Your First Acting Audition – What To Do

Your audition with the casting director is your first chance to make an impression on him or her. You do, of course, want to make sure that your audition and your impression are a good one, not something that leaves a bad taste in their mouths permanently if you’re serious about your career as an actor.

What You Should Know…

If you are new to the process of auditioning for parts, there are some things you need to know prior to taking on that all important first audition. A few things to consider when you head out for your first acting audition are:

You may not be selected. Now that sounds like common sense but you’d be amazed how many people don’t realise that, on their first audition, they probably aren’t going to get a job. Do not be slighted or take it personally if you don’t get a call back within a few days.

Show up for your audition on time. In theatre, time is hugely valuable. Some people refer to “theatre time”. By this they mean that if you arrive five minutes before your call, you’re on time. If you’re on time for your call, you’re late (after all, you will be wasting time warming up/preparing), and if you are after your call, you are fired or not hired.

Being late tells the auditors that you’re not a professional. If you can’t show up on time when getting the job probably depends on it, how are you going to show up on time for rehearsals and shoots. It doesn’t look good to be late. Common sense maybe, but it’s surprising how many professional actors show up late to an audition.

Bring along a head shot and resume and have it available to hand to the casting director.

Be ready for the audition. Again, common sense. Whether you have to read a portion of the script or do a monologue, make sure that you’re ready to do either one from the second you enter the room. Give them what they want from you and be practiced enough to make a good showing.

ALWAYS Show Respect

Be respectful of the person who is auditioning you, even if they are not respectful back at you. It may happen that the auditor is blatantly rude to you. It happens. If it seems to you that you’re being downright ignored or that they aren’t paying attention, or that they are being outrightly rude, still retain that professionalism and respect of their position. Don’t let their bad attitude reflect in your performance in any way. Keep on with what you’re doing, until you make it to the end.

When you complete the audition, answer questions they may ask and then say thank you and leave. Don’t be tempted to talk about trivialities or your life or let them know how much you liked the part etc etc… Take a walk and respect their time constraints as well as your own.

If you have demonstrated the best that you can do, you may just land the role. If you don’t get it this time, move on. Check out my Dealing With Audition Rejection article for more tips.

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Tuirenn Hurstfield
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Tuirenn has over twenty years' experience as a professional and freelance theatre director, producer, playwright and acting coach based in the North West of England and working nationally and internationally. He is an avid lover of nature, books & real music • a proud Ravenclaw • dog dad to Frodo • and is following the Druidic path • ?️‍?

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