We know that auditioning is one of the most AWKWARD, DIFFICULT things to have to endure. However, we all have to do it! And, we can help you to prepare for a musical theater audition so you leave your audition feeling confident and knowing you nailed it!
Never been to an audition? Feeling a little (or totally) overwhelmed? We are here to help! Our teachers are experienced professional performers who know what you are going through! We'll be adding free advice/lessons weekly on our lesson page and on our blog, or you can sign up for a Private Coaching if you need help right away.
Working as an actor takes lots of hard work and dedication… but there are SEVERAL things you can do that are EASY that will ensure you get started on the right foot.
And, I can't say enough about the importance of creating opportunities BEYOND the musical theater audition. If you want to have a career as a performer, there are millions of ways you can work to make more money with your talents. Treating your career like a business is crazy important and will help you to have more time and more money so that you can be completely prepared when you go to your next audition.
SIMPLE THINGS ANYONE CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR A MUSICAL THEATER AUDITION
Every Audition is different but suggest the following –
Audition Details – Sounds so simple, but make sure you have all of the right info ahead of time.
What a bummer it would be if you prepped 32 bars of “You Can't Stop the Beat” from Hairspray as an audition song only to be cut off because you were only allowed to sing 16, and then to find out they asked for a classical musical theatre piece. Wah Wah.
Arrive Early and Stay Focused – There is nothing worse than being late for an audition. Sometimes you won't be able to audition if you miss your time slot. How horrible would that be! Once you arrive, remember you are there to do a job. Don't run around socializing with other actors. It's distracting to you and your fellow actors. Prepared performer teacher Molly became a hard core crocheter for exactly this purpose. (check out her crocheted goodies here) If you don't knit or crochet. Read, listen to music, do a cross word puzzel or homework. : )
Be Your Best – This sounds totally cliche, but it's true. You need to know what your best is before you can be it! Make a list of the top 5 things that you want others to remember about you and put those out there! Do your best to relax, smile and hold your chest up high. A little confidence in a first impression goes a long way.
Etiquette – Be polite! Remember this first impression speaks volumes! This includes how you treat your accompanist. They should be your best friend in the room.
Extra Headshot/Resumes – This tip is separate from the individual Headshot/Resume tips because it's that important. Don't be caught without extra Headshots and Resumes. You never know who will be in your audition room. Always keep extra's in your book.
Eye Contact – Know when and when not to make eye contact. When you first enter the room, great your auditioners and make eye contact! Your entrance and your slate are moments to be yourself. However… many casting directors don't like eye contact while actors are singing or performing a monologue. It can make them feel like they need to participate when they really might want to take notes.
Headshot – A headshot is a simple photo that shows who YOU are. Don't go take a fancified photo with loads of make up unless you wear lots of crazy make up every day. A great photographer will help you to feel relaxed and at ease. If you can't afford to have a professional headshot taken, have a friend or parent help you. Make sure you are the focus of the photo without anything too distracting in the background. Check out this page with more Headshot info.
Resume – Often young or inexperienced actors fear that they have nothing to put on their resume. NOT TRUE! Have you done plays are your school or church? Have you taken acting dancing or singing classes? Put it all on there! Every one has to start somewhere and casting directors know that. Click here for a RESUME TEMPLATE that will help you get started.
Slate – You will often be expected to give a “slate” when you first walk into an audition room. A slate is an introduction. It lets them know who you are! Usually you'll want to say your name and what piece you will be performing. Do your best to actually sound like YOU! Funny, but that seems to be the hardest thing to do sometime. Try practicing your slate in front of a friend and see what they think.
Take Notes – This is something I didn't learn until I had graduated from college and I was hitting the pavement in NYC. What a great tool! As soon as you leave the audition room right down exactly how it went.
If you end up auditioning for the same casting director in a month… it's amazing what you will forget. AND casting directors will forget as well. This is a great tool you can use to help remind them that they have seen you in previous auditions.
Wear like you Care – It's not necessary to wear something that is super chic or fancy or expensive or in character. What matters most is that it looks like you know that this is an important event. If you come in wearing an over sized sweatshirt and shorts, those you are auditioning for might think you aren't taking the audition seriously. Be careful of over dressing too. You want to make sure you are the star, not your outfit. Simple clean lines with a hint of the show's era are great.
Dance Shoes/Clothes – If you can fit them in your bag, it's a great idea to have tap shoes, jazz shoes, ballet shoes, character shoes and dance attire ready to go, just in case. One of the few advantages to auditioning in Southern California is that we usually have to drive to auditions. So, it's easy to leave them in the car. You never know when someone will ask to see your best time step.
Nerves? Use Them! – Often actors feel they need to do something to get rid of the nervous energy they feel when walking into an audition room. No way! Use that energy and put it into your work. This is easier said than done. We'll be giving you loads of tips to help you with this in our blog.
Warm Up! – So many young or inexperienced performers think they can enter an audition or a performance without warming up their voice or their full body. This is such a serious NO NO! Would you kick your face first thing in the morning without stretching? Probably not… So don't do that with your voice or body. If you don't know how to warm up – check out our Free Voice Lessons at www.freeonlinevoicelessons.com or our Free Dance Lessons.
Your “Book” – It's important that you have a book of material that you have worked on and feel super comfy with. Start with one song or monologue and add to it. Visit our SONGS page for more ideas and info. Read this for more info on putting together an AUDITION BOOK.