How To Pass The Audition: 9 Tips To Ace Your Next Audition

By JohnPascuzzi

The first step to being cast in a role in getting an audition. It’s common to experience some stage fright when speaking in front of a group because doing so can be extremely nerve-wracking. You can impress the casting team and ace your audition if you prepare thoroughly and maintain a positive attitude. Don’t forget to run through your lines beforehand, so you’re prepared to showcase your talents.

How To Pass The Audition?

How To Pass The Audition
How To Pass The Audition

– Your connection to the protagonist. Avoid “masking” your acting with props like costumes, dialects, or awkward gaits. Instead of using your “showmanship,” interpret characters by showcasing your acting talent.

– Your capacity for collaboration. Try your best to listen to and collaborate with others during the audition, because no casting director wants to work with a prima donna every day.

– Your dedication to the program. Are you on time? Are you ready with everything? Do you have a theater in mind? Be prepared to answer the panel’s inquiries.

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Tips For Auditioning

#1. Be Prepared.

Prepare your song or monologue well if you’re asked to perform it. Learning your choice by heart and repeatedly practicing it.

#2. Be Kind To Everyone And Smile.

Remember that the moment you walk through the door starts your audition for every show. Even if you perform flawlessly in the audition room, any rudeness or other inappropriate behavior in the lobby will be noted.

#3. Be On Time For Your Appointment.

Be On Time For Your Appointment.
Be On Time For Your Appointment.

To finish all of your papers before you go in for your auditions, we kindly request that you arrive 15 minutes early to your planned appointment. Being early gives you time to unwind, concentrate, and avoid feeling pressured.

#4. Use Your Waiting Time Wisely.

It is lovely to catch up with old friends and meet new ones at an audition, but make sure you set aside time to concentrate on your performance.

#5. Dress Appropriately.

Actors must always arrive at Stages Theatre Company dressed for movement. This means that while still being neat, clean, and appealing, your clothing should be comfortable and not restrict your movement. Please do not wear heels, boots, high heels, flip-flops, etc. You must wear sturdy shoes that stay on your feet. Dance shoes are suitable.

#6. Introduce Yourself.

Please say your name and the title of the prepared composition as soon as you enter the audition space. This is an excellent first impression.

#7. Don’t Watch The Directors.

Unless specifically instructed, avoid looking directly at the individuals you are auditioning for during your performance.

#8. Mistakes Happen.

Do not apologize if you make a mistake. Keep in mind that while some people may not even catch an error, if you point it out to them, they will be sure to do so.

#9. It’s Ok To Be Nervous.

Do not be concerned if you feel anxious. Almost everyone feels anxious. Try your best to laugh and enjoy it.

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The Top 14 Things You Must Do To Pass An Acting Audition Or Casting.

Being confident is the first step in an audition.
Being confident is the first step in an audition.

– Take note that being confident is the first step in an audition. The examiners are not searching for someone uncomfortable being in front of others and fidgets.

– You should be aware that if you get a role in a play or movie, you will be required to put a lot of time and effort into the endeavor. This may not be the most fantastic time to pursue a role in a production if you work full-time, have other big projects on the go, are in school (homeschooling may help if you want to do this full-time), or have a family to take care of. You should be fine if you have the time for fits, performances, and rehearsals. Remember that memorizing a play, monologues, and stage directions requires a lot of time outside of trials, in addition to those 3–4 hours at night. Always be mentally and physically prepared to devote more than just rehearsing time to the endeavor.

– Recognize different playstyles. We know comedies, dramas, and many other types exist. Shakespeare, Chekhov, and the Greek playwrights are examples of classic writers who occasionally employ an extremely complicated language structure and are known for their lengthy text passages. It will eventually become more straightforward once the director gets involved and you have had time to reread the play, so do not be disheartened or afraid of that element.

– Make sure you work well with others. Anyone with an ego the size of Greenland and an “I am the star” mentality will not be well received by other actors. There is just no place to feel superior to others, especially in a community or university theatrical setting. Even if you get the lead role, this is still just meant to be a pleasant learning experience, and since nobody is getting paid to be there, nobody owes you anything.

the approaches to auditioning for stage plays versus films differ significantly.
The approaches to auditioning for stage plays versus films differ significantly.

– Be aware that the approaches to auditioning for stage plays versus films differ significantly. The film tends toward close-up shots, headshots, and more natural motions. Additionally, film auditions frequently emphasize interactions and scenes rather than lengthy monologues. The callback auditions for stage plays typically begin with a monologue, and if the director feels you would work in their production, they might ask you to perform scenes with the other candidates. So, be aware of what you are prepared for; theater may not be for you if you lack a strong sense of presence on stage or the ability to project. Filmmaking might not be for you if you cannot express yourself in close-ups or have the patience to wait while the technicians set up the shoot. So before you do all the planning work, be aware of the various styles.

