Auditioning is a must-know skill in the acting world. To be successful in auditions, you must know the proper etiquette to land your dream role! Below is a compiled list of audition etiquette tips to will help any striving actor make it on casting director’s radars.
Do your homework
Be sure before the audition to do research. Know the company, as well as the show open for auditioning. Find out who will be present during the audition. Find out other shows and productions the company has cast for or directed. This will help share commonalities like previous work at the same theatre or connections to in colleges, hometowns and much more. Having talking points will help them to remember you following the audition.
Prepare audition pieces
Read the audition notice to ensure preparation. Ask yourself (and others) what is appropriate. Should you perform a monologue or a song? Do not throw something together the night before, as this will not allow for much confidence to show through. Prepare well in advance.
- Arrive to your audition early. A good tip to always remember: early is on time, on time is late and late in unacceptable. Showing up early shows dedication to your performance. This will also allow ample time to find the location and collect yourself before the performance.
- Bring a copy of your headshot and resume. Carry extra copies even if they were provided in advance or submitted to the casting director before. Do not assume everyone already has your materials – this is all on you.
- Be nice. This is a great tip for life, but an especially great tip when auditioning.
- Dress to impress. While this doesn’t mean dress in black-tie attire or in full character, it does mean show up as though you’ve come to impress your audience.
- Nail your slate. This is your chance to introduce yourself. It could be your first impression to the casting director. It is a good idea to rehearse your slate with your audition piece. A general slate should include your name, the piece or pieces you’ll be performing and the shows they are from. You should be familiar with the playwright and composers, should you be asked.
- Be yourself. Directors want to get to know you, not the person you think they want you to be. Shine through the performance.
Once your audition is complete, leave the casting director with a simple “thank you.” For here, a director may ask any additional questions about conflicts or previous roles you’ve played.
Auditioning, like any skill, takes practice. It is a performance opportunity, so have fun. Although not every audition will result in a casting, that is okay. Continue to learn something and grow in your craft for the next one. Good luck!