in. You'll be able to see the other auditioners as human and feel less intimidated.
- If you're introverted and have social anxiety, don't push yourself! Only talk to others if you have the energy. You can practice breathing exercises instead if you need to relax.
Have a warm-up routine.Performers often build a warm-up routine to get them in audition mode and rid themselves of nerves. Rituals are part of the auditioning experience. Decide what works for you and helps you feel comfortable when warming up.
- Warm-up rituals are different for everyone, and it depends on what you're auditioning for. Some musicians like to practice scales before they go in. Some actors like meditating. Some dancers have a certain stretching routine. Do something that helps you focus and prepares you to perform.
Auditioning with Grace
Wear comfortable clothes to your audition.Plan what you will wear before, and make sure it's something you feel good moving around in. Don't wear something too tight or constricting. You will feel most confident in an outfit you're familiar with and you know you love.
Enter the room boldly.Shake the directors' hands, if offered. Introduce yourself and let them know what piece you are doing. Look each of them in the eyes while you are talking to them. Keep your back straight and try not to fidget. Pretend like you're meeting new coworkers: act friendly, but professional.
- Remember to smile, even if you don't feel like it. Smiling will make you feel more approachable.
Ground yourself in the present.Some performers overwhelm themselves by considering what this audition will mean for their future career. Don't worry yourself with this during the audition. Instead, focus on what you must do to finish this audition.
- Take every audition one step at a time. Don't worry about getting the part or impressing the casting director. Make the focus on doing your best and improving yourself.
Take a deep breath, and begin.Don't be afraid to pause for a moment if you're nervous. Clear your mind, and breathe in from your abdomen. When you're ready, begin just as you did in your mock audition.
Don't apologize or freeze if mistakes happen.Smile, take another breath, and keep going. Your casting director will understand if you make a mistake. They expect even the best performers to make a mistake sometimes. When/if you do, they will pay more attention to your behavior and appreciate performers who can pick themselves up and keep going.
- Remember to practice this behavior during your mock auditions. If you know what to do beforehand, you'll continue without freezing during the actual audition.
Thank your casting director when you have finished.Tell the casting director and anyone else watching that you appreciate their time and look forward to hearing back. Smile, shake their hands if offered, and walk out with your head held high. Last impressions are just as important as first impressions for projecting a confident atmosphere.
Congratulate yourself on every audition, whether or not you got the part.Auditioning takes a great deal of courage and self-confidence. Pat yourself on the back for putting yourself out there, and take pride in doing your best.
- Rejection can weigh you down. If you're not careful, it can even decrease your confidence in future auditions. Feeling disappointed is normal, but remember that you can't read the casting director's mind. You don't know how they came upon their decisions.
Don't take it personally if you are not casted.Auditioning is more than finding the best performers: it's also choosing people who fit the part. They may not have been looking for someone who looks like you or acts like you.You might not be a good fit for this production, but you have other opportunities.
- For example, Tom Hiddleston makes an excellent Loki, but he initially tried out for the role of Thor.His audition was rejected because he just didn't have what the directors were looking for. You might not be the right fit for this piece, but you could fit perfectly somewhere else.
Learn from your mistakes.If you have a bad audition, write down all of your thoughts afterwards. What did you do right? What could have gone better? Make your weaknesses strengths so that you'll be ready for your next audition.
- If you think you need professional help, hire an performance coach or attend local workshops. With experience comes improvement. You can't help but improve when you train.
QuestionWhat do I do if I just can't seem to succeed at confidence?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe day before any audition, rehearse in front of close friends, family, mirrors or stuffed animals. Just practice until you feel more natural, and this should lend you confidence.Thanks!
QuestionIf I mess up, will they yell at me? If I start to panic, what do I do? If I get emotional during a part of the script, what do I do then?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, they won't yell at you. They will understand that you are nervous, so you should just read the line again. If you begin to panic, remember, it's not the end of the world. You can always try out for the next play. Take slow, deep breaths. If you feel emotional, that's probably a good thing, it means you understand and relate to the script. Use those emotions.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the most important thing to do at an audition?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStay calm and collected. Casting directors are always more likely to cast someone if they are confident in their ability.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I give a monologue and feel like no one is watching?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to focus heavily on either the wall or something behind the auditors. Also, try putting some type of emotion into every word. The emotion can even be neutral, but trying to put in strong emotional choices can help keep your mind off the auditors and help make your audition look and sound a lot better.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I freeze or forget a move during a singing audition?Mia ColangeloCommunity AnswerJust keep going! The audience most likely hasn't memorized the script, and if you act like everything is going fine, they'll never know. Besides, your fellow performers probably know how to improvise!Thanks!
QuestionHow can I remember my script more easily?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRecord yourself reading your lines and listen to it often, set the words to music to help you remember them better or practice writing out your lines.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I blank out?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDo not panic and run off stage! If you blank out ,ask if you can quickly get a drink of water and some fresh air, then redo your audition again. if they say no, then you have two options, either accept their decision and leave for a drink or keep going by making your audition all up again by drawing on what you do remember and doing your very best.Thanks!
QuestionI am a natural born actress (in my opinion) and I can perform in front of everyone but I can't seem to perform in front of auditioners- I feel like I'm being judged (well I am). How do I get over it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou just have to straight up conquer it. Make sure that you can do your script in different positions and know the lines inside and out.Thanks!
QuestionWhich subject is best for acting?Mia ColangeloCommunity AnswerThere is no best subject for acting, but something you are interested in might be easier.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I do an audition when I am not feeling well?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut aside your feelings for the short period of time it takes to audition. Remember that the role is more important than how you feel in that moment. Take meds before if you can.Thanks!
- Auditioning is a skill completely separate from performing. It requires a practice and discipline all its own. Practice auditioning just like you rehearse for a play or dance. You'll improve with time.
- Audition every chance you get. Even if you don't think you'll get the part, each experience will thicken your skin. You'll learn something new from every audition and use it to build your confidence.
- Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get the part you wanted. Sometimes a performer who gives their best audition yet does not get the part while the performer who gives what they thinks is a terrible audition gets called back. Again, you can't read the casting director's mind.
- Fake it until you make it. Practicing confident body language and speaking clearly will help you seem confident. With time, confident feelings will come. Until then, act confidence. Most people won't notice the difference.
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