– Audition Notices: Now that you know what you will be doing, you may prepare. The National Theater, Winnies in Surulere, and other hangouts for actors are common sites to locate audition announcements. You may also check your local community center to see if any directors have put a call for performers there. They occasionally run ads in the neighborhood magazine or local newspaper (typically in the arts and entertainment section). Typically, auditions for movies take place in big cities. Some production companies promote them online, typically through websites hosting casting calls.

– Be aware that some film auditions want you to submit a headshot and resume. This is typical since they frequently value beauty more than talent. Unfortunately, it is how “Nollywood” operates, but no one ever said this was a fair business. Be informed that you might need to travel long distances to auditions and performances. So if you get cast, be ready to travel. In the worst situation, you could need to move to the production’s location for the duration of the shoot.

– Locate an agent. There are occasionally agencies in large cities, and they often have more connections than you have. However, keep in mind that agencies often charge between 10% and 30%, so if you land a lucrative position thanks to an agency, you will probably have to accept a pay reduction.

– Recognize that if you come across a call for actors, you should check the character descriptions to determine if you fit. A position for a 40 to 45-year-old male is probably not appropriate for a 20-year-old man. Learn the different character types. Actors may occasionally receive accommodation from directors. Do not be opposed to auditioning if you are “near.” Make sure to record every piece of information so you do not have to scramble to find it at the last minute. Please leave the audition flyer where you found it; do not take it with you. It is a professional courtesy to wait to remove audition notifications until after the audition has taken place.

– Be ready to be ready: Read the requirements for the audition. Most notifications will outline the physical and performance requirements for the auditions, as well as what to bring (such as headshots, resumes, dance attire, etc.). Typically, two opposing monologues are required for modern shows. In addition, the announcement will specify any additional requirements you may have, such as a song or created piece. Make sure to adhere to these instructions strictly.

Look for a monologue
Look for a monologue

– Look for a monologue. You must read through various plays and anthologies to find the appropriate monologues. Finding a monologue similar to the show you audition for is the best course of action. By doing this, the director will see how well you can perform in style rather than having to imagine how, for instance, a Shakespearean actor might fit into a more modern manner. Ask a local theater enthusiast, a professor of theater, or speak with the production’s director for assistance in obtaining monologues. These people can offer you the most assistance and most likely have the resources you need. If all else fails, head to the library and start reading plays set in the same era as the production you auditioned for. On the other hand, you have already won half the battle if you already have your monologues.

– Once you have located the monologues you require, remember them before the audition. This is something that each person accomplishes on their own; there is no standard way to go about it. Just be sure you have them all memorized. Most casting directors will not choose candidates who perform a monologue poorly or read from a script during their first audition. Keep rehearsing until the audition day, when you have memorized the material. Spend a couple of hours getting ready before the audition. You do not want to enter the stage looking unkempt. Bring a spare set of clothes if you need to dance during your audition to avoid ruining your fine ones before you perform your acting audition. Additionally, arrive early. Most productions will ask you to complete paperwork describing your prior expertise, personal information, and availability. They might also offer time slots you can reserve to perform your audition. There are fewer slots available the earlier you arrive. You can warm up if you get there early. Perform tongue twisters, stretches, and vocal exercises. Just because you did not extend your tongue last night will not cause your monologue to fail.

– The audition has begun, and you have completed all the documentation and preparations. Wait patiently for your turn. Be sure to pay attention; the stage manager or director may provide you with additional instructions during some auditions that were not listed on the announcement. Some of those may be extremely crucial, like the time constraints on monologues or the audition process. When your name is called, go to the stage after waiting. Make sure you have their full attention before speaking. You do not want to start while they are still discussing it. The prior actor in their writing or verbal communications. Please wait until you have made eye contact with everyone so they can pay attention to you immediately. Then, whether or not the director is familiar with you from earlier communication, could you make sure and SLATE for them? Do your speech now. The director can ask you some questions or request that you perform a section of your monologues again once you finish. Be patient, honest in all your responses, and provide the desired task with your best effort. When the director makes their final choice, it can be beneficial. Take a brief bow after you are done. Thank everyone, and then leave so the next person may try out.

– Other than finding a monologue, this is most likely the most complicated portion of the audition. You are at your most helpless since your future—at least in this role—is no longer in your control. You can stay or go after the audition, but you should know where the callback list will be posted or where and when the final cast list will be posted in the absence of callbacks. If you must leave, respect the other actors’ privacy and do it softly. Do not worry about the audition once you get home. Most of the time, after an audition, performers will analyze every aspect of the audition and then agonize until they see the cast list. A second audition for callbacks may also be held to restrict the field between the initial audition and the final casting. If so, be ready to perform sequences from the play alongside other actors and perhaps even read for characters you do not want the parts of. This is not the time to start blaming others or yourself for anything. Asking the director for advice on improving or doing better is acceptable after the cast list has been posted.

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– Despite what they may tell you, NEVER pay for an audition. Paying to perform is almost always fraudulent. Production companies that provide “pay to audition” services are not actual and do not intend to stage a concrete production or finish a film.

– However, some small community theater companies and acting clubs demand that applicants pay a membership fee if chosen. Even if this might not be a fraud, check to see if they do not have an “exclusivity agreement.”

– Production businesses with exclusivity agreements should be avoided.

– Avoid being disrespectful, making much noise, or arriving late. Even if you do not mean to, disrespecting their craft does not fly well. There are several reasons you might not have been cast. Maybe you were not the appropriate type for them, or maybe you were not what they were looking for. Pass on.

– Do whatever it takes to divert your attention from the fact that you are a candidate for a post. It will stop your anxiety before the cast from driving you crazy.

– You cannot decide at the last minute that you do not want a role. If you accept a role after being cast, you have committed to taking the role unless you have a compelling reason not to.

– Please be aware that acting is a highly competitive field. People may break the guidelines mentioned above and be cast; they may be blatantly disrespectful and still win the director’s favor, etc. When you are auditioning, there are many factors that you cannot control, and there are not any actual unions to uphold fairness standards.

– Do not exaggerate the truth or even lie about your acting experience. Instead of lying about your lack of experience, it is best to accept it. Because they are more likely to “take direction,” some producers prefer to hire someone without expertise.

– Never hesitate to go back and try out for a director who did not cast you in the last play.

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#1. Why Don’t You Audition Actors Younger Than Age 10?

Why Don’t You Audition Actors Younger Than Age 10
Why Don’t You Audition Actors Younger Than Age 10

Most young performers acquire the abilities and discipline necessary to participate in theatre at around 10. There will undoubtedly be some exceptions, but we feel that having a set age is best for all participants. Only if we cannot cast the show using the standard casting guidelines would we consider hiring nine-year-old performers.

#2. You Have Performances When I Have School, How Does This Work?

You must go to every performance if you are cast in a production at Stages Theatre Company. We are aware that a young person’s first responsibility is to learn. The The best way to balance learning in the classroom with learning outside is up to each family. 

#3. What If I Have Conflicts?

Some conflicts with the rehearsal schedule are acceptable. Competitions are not permitted during the final ten days of rehearsals or any performances. Casting decisions take battles into account.

#4. I Have Never Been In A Play/Auditioned Before? Can I Still Audition?

Yes! We make an effort to make your first audition feel at ease. You might want to read the Tips for Auditioning if this is your first time.

#5. What Should I Wear?

You should always dress comfortably for each audition to move about freely. Costumes are not appropriate attire. Please wear comfortable shoes that you can move around in.

#6. Do I Need To Bring Anything?

No, unless expressly stated for a particular show.

#7. Do I Need A Headshot/Resume?

We do not require a CV or headshot for the audition, but if you do, bring them. There will be a form here for you to complete. Getting a picture is not necessary, but it is functional.

#8. Do I Have To Sing?

All performers will be required to sing throughout the audition process for musicals. The amount of singing required for each performance will vary depending on the show and the role.

#9. What Song Should I Choose?

The best option is something that fits your age and personality. If at all feasible, it should be from a musical. Even if you have tried out for us before, it is always a good idea to have something fresh prepared. Popular songs are typically not the best option because they do not demonstrate the same vocal range and abilities as songs composed for the stage.

#10. What Does “A Cappella” Mean?

Music playback or a piano is not available. You will have to sing without any background music.

#11. Should I Prepare For A Dance?

No. At the audition, a brief dance combination will be taught to you.

#12. Do I Need A Monologue?

A monologue is not required unless otherwise specified in the details of the audition for the play.

Do I Need A Monologue
Do I Need A Monologue?

#13. What Is A Callback?

We invite a smaller group of candidates back for a second audition after the initial two evenings of auditions. Receiving a callback does not guarantee that you will be a cast member of the program. You have not been chosen for the show if you do not get a callback.

#14. I Am An Adult Actor. How Can I Be Considered?

Only young actors may apply for these auditions. On occasion, people do organize auditions for adult performers. 

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Nothing helps performers land employment more quickly than producing and marketing their work! The actors regain their agency and are given the freedom to work without seeking authorization. Thanks for it! Practice makes perfect, just like with most other skills. You will advance in ability the more auditions you attend. It is sometimes a good idea to practice your audition songs and ensure your voice is in good condition before your audition during singing lessons.

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