Casting call announced too early? Planning to join that audition months from now? You’d want to make sure that you maximize each month of preparation you were given to deliver an audition performance you won’t regret. And when it comes to preparation, nothing can go wrong if you take extra steps. Here’s how you step up your game in audition preparations.
Preparedness is definitely one of the most essential keys to impress casting directors. Being casting professionals, the panel would know whether you have familiarized the sides, practiced, and clearly understood the character you auditioned for or not. It will show through even the slightest gestures or mispronunciations. The earlier you begin preparations, the more time you have for your training, research, lines, and practice.
Contrary to what you may have heard (memorizing the first and last lines only), be as off-book in the audition as you possibly can. Starting early with preparation gives you more time with the sides, so take advantage of it. The more off-book you are, the readier you are to truly engage with your scene partner. You’ll be ready for the director’s notes, and you can make distinct and personal character choices. Memorizing lines takes practice and constant repetition, so dedicate a certain number of hours each day for it. If you have trouble memorizing lines quickly, here are some valuable tips for you.
Study whatever audition information they give you (TV episode, synopsis, character bios, etc.). The moment you receive material, go to a quiet place and start reading. Learn the story and then you can have opinions. Be proactive by researching the following:
Always continue to study and take classes. You need to make sure your instrument is well-tuned. In an industry where competition is always tight, actors have to take the necessary steps to give themselves an edge over other aspiring actors vying for the same role. Even reading plays, actor biographies, or books on acting technique keeps your skills sharp. Watching plays and the performances of award-winning film actors also count! However, enrolling in acting classes is the best training as it allows you to master acting as an art form and offers you valuable industry knowledge you would otherwise not know about. Classes also give you the opportunity to perform and practice those skills. There are different types of acting classes to choose from. Check this article out for information.
When did you last update your showreel or headshot? Remember, headshots, résumés, and reels need to be updated from time to time. Headshots need to be updated if there are significant changes to your hair and looks or if industry trends have changed. Resumes have to include your latest awards, nominations, or best works. Likewise, your reel should reflect your most recent accomplishments and current on-camera appearance and abilities.
Ginger Poole, producing artistic director at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia, recommends solid colors, especially a bright color that works with your skin tone and hair color. Burgundy, emerald green, moss green, purple, grayish blue, and denim blue are some of the warm colors that enhance skin tones, frame the face, and give it focus. Hint at the character you’re auditioning for, but do not wear a costume. You can take out as much guesswork for the casting director as you can, but do not be awkward and overbearing. When you get yourself a callback, keep track of the outfit that worked in the audition.
Now that you’re extra prepared, you’ll be a lot more confident. Walk out of the room knowing you’ve done your best, and if you don’t get the role, you’ll realize that you weren’t the problem. The casting director’s choice is simply beyond your control; all you can control is what you do in that room.