Many students ask me about auditions. Ah, the dreaded audition. That nerve-racking, mind-shaking, earth-shattering event we all have to push ourselves through if we ever want to be in a show. (Unless you are Kristen Chenoweth....)
Auditions don't have to be so terrifying. After all, the directors are looking for your talent, energy, and good work ethic. In my experience, auditors are hoping you will succeed, wanting you to nail the audition....believe me, they want to hire you. You just need to show them your best self, your best work, and that you are a likable, "directable" and willing to do the work. This is exhibited all in your 3-minute audition!
A good audition illustrates all these qualities in three important approaches:
1. The audition is well-rehearsed and well-prepared. There is nothing worse than a halfway memorized, kinda-sorta blocked song or monologue with no-real interpretation or thought. Believe it or not, this is what gets most people in trouble. If you put in the time and effort before the audition, those 3-5 minutes will go so smoothly and quickly, and before you know it, you've got a call back. Spending the time on preparing a strong, solid piece reduces your anxiety and gives you confidence.
2. Research and understand your well-chosen material. Undoubtedly, this is part of preparation. It's amazing how many people don't know the show from which their monologue comes...or that the piece they chose is for a totally different age, gender or type. Get coaching and help in choosing a piece that is right for you, then study the play or musical and be able to speak to it if and when asked.
3. Present yourself well. Your audition begins the moment you walk in the building. We want to see that you are pleasant, kind, courteous and fun. Remember that if you get cast, we will be spending a great deal of our lives together. We aren't just hiring the actor; we are hiring the person. Consider how you are treating others, including the stage manager and the other auditionees. Think carefully about your dress. Professional, modest clothing which still allows you to move and isn't too flashy (including jewelry) is best. Black slacks and a collared shirt are great choices. Walk in and leave the space with confidence and poise, even if you aren't "feeling it." Go to your car to cry and scream. Then go have ice cream.
There are many more tips and tricks I can share to help you have the best audition and feel confident to get out there. After viewing thousands of auditions, and casting hundreds of talented, wonderful people, I am happy to share my observations and advice. We can help you nail your audition! --Dulcie Willis
For spring audition season, we are offering walk-in audition workshops, all at La-De-Da 4019 South Mason:
Monday April 17, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday April 19, 12-2pm
Monday May 1, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday May 3, 12-2pm
Thursday May 4, 7-8:30pm
Walk-in Workshop Fee $20
Private individual coaching sessions are also available:
Current La-De-Da class students $40/hour
Non-class student $50/hour
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bas Bleu Theatre Company Auditions: Sunday, April 22 - call or email the theatre to sign up for a 5:00 audition slot
OpenStage Auditions: Sunday, May 7 - sign up at openstage.com