As audition season is beginning the gear up at PATABS and The Vault Theater Co., let’s talk about what a successful audition is and how to prepare for it.
Tips for a Winning Audition:
1. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet – of course the directors know you are nervous, but don’t let those nerves consume you. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.
2. Personality. Let it shine through. Don’t give one-word answers when having a conversation with the directors. Even if you know the directors and feel comfortable with them – each audition is like starting fresh – so make sure you don’t let your comfort consume you either!
3. Know the Show! When auditioning, make sure to know what the show is about, know the characters, and know the overall message of the show. If you are auditioning for a specific character – you need to know about that character! You should be able to answer questions about the production and the characters. Do your research before you come!
4. Be Realistic. Remember the previous blog post about “dream roles”? Make sure to really think about the role(s) you are auditioning for. Remember you should have your dream role, role you think you would be great at, role that would challenge you and ensemble role. You should never audition for a show without being willing to take an ensemble role.
5. What are you passionate about? In every single production, no matter how long you have been doing productions; you learn, you improve, and you grow. This is what is so important about what we do – performers are life-long learners, we should never stop learning! Take every single role you get and learn from it!
What Do I Need for My Audition?
1. Dress for Success. If you are dancing in your auditions, come in dance attire. If you are just singing and/or reading – what is the attire for the program or dress professionally.
2. Music. Bring your sheet music in a clean binder, that is clearly labeled with your cut.
3. Resume. For professional auditions (and interviews!), resumes are required – so start practicing for them now!
4. Be on Time. Know when auditions start and be there in enough time to fill out your audition form.
5. Roles. When auditioning, you should only be focusing on yourself. Do not ask others what roles they are auditioning for or if they are doing the production. Spend your time worrying about prepping for your audition and your experience – not what someone else is doing.