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Audition Basics

Here are some audition basics—rules of thumb every actor should know for his or her auditions.

There is no sense in feeling rushed or stressed about making it to your audition on time. If you arrive about 15 minutes early you will have time to warm up and make yourself at ease.

Smile and be confident! You might not realize whom you are speaking to while you wait. Maybe this person will be influential in the casting process. Be nice to everyone you talk to.

There will probably be waiting. Just sitting around—maybe getting nervous, maybe getting dry mouth—these things are not going to help you. Bring something to read and a bottle of water.

Do not wear a costume. Your outfit can suggest the character such as a high-collar blouse for a period piece, but don't get all dressed up.

Do not be intimidated by the other people there. No matter how many there are, they are competing for the same job. Keep up your confidence.

Do not let anything get in the way of your getting into character—clothes included. Wear comfortable clothes, you should look neat, but not too fancy. Make sure you can move around the room. You must be comfortable to really get into character. Do not let anything get in the way of your getting into character—clothes included.

Do not wear too much cologne or perfume. You don’t want one of the casting crew to be sneezing or choking on how good you think you smell. What is to impress these people will be your talent, professionalism, and probably nothing else.

Be familiar with the company you are auditioning for. This will help you find the best monologue to audition with.

Smile! If you look nervous it will affect your impression on the casting crew in a negative way. You will not get every job you audition for, but you can learn from every audition experience.

Your resume should be firmly attached to your headshot. If possible, photocopy or print your resume to the back of the headshot. One page is plenty. Make sure that the headshot/resume you bring along is no larger than 8 1/2" by 11". This will fit into a folder.

Do not ask if you will get called back. They will let you know, and often do not make the decision right away. If you do get called back, wear the same outfit as during your first audition. It will help them remember you, and you will already know it is comfortable to work in.

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