As many of you are probably aware, auditions are a necessary evil for anyone who’s looking to be a big-time actor in Hollywood. Just like applying for a job, you cannot get a role without going through the interview-like process of weeding out the bad actors from the good ones. Usually, an audition includes a cold read, prepared sides, and/or a performance of a prepared monologue for the casting director. After that, there can be another round of auditions, or the callbacks, and those decide who is going to get the role.

audition tipsMost auditions are gotten through an agent, but there are other ways to access them, such as LA Casting, Actor’s Access, or Craigslist if you’re looking for something free (check out some of my other posts for reviews on a few of those sites.) As a whole, auditioning is a very difficult process that can sometimes screw with your head and make you lose confidence in yourself, but there are ways to get through it in one piece. Here are 10 useful tips from what I’ve learned so far in my own experiences:
1. Walk through the door with a good attitude. First impressions are everything in this town, and as long as you enter the room with a big smile and a genuine greeting, you’ve already started off on the right foot. Now, being in good spirits isn’t necessarily going to get you the role, of course, but it can at least make you stand out in the director’s mind as someone who would be easy to work with in the future. You never want anyone to think that you’re too difficult to hire, because that can be a serious career killer.2. If you’re given sides to look over before an audition, make sure you actually look over them, and don’t just skim over it once and think that you’ll be okay. It’s not meant to be a cold read if the director purposefully sent the script to you; that means that they want you to be familiar enough with it that your eyes won’t have to be glued to the paper the entire time. You don’t have to memorize it or anything (unless they told you to), just know in general what you’re supposed to say, so that if needed, you could improvise the scene without any hiccups. That’s usually the point that I try to get to before a big audition.3. Pay attention to the synopsis of the show/film that you’re auditioning for. If the director gives you any kind of extra information about your character or the context of the scene in which you’ve been given to read, don’t just brush it off. Those are clues for you as an actor and you can use them to your advantage.

4. Be on time. I know it sounds obvious, but so many people show up late to auditions and it can often cost them the part. Traffic in Los Angeles is incredibly unpredictable, so plan to leave way too early– you’ll be glad you did, because chances are, one of those times, you’re going to need the extra leeway you gave yourself. Acting is all about hurrying up and waiting; you might as well get used to it early on.

5. Try not to take it personally if you don’t get the role. A wise acting coach once gave me an awesome analogy about what auditioning is like: trying to sell your talent like it’s a box of Girl Scout cookies. If someone doesn’t want your particular brand, it doesn’t mean that you’re not talented, it just means that they were looking for a different kind of cookies. I know it sounds silly and sentimental, but thinking about it that way really helped me to keep my self-esteem intact throughout this process. Directors are looking for a very specific thing whenever they’re casting for a role, so if it’s not you, don’t be too bummed. One of these days, someone will be looking for you, and you’ve just got to keep on selling until you find them.

Check Back Monday For My Final 5 Hollywood Auditioning Tips..

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