You Got the Audition!
Remember that this audition is a performance. Many television and movie directors do not have a lot of time to work with actors, they want to see you can play the part before they cast you in a role. So, be prepared. Prepare to play a role by establishing your goals and define your nuance. Make committed choices on how you want to play the character from the beginning, and stick to it. After you have done your homework follow these simple Do's and Don'ts on the day of the audition.
- Be clean and well-groomed.
- Be confident in your preparation. Enter the room happy and ready to go to work.
- Dress to suggest the role. If you want to be considered for an athletic part, don't come dressed for a black-tie affair.
- Memorize or be as familiar as possible with your lines. You don't want to be reading from the script.
- If you mess up from the beginning, simply ask to start again without apologizing.
- Ask any questions you have before you begin. When you are finished, politely ask if the director would like to see the scene performed in a different way.
- Don't wear perfume.
- Don't prepare in the audition room. Get yourself psyched up before entering.
- Don't come in a costume.
- Don't bring elaborate props.
- Don't chew gum.
- Don't mime. You are a professional actor, not a circus act.
- Don't shake every hand in the room. Time is of the essence for the director.
- Don't make excuses for your performance.