Acing auditions are an essential part of becoming an actor or actress. Often they can be nerve wracking and stressful if you aren’t prepared but one great audition can land you the part and change your whole career.
Getting an Agent or Manager
It is important to find an agent or manager because they can be a key contact in finding you auditions and recommending you to directors. Often you will need to get a referral or have a stunning resume in order to get signed on by and agent or manager. Agents also hold workshops to find new clients as well. Of course, there are no guarantees that you will get a role even if you do have an agent. Agents take a part of your salary if you do get hired.
Finding an Audition on Your Own
- Use your own contacts to find an audition – reaching out to your network of acting teachers, colleagues, and friends are all a great resource to hear about auditions in the area. Even if they don’t they most likely have a contact that they can put you in touch with to help you out.
- Casting Calls – Many TV networks and radio stations post auditions on their websites. You can find auditions and casting calls in newspapers or theatre magazines. Also look in newspapers of large metropolitan areas with big entertainment industries.
- Use Social Media – Event pages are often used to spread the word about open casting calls and auditions.
- Create an Account on Audition Websites – Post your headshots on the sites and your experience. Sites like www.laauditions.com as well as www.backstage.com are good resources but be wary of using these sites as your only means of getting an audition. Often they charge you a fee and you don’t get much return on them.
Do Your Research
The number one rule is to always have your resume and headshot with you. Even if you have a manager that already sent one over it is better to be prepared, you won’t be remembered if you don’t have one and it can cost you the part even if you have a great audition. Always make sure that you know where you are going, and if you don’t leave early.
Do your research! Become familiar with the material that you are auditioning with so that you can put your own spin on it rather than reading it off the page. In addition do research on the show and make sure to know the character you are auditioning for.
Make an Impression
From the second you walk in the room the producers and directors will be judging you. Make sure you are confident no matter how nervous you are. Actors and Actresses need people to be drawn to their characters, they see sometimes hundred of auditions during the day, you want to make sure that you leave a lasting impression. Do not lie about memorizing lines, they can tell if you haven’t so it is better to be honest and look off of a script and have a great audition rather than to improvise and change the lines of a script, especially when the writer might be in the room.
After The Audition
Leave a way for the casting directors to contact you directly. Even if you have an agent that could change years down the line and casting directors might keep your headshot on file and remember you, but then have no way to reach out to you. Keep business cards on hand or put it on your resume, you never know who might find your headshot and want to call you. You might not hear back for days or weeks about the audition, do not stress.
The best way to master auditions is to do it over and over again. This will help you get over nerves, see what works and what doesn’t for you, as well as get free practice! You can sometimes gain valuable tips from casting directors even if you don’t get the part, and this advice could help you land a role during a future audition.