Actors and actresses come in droves in New York and Los Angeles, so it doesn’t matter how amazing in the craft you think you are. Unless you’re one of Hollywood’s finest, you still have to audition for parts. Before you arrive at the acting audition, though, there are some things that you have to do for yourself so that you can successfully land a part.
Here are some tips to increase your chances of working as an actor:
Remember that you’re auditioning for a role that will go to only one person. To be the one to get that, you have to understand that you need to work hard. If you don’t care enough to understand the principles of competition and hard work, don’t expect your big break to land on your lap. Don’t expect miracles to happen, and don’t “wing it.” Practice, practice, practice!
Do Your Research
Every other artist, every creator, producer, and director has their distinct tone and style. This is why you should research who the persons in charge of the movie are. If you are able to understand their work, you can adjust your audition accordingly, and this will greatly improve your chances of booking the gig.
Do not judge the material
Remember that you are the one looking to book a job, so if you can’t help but negatively judge your script, go ahead and cancel the audition, because you are already biased against it. Always take into consideration that your role is to contribute emotion to the material. To help adjust your expectations to the project, look at it from a writer’s perspective rather than the director’s in order to understand the way your character is being written.
Respect the writing
Unlike passive reading, a script is something that needs to be fully understood to be fully appreciated. Improve your understanding of the writing and the character you’re auditioning for, read the material over and over as if it were a novel. Understand each character’s point of view in every scene. Take note that you have to choose only details already suggested in the script to understand where the character is coming from. When it comes to acting out your character, it is the writer’s intention that should come first. Unless there are parenthetical suggestions that give you other options as to how you can approach your character, read your lines exactly as the writer suggested.
Understand your role
Learn your part in the script and know your place in the story. Unless you’re auditioning for a lead role, don’t attempt to make your part more important than it actually is. Your job is to move the story along and be a support in the scene. Sometimes, a waitress in a scene really is just a waitress. Unless you’re Kat Dennings or Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls).
Check the map
Or at least know the location of the audition before the big day. Map it out the night before, if you have to. You may even want to drive by it in order to check the parking situation. This is so that you won’t waste your time looking for the location on auditions day. Arriving on time is imperative if you want to make a good impression.
Don’t psych yourself out
Actors usually psych each other out during auditions. Protect yourself and your audition by knowing how to handle yourself. To begin with, don’t look at anyone in the outer office. When you catch someone’s eye and he begins talking to you, you will lose focus on your own audition. Find out who is set to audition before you, and once that person goes into the casting office, wait your turn outside the door.
Go for it
If you’ve come this far, the only thing you can do is to go for it. Take your confidence in your craft and run with it. If you don’t, someone else will. So give it all you have—who knows, this may be your time to shine.
Don’t get anxious
After the acting audition, don’t go around asking for feedback from your reps. If you’re doing this, then you didn’t prepare enough for the role. As an actor, you will know yourself whether or not you gave it all you’ve got, and therefore, you don’t need approval or feedback at this point. Just be honest with yourself, and if you feel that you didn’t hit it quite right, then go to another one. Eventually, you’re going to land the role of a lifetime.
Are you all set for your next role?