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7 Tips For General Auditions

1. The first question to ask yourself is, “Should I go to this audition?”

“LORT general auditions are for the entire season including undisclosed workshops/readings, so its worth going even if you don’t see an appropriate role.  If it is an EPA for a specific show and there isn’t an appropriate role, don’t attend the audition.” ~Adam Belcoure, Casting Director-Goodman Theatre

If it’s a general theatre audition, especially at a larger theatre, then yes apply! If, however, it’s an EPA (Equity Principal Audition) or a general audition for a smaller store-front, then really pay attention to the character descriptions. Are you right for any of them? Are you excited about any of them? If you’re right for a role (or multiple roles) the answer is, “YES. GO TO THAT AUDITION AND NAIL IT!” But if you find that you don’t really fit with any of the roles being cast, then wait till next season.General Auditions

2. Preparation is fundamental to good general auditions (or any audition for that matter). 

Choose your audition pieces wisely. General Auditions usually have a strict time limit of around three minutes, sometimes just two.  That is enough time to perform two, short, well-rehearsed monologues that show type and range. Make sure you’re familiar with the plays you’re performing from, so it’s a good idea to read them. Also, be prepared that the auditors may ask to see something else. Always have at least 3 short monologues ready to go.

Monologue Auditions 3. Always bring a few copies of your headshot and resume. 

You probably won’t need more than one, but it’s always good to be prepared. It’s also incredibly important that your headshot looks like YOU. Your headshot should always be a good representation of what you look like now.

4. Your audition begins the moment you enter the waiting room. 

We all have bad days and waiting to be seen during general auditions can be a frustrating process. Be prepared to wait. Be patient with the audition monitor. Try not to complain about the wait or how you hate these kinds of auditions, etc. How you handle yourself as you wait to audition can be as important as the audition itself.

“ALL Goodman staff tell me about how actors behave… from the receptionist to the intern to assistants.  Stage Managers write behavior in their reports.   Word travels fast…” ~Adam Belcoure, Casting Director-Goodman Theatre

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5. How you dress is a direct reflection of how the auditors see you.

Dress for the show you want but also, make sure you feel like a million bucks in what you decide to wear. Be professional without overdressing and don’t forget to wear a smile. It says you’re relaxed and will be a positive presence in the rehearsal room.

6. How you walk into the Audition Room really, really matters. 

Energy isn’t just felt, it’s seen. Being calm and steady, confident and warm will go a very long way. It isn’t necessary to shake everyone’s hand who sits behind the table. Smile, greet and get to the business of your audition. Own the room. Say your name and the material you’ll be performing. Take a breath and go for it.  Don’t judge yourself when you finish your material even if you think you didn’t nail it. Trust that you did your best because you came to audition prepared. Don’t have a lingering exit. Thank those behind the table (they’ll probably thank you too) and then be on your way.

7. Let it go.

When you finish an audition, you can’t do anything more to change your performance. It’s done. If it didn’t go as well as you had expected, work on the things you can control. Recycle the sides, go have coffee or lunch with a friend and remember that no audition is the end. If you don’t get the part this time,  there are other roles to play, more auditions to go on, and better days ahead.

Need to work on your auditioning skills? Take a look at Audition and Rehearsal Prep with Christina Gorman  or Contemporary Monologue with Adrianne Cury. And as always, dear Actor, BREAK A LEG!