When you audition for a role in a film or television drama you have very little time in the room with the casting director – so preparation is vital.
But how do you successfully prepare for the audition?
The simple answer is prep the scene(s) as if you were performing the scene on-set.
Learn the text as best you can but don’t get all hung up on the words as the text is far less important in an audition than you may think. The casting director wants to get an idea of what YOU’RE all about and how suitable you appear to be for the role.
I’ve known actors who were all over the place with the text, drying up and getting confused. But the casting director saw something interesting in them and 9 times out of 10 they got a call back – and in many instances eventually won the role.
Most actors make similar decisions when it comes to playing a scene, so thinking outside the box can give you an edge.
If the scene allows, then start by playing the scene with your back to the camera, turning to face the reader at the most suitable moment. This simple action can make you stand out from the pack at the end of the day.
Again, if the scene suits, you could turn your back to the camera at the end of the scene to show that you have nothing left to say on the particular matter.
These simple little examples, as mentioned, can make all the difference as to who wins a call back and who doesn’t.
For more audition tips check out these other articles in The Acting Blog…
Cold Reading Audition Techniques
15 Audition Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss!