Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Preparing for an Audition

We've got just over a month until our open auditions on March 27th. If you're looking to just come on out, have some fun and do some cold reads from the shows this season there isn't really much preparation you need to do (although it might be a good idea to bring your calendar). But if you're interested in performing a prepared audition piece here's a few things you should keep in mind:
  1. Memorise your piece. Nothing screams "I don't have what it takes" like drying in the middle of your monologue. Nail the lines cold.
  2. Slow down. The people who are watching your audition have never heard your monologue before, and no matter how eager they may be to hear it they can't if you talk too fast.
  3. It's a performance. Treat your audition with as much seriousness as you would a show. Again, we're looking for a professional attitude and commitment.
There's no shame if you don't feel like you can do all of this, or all of the other things that audition handbooks tell you it's important to do - if you can't do it, go for the cold reads instead - the atmosphere will be much more informal, and you don't lose points for mistakes, because even when you screw up you're often unwittingly at your best. But if you aspire to a career in "the biz" then auditions are going to be a part of your life, so it's best that you learn all that they entail and how you can excel at them.

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