As promised, here are my remaining 5 auditioning tips. If you haven’t read the first 5 Tips, click here. >> More Audition Tips

6. If you’re doing a monologue and it’s not to camera, place the person right in front of you– don’t use the casting people, and don’t put the person beside you, because they want to see your face when you audition. I’ve heard a lot of different answers on this one, but in my experience, looking straight at the director is uncomfortable for both you and them. Trust me, it doesn’t feel right to make some random person the character that you’re supposed to be interacting with, and it’ll probably make them feel awkward as well. Auditions in HollywoodIt’s much easier to create that person in your mind and imagine that they’re right there in front of you. Some say that you can use the wall too, but again, I think that this makes for a very one-dimensional piece, because it won’t exactly be realistic if you’re trying to emote and bounce off of a stack of bricks. So stick to the ghost-in-front-of-you technique, unless you’re supposed to be doing it to camera, and in that case, you need to make that lens the person you’re talking to.

7. On the same note, if you’re doing a prepared scene with a reader and it’s not to camera, focus on the person that you’re reading with. Try and connect with them in the same way that you would a fellow actor that was doing the scene with you. Hopefully, you’ll get someone who doesn’t read in a monotone voice and who knows a thing or two about acting, that way you’ll be able to make a realistic scene out of it. (And again, if it is to camera, they’ll typically have the reader stand right behind it, so keep your eye-line towards them and do the scene as you would any other time.)

8. When the director says ‘you can start whenever you’re ready’, take a moment to get in the right headspace. Most people in this business genuinely mean it when they say that, so take advantage of the time and think about where you’re at emotionally as the character before you start the scene. Don’t draw it out too much, obviously, but a few seconds to get your bearings isn’t going to hurt anyone, and in the end it’ll probably make for a better performance, too.

9. Be honest about your availability. No director is going to want to work with you again if you initially say that you’re free for the whole shoot, and then bail for days at a time. If you’ve got plans that you can’t change on the days that you’re needed, then do yourself and them a favor and don’t waste their time. There will be plenty of other chances to break into this; it doesn’t have to be a mountain of pressure all on one audition.

10. Do not check out the competition. If you’re doing some sort of open casting call, then chances are, you’re going to be seeing who else is out for the role, and the best thing you can do in that situation is focus on your own goals and not the people around you. The second you start looking at your competition and figuring out what they have that you don’t, your self-esteem is going to tank. Confidence is something that’s tangible, something that directors can pick out the instant they see you, and if you’ve spent the entire time before your audition putting yourself down, then you’re probably going to come off as insecure and nervous. Those are two of the biggest turn-offs during an audition, so the more you can keep yourself calm and secure, the better off you’ll be.

So there you have it, ten tips for the auditioning actor. Hope you guys enjoyed and I’ll see you next time! And if you have any of your own tips, feel free to submit them below. I’d love to hear them…

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