Pre-audition jitters are normal and numerous. We worry that we won’t be liked, we won’t do a good job and, ultimately, we won’t land the part. Here are a few confidence-boosting tips to quiet your nerves and at the same time improve your chances of success:
- That’s My Part! Casting directors’ sole purpose is finding the perfect person for the part. They are praying that the next person who comes into the room will be “that” person. If they find you then the process is over, and they can go home and relax. So, casting directors are rooting for you! Walk in that room knowing that you are the person they are looking for!
- Play the Part – Make It Your Own If a casting director sees the same audition over and over and over again, they will never cast you. They are looking for someone who stands out, someone who is bold and who makes INTERESTING choices – not the same as everyone else. However, you still need to keep the correct intentions in mind. A casting director still wants to see you know what the scene calls for. So don’t be afraid to make an interesting choice. Break up the monotony of the day. Casting directors will love you for it.
- Ace Your Intro When you introduce yourself, say your name with flair. Work on this beforehand. Announce your name in a way that will make everyone remember you. Your audition begins the moment you enter the room, so saying your name in a memorable manner will leave a lasting impression and make you stand out in the minds of the people watching. Run it by your friends and teachers to get it just right. Get comfortable with it. Go for it.
- Revel in the Moment Get in the mindset that you are acting, not auditioning. For two to five minutes of your life you get to star in the part you have always wanted. Recite that five-minute monologue from Hamlet as if it’s your dream role. Sing a song from Dear Evan Hanson as if you are headlining on Broadway. Take those five minutes and imagine yourself playing the part and enjoy it. It’s your five minutes, you might as well live the dream. That will come across really well. Now if you have moved on and you’re reading a scene or singing a song from the piece they are casting – imagine you have been given the role. It’s yours (see Tip 1). So, attack the piece like you have already been cast. For five minutes you have booked the role, so read or sing it like it’s yours.
- Leave ‘em Laughing Find the comedy in your life and jot it on your resume under special skills. For example, if you have a humorous hobby or funny part-time job put it down. Put down you are an incredible accordion player, if you have that skill. Put down you break dance while reciting haikus, if that’s your thing. Put it down if you sing Broadway music to babies. In most cases people will likely ask you about it if they see it on your resume. This gives the casting directors something to talk to you about, gives you a reason to talk and gives the “room” a way to remember you. This will also allow people to see you are easy to work with. If in fact it has come up during your audition, make sure to end with it as you’re leaving the room. This could take a little work on your part, and if you are having trouble coming up with a witty way to work it in to the audition, ask a friend for help and do some brainstorming. You want to be remembered!
So next time you walk into an audition, use these tips to calm your nerves and make it to the callback. Break a leg!!!