10 tips to kill it at your next audition
Do your research
What show are you auditioning for? Have you ever heard of it? If not, watch it, listen to the soundtrack, familiarize yourself with the story by reading online. Once you have a better grasp on the show, look online for good ideas for audition songs! If you don't have the time to learn something new, this is where your audition book comes in.
Pick an audition song you feel comfortable with
When you only have 30-60 seconds in the room, you don't want to risk cracking, forgetting, words, or other mishaps! (even though we can't always control when that happens!) Pick a song you know very well and something you feel comfortable with! Remember this: your audition is the time to show the casting table the best YOU you can be.
Headshots - They really are that important
Invest in a good headshot. Make sure it is current and up to date, aka it looks like you! If you have a new hair color, or you haven't taken a new headshot in a few years, now is the time to upgrade! If you're in a pinch and you need a headshot fast, a phone picture is acceptable if it is from the chest up. Remember, the headshot is usually the first thing they see of you, make it look good!
If your resume is small, or nonexistent, work with it! Never lie about your experience. Be honest, and work to make your audition unforgettable! That resume will fill up in no time.
Dress for success
Dress professionally for your audition. Ladies: dresses, skirts, or slacks. Men: slacks with a dress shirt with or without a tie. If you'd wear your audition outfit to go to a party, or during a netflix binge, it's probably not appropriate!
Your audition starts the minute you walk into the building. Be professional, humble, and above all, be kind. You never know who is listening who could have a say in your casting. The theater world is smaller than you think!
The accompanist is your friend
In the audition room, the accompanist is your biggest ally. Take the time before the audition to practice setting the tempo and what you will say to the pianist. Take your time doing this! You only have a couple minutes to show the panel what you've got. Make them count!
Learn how to Slate
"My name is Hannah Bayles and I'll be singing "I don't need a roof" from Big Fish.
Slating is so important! The panel needs to clearly hear your name and your song. Don't make it hard for them to remember you. Make it hard to forget you!
Take a Beat
After you slate, don't start right away! Take a second to take a breath, feel your feet in the floor, and connect to the emotion of the song. Your audition will be better for it!
Forget about it!
When your audition is done, forget about it! The worst thing we can do to ourselves is obsess over the "shoulda, coulda, woulda's". Be proud of putting yourself out there. Now go and prepare for your next audition!