- For any audition you need to be prepared.
This doesn’t just mean knowing your audition inside out, it also means knowing your character as well as you know yourself. Try reading the plot of the show and watching whatever versions you can get your hands on – whether it’s from YouTube, a DVD or live production. By doing this you are getting to know your character, and specifically their journey on stage. This will give you context to your piece. Knowing what has come before it in the show will also give you a better understanding of how the character is thinking and feeling within the scene / song.
- Don’t get too attached!
A lot of pitfalls can happen from doing the above advice. You can sometimes end up copying the performances you’ve watched. You have to take into consideration that the director, choreographer, musical director and basically everybody will have their own interpretation of the character, so you need to be flexible enough to do many variations on the spot. Before your audition try out your piece in as many different ways as possible, for example as a different character, in a random accent or an emotion. This will loosen you up and you won’t be stuck in a fixed robotic performance. This also prepares you for when the Director (usually) asks you to do it “again but different”. This could happen two or three times, so just go with whatever you fancy – you never know, it might be better than your first go!
- Work with other people.
Lots of people have an idea that an audition is an all-for-themselves, catfight environment… this is not true. If you have to do a scene with someone then make it work (through chemistry, friendship etc.), but don’t try to out act them. You are playing the role, not the other actors!
- Sadly yes, you will meet the occasional “I’m going to get this, not you” snob, but not everyone is like that and don’t let that be you!
Most of all, a company is auditioning for someone they want to work with, so you need to be nice and friendly and listen to all the people you’re conversing with. If you make a good impression of yourself, it could be the last boost you need to get you the part you want.
- Don’t go on a rage if you don’t get the role.
Rejection is the most common thing you will come across in the performance industry. No matter how well your audition went there is still a chance you won’t get it. Don’t let this make you give up – get in the chorus and show them your commitment! A lot of directors will never forget you if you don’t get a part then cut all ties with the show as a result of your disgust. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and try again – it will pay off